Scampering to correct an unintended insult to visiting world leaders, executives are busy trying to explain to some G8 countries why it was impossible for Mickey Mouse to give their respective Presidents a "High Five", when asked to do so.
Also caught off guard by the incident, President Obama and his staff had no idea that a light hearted attempt by Nicolas Sarkozy to use that American colloquialism, would cause the life size stuffed mouse to fold his arms, chuckle and refuse to comply with the request.
Public Relations Director, Sonny Den Rayne says it was all a huge misunderstanding. "Our Mickey simply thought he was being entertainingly coy, by withholding his three fingers and thumb from the request. I mean, everybody knows that Mickey only has 4 fingers, right? He can do a high four, but not a high five. It was cute, don't you think?"
Others disagree, citing examples of the cartoon Mouse's inability to adapt well to other cultural or social situations. Once invited as a guest attendee to a corporate dinner sponsored by a consortium of pest control companies including Ortho and Terminix, Mickey refused to touch the food delivered to his table. The mouse reportedly pushed the plate away and then produced a hardened piece of Gouda from his pocket to eat.
President Obama's staff revealed that there was no real harm done in the exchange, or non exchange of modified handshakes, adequately explaining the four fingered foux pas to Sarkozy and the other G8 members. The President commented, "The rest of their visit to the Magic Kingdom went very well, up to the point when Angela Merkel blew chunks on the Space Mountain ride. Thank God she was riding in the last car."