Michael Phelps, the star of the Beijing Olympics after his record-breaking 8 gold medals in the swimming pool, has admitted that he owes much of his success to President George Bush, who slapped his ass before he left for China.
Bush, who also slapped the ass of beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor as soon as he clapped eyes on her on Saturday, is visiting as many of the sporting venues as he can, dishing out his lucky ass-slap which, it's hoped, will act as a good luck charm for the US competitors.
Phelps, who won his eighth gold here on Saturday, confirmed that the President had given his ass a "damn good slapping" at the White House only three days before the swimmer flew to Beijing with the rest of the US squad.
Speaking after he had received his medal, Phelps said:
"It's still smartin' like hell, even now!"