Am I the only one who saw weakness when President Obama and his departing chief of staff Rahm Emanuel gave each other big, fat, full-bore hug following their speeches at the resignation event in the White House’s East Room on Friday?Yes... because it's so hard to research the notion that Reagan might have hugged a man. Or that a manly Republican like John McCain, Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani would never hug a man (or... well this is plainly impossible). Or that G.W. Bush would never hug, kiss, or.... You get the idea.
Remember, this is on global television. And it has to do with the very top of the United States government. Our friends and enemies were all watching.
I think the hug lacked dignity. It did not send a message of American power and forcefulness. So I fret about the reaction around the world to this kind of fraternity-like emotionalism in full public view.
Why not just a dignified, stand-up, serious handshake? That’s what Reagan would have done. A strong handshake shows friendship, respect, and even affection. But a big fat hug seems to go over the line.
Note to Larry Kudlow: It's actually possible to both be a Republican and be secure in your sexuality. Ronald Reagan was not afraid of "man cooties".