The two former US presidents were in Haiti recently to raise awareness for fund-raising efforts for the quake-stricken nation, following a request from President Barack Obama to his two predecessors to spearhead America’s aid efforts after the January 12 earthquake.
On Monday, March 22, Clinton and Bush toured the ruins of Port-au-Prince, the country’s devastated capital where they met with survivors at a large homeless camp in the city.
But, after shaking hands with a member of the crowd, Bush seemingly rubs his hand on Clinton’s shirtsleeve, the New York Daily News reported.
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has raised some $37 million (Rs 167 crore) from 2 lakh donors, including US President Barack Obama, who donated money from his Nobel Peace Prize award.
In his memoir, Obama recounts his first meeting with President Bush, in early 2005: “‘Obama!” he said, shaking my hand. “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.”
“We both got better than we deserve, Mr President,” I said, shaking the First Lady’s hand and hoping that I’d wiped any crumbs off my face. The president turned to an aide nearby, who squirted a big dollop of hand sanitiser in the president’s hand. “Want some?” the president asked. ‘Good stuff. Keeps you from getting colds.’ Not wanting to seem unhygienic, I took a squirt”.