Wednesday, October 12, 2005

For President Under Duress, Body Language Speaks Volumes

Dana Milbank provides a follow-up comment to the post below: "It's only 6:17 a.m. Central time, and President Bush is already facing his second question of the day about Karl Rove's legal troubles.

'Does it worry you,' NBC's Matt Lauer is asking him at a construction-site interview in Louisiana, that prosecutors 'seem to have such an interest in Mr. Rove?'

Bush blinks twice. He touches his tongue to his lips. He blinks twice more. He starts to answer, but he stops himself.

'I'm not going to talk about the case,' Bush finally says after a three-second pause that, in television time, feels like a commercial break."


"When the questioning turned to Miers, Bush blinked 37 times in a single answer -- along with a lick of the lips, three weight shifts and some serious foot jiggling. Laura Bush, by contrast, delivered only three blinks and stood still through her entire answer about encouraging volunteerism. [So she is a robot?]

Perhaps the set itself made Bush uncomfortable. He and his wife stood in casual attire, wearing tool belts, in front of a wall frame and some Habitat for Humanity volunteers in hard hats. ABC News noted cheekily of its rival network's exclusive: 'He did allow himself to be shown hammering purposefully, with a jejune combination of cowboy swagger and yuppie self-consciousness.'"


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