George H.W. Bush apologized Monday after another woman said the former president groped her during a 2003 photo op when she was 16 years old.
In a now-deleted Instagram post last month, actress Heather Lind accused Bush of touching her from behind and telling her a "dirty joke" during a 2014 Houston screening of her AMC show, "TURN: Washington's Spies". But Jimmy Carter is out there building houses, basically the same age as Bush and he hasn't, as far as I know, grabbed anyone's ass unwillingly, so there's really no excuse for Bush. The alleged groping occurred while a photograph was being taken, Corrigan said.
"To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke - and on occasion, he has patted women's rears in what he meant to be a good-natured manner", said spokesman Jim McGrath in a statement.
He said: "George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone distress, and he again apologises to anyone he offended during a photo op".
She is the sixth woman to accuse him of inappropriate touching. And I believe that it might be meant that way, but it isn't 1950, you can't just go around slapping women on the ass to say good job.
"At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures", he wrote.
"To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke and on occasion, he has patted women's rears in what he meant to be a good-natured manner", Mr McGrath explained.
Corrigan's mother said she didn't say anything to Bush in part out of fear of jeopardizing her husband's job. Corrigan told Time that the president, then 79, grabbed her from behind as she posed for a photo with him and her mother.
"I'm just sad that we've come to this", Laura Bush told CNN.
"He didn't shake my hand".
The former president served as CIA director in the 1970s, and the agency's headquarters in Langley, Va., is named for him. "I just burst into uncontrollable sobbing", Corrigan said. I can't. I cannot sit with that. "I think in order for us to have progress and for women to reach the true equality we deserve to have, we need to stop making excuses and letting that be OK". "I was actually there to be taken seriously, and I wasn't", she added.