Former POTUS George H. W. Bush is 93-years-old, and as such, his hands aren’t used for much more than eating, flipping channels on his television, and the odd Super Bowl coin toss. He doesn’t even wheel his own wheelchair; that’s Barbara Bush’s job now. However, according to recent allegations made by actress Heather Lind, his hands have also been used to touch her butt.
Newsweek says Heather came forward on Instagram yesterday with her own #metoo story in a now-deleted post. It happened after she saw a recent picture of the five living ex-Presidents uniting for hurricane relief. Heather says she found it “disturbing” because she recognized the respect former Presidents are given and that she felt pride for some of them, but that her meeting with one of them wasn’t very nice. Heather claims that George Sr. touched her ass during a photo-op in 2014 at a screening of the AMC spy series Turn: Washington’s Spies. (George Sr. and Barbara were hosting the event. Heather played real-life American spy Anna Strong).
Heather alleged that instead of shaking her hand upon meeting, George Sr. touched her “from behind” while in his wheelchair and Barbara was standing on the other side of him. She also claimed George Sr. told her a dirty joke. Then, while being photographed, George Sr. touched her butt again. Heather claimed Barbara responded by rolling her eyes “as if to say ‘not again.‘”
After their alleged encounter, Heather claimed that security staff working for George Sr. told her she shouldn’t have stood next to him.
“We were instructed to call him Mr. President. It seems to me a President’s power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people, and serve as a symbol of our democracy. He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me.”
A spokesperson for George Sr. released a statement regarding Heather’s allegations. George Sr. is very sorry for that joke.
“President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”
Ah, the ol’ “Sorry if you were offended by the pervy old dude” apology. I do wonder what the first draft of that apology was like before it went through the spokesperson filter. Something tells me it was much less formal. “Bar, come in here. Some gal is saying I touched her fanny and that I told a dirty joke. Do you remember that? No, the joke – do you remember the joke? Was it about the fellow from Nantucket?”