For the last four days this week, a woman has come forward and accused President George H.W. Bush of sexually harassing them during photo opportunities over the last few years. The first three women all told similar allegations of meeting the elder President Bush backstage at events or productions while he grabbed their backsides from his wheelchair. Also, all three women claim that he told the same joke saying “David Cop-A-Feel!” while doing so. The fourth woman has come forward with another allegation.
According to the Press Herald, a former Republican Maine state Senate candidate, Amanda Staples, has alleged that Bush touched her during a Walkers Point photo shoot, but the incident took place over a decade ago. You can see a photo of the alleged incident here. In the caption to her picture, she wrote that he “grabbed my but and joked saying ‘Oh, I’m not THAT President.’”
It is reasonable to believe that Bush was referring to “THAT” former commander-in-chief, but Staples wrote that “I can only imagine how many women have had their butt grabbed in a photo op.” Staples continued by saying she never would want any of her daughters to “shrug it off because he was president.”
This news comes after actress Heather Lind broke the news that the former President allegedly assaulted her. Heather Lind claimed that Barbara Bush was present and rolled her eyes after the former president sexually assaulted her. Heather Lind shared a photo of Bush Sr. in his wheelchair shaking hands with Barack Obama during a gathering of ex-presidents to help with the hurricane disaster relief on Instagram. She says that she does not respect the former president and she felt compelled to speak out after seeing the photo of Bush Sr. and Barack Obama. Heather Lind said “he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo. He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again.”