The juvenile snickerers and spitwad-throwers have yucked up the supposed "fact" that several world leaders refused to shake hands with President Bush at the G-20 summit.
They hate President Bush so bad that any opportunity to ridicule him--even if it is at the expense of their own country's prestige--is a welcome opportunity.
Just one problem (the usual problem with Leftist claims): it didn't happen that way.
The grownups had to educate the juvenile delinquents as to the background of the event...and perhaps to a little etiquette.
This is what the White House said:
White House Assistant Press Secretary Carlton Carroll said, "The President had already greeted ALL of those leaders prior to this picture--whereas the other leaders had not had the opportunity to greet each other yet that morning."
Typically when I attend a meeting or conference or other gathering of many people, I'll shake hands with people as I meet them the first time that day...and don't anymore that day, no matter how many subsequent times I may re-encounter them as events proceed.
But I suppose if you're a Leftist and love to see your Republican president look bad even if it does reflect negatively on your own country (not a big deal), then it makes for another good slam.
That, or maybe they're just not used to the civilized gatherings like this (kegger-parties and protest marches don't count).
The snub that wasn't. CNN's Jeanne Moos reveals why world leaders weren't shaking President Bush's hand.