There have been a lot of President Bush’s “Trust me — wink, wink” assurances about Harriet Miers to his conservative base. But columnist Dana Milbank suggests, with his description of Bush’s appearance on the “Today” show with Matt Lauer, that Bush’s blinking is more telling than his winking.
“The fidgeting clearly corresponded to the questioning. When Lauer asked if Bush, after a slow response to Katrina, was ‘trying to get a second chance to make a good first impression,’ Bush blinked 24 times in his answer. When asked why Gulf Coast residents would have to pay back funds but Iraqis would not, Bush blinked 23 times and hitched his trousers up by the belt.
“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.”
Posted by Melissa Cooley
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