Male or Female, Republican or Democrat, Presidential Candidate or City Council Hopeful - this "Elbow In" configuration Representative Ron Paul is demonstrating in this image, is significant of Low Confidence. When the elbows are in, held close to the body, the emotions - at least temporarily - indicates a prominence of a "Beta Personality". When elbows are out - the "Alpha Personality" is dialed-up. Moreover Ron Paul's bent wrist further projects a beta emotional tone. While certainly respect and reverence should be shown during the Pledge of Allegiance, becoming demure does not accomplish this - on the contrary, it detracts from it.
See also: Secret # 14: High and Low Confidence Drivers: Arms Akimbo and Assertive Attitudes
See also: Secret # 1141: Elbows in Syria
See also: Secret # 831: Santorum's Hands and the Alpha-Beta Hybrid