A WORLD-CLASS SNUB…. CNN’s Rick Sanchez did a brief segment yesterday, highlighting a video taken at the recent G20 summit. Unless there’s some kind of backstory here that I’ve missed, it seems pretty humiliating.

As the Huffington Post reported, “It appears in this video that President Bush’s approval is in a sorrier state than polls indicate. In a video taken at the G20 summit, Bush walks across a line of world leaders without shaking or being asked to shake any of their hands. Whether the President is being rejected by the world leaders or he is rejecting them, CNN’s Rick Sanchez aptly says that Bush looks like ‘the most unpopular kid in high school that nobody liked.’”

It is curious. It seemed as if every head of state was anxious to greet and shake hands with every other, except Bush. It wouldn’t have been so jarring if Bush wasn’t the only one to get the cold shoulder from everyone.

It’s possible, I suppose, that there’s an explanation for this that isn’t humiliating for the president, but here’s a question: what do you suppose the chances would be that none of the world leaders would shake hands with Barack Obama, had he represented the United States at the G20 meeting?

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.