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Etiquette expert: Finger wag comes off as scolding

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Aside from all the politics, is it inappropriate to stick your finger in someone's face, especially if it's the president of the United States?

A Valley etiquette expert weighed in on the situation. Carol Bory said the finger wag came off as scolding and that Gov. Jan Brewer could have handled the situation much differently.

Etiquette standards aren't the same today as they were along time ago. Bory says manners are always changing. But she says there are some things that shouldn't go to the wayside like being a gracious host.

"She is an ambassador for Arizona, and one needs to understand the image that they portray," said Bory.

So when the image of Brewer with her finger waving at President Barack Obama surfaced, people started to sound off.

"They should have thrown her down, security should have carted her off," said Benny, a Valley resident.

"I think they're having a conversation, I think he was probably very disrespectful to her," said Laurie Romeo.

In reference to the finger pointing, Bory says she would not have recommended it. Instead, Bory says Brewer should have waited until they were in private to discuss matters. Still, the finger seen around the world is controversial. Some say it's a black eye for the state.

"It don't look good for Arizona. If I were the president, I wouldn't come back here," said Benny.

"I think people talk with their hands, it was one photo taken out of context," said Romeo.

The political expert says no matter what everyone will have days when they mess up. Bory recommends everyone should be aware of their gestures and how they come off to others.

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