He likes to move it, move it.
April 1, 2017 10:34 AM   Subscribe

 
Isn't there some classic self-help style business advice that suggests you move something small at meetings or whatever to feel control over your environment? My headcanon is going to be that he read that somewhere and this is an expression of insecurity from here on out.
posted by Gymnopedist at 10:55 AM on April 1, 2017 [13 favorites]


All joking aside, I sure as fuck hope the new healthcare plan covers OCD too.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 10:57 AM on April 1, 2017 [4 favorites]


From the National Lampoon Radio Hour:
And now, the President's movements for the week. Monday, nothing. Tuesday, nothing. Wednesday, good one, some blood ...
posted by Kirth Gerson at 11:16 AM on April 1, 2017 [7 favorites]


Aw, I actually do this too. For me, it's a personal space thing.
posted by INFJ at 11:31 AM on April 1, 2017


"Look busy, maybe they won't notice I have no idea what I'm doing."
posted by leotrotsky at 11:51 AM on April 1, 2017 [10 favorites]


It's like what kids do when they visit your office, can't do any actual work, so they just fidget with shit. Same thing here. He's just killing time until his next nap &/or tee time.

Someone should get him a activity book. "Look Mr. Bannon, I'm Presidenting!"
posted by leotrotsky at 11:53 AM on April 1, 2017 [8 favorites]


William H. Whyte noted in Social Life Of Small Urban Spaces that people will always move a chair in a public space before sitting down it.
posted by migurski at 12:07 PM on April 1, 2017 [5 favorites]


that people will always move a chair in a public space before sitting down it

What? I don't think I've ever seen this. Unless the chair is next to a table and has to be physically pulled out to be sat upon, it would be weird to see someone pushing a chair around a waiting room or library.
posted by jeoc at 12:40 PM on April 1, 2017 [3 favorites]


people will always move a chair in a public space before sitting down it.

If you don't, you often can't sit down because there's no room.

Exception: Riker
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:43 PM on April 1, 2017 [8 favorites]


The way he pronounces "industry" as three distinct syllables with full stops in between (and keeps saying it over and over) bothers me so much more.
posted by byanyothername at 12:55 PM on April 1, 2017 [3 favorites]


Someone's job title is "TV Watcher". It really is possible to follow your bliss!
posted by paper chromatographologist at 12:57 PM on April 1, 2017 [3 favorites]


Unless the chair is next to a table and has to be physically pulled out to be sat upon, it would be weird to see someone pushing a chair around a waiting room or library.
Not around, just a small nudge to make it “theirs”.
posted by migurski at 12:58 PM on April 1, 2017 [5 favorites]


Fortunately he had been provided with a coaster in most of the clips, but I cringed when he moved the water glass off the placemat and onto the wood table. OMG: water rings on the Resolute Desk?
posted by carmicha at 1:01 PM on April 1, 2017 [10 favorites]


I find it telling that he touches other people's water glasses or coasters and moves them around. I sometimes rearrange my own items like that too when I'm in a meeting, but I wouldn't dream of handling my neighbour's things if they weren't actually directly in my way. I mean it's not the first indicator of his lack of respect for other people's personal space/bodily autonomy etc. (see his weird handshakes for example), but it's another in a long list.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:09 PM on April 1, 2017 [32 favorites]


When he begins shoving things OFF the table, then we can be reassured that he has achieved the intelligence level of the average housecat.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:52 PM on April 1, 2017 [9 favorites]


OMG: water rings on the Resolute Desk?

Considering what Kennedy and Clinton almost certainly did on that desk, water rings are the least of its worries.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 3:35 PM on April 1, 2017 [9 favorites]


The way he pronounces "industry" as three distinct syllables with full stops in between (and keeps saying it over and over) bothers me so much more.

Yes. Thank you. It's like he's only heard people say "industrial" and has extrapolated from there.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:41 PM on April 1, 2017


I saw the business cat one earlier and thought the cat head overlay was a new feature of the Make America Kittens again plugin.
posted by gamera at 5:27 PM on April 1, 2017 [2 favorites]


He's totally bored when the talk isn't about him.
posted by arcticseal at 8:04 PM on April 1, 2017 [1 favorite]


Moving other people's stuff confirms - if there was ANY doubt remaining on the question - that the guy is an asshole.
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 8:43 PM on April 1, 2017 [5 favorites]


that is hilarious. but oh gods I can't sit still during meetings either. I'm always fidgeting. but I can't sit still in general unless I'm watching something and get super absorbed into it.
posted by numaner at 6:03 PM on April 2, 2017


Moving other people's stuff and moving his stuff into other people's space. Everything seems to irk him or creep him out, and his instinct is to push it on other people. The petulant disdain with which he zings that coaster into the tablespace of the woman to his right! And then that one where his glass of Coke or whatever it is is already in the middle of the table but he streeeetches out there to push it past the equator and then makes a face at the camera, like, "Amirite? No way with that scary soda!" He is the weirdest human specimen I have ever seen. I don't see how it's possible to occupy a room with him in it and not do something to irk him into further display.
posted by Don Pepino at 10:43 AM on April 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


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