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October 17, 2003

Is Bush Scared?

There's a very interesting thing about the picture of When Bush met Arnie (popup, just for a change) that everyone is using.

It's not obvious at first, but I think it's relevant.

Whenever George Bush meets *anyone* in public for a shot like this, he's on the right of the photograph. This is so that when the two people shake hands, his full body is in shot and open, whereas the other person is side-on and has their arm across them.

This is, I suspect, to make him look more open and inviting. Basically being the dominant person in the photograph.

He's so keen on it that there have even been some very awkward scenes on the white house lawn where he's found himself on the wrong side of his guest. Putin and Schroeder have both had their hands refused while he walks round to the other side of them and offers his.

So when *Arnie* gets to stand on the right of Bush, whereas others with nuclear weapons don't, something's up.

I guess we'll see...

(And while I'm at it, I can't find George Bush's height online. Curious.)

Posted by Tom Dolan at October 17, 2003 02:22 PM

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I like the Bush-box theory. But of course we don't know for sure that Arnie is actually very tall. He could just be wide and surrounded by strategic midgets.

Posted by: vicky at October 17, 2003 02:31 PM

Well Arnie's only 6'2" so perhaps he brought a box too.

(I can't believe Arnie is shorter than me, that's just *not* right)

Posted by: Tom at October 17, 2003 02:37 PM

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