Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Body Language that Hurts

Those old enough will remember the phrase "ugly American" from the book of the same name. It conveyed the idea that Americans traveling overseas as tourists often came across as arrogant, condescending, and rude people who constantly complained that people didn't speak English or properly attend to their needs. Another characteristic: they started speaking louder and louder and got more angry when somebody didn't understand them or agree with them.

Sound familiar? That's George Bush. When he starts to get louder and louder tonight, to the point where it hurts to listen to him, and when he hunches over and gets in your face to force you to take his point of view, watch out for the bs meter to peg to the right. That will be a good measure that you are not about to hear the truth. That's also a good measure that allies will likely get talked down to, as well - in the first debate it was Europe, in the second Canada. That from the Great Divider.

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