shake and not be shaken, grip and not be gripped, taking care always to squeeze the hand of his adversary as hard as he squeezed him.... I could generally anticipate when I was to have a strong grip, and that when I observed a strong man approaching I generally took advantage of him by being a little quicker than he was and seizing him by the tips of his fingers, giving him a hearty shake, and thus preventing him from getting a full grip upon me.
Although Polk amused people when he talked about this, he was serious. His diary notes "There is great art in shaking hands." Comment: We should not be surprised. The recent best-selling political novel Primary Colors talks about hand-shaking in some detail 2.Comments about the hand-shakes of William McKinley (positive) and Woodrow Wilson (negative) have also been published.
|Comment: "Anonymous" was later revealed to be Joel Klein.|