Fingergate? Or Chimpgate?
During his most recent press briefing Scott McClellan responded to a question about Bush's "finger thrust," reported in an earlier Peach item, by saying this:
Clearly, if you look at it and if you were there, you would recognize that the President was giving a thumbs-up.Well, if you want to see the clip again, click here. Meanwhile, the Peach wishes to point out that if the long, skinny digit being held aloft in the video is in fact the president's thumb, then another cherished theory held by the president's detractors must be true, that the president bears a closer-than-normal relationship to some of our lower-primate cousins.
Put it this way: In what species is a thumb so indisinguishable from the animal's other digits that such a mistake could even be possible? Okay, the lemur perhaps. Some might say the racoon. But the Peach's staff of ace primate experts has suggested that only in the chimp is the entire hand large enough and the thumb sufficiently hairless to allow for the kind of widespread misinterpretation that McClellan has suggested.
So there you have it. Bush did not give the finger to the press. But he is a chimp.