A marker of America’s allegiance to individualism, pointing has been a bipartisan constant of the political landscape for twenty-five years. British politicians point at disaster zones and halibut stalls, while American candidates must master the art of pointing at a face in the crowd.
A means of looking presidential, thanking a volunteer, or making an important donor feel extra special, Bill Clinton debuted his point when he introduced his running mate on the balcony of the Governor’s mansion.
During the 2008 Democratic primaries, his wife Hillary made the gesture her own. It was as though no politician had ever recognized a face in a crowd before.