For Immediate Release
January 23, 2006
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Maryland Professor Offers Tips for Watching the State of the Union Address
By Karen Kohn Bradley
The Entrance: Over the last few years, President Bush has entered the chambers with a broad focus, directing winks, smiles, and nudges towards particular people. If that changes this year; if he enters with head down, or with a more determined, more grim countenance, it signals he is feeling the heat. If he continues that former pattern, we can understand he is ignoring the heat.
The Exit: If he lingers on the way out, shaking hands and holding the upper arms of key supporters as he winks and smiles at them and others, he feels relaxed and relieved. If he hastens out abruptly, he is not so sure of how well he performed.
Often, he looks up at Laura Bush as if to check with her as to how he did. At such moments it is easy to see the current nature of their relationship, which is usually quite supportive.
Finally: It is important for reporters and analysts to utilize the tools of nonverbal communication and body language in assessing the messages the American population receives from the White House.
Karen Kohn Bradley is a certified movement analyst, who studies the nonverbal and movement behaviors of political leaders. She is just one of our faculty experts available to talk about President Bush's 2006 State of the Union speech. Please see our State of the Union "Hot Topic" Expert's List for more information.
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