What Was Herman Cain’s Mystery Gesture? [Updated]

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Jazz hands? ... Or boob-grabbing hands? Photo: iStockphoto

Probably the most curious aspect of Politico's bombshell story on Herman Cain's alleged sexual harassment of two subordinates at the National Restaurant Association was this sentence describing one his (alleged) transgressions:


There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.

That's sort of a bizarre description. What kind of gesture is not "overtly sexual" but is nonetheless improper and makes you uncomfortable when described? We have a theory — and keep in mind, this is just a theory — that this has something to do with jazz hands being mistaken for "boob-grab hands." Again, just a theory.

Herman Cain accused by two women of inappropriate behavior [Politico]

Update: It looks like Cain is finally opening up about The Gesture. According to Byron York, Cain talks about The Gesture in an interview with Fox News's Greta Van Susteren set to air tonight:


Van Susteren asked what Cain did that led to the accusation. There were reportedly more than one accusations in the complaint, but Cain said he recalled just one incident. "She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying -- and I was standing close to her -- and I made a gesture saying you are the same height as my wife. And I brought my hand up to my chin saying, 'My wife comes up to my chin.'" At that point, Cain gestured with his flattened palm near his chin. "And that was put in there [the complaint] as something that made her uncomfortable," Cain said, "something that was in the sexual harassment charge."

Um ... okay.

Update II: Here is an artist's depiction of what we believe The Gesture may have looked like. Warning: You may or may not find this illustration to be sexually offensive:



Photo Illustration: Cain - Win McNamee/Getty Images; Body - iStockphoto