At a recent rally in Philadelphia, Sen. Barack Obama was seen waving his hand. Political pundits around the country are intensely analyzing the wave and arriving at all sorts of interpretations. What is the true meaning of this cryptic gesture? Will it cost Obama the presidency?
"It seems pretty clear that he was saluting Hitler," said Fox analyst Bill Breckendorfer. "It was a fairly casual 'Heil Hitler.' His arm isn't perfectly straight and his fingers aren't all aligned, but don't be fooled. Obama may well be a Nazi."
"I think he was putting his hand out so as to say 'stop," surmised Wall Street Journal columnist Roy Stangle. "Stop fighting terrorism."
"Funny how quickly these conservative critics forget the time President Bush ostensibly waved to a large crowd just a month ago," noted CNN analyst Tom Creskin.
The Obama campaign has yet to comment, but other theories abound in the media as to the true intention of Obama's sudden, unannounced extension of his arm. They include flashing a gang signal to fellow Chicago gangbangers, reaching out to shake the hand of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, indicating to his drug dealer that he wants 5 ounces of cocaine, preparing to catch a hand grenade that he will then use to blow up a church, performing the outdated Macarena dance, and trying to summon the spirit of Muhammad to lead a worldwide jihad against infidels.
Meanwhile, in a national poll of ordinary citizens, 100% of respondents said they thought Obama was greeting his supporters at the rally.