John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
It happened just after his formal announcement for governor this weekend at historic Faneuil Hall. Republican Charles D. Baker Jr. thanked everyone for coming. And a rock and roll guitar began playing on the sound system.
Then, with his sharply creased suit and his perfectly tied tie, Baker grabbed hold of the air as if it were an invisible guitar and began strumming it, giving it three mighty windmill-like strokes. He looked more like a late night host than the former health insurance executive and government official that he is.
Globe photographer John Tlumacki, who caught the air guitar moment with a burst of frames on his digital camera, said Baker was much more animated Saturday than he was at an event several months ago when he first announced he was running and barely lifted his hands to gesture.
"It was just -- wow," said Tlumacki.
Tlumacki pointed out the juxtaposition between the air guitar and the painting of the Founding Fathers on the wall behind Baker.
Some in the crowd appeared to be surprised by Baker's antics, including Richard Tisei, Baker's running mate, who was standing to his left.
"Tisei is kind of like, 'What am I supposed to do?'" Tlumacki said.
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