August 22, 2008
I Love It

My George W. Bush Countdown Calendar for today reads:

In his memoir, The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama, the African-American Senator from Illinois, tells of an encounter with George W. Bush at a meet-and-greet at the White House. The president shook his hand warmly, then “turned to an aide nearby, who squirted a bit dollop of hand sanitizer in the president’s hand.”

Can this possibly be true? Is it out of context? Anybody read the book?


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 22, 2008 01:23 PM
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It's true, but slightly out of context. According to the book they had just finished eating and Bush offered some of the sanitizer to Obama as well, claiming that it "helps prevent colds." Still, though, as pure symbolism it's priceless.

Posted by: ohollern on August 22, 2008 4:55 PM

Damn. Well, what the hell. I'd rather be fair and balanced about things than be an O'Reilly or a Limbaugh.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on August 22, 2008 11:55 PM

I read the book and it is in there. I can't remember the exact context. A local city council candidate and his wife were doing several meet and greets in Raleigh a few years back. His wife ended up with meningitis. Because her immune system was down some other bug
that was lying dormant in her system was activated and her recovery was twice as long. I
cannot remember the second bug, but it is not uncommon to have it in your system and
not uncommon for the sequence to take place. Any way the doctor said it was because they were shaking so many hands, and if I remember correctly, because the hands they were
shaking we those of elder people.

Yes, the dollop of hand sanitizer is well worth it. Doctors and nurses are using it in
hospitals. They are to use it on their hands as they enter each patient's room. Seems they can get them to use the sanitizer easier than they can get them to wash their hands between patients.

It may be one of the few thing GW got right, but he is a survivalist.

Posted by: tdrbob on August 23, 2008 10:39 AM
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