If the body language in this Associated Press photo is any indication Alberto "Fredo" Gonzales may be in for a rude awakening when Godfather Bush decides it’s time for him to sleep with the fishes.
A picture is often worth a thousand words. In this instance, the A.P. picture (right) may be worth merely two words, although two extraordinarly powerful words for anybody to whom they’re directed: you’re fired.
An analysis of the body language in the picture is almost a no-brainer. Even if one didn’t know who these two people were they would assume that the man on the left is superior to the man on the right because he is walking a half a step ahead.
It is quite clear that the man on the right is mirroring the movements of the man of the left. We know of course that figuratively speaking Alberto Gonzales walks in lockstep with George W. Bush. It’s as if they are marching to the beat of the same drummer, again literally.
In this picture Gonzales is not only literally walking in lockstep with Bush, but is unconsciously mimicking his arm and hand motion.
If this was all we had to go on our analysis wouldn’t tell us anything more than what we already know about their relationship.
However in this photo we see a drastic difference between the head positions and facial expressions. This tells us a great deal.
Gonzales is looking straight ahead with a slight smile on his face. He doesn’t appear to have a care in the world.
At least in this photo, it doesn’t look as if he can see his bosses face; but we can.
Bush’s head is bent forward and his eyes seem to be cast downwards. His mouth appears to be set in a frown and he has a very serious look on his face. In fact, in this apparenrtly unguarded moment, he actually looks grim.
This is an unusual expression for the public to see.
Getting a bit more technical, if we look carefully at the hand positions of the two, we see a variation there too. While Gonzales mimics the arm motion, his hand is perpendicular to the ground. Bush’s hand is facing downward, fingers bent slightly and curved towards Gonzales. It is as if unconsciously he’s trying to tell Alberto not to get too close.
It is as if the reality of his situation with his supposed friend, and certainly his loyal henchman, has bit him, and bit him hard.
The house of cards he has built is slowly but surely falling down around him. This photo strongly suggests he is aware of how grave the situation with Gonzales is.
The question that remains unanswered for now is whether Bush is capable of seeing the total reality, that it is his own future that is in peril, not juist the future of Gonzales.