The Past Week: Recaps and Random Thoughts, September 7-13 (Where’s Obama’s Empathy?; Body Language a la Clinton/Obama (Experts on THE HANDS); Lower Pay the Obama Way; And a Finger Back at ‘Ya, Barack!)

It’s been a week of some stupefying faux pas from the Obama camp, so here goes!

No matter what Pelosi thnks of Obama (and this pic says it all), we’ve got a loser on our hands…

Let’s start out with the September 11 ceremony which was NOT graced by the presence of Michelle Obama.  She “stayed home with the children” although most of the day they would have been in school, no?  How come she goes onto the campaign trail and leaves them home then?

But on to Barack…in case you missed him at the ceremony, check out the video… watch as he lays THROWS a few flowers down on the memorial at about minute 7:50). If you notice, Mayor Bloomberg does the same thing (although it looked like it was less deliberate–may have been trying to get the flowers to a higher place and had to do a little toss to do so), while McCain and his wife gently lay their flowers down.  Throwing the flowers the way Obama did it, almost casually, seemed inappropriate considering the solemnity of the moment.

By the way, some bloggers have had an edited version of the video up and have said that Obama “dissed” one of the workers.  You can see from this video that he DID talk to the person in question.

FULL Video–Obama at the World Trade Center, September 11


Obama capped off his day in New York with a lunch date with Bill Clinton.  If you missed the video, take a look. Obama’s body language is pretty clear–he’s as stiff as a board and he keeps his hands in his pockets the whole time.  (Maybe he was resisting the urge to strangle Bill?) And, he has to make sure he doesn’t get overshadowed, so he keeps interjecting comments like how he’s going to “put him (Clinton) to work” and how Clinton “knows a little something something about politics.”

According to, a site devoted to how one can “change what others think, believe, feel and do”

Hands are often used in communication and hiding the hands may indicate a desire not to communicate or not to collaborate, saying ‘I don’t want to talk with you’ or ‘I do not agree with you’.

This may be done in a deliberate gesture of defiance, such as stuffing hands in pockets. Liars may hide their hands in fear that they will give themselves away.

Hiding hands may also be a position of listening, sending the message ‘I do not want to talk because I want to listen to you.’

Putting hands in pockets or behind the back can also be due to just feeling relaxed and not needing to talk.

Now, do you think his hands were indicating the last two possibilities or the one I’ve bolded?  I’m going with the ones I highlighted…

As for that comment by Clinton about how he’s predicts that Obama will win “handily…”–sounds like he’s selling the Brooklyn Bridge, if you ask me. Note how Clinton says he’ll being doing things for Obama AFTER he finishes with his Global Initiative and what he does will depend on “whatever he’s asked to do.” With the Global Initiative being held from September 23-28. there’s only 6 weeks until election day and we’ll have to see when Obama will get around to asking Bill to work on his behalf.


Let’s move on to that awful ad which mocked McCain’s computer illiteracy…specifically, not being able to send an email. Of course, McCain’s injuries make it difficult to use the computer and he relies on his wife Cindy to help him answer email.  Frankly, if I were the McCain camp, I’d blow this one out of the water because it shows that 1) the Obama camp doesn’t do very much research when it want to slander somebody and 2) they are incapable of feeling any empathy for other people. Oh, and maybe there’s a bit of ageism in there, too…


Then there is the subject of Obama’s great respect for women, including paying them what they should be earning…both Logistics Monster and No Quarter have the details. Suffice to say, Obama’s paying his women staffers $.83 on the dollar as compared to McCain’s $1.04.   Surprised? How could we be after all the brush offs he’s give to us women…


Ah, but this potential voter, from the demographic that the Obama camp disdains, is getting even…expressing what many of us are feeling these days!!


Got a flyer from McCain with two absentee ballot request forms attached…First literature from McCain here in my location in Southern NM….meanwhile, I keeping getting showered with the “Now is Our Time” crap from Obama campaign…



Who is this Democratic Governor? Considered Presidential Timber after being Elected to Public Office for the First Time…But It’s Sarah Palin Who is “Inexperienced” ?

IN REMEBRANCE…September 11, 2001

Another Reason to be a “Disaffected Democrat”: Pelosi Letting KARL ROVE off the Hook as Time Runs Out on This Congressional Session (Add This to “Impeachment off the Table”)

The Myth of the Grief-Stricken Hillary Democrats

Exhausted….from GREEN CHILE!

The Past Week: Recaps and Random Thoughts, August 31-September 6 (A REAL Political Pregnancy Scandal; Free Don Siegelman; Don’t Show Off, Obama!, Canadian Election, GREEN CHILE!)

11 Responses

  1. hi insight!
    that’s a great shot of the woman giving the finger….got my sticker and request to donate to DNC this week, too. I crumpled up the sticker so it was unusable and stuffed it back in their pre-paid envelope and sent it back to them!

    i like how you broke down clinton’s comments…it was pretty obvious that bambi feels a little scared standing there next to him, a person with real power, not the superficial type of power bambi struts around with.

  2. I have to see if that envelope I got has a sticker in it…didn’t bother to open it yet!!! Somewhere in the pile of things I have to shred!!

  3. The other notable thing about Obama’s body language is that he rarely makes direct eye contact with anyone. Another sure sign of lying or feeling superior. Plus he often cuts off the person he’s with, acting like what he has to say is more important than whatever the other person is trying to say or ask. This is especially prominent if he’s speaking to a woman (IMO).

  4. Michelle was absent from the 9/11 ceremony supposedly because it was the Obama kids’ first week of school – (private, tuition $15K).
    But according to an Ohio paper, Michelle spoke and campaigned at a religious conference in Ohio on Sept. 10…..

  5. Watch the movements of BC’s mouth. I think he’s saying things w/tongue in cheek. 😉

  6. You guys have been getting stickers with your donate requests? Guess you must be in swing states – he doesn’t want to waste them here in California where it is eerily bare without them.

  7. Obama’s comments were inane. He just can’t say anything that is important, so he has to upstage Clinton, instead of just keeping his mouth shut.

    He looks like Poodle Blair when he’d stand next to Pres Bush W. with that big frickin’ grin on his shoulder.

    I agree insightanalytical. He does not look comfortable. BC is so much more relaxed, but you know he just thinks Obama is a joke.

  8. sorry typo.

    big frickin’ grin on his goofy face

  9. Thanks – this is the first time I’ve seen the video of the 9/11 joint tribute.

    As I was watching it my thoughts were –
    Where the hell is Michelle?

    Obama will wait for a signal from McCain to indicate when the prayer is sufficient, after throwing the flowers. And by God, that’s exactly what happened. The leader? McCain.

  10. Little OT, I’m not concerned about Obama, we all know how he is, how he likes to use body language to try and make himself superior to the common man. Thank you for the recap. I missed the 9/11 tribute.

    Has anyone else noticed? Or am I imagining things? I’m afraid President Clinton may be over extending himself. Normally his cheeks are nice and rosie. He’s been very pale for the past month now, and the bags under his eyes are horrible. He does not look well, he looks like he’s lost a lot of weight. I wish he would take a little time to care for himself, not just others. I’ve been really concerned about him. Yes, I realize he isn’t a young man anymore, the thing that concerns me is these are all drastic, recent changes in him in a very short time.

  11. Diana…
    I was tempted to comment on BC myself, only it didn’t really fit in the story…

    I did notice how pale and FRAIL he looked… looked like he had no vigor at all. Part of the latter may be because it’s allergy season and he has bad allergies…like ME! I’m getting shots etc but I’m still having some bad days

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