While Meeting Haitians, Bush Wipes Hand on Clinton's Shirt

By Victoria Cavaliere
|  Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 11:20 PM EDT
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While Meeting Haitians, Bush Wipes Hand on Clinton's Shirt

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Former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton clasped hands with residents of one of Haiti's massive tent cities yesterday on a tour of its quake-devastated capital — and BBC footage of the meet-and-greet seems to catch Mr. Bush wiping his sweaty hand on Clinton's back.

The move came right after Bush shook hands with an unidentified Haitian man.

The two former leaders were tapped by President Barack Obama to spearhead U.S. fundraising for aid and reconstruction in Haiti after January's magnitude-7 quake, which killed an estimated 230,000 people. Another 1.3 million people are homeless, with many living in camps and temporary shelters prone to dangerous flooding in the April rainy season.

 

Clinton's Harlem-based foundation has donated more than 35,000 tents, 45,000 pounds of water and tons of medical supplies to Haiti as the nation struggles to shelter masses of people left homeless and injured.

This was Bush's first visit to the country since the earthquake, and speaking after a tour of the damaged presidential palace he said "It's one thing to see it on TV, it's another to see it firsthand."

While many of the homeless welcomed the presidents visit as a sign that the U.S. would continue to supply aid, some said they were disappointed the presidents did not bring anything more tangible.

"The visit is like no visit at all. They walked inside, it's to show off," said Rene Pierre, a 35-year-old homeless man.
 

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