“Watch out for people who have a situational value system, who can turn the charm on and off depending on the status of the person they are interacting with….. be especially wary of those who are rude to people perceived to be in subordinate roles.”…Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson, “Unwritten Rules of Management“
A video of Barack Obama’s speech in Allentown, PA December 4, 2009.
“President Obama scratches his head with his middle finger… intentionally?”
Youtube video provided by Chris Barrett
This is not the first time that Obama has been caught making this gesture. Remember the incident from the 2008 campaign.
From the Citizen Wells blog, August 18, 2008.
“Obama is documented as being the most liberal member of the senate. Obama claims to have no ties to lobbyists. Obama claims to be a Christian, but his words do not match his deeds.”
Obama words, Obama actions
So what could have prompted this lastest gesture?
“John M Callahan
$250 to Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton For President on October 17, 2007 ”
From National Review Online, April 21, 2008
“Clinton finds her people in Pennsylvania.”
“Bethlehem, Pennsylvania — The next day, Sunday afternoon, Clinton is on the other side of the state in Bethlehem. The name conjures up images of shuttered steel mills and rust-belt decay, but Bethlehem is a beautiful little city — just a couple of years ago, it was included in Money magazine’s list of the 100 best places to live in America. (It was number 88.) The city has a lovely, historic main street that is quite alive — check out the Moravian Book Shop and a zillion coffee shops — without empty store fronts.
Clinton’s rally is in the gymnasium at Liberty High School. Her team is not exactly expecting a full house. On the left side of the gym, as one faces the stage, there are 25 rows of seats, from floor to ceiling. The Clinton team has put up a big blue curtain and an American flag blocking access beyond the first seven rows; all the seats above that remain empty.
But people pack into the room, after waiting hours to get through Secret Service security points. The gym floor is jammed.
“As I look out on the crowd, I’m not sensing any bitterness,” Bethlehem mayor John Callahan tells the audience. “I’m not sensing any pessimism.”
He’s right. And while Clinton crowds don’t exactly go wild, this crowd is as loud and enthusiastic as they get. “Isn’t this exciting?” Clinton says when she takes the stage to huge applause. “We’re getting to the decision day.””
“As far as voting for Obama is concerned, the views of people here are just about the same as those in the Mon Valley. More than half of those I ask say they won’t vote for him under any circumstances. A few others say they’ll have to think hard about it. And a few say they’ll be (grudgingly) loyal Democrats.
A couple of hours later, people in Bethlehem get a surprise when Obama shows up, unannounced, on Main Street. Word has gotten out a few minutes early, and excited people on the street are calling their friends and telling them to hurry down, that Obama will be there soon. And sure enough, his bus pulls up, and Obama makes his way down the street, shaking hands and stopping briefly at Mama Nina’s Foccacheria, before heading to the Bethlehem Brew Works, a brew pub with a Steel City theme — the booths are made of bare piping and sheet steel — on the corner. He sips a beer — a regular guy — talks to a few people, and takes off.”
Thanks to commenter ARMY D.A.V. for this info.