Skip to comments.Clinton laugh, Giuliani phone stir campaign
Posted on 10/02/2007 1:13:50 PM PDT by Hi Heels
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - What does Democrat Hillary Clinton's laugh have in common with Republican Rudy Giuliani's cell phone?
Both are causing waves on the U.S. presidential campaign trail for the leading candidates in each party.
For Clinton, her tendency to burst out in a giggle during some public appearances has generated political tongue-wagging.
The New York senator, often seen as an overly serious candidate, has been showing some personality lately.
She laughed at times during questioning on Sunday morning television shows more than a week ago and then hooted with laughter when asked to respond to a critical comment from a rival candidate at a debate last Wednesday in New Hampshire.
It has become so frequent that Frank Rich, a liberal columnist for The New York Times, said the laugh seemed to be the Clinton campaign's method of heeding complaints that she is "too calculating and controlled" and compared it to Democrat Al Gore's long kiss with his wife Tipper during the Democratic National Convention in 2000.
"Now Mrs. Clinton is erupting in a laugh with all the spontaneity of an alarm clock buzzer," Rich wrote.
Comic Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" last week likened her to a robot with a robotic voice saying, "Humorous remark detected -- prepare for laughter display."
Presidential scholar Stephen Hess of George Washington University said Clinton's ability to laugh indicated she was becoming more comfortable as a candidate.
Regardless of whether it is genuine or not, "It's terrific that you're able to laugh given what one goes through in a campaign," he said.
RUDY AND HIS CELL PHONE
Then on the other hand there is the case of Giuliani and his cell phone.
It rang just as Giuliani was addressing the National Rifle Association recently, and he pulled it out of his pocket and chatted to his wife, Judith, in mid-speech.
The incident had some of the NRA members rolling their eyes and even some of Giuliani's supporters thought it was a silly display.
The former New York mayor has since explained the reason why he took the call and denied it was a calculated move -- even though reports circulated he had done it at least once before.
"Quite honestly, since September 11, most of the time when we get on a plane, we talk to each other and just reaffirm the fact that we love each other," he told the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Hess called it a bizarre incident.
"This man is a candidate for president talking to an important group, and it should have his undivided attention and you should at least turn off your cell phone," he said.
Hillary’s laugh wasn’t a laugh at all. It’s what you call a cackle.
which presidential candidate has the worst phone etiquette, and which one has the most annoying laugh?
I miss Bob Newhart.
That wasn't a giggle. It was a nervous cackle she uses when not asked a softball question.
Dick Morris said she’s counseled to laugh instead of getting angry. By laughing, she turns off the body language of anger.
So you can assume whatever she laughed at, she’s gonna get you for later.
The majority of real voters are laughing and scared of Hillary Clinton extremely annoying B**hy laughter. Her meanness, her arrogance, her screeching voice, her scary facial gestures, and her laughter are going to crush her in the general elections let alone her socialism, her huge flip flops on major issues, and per extreme left wing liberalism on fiscal and social issues. Neither her nor the media are going to change it.
Saw his show on TVLand last week. More laughs in 30 minutes than I had watching TV in 2 years.
As usual Dick Morris always describes whatever Clinton does as smart and powerful when in reality this laughter and many other things she does are a killer for her chances to become President.
She is crudely aware of not only her image problems but her delivery as well...
The RNC had best make her pay for such foolishness with an ad suggesting that she is something less than serious in the face of the problems we face today...
Somthing along the lines of "The war on Terror, it's not a laughing matter"...
If you ask me she just stepped in it...a no win situation...if she goes back to being the Beast she reaffims thhat criticism..if she continues laughing...she is open to the other criticism...
Lately I'm not confident she will pay a price...
Maybe she thinks it sounds Presidential. Her husband had a similar laugh, and even President Bush has what could be described as a “cackle,” though his sounds less forced.
Look, it thinks it’s human!
lobotomized chicken, who knew LOL.
Rudy is trying to recover from the NRA head fake, won’t work. It’s the principles stupid, US Constitutional first principles — and Rudy is coming up short.
"double double toil and trouble....."
A woman laughter is not a man laughter, big difference between the two. When a woman laughs like Hillary Clinton it is called a “b*** laughter”.
Man that is sad
She keeps that up she is toast
That’s what I was thinking -
the laugh misdirects her and her observers from her
“HOW DARE YOU!”
A “giggle”? Not. Anyone who minimizes Hilary’s weirdness is missing the fact, fair or not, that a woman who wants to be the first female president is going to be scrutinized very closely by the American public. In this case that cackle makes her seem a bit wacky.
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