Press Misinterprets Obama’s Body Language as Making a Peace Sign at Nuclear Security Summit

 

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The Press got it completely wrong when they plastered a photo of Obama looking like he is  making a peace sign at the Nuclear Security  Summit. At first glance one would think that the President of the United States has  lost it. They would think that gesture was completely inappropriate and unbecoming of a President, who appears to be the only one making such as gesture in the formal photo with other world leaders.

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But after watching the video  of this photo session, you can clearly see that Obama was NOT making the peace sign. Instead he was letting the photographer know that two more people were coming. That is why he held up fingers. In fact his mouth was open in the photo, indicating that he was speaking.You can even see in the phot oabove that Obama is turning to someone  ( like the photographer) and speaking to them.

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Then the press focuses in on the UK Prime Minister David Cameron a who looks like he is shooting Obama a dirty look. This is not the case as well. His facial expression does not show anger. he is simply looking to see who is missing from the photo based on what Obama said. There is no body language facial expression to indicate that he is angry or annoyed as the press mentioned.

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Likewise, there is no angry expression on Italy’s  Prime Minister,Matteo Renzi’s face. Yet the press stated that he was angry with Obama as well.

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Then inside the meeting, the Press made it seem as though David  Cameron was very angry at Obama. But if you examine the photo Obama is pointing his finger at someone to the side of Cameron and  Cameron is not involved in that interaction. Cameron is merely looking ahead. His red face is not due to anger, but to some color he received while vacationing in Lazarote in the Canary islands. Cameron seems to be focused on what is ahead of him, not what is occurring to the side of him.

This is why having an untrained journalist instead of a trained body language expert interpreting  body language of world leaders can be dangerous.

 

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2 thoughts on “Press Misinterprets Obama’s Body Language as Making a Peace Sign at Nuclear Security Summit

  1. The journalist(s) know good and well what they are doing, this was not accidental or the result of inexperience. Their sole intent is to vilify Obama and give the impression that there is all sorts of animosity and hatred between him and certain leaders. That’s not to say that these leaders are all bosom buddies and A-OK; but the Daily Mail loves to do this sort of thing and anything they say about Obama or anyone else for that matter should always be taken with a pinch of salt.

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