Charlie Rangel Talking With His Hands: A Retrospective

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Love him or hate him, 84-year-old Charlie Rangel is definitely a New Yorker. The Harlem-born congressman has represented the city in the House since 1971, and despite scandals and health problems, that's not changing yet, if last night's primary results hold. Always animated and frequently uncensored — “My wife is in the house! My girlfriend is in the house!” he said at last night's victory party — Rangel has an extra-special way with his gestures, saying almost as much with his hands as with his mouth. Almost.

It goes way back, and comes in many different varieties. For example:

The Raised Fist

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The "Who, Me?"

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 7: US Senator Charles Rangel (D-NY) talks to the press as he leaves the Congressional Black Caucus meeting 07 June on Capitol Hill in Washington. The caucus met to discuss affirmative action and their response to calls for repealing the measure. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read J. DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: DAVID AKE

The "Who, Moi?"

Rep. Charles B. Rangel gesturing in his office; re legalization of drugs. (Photo by Terry Ashe//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images) Photo: Terry Ashe/Terry Ashe

The "Look at My Jewelry" Laugh

3/9/04PENSION FUNDING REQUIREMENTS REVISION--House Ways and Means ranking Democrat Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., and Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., joke before the conference committee meeting on HR 3108, the "Pension Funding Equity Act of 2003," which would makes changes in the benchmarks used to calculate pension plan funding requirements.CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY PHOTO BY SCOTT J. FERRELL Photo: Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly Inc.

The Praise the Lord

381423 02: Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel appeals to a crowd to vote at a campaign rally for Hillary Rodham Clinton November 6, 2000 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Newsmakers) Photo: Chris Hondros

The Fighting Spirit

WASHINGTON - JULY 27: Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) (2nd L) gestures alongside Rep Bobby Scott (D-VA) (L) after President Bush signed the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 into law on the South Lawn of the White House July 27, 2006 in Washington, DC. Despite a move by conservative House Republicans to force a delay in the routine reauthorization, the bill passed the House 390-33 and the Senate 98-0. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Photo: Mark Wilson/2006 Getty Images

The "This Big"

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 14: U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) talks before the arrival of President Barack Obama, who delivered remarks at the House Democratic Caucus retreat at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center January 14, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Charles Rangel Photo: Pool/2010 Getty Images

The Spirit Hands

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 27: Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., talks with other members as they wait for President Barack Obama to deliver his State of the Union Address on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images) Photo: Bill Clark/© 2010 Roll Call Photos

The "Wasn't Me"

16 Nov 2010 --- Nov 16, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, U.S. - A house subcommittee found veteran New York congressman CHARLES RANGEL guilty of 11 counts of violating House ethics rules. Rangel has been a congressman since 1971. PICTURED - Mar 07, 2010 - New York, New York, USA - State Assemblyman KEITH WRIGHT (L) looks on as Rep. CHARLES RANGEL joins tenants and other local elected officials and supporters at a rally demanding the Riverton Houses on 135th Street be preserved as affordable housing. The Riverton is scheduled for foreclosure auction as a result of over-leveraging. --- Image by © Bryan Smith/ZUMA Press/Corbis Photo: Bryan Smith/© Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

The "What Are You Gonna Do?"

03 Dec 2010, Washington, DC, USA --- U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) gestures as he responds to a question during a news conference after the U.S. House of Representatives censured him for ethics violations, on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) --- Image by © JONATHAN ERNST/Reuters/Corbis Photo: JONATHAN ERNST/© Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

The "Come Again?"

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 7: U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel listens to questions during a news conference January 7, 2003 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Rangel introduced legislation that would reinstitute a draft to compulsory military or alternative national service for men and women, aged 18 to 26, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Photo: Alex Wong/2003 Getty Images

The "Up Yours"

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29: "C COMPANY" RECEPTION FOR WESLEY CLARK--Gert and Wesley K. Clark look on as Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., speaks during a "low-dollar" fundraising event, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., for Clark, a Democratic presidential candidate and retired general from Arkansas. The event, organized by young professional supporters, was attended by several hundred donors. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images) Photo: Scott J. Ferrell

The "Who Cares?"

WASHINGTON, DC - Sept. 10: House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., during a news conference during which he resisted calls to relinquish his chairmanship, insisting that he will fight off three separate ethics inquiries. "I'm a lucky old son of a gun that ain't nothing going to stop me from getting back here next year" said Rangel, D-N.Y., during an hour-long news conference Wednesday morning. The latest controversy involves Rangel's admission that he failed to report rental income he received from a home he owns in the Dominican Republic. Not including penalties and interest, Rangel owes nearly $11,000 in back taxes to the federal, state and city governments, according to information provided by his lawyer, Lanny Davis. That total covers 2004, 2005 and 2006. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images) Photo: Scott J. Ferrell/2008 Congressional Quarterly

The Classic Rangel

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) speaks to constituents while campaigning in New York's 13th District on June 23, 2014 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The 84-year-old congressman faces a Democratic primary election tomorrow against New York State Sen. Adriano Espaillat. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images