Bush "gropes" Germany's (female) chancellor Merkel

Yesterday's news from the G8 summit was all shit. Today, blogger Taylor Marsh posts photos of another "candid moment" in which President Bush gives an unsolicited, surprise neck-massage to German prime minister Angela Merkel. The Los Angeles Times reported:

"Entering the meeting room, as relayed by a Russian television camera, Bush headed directly behind the chancellor, reached out and, placing both hands on the collar of her gold jacket, gave her a short massage just below the neck. She smiled."

IANAFRE (I am not a facial recognition expert), but that doesn't look like much of a smile to me, or a happy hand-gesture following. What odd manners the leader of the Western world has. Link (Thanks, Stefan Jones)

Reader comment: Alex Steffen says,

There's video on this page that makes it clear how inappropriate it was… the Germans are calling it a "Liebes-Attacke"