Giant on the move
Bush volleyball becomes an Olympic sport
The United States are favourite in both the men’s and women’s tournament and the president popped by to wish them good luck. He was not expecting to be made to actually play, nor to be proffered a pert buttock to pat.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are feared as almost superhuman by their opponents so pity the president when Misty took him on to the sand for a spin, showing him how to hold his arms straight out for the ball and “playing some pepper” with him, batting the ball back and forth a few times.
Hard though that was, it was easier than the other dilemma May-Treanor gave him by offering him her bottom to pat in encouragement as the players often do on court. Bush nervously smiled and tapped her on the small of her back with the back of his hand.
When another player nodded the president’s way, Gibb took it in typically chilled-out beach-dude style.
“Hey! Who’s that guy?” he grinned, backslapping the president.
Reuters pictures by Carlos Barria