It was supposed to be a light-hearted photo opportunity showing the gentle side of the world's most powerful man.
Unfortunately, nobody told the baby.
Despite being closely vetted by both the U.S. secret service and German intelligence agents, the startled infant voiced a noisy protest as it was handed to George Bush.
Unable to placate the wailing child - despite all his skills of diplomacy - President Bush was forced to hand it back to its waiting mother.
And the baby, whose parents are German, was not the only one unhappy with Mr. Bush's presence in the village of Trinwillershagen, in the former East Germany.