A Wonkette campaign trail operative gives us an observation about Kerry's attempts to ape W.'s regular-guy demeanor with the press corps: "He wants come over and kind of punch you in the shoulder in a friendly way, but when he does it, he really punches you. It hurts." And, added our operative, "He doesn't actually talk to you. He just punches you in the shoulder."
So awkward! Or maybe he really wants to hit you.