Barack Obama and his "good bride" Michelle are set to meet the First Family at the White House Monday. This will be unavoidably awkward, what with Obama having spent the last two years talking about how terrible the Bush Administration has been and all. It certainly doesn't take the edge off things that Bush seemed deathly afraid to touch That One at their first meeting four years ago. Fox News tracked down the relevant passage in Obama's second memoir, the Audacity of Hope:
"Obama!" Bush exclaimed... "Come here and meet Laura. Laura, you remember Obama. We saw him on TV during election night. Beautiful family. And that wife of yours — that's one impressive lady."
The two men shook hands and then, according to Obama, Bush turned to an aide, "who squirted a big dollop of hand sanitizer in the president's hand."
Bush then offered some to Obama, who recalled: "Not wanting to seem unhygienic, I took a squirt."
Was this odd behavior a racist thing, a partisan thing or an insane president thing? Someone should put in a call to Condi Rice or Colin Powell, they could probably shed some light on the situation.
Bush then proceeded to tell Obama to "watch yourself" because everyone would be "gunnin'" for him around DC, including Bush himself. Way to make a guy feel welcome!
Fox News later asked the president about this passage, and naturally he got all pissy and defensive. We're still betting he doesn't bring out the good china for their big dinner.