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.
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.
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.
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.
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.