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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:08 PM

The Definitive Body-Language Analysis of the Mitt Romney–Barack Obama Handshake

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/11/The-Definitive-Body-Language-Analysis-of-the-Mitt-RomneyBarack-Obama-Handshake
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The aforementioned photograph of Romney and Obama gripping digits contains all the awkwardness this excruciating lunch first promised when Jay Carney announced the meal a few days ago. Let’s take a closer look.

Observe that Mitt Romney’s shoulders are totally dead. Whereas he looks stiff as. . . well, as stiff as Mitt Romney, President Obama is leaned slightly forward, his own hand extended into Romney’s personal space. If we had to guess, we would say that the president was the one who initiated the handshake. Someone who took the lead on a handshake would never hold his hand so close to his own body. Our theory: by the time Obama extended his hand to Romney, Romney did not have had time to extend his own arm outward, but just enough time and space to lift only his forearm up to meet Obama’s grip. Mitt Romney is definitely playing a submissive role here.

Note that Obama’s hand is in his pocket, while Romney’s is hanging limp by his side. The symbolism could not be starker: Obama has more to share and more to give, while Romney is literally professionally, emotionally, and spiritually empty-handed.

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Reply The Definitive Body-Language Analysis of the Mitt Romney–Barack Obama Handshake (Original post)
malaise Dec 2012 OP
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #1
malaise Dec 2012 #15
ChairmanAgnostic Dec 2012 #2
malaise Dec 2012 #3
ChairmanAgnostic Dec 2012 #18
nc4bo Dec 2012 #11
patrice Dec 2012 #4
malaise Dec 2012 #5
patrice Dec 2012 #7
malaise Dec 2012 #9
EmeraldCityGrl Dec 2012 #6
malaise Dec 2012 #10
Pirate Smile Dec 2012 #14
madokie Dec 2012 #8
malaise Dec 2012 #12
madokie Dec 2012 #16
yellowcanine Dec 2012 #13
rppper Dec 2012 #17

Response to malaise (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:10 PM

1. I love it! Thanks for posting!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:15 PM

15. It is sweet

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:13 PM

2. His religion lied to him.

From birth, he was told he was special, destined for great things. He was put on a path for riches, as a stepping stone for the presidency. He was told, wait, not 08, but in four more years, you'll hear the cheers.

He believed it, every powerful leader in LDS reinforced it, and he had every expectation that he would win.

He still can't understand what really happened. It might take months, maybe a year.

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Response to ChairmanAgnostic (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:17 PM

3. And that is why this victory was particularly sweet

I'm still lovin' it. I think it will take the rest of his life.
Very well said ChairmanAgnostic

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Response to malaise (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:49 PM

18. some entitlements are good.

I think I am entitled to a scotch soon. People who work hard are entitled to safe worksites, retirement and health care. every single person in our country is entitled to an education.

And I think that Romney and Ryan are entitled to take a flying leap.

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Response to ChairmanAgnostic (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:59 PM

11. Maybe he can go buy himself an island somewhere and let crabs & seagulls elect him President.



White Horse Prophecy, fulfilled.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:23 PM

4. A private universe destroyed. Clearly painful for Romney ...

Mitt Romney’s facial expression, while certainly in the Smile kingdom, belongs squarely in the Grimace phylum. Mimic Romney’s face with your own. Go ahead, seriously—make that face. How do you feel? Do you feel annoyed? Impatient? Filled with resentment? The corners of the mouth contain multitudes when not turned upright.

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Response to patrice (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:27 PM

5. So glad that this happened to the definition of an arrogant entitled prick

That was a great paragraph

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:32 PM

7. And whether he called it stealing or not, that IS exactly what he did. The sorts of things

he and the rest of the 1% have done have driven our young into the military and, thus, have choked off untold human potentials, robbed billions of people of different kinds of futures, much of which could have been futures much more consistent with their own authentic "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" and, hence, more peace for the rest of us, than the scraps thrown from the tables of American Exceptionalists could ever be.

And the profound ugliness of that arrogance is that it is so blind to its own conceit that it is attractive to confused and dishonest others who either cannot or will not recognize it for what it is, until it's too late and, even then, most of the price will be paid by others.

I always have the inclination to feel sorry for losers, but SOME losers are like that "ring that the Hobbits found", feeling sorry for them is dangerous to your soul. I need to remember to never forget how manipulative people like Willard and Ann can be.

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Thanks for the post, malaise; physical facts are signifiers, all of us should learn to read better.

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Response to patrice (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:57 PM

9. Great post

You're welcome.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:45 PM

6. There is just something so satisfying

about seeing Romney in the Oval Office, a space he coveted more
than any mansion he will ever own, knowing it will never be his.

How he must have glanced around and felt the Universe, his God,
his destiny had failed to give him what he had been told from his
earliest memory was his for the taking.

Even Ann who had left him for another man when he was in France,
was convinced by him to marry him and she would be the queen of his
kingdom. The five little princes would all have been set to create the dynasty
that was their birthright. Ah, a single tear runs down my cheek.

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Response to EmeraldCityGrl (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:58 PM

10. Yes it couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch

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Response to EmeraldCityGrl (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:00 PM

14. There was something so satisfying on election night having the wealthy son of a Governor call the

biracial son of a single mom to concede the Presidency.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:41 PM

8. Thats the way I seen it too

Our President is no ones fool where as rMoney is a 'ho as is evidenced by his campaign to say whatever he thought he needed to say to please others as he had no ideas of his own. President Obama is his own Man where as mitt is, like I said, a prostitute for others

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Response to madokie (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:00 PM

12. He really was a pathetic figure in the campaign

When you stand for nothing, you fall for anything. Why did he think he could lie, flip-flop, hide his taxes, insult the 99% and still win. That takes some sense of entitlement.

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Response to malaise (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:16 PM

16. We really did dodge a bullet there

so to say

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:02 PM

13. Well that Mitt is a stiff is no revelation.

just sayin'

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:54 PM

17. But...but...but....he had BOYS...no girls....

Submissive indeed.....

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