On August 30, 2010, in an editorial, the Mainichi Shimbun castigated the DPJ for its latest antics. Unfortunately, as the newspaper refuses to keep old articles posted on its website, and since I forgot to save the entire article, all I have is a few sentences from it. One of the sentences I have is:
“Confronted by Hatoyama’s prattling, Ozawa’s innermost thoughts, and Kan’s fake, terrified smiles, it’s hard to believe that our politicians will lead our country toward a better tomorrow,” said the Mainichi Shimbun.
Kan isn’t the only one with a fake and terrified smile. If you look at Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and John Boehner, you will see they also have fake, terrified smiles. The question is why.
These people are terrified because they worry that the public will find out about what they have done. At some point, these people realized that looking terrified was a signal of their guilt and so they started smiling, a lot. But they were still terrified, so that’s how you get a fake, terrified smile.