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More coverage of the Chimp-in-Chief’s humiliating performance in the debate, specifically the body language issue (WP):

For the current president, the performance could be particularly damaging, because part of his advantage over Kerry is voters’ perception that he is likable while Kerry lacks the common touch. Democrats on Friday moved quickly to maximize the damage. The Democratic National Committee posted on the Web a video titled “Faces of Frustration,” showing Bush in various stages of consternation as he listened to Kerry. “He was defensive, annoyed, arrogant, even angry, and showed it,” said DNC Chairman Terence R. McAuliffe.

…Bush has flashed such expressions — and worse — at reporters when they ask him hostile questions. But the public has generally not seen the president’s more petulant side, in part because he is rarely challenged in a public venue. He has held fewer news conferences than any modern predecessor, Congress is in his party’s control, and he has a famously loyal staff. In rare instances when Bush has been vigorously challenged — most recently in interviews with an Irish television journalist and a French magazine — he has reacted with similar indignation.

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