The room was set up for the TV cameras, a U-shaped table set up with an open end opposite the candidate and “the boss” of the company for the best angle. The video caught the question and answer session, as it was meant to. But the microphones caught something more.
The candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, sat with six “everyday Americans” at a factory that makes toys and furniture for children and answered their questions on subjects ranging from the economy to Social Security. During the questions and answers, the microphones captured what appears to be a nervous tic Mrs. Clinton has developed — saying “uh huh” while others are speaking.
Mrs. Clinton nodded and said “Un-huh” 88 times during this stop on the New Hampshire stop on her “listening tour.”
Merriam-Webster defines “Un-huh” as used to indicate affirmation, agreement, or gratification.”
According to “The Attention Deficit Disorder In Adults Workbook,” the reason Mrs. Clinton repeated the phrase 88 times could be medical. “Many people with ADD have a habit of vocalizing ‘Uh-huh’ when asked to do something only to fail to follow through with what seemed to be a commitment,” the book states.
In a section of the book called “The “Uh-huh” Syndrome, the author, Lynn Weiss, Ph.D., lays out four questions to determine if an adult may be afflicted with “Uh-huh Syndrome.” They are:
Have you been accused of not listening?
Do other people get angry at you, saying you don’t follow through on a promise?
Do you tend to agree to things so others won’t get angry at you?
Are you afraid of letting people down?
Weiss continues, “The more ‘Yes’ answers you gave, the more likely it is that you are to be susceptible to the ‘Uh-huh’ syndrome. It creates major problems in relationships because people count on you to do what you seemingly have committed to do.”
[h/t Free Beacon for the video]