Rain poncho struggle not first time George W. Bush went viral
In this March 24, 2008 file photo, President Bush hugs a person dressed as the Easter bunny at the start of the annual Easter Egg Roll, overlooking the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
When former President George W. Bush got tangled in his rain poncho during last week’s inauguration, the Internet was quick to seize on his befuddlement, largely in a good-natured way.
But President Bush has been no stranger to both embarrassment and lighter moments. Though he weathered serious criticism during his eight years in office — on issues ranging from 9/11 to the Iraq War to Hurricane Katrina — his ability to suffer indignities without rancor and keep a focus on humor and humanity are also important to remember.
And who could forget when he expertly dodged not one, but two thrown shoes at a press conference in Iraq?
It was probably a presidential first, but Bush kept his composure — just as he did when he encountered a locked door after a speech in China:
President Bush also hasn’t been shy about dancing:
Former President George W. Bush dances with band director Asia Muhaimin as the band plays, during a visit to Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Bush is in town to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
And he was quick to mug for the kids:
Former President George W. Bush greets 3-year-old Sasha Poteat during a book signing event for “Decision Points” at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in the River Oaks shopping center on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Julio Cortez)
As president, he supported our athletes at the Olympics in China — careful, there, Mr. President!
President Bush gestures toward the back of Misty May Treanor as he visits the practice of the U.S. beach volleyball team the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. At right is Treanor’s teammate Kerri Walsh. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
And since he left office, President Bush has not been afraid to show his bipartisan side …
First lady Michelle Obama hugs former President George W. Bush during the dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)