Pres. Bush declines to slap Misty May-Treanor's bikinied butt

I got a kick out of this…

“Mr. President,” she said, “want to?”

Want to has nothing to do with it in public life.

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As the son of a president, a husband of nearly 37 years, the father of two daughters, the subject of some attempted tabloid exposes and a seasoned political veteran, who is not a female athlete but knows that every camera for a half-mile is trained on him, Bush wisely chose instead to brush his hand across the small of May-Treanor’s back. (See photo.)

Darn!

That did, however, lead to a hilarious Reuters photo caption and immediate correction (hat tip to Mike Allen’s Saturday Playbook).
Original photo caption: “U.S. President George W. Bush playfully pats the backside of U.S. Women’s Beach Volleyball team player Misty May-Treanor (L) at her invitation while visiting the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Grounds at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, August 9, 2008. Team mate Kerri Walsh ® watches.”

Corrected caption, eight minutes later: “ATTENTION EDITORS - CAPTION CLARIFICATION U.S. President George W. Bush playfully pats the back of U.S. Women’s Beach Volleyball team player Misty May-Treanor (L) at her invitation while visiting the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Grounds at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, August 9, 2008. Teammate Kerri Walsh ® watches.”

That English language can be tricky, can’t it? “Back” and “backside” are so similar but seem to have completely different connotations.

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