While President Obama may know a thing or two about politics, he knows very little about body language. In a recent speech he said that there was a lot of talk about body language of the two leaders when they met and warned the public not to read much into it because he said that Putin just has a slouching posture.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Putin is not a sloucher. In fact his posture is usually erect and reflects extreme self confidence.
You consistently see his erect and straight posture when he speaks to world leaders.
But when Putin is near Obama his raised shoulders and fist like hand gesture indicates that he is angry at Obama and clearly doesn’t like him as he can’t even bear to look at him. He leans his body away from Obama as you can see and looks down as to avoid Obama entirely.
Likewise Obama looks angry. In fact we have rarely if ever seen Obama with such a facial expression reflecting disdain. His hand is on his knee for self comfort and his facial expression speaks volumes. He puts his hand on his chin as he appears to be pondering what to do. There is tension in his face and cheek area indicating anger and the downward turn of his mouth shows unhappiness. Obama is clearly not happy having to be in the presence of Putin.
Here we see where they have an identical hand pose as those they are holding on to themselves and restraining themselves from all the anger and disdain they have towards one another. Putin cannot even establish eye contact with Obama as he looks away while Obama looks at him with a skeptical facial expression.
There is clearly no love lost between these two leaders.There is mutual anger and mutual disdain for one another body language wise and facial language wise no matter what pleasant words they use about one another.