The alleged groping incident with former President George HW Bush reminds me of a conversation I had last year with Maguy Maccario Doyle, Monaco's Ambassador to the U.S., who recounted an awkward introduction to the former president in 2015.

"At the end of the visit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library [in Texas], they said, ‘We have a surprise for you and George Bush Sr. is here to say hello to all of you.’ So we were about 50 ambassadors in a private room and he came. He was in a wheelchair because he had broken his neck…. He’s a charming man, and he came to me and he said, ‘Oh my goodness! What a beautiful woman! She’s beautiful!’ And I was red-faced.”

The ambassador stood over him because he was seated in a wheelchair, a somewhat awkward position that led to a rather embarrassing diplomatic faux-pas.

“I was standing there like that and he put his hand there [on her behind], so everybody was like ‘Wow!’ But I didn’t think it meant anything. And then after that the protocol person said, ‘Oh, I apologize,’ and I said not to worry about it. I should have kissed him, but I didn’t dare to do that. That was a sweet moment,” she said.

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