After reading Dan Zanoza’s interview with Debbie Revor [http://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2009/09/obama-acorn-i-worked-with-the-community-organizer-by-debbie-revor-.html]--who at one time was a legal secretary working in the same law office of Mr. Obama--I commented to Zanoza about Dr. Tobler's assertion. Zanoza wrote back, wondering if anyone had ever written about the topic and invited me to do so. Since this was just before the weekend of the "Big 5", Obama’s five appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows, I agreed, knowing I would have plenty of sound off/watching time.
I recorded three of the shows and the following day, I viewed them. I must admit that the three shows did not tell me much at first. The only time I saw anger, I decided to review this particular segment with the sound on. I listened to what was asked of Obama by George Stephanopoulos that had elicited the angry response. The question had to do with the definition of tax. It was obvious that Mr. Obama was not pleased with the implication that any part of "his" health care plan is a tax, even though it fits the dictionary definition of such.
I then decided that I would access You Tube and look at other Obama speeches over the last couple of years. I viewed speeches from 2008 and 2009 which included a part of Obama's weekly address from 9.5.09, his labor day speech to union members, his eulogy for Ted Kennedy, a speech about patriotism on 7.4.09, something from an AME church on 6.5.08 and the short four-minute sound byte from his health care speech in front of Congress which can be found on the White House website.
It was when I was watching Mr. Reagan that it finally dawned on me what was clearly apparent concerning Obama’s facial expressions and body language. Obama seems to only have two facial expressions...pre-scowl and scowl. Basically, his face never changes expression. I went back to the speech in front of the union members thinking, "Gee, he is really pro-union, surely there will be a friendlier look on his face there." But I was wrong. Even during that speech there was not much change in his expression. During the snippets of Obama's recent address to a joint session of Congress, his face looked like a parent who was greatly displeased at having to tell a child, yet again, something that has been told to said child many times before and why in the world do I have to tell you this again?
What I saw on the other President's faces were true expressions of emotion: Carter's obvious sadness over the events in Iran and Bush 41's positive emotion as he has just been sworn in as President. I also saw faces that were mobile, eyebrows raised at appropriate times, smiles occurred appropriately as well--smiles that made it all the way to the speaker’s eyes. Hand movements were fluid or hands were folded calmly in front of the speaker. None of the other Presidents seemed to have a chip on their shoulder like Obama seems to have.