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October 12, 2005

The Fidgeter in Chief

I'm just not sure what all that fidgeting, blinking, trouser hitching, lip licking, weight shifting and foot jiggling means.

D]uring Bush's 14-minute pre-sunrise interview [with Matt Lauer]
[t]he president was a blur of blinks, taps, jiggles, pivots and shifts.
Bush has always been an active man, but standing with Lauer and the
serene, steady first lady, he had the body language of a man wishing
urgently to be elsewhere.


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.


Lauer's query about whether conservatives "are feeling let down by you"
appeared to provoke furious jiggling of the right leg.

Is he nervous? Is he lying? Is he flirting with Matt Lauer? Does he have Restless Leg Syndrome like my good friend and swimwear consultant Ricky?

Or does he just need to go potty and Condi isn't around to give him a bathroom pass?