Governor Brewer met Air Force I, when it landed in Arizona last week, to greet President Obama. She cordially greeted him and offered him a letter. He initially declined and sternly reprimanded her for recounting, in her book, Scorpions for breakfast, the treatment she received at the White House last year. “I don’t appreciate it,” the President fussed. Governor Brewer defended her description of the meeting as an accurate accounting. Actually, as you can see, she passionately defended her book.
News accounts predicted angry blowback over this “affront.” But somebody needed to come forward and take on a leadership role. Jesse Jackson was rested and ready. “Do you know how insulting it is to put your finger in somebody’s face?” Jackson charged. “Try it with the cameras rolling — she knew the cameras. She knew what she was doing. She was telling him off. She was cutting him down to his size. She must never get away with that.”
“Even George Wallace did not put his finger in Dr. King’s face,” he said, referring to the segregationist former governor of Alabama.
But Jackson is no expert in the use of the finger (Mrs. Clinton is). This is a little tutorial starting with Governor Brewer (above) who effectively used her finger to equalize the disadvantage shorter people have. This is a representative sample of President Obama’s finger techniques for Republicans and America’s friends.
Unlike the President, Jesse Jackson seems to have a different approach than the finger. In early July, 2008, Jackson was set for an interview at the Fox Television Chicago Studio. Here’s what he said to another guest, “I want to cut his [Barack Obama’s] nuts out” and he accused his fellow Chicagoan of “talking down to black folks” by giving moral lectures to African-Americans.”
Clearly the President’s finger would take him further with the more direct “I’m comin’ at ya” approach demonstrated perfectly here by Mrs. Clinton.