What is in a handshake?

  1. Former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore are scheduled to attend a memorial service on Saturday for former Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter. I remember like yesterday a conversation I had with my great uncle Mack Hatcher who was the Road Commissioner of Williamson County which was located right outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

Mack was a yellow dog Democrat that had never voted for a Republican. However, it took me by suprise when he told me that there was not much to our Republican Governor Lamar Alexander (in 1980). I asked him for specific reasons that he did not like Alexander. He did not have any but he did say with much authority:

“I SHOOK GOVERNOR ALEXANDER’S HAND AND THERE WAS NOT MUCH THERE. NOW MY BUDDY NED MCWHERTER KNOWS HOW TO SHAKE A HAND. THERE IS SUBSTANCE THERE!!

I laughed and just said I wondered what Mack  thought when he shook my hand!!!

It just so happened that a few months later I was at Memphis State and heard George Bush speak at an campaign event. Afterwards both Governor Alexander and candidate Bush walked out and shook my hand on the way out. I could not help but smile because I thought about what about Mack had said about how a man shakes a hand. Governor Alexander gave me a good handshake, but maybe McWherter had a more firm hand shake?

The Associated Press reported:

McWherter, a two-term Democratic governor and longtime House speaker from West Tennessee, died Monday of cancer at the age of 80.

The service at 2 p.m. in the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville will be open to the public. Another service is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Dresden on the front lawn of McWherter’s home.

On Thursday, members of the House and Senate both unanimously honored McWherter with a resolution.

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