I have to say, I'm irritated by the accusations coming out against George H. W. Bush that he groped women while posing for photos.
It's great that women are more comfortable going public with their sexual assault allegations against rich and powerful men. That's a major step for women.
It's different with Bush though.
First of all, he's 93 years old. He suffers from vascular Parkinson's and is on medications for that. The chances that he doesn't suffer from at least some degree of dementia are slim. He's probably sexually disinhibited. I see patients like that all the time, and yes, they do sexually inappropriate things sometimes. Lucky for them though, it doesn't land them in the newspaper to be humiliated in front of the whole country.
I really don't think Bush would make a David Cop-a-feel joke if he were all there. The proof is that even with all these women coming forward about the photo op harassment, nobody has made any accusations about non-demented Bush from years ago. Now would be a perfect time to do it, but nobody has. Which makes me think this is new behavior from his dementia.
Is it right that Bush grabbed those women? No. Do they have a right to come forward? Yes, absolutely. Is it Bush's fault this happened? I don't think so. Is it somebody's fault? Yes. Somebody around him who was aware of this behavior should have warned the women or not put him in a situation where this was likely to happen. I mean, at least if the women were warned, they could be prepared and know it's not meant in a predatory way.
I guess my point is I feel there's something wrong with tarnishing Bush's reputation because of things he does while demented. Hate him for Desert Storm, don't hate him for this. The finger-pointing should at least be directed at the right people.