Obama and Netanyahu Body Language Shows They Still Can’t Stand One Another

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Even though the two world leaders, Benjamin Netanyahu and Barak Obama finally got together  to meet after a year, there is still no love lost between them. Netanyahu was in the US to to discuss the nuclear deal with Iran and other regional conflicts, including the violence in Palestine.

While it had been no secret that the prime minister of Israel and the President of the United States  have had a strong disagreements in the past, their common thread is that they are both in favor of making sure Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. Another point of agreement is regarding the importance of dealing with violence.

But in terms of their body language Obama still can’t seem to hide his disdain for Netanyahu ever since the Israeli Prime Minister accepted an invitation to speak, whereby Obama took the move as a personal affront by  netanyahu and Republicans  in Congress going around the White House to invite him to give a joint address to th Senate and the House of Representatives.

Look at the photo above and you will see the tightness in Obama’s jaw signifying anger. He is pursing his lips as he looks at Netanyahu eye to eye. Obama slunches  over when he reaches out to shake Netanyahu’s han. There also seems to be an aggressive power handshake with Obama as you can see his thumb deliberately pressing hard on Netanyahu’s hand.

Netanyahu is also not pleased about Obama  a you can see from the tension in his jaw and tight lips.

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Feet can tell a lot about how a person is feeling towards the other  as well.In this case we see Obama’s legs are crossed and his foot and toes are positioned upwards. This means that he can’t wait to leave the meeting.  This in in contrast to Netanyahu’s fet which are firmly planted on the ground.Also their feet are not pointing directly in one another’s direction which further indicates  they don’t feel good about one another.

Hands are also telling as both men are holding on to themselves in order to contain their true feelings. Netanyahu hold;s on to his fingers while Obama self comforts by olding on to his thighs. It shows how uncomfortable they are with one another.

Another telling signal of their disdain towards one another is that their heads are completely turned away from one another. Netanyahu turns his head to the left and looks away from Obama while Obama looks straight ahead, not  relating to Netanyahu’s presence.

So even though the two allies – the US and Israel  met to demonstrate their bond, there was definitely no bonding going on between the two leaders as you can see in this photo op.

Trump’s Body Language and Delivery Wins in Third Debate Despite Insulting Questions As Rubio and Cruz Impresses

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When Donald Trump was asked the most ugly and disrespectful question by  cnbc’s John Harwood, who publicly called him a narcissist and then further insulted Trump by calling him a cartoon character, Trump appropriately responded that ‘ it was not a nicely stated question.” He then went on to respond in a calm and collected manner. He was also the most real  and genuine in terms of his demeanor and what he said. For instance  he was the only candidate who gave an honest and open answer to  the question regarding his flaw ( that he was too trusting and he doesn’t forgive).

He was the only candidate who answered the question openly and honestly. The others all went into a rehearsed rhetoric  that had nothing to do with addressing their flaw. Instead they used that time to address what they felt was important in their campaign.This turned many people off.

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One of the biggest turnoffs was when Huckabee said he didn’t have any flaws and then went on to say to ask his wife. He did not gain any Presidential points for that. He was also rehearsed and made body language gestures which were contrived. His facial language did not reflect that he was being genuine.

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Carla Fiorino had the worst body language throughout the evening which made her appear annoying. Her cocked head made her seem insecure and her tone was very defensive. When she said that he flaw was that she didn’t smile and then went off topic it was a turn off. The tone of her voice needs a lot of work. A while back  Donald Trump made reference to her looks as he asked how people could look at her for four years. I say, how can anyone listen to that voice for 4 years as it is so annoying and off putting. She loses the message she is trying to send because  of it. Also annoying, are the extraneous movements she makes when she speaks. One could also see a glimpse into her character as she mentions her former boss  as an endorsement and claims he said that in retrospect she did things right. Then when the character  flaw of her boss is brought up, she immediately throws him under the bus and distances herself from him and says that is why they didn’t get along. To me it showed a lack of loyalty as she was willing to turn on a dime if it would make her look good. To many that was a turn off.

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And someone who has an equally annoying vocal tone is Ben Carson. His voice with his monotonous drone that dies off at the end of when he speaks  puts  one to sleep. He too loses his message because of his voice. His voice lacks energy and passion.  His mono-faced expression also lacks enthusiasm and confuses his message.

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While his gestures were a bit contrived at times and his voice  and delivery stilted Marco Rubio came across as very level headed and in control. He came across as a peacemaker who wouldn’t take the bait when he was insulted. This was evident in his retort to Jeb Bush, who came across as weak and whiney. Rubio took the high road which made him sound like a leader. While he was bashed by Bush, Rubio responded in an opposite manner as he said he had respect for Bush. He also said he was not in competition with anyone on the stage and refused to say negative things about them. This gave Rubio points while the bashing and whining Bush lost many points.

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” The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,’ Cruz said. He then went on to say,  ‘This is not a cage match. And, you look at the questions — “Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?” “Ben Carson, can you do math?” “John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?” “Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?” “Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?”‘How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?’

CNBC host John Harwood didn’t like that so he tried to go to another candidate and discuss  another issue, but Cruz wouldn’t let him. He called Harwood on his toxic behavior and asked  ‘You don’t want to hear my answer?’
to which Harwood sharply responded, in a nasty tone ‘You spent your time on something else.’

Cruz clearly got points for this as he showed that he was direct and called it like it is.

So the winners of the evening in terms of their body language, facial language an delivery were Trump, Rubio, and Cruz. The loser of the evening was the nasty CNBC panel who were out to be provocative in an attempt to garner a name for themselves and increase ratings. But unfortunately for them, their attempts backfired.

Democratic Debate Body Language: Sanders Passion, Down Home Style and Hillary’ Warm, Poised Control

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All politics aside, if there was a winner in terms of body language and delivery in the first  Democratic debate it would be a tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Saunders. All politics aside she has made significant positive changes in terms of her delivery since she first announced her candidacy. She was warm, engaging, handled herself well under pressure, smiled more, was respectful to her fellow candidates when they spoke had appropriate gestures which matched what she was saying and only on a few occasions  did the silly political gesture of pressing her thumb and two fingers together when she emphasized points.  She was also strong voiced and spoke loudly when she expressed her disagreemt. This was in stark contrast to her previous public speeches where she was robotoc and monotone.  During this debate, she  had excellent posture and moved more  fluidly than she had in the past. She seemed very comfortable and was not  stiff and mechanical as she had been in the past. She expressed a range of emotiona and appeared more genuine and real than she shad presented in the past

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Bernie Sanders was warm and engaging as well. He had a down home style that was very appealing as it seemed as though he was talking directly to you. He is tone sounded like a familiar uncle. While he had a somewhat cartoonish Elmer Fudd type  accent, it was rather appealing. He was the most passionate of all the candidates in terms of his delivery. Sometimes it was over the top but her was very watchable, much like Donald Trump in terms of his  of not being reserved about speaking his mind without worries of political correctness. He made many open handed gestures where you often saw the palm of his hand, indicating his openness and having  nothing to hide. His body language and gestures matched what he said.

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While the handsomest candidate was O’Malley, after hearing him speak in his monotonous droning voice that was muffled and breathy, he lost a lot of points.  He was so monotone, staccato, and boring in his delivery that it negated his good looks and whatever he had to say. While he seemed cordial and polite, he was so boring that it was very easy for the viewer to tune out when she spoke. His absence of inflection and vocal enthusiasm could have easily put some to sleep.

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The same was true for  Chafee who had a high pitch tinny sounding voice. It did not have a leadership sound. There was a significant whine to his tone which was not appealing. You really heard the whine when she talked about the first time he voted and made a lame excuse about his father’s death which did not put him in a good light. He also smiled inappropriately and his gestures often didnt match what he was saying. He didnt sound like  a leader in terms of his delivery and presentation

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Webb appeared angry with a fixed scowl on his face. His posture was too rigid and mechanical . So was his facial expression. He was not engaging but consistently angry sounding. His staccato tone was also off putting.

It is clear that Webb, Chafee, and O’Malley need some serious voice and speech and body language coaching if they plan on getting their message heard in the second debate. Communication  skills are key to winning a Presidency. If you are boring,  monotonous, whiney, or your body language doesn’t match what you say, people are turned off with you.

Once again I will reiterate that this is not a political blog and that this is not about politics but rather about their delivery in terms of how the candidates presented themselves in front of  voters.


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Thirteen year old youtube sensation Caleb Logan Bratayley was a star.  He had “it” as they say in Hollywood- good looks, a brightness, and an effervescent personality. He was highly watchable on his family’s daily vlog. Then all of a sudden this boy is dead. The family released a statement that he died of :natural causes.”  There is nothing natural about a 13 year old dropping dead for no reason. They also left a  rather strange and disturbing  statement  at the end of their vblog  https://youtu.be/oZpJN86pNoA  where they said

” Unfortunatey Caleb passed away right after we made the video. He will never get to meet his future self. None of us will and we are sad because he could have been great. “

Then they go on to say to kiss your kids and tell them that you love the everyday. “You never know what day will be their last.”
WHAT????? The last thing parents think of is that their child will die before them. The Bratayley’s giving encouraging advice for people to kiss their kids is absurd in light of their circumstance.

It shows that this family was more concerned about their youtube presence and their vlog and their 15 minutes of fame than they were about their son’s death.

In closely examining the boy’s last video I found it strange. While he and his 2 sisters are eating breakfast, He can barely focus  and looks out of it. His eyes are half closed  as you can see below.

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Then he looks into the distance and doesn’t focus n the question he is asked by his mother.

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His eyes look even more at half mast. As he slowly chews his muffin, he suddenly closes his eyes as he can barely keep them open.Tthe muffin suddenly drops out of his hand.

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His head and body collapses on to the counter. After a few seconds he lifts his head up and holds up his head with his hand. You hear the mother saying  that he’s not a morning person. What???? The child just collapsed on the counter and this is what she says?

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Unsteadily, he  rocks back and forth in his seat as he still can barely keep his eyes open.

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He then saunters over to the sink where he looks off to the side and leans over the counter as though he is not feeling well. He  remains in that position for a few seconds.  His mother who is filming the entire time neglects to address this. Instead she says “Isn’t he cute?’

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He then turns around and stumbles twice  as he walks and eventually ends up lying down on the couch. The mother doesn’t seem to notice as she is too busy trying to be cute for the camera talking about how she will film how the “Bratayley eat lunch.”

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Then he buries his head in his arms as he continues to lie on the couch. He then moves his head around to get into a more comfortable position.

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Next we see a shot of the boy not looking great as he stumbles around. Then he mumbles that he caught the camera he almost dropped which sounded like he said “he dropped a narcotic”. But he looks a little too surprised and reactive for this as he opens his eyes widely and does a second take of surprise.

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But he looks a little too surprised and reactive after he says  this. Then seconds later  he oddly shuts his eyes as if he is doing a double take and so surprised that he caught the camera he was about to drop. Then he opens his eyes wide and looks into the camera  seconds later and says WOW!  My reaction to his was that maybe he did say he “dropped a narcotic” as his reaction was akin to those may have ingested a narcotic with slow reaction time and being amazed at the most benign occurrence and pondering over it.

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He then seems confused as he tries to answer a question as he continues to mumble. He can barely focus and  read the question he is supposed to answer as he stammers and stumbles over his words as he reads the question-” What he would ask his future self.” He then mumbles  and slurs his words “Is Taco Bell still around?”

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Then he looks pained and looks away from the camera as he mumbles what he would really ask is if there are any new sports. He then licks his lips which may indicate that he is getting cotton mouth or that his mouth is dry. Perhaps  that was another indication that something was not right with him. He then says he would ask if there are any new sports. He looks pained as he says this. Then he stcks out hs tongue and makes an inappropriate motor boat type of noise.It made no sense in terms of the context in which he was speaking.

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Then he does something that is even more absurd. He pulls his cheeks and asks if his cheeks look fat. This is clearly a young man that has spent too many hours in front of the camera as his vanity seems to have gotten best of him. It made no sense whatsoever. Then he scrunches up is face and begins to make absurd noises and sounds no one can understand.

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Then he goes through an array of facial expressions that also make no sense as he seems to be mugging into the camera.

Then he goes back to the question he was asked and mumbles something about his 5 second earlier self talking to his other self. It  sounded like something someone who may be  high on something would ponder about.

He continues to make  more inappropriate and over the top facial expressions  as you see above.

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He continues to mumble and make inappropriate noises. Then we see a statement on the video that the boy “unforuntaley” died shortly after doing this video.

WHAT???? It was such a cold statement and not a normal reaction from any parent who just lost a child. Also who would be releasing a videotape of something like his if the person just died?

This is makes me very suspicious that something was wrong with this boy and the parents neglected to take care of the problem. Many questions arise.

Was he on medication and had a bad reaction to it?

Did he have an underlying illness?

Did he have some underlying neurolgical condition that affected his behavior ?

Did he take narcotics?

Did he commit suicide?

Was there foul play?



Now the parents have released a statement that Caleb had an undetected medical condition but have yet to release to the public what that medical condition was that took This young and precious boy’s life.

Perhaps if  these parents  had spent more time observing Caleb’s  off behavior when they were filming him right before he died and sought medical attention for him, perhaps his undetected medical condition may have been detected.

The parents have also decided to livestream their child’s funeral which shows you just how far people are willing to take it to in achieving their 15 minutes of fame.

In any event it is very sad that this beautiful and vibrant young man who had  all the hopes of a full life ahead of him is gone.

Donald Trump Shows Most Confident Body Language of All Candidates

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Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 12.13.54 AMThere is no question  the candidate who showed the most self confidence  through his body language during the debates was

Donald Trump. He  was the candidate who appeared to be the most at ease even when difficult questions were thrown his way.

As you can see in this photo he is the only candidate leaning forward which indicated his eagerness and readiness.

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His gestures were fluid  which reflected his ease on the stage. He did not make any of the mechanical gestures which

many of the politicians made where the thumb and the index finger was pinched. Instead he made gestures which matched

his emotions and what he was saying.

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candidate who did this.

Regarding his response to the Megan Kelly question, he handled it well.  While there is no dispute that a  question about  how

Trump feels about women should have been asked, the way in which it was asked was sneaky and inappropriate in my view.

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First Megyn starts the question off with a very pleasant face as she looks directly at trump and says One of the things people love about you is that you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. ”

Then she says however it is not without it’s downsides particularly when it comes to women. You’ve called women fat pigs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”

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Trump then interrupts  with stating “Only Rosie O’Donnell” which received a roaring applause from the crowd. And by the way Rose O’Donnell was the one who began the fight with Donald Trump with her name calling and  disparaging remarks about his physical appearance. Trump in turn, fought back and mirrored her Toxic name calling.Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 12.41.21 AM

Megyn Kelly then recounts that Trump said to a Celebrity Apprentice contestant  “It would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees” In the first place. the contestant  was Brande Roderick who can’t recall this ever being said to her and strongly defends Trump on this matter. ”

Megyn then appears to sneer at Trump as she looks directly at him with narrowed eyes as you can see in this photo above and says in an admonishing tone”  Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?” She doesn’t ask :what do you have to say about this? Instead she attacks his temperament. When Trump subsequently said there was “Blood in her eyes” what he was saying  was that she was out for blood and it showed in her eyes. We saw her narrowed eyes on screen, but trump saw her piercing eyes glaring  directly at him while she asked the question, so clearly he saw a lot more of the negative emotion coming from Megan than the viewer watching the debate.

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Trump was visibly disturbed about her question as he purses his lips and tightens his jaw in anger. Then Megyn in essence associates him with the “War on Women.”  Trumps answer was that he has no time to be politically correct  and then says how the country has no time  to be politically correct as he

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made karate chop like gestures to emphasize his point which also reflected his anger and annoyance at the question.

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He then shows his palms in an open gesture as he explains that oftentimes what he says is fun and kidding and we have a good time.  He then goes on to let Megyn know that he has been nice to her even though she has treated him not so nice and that he said he could not be so nice to her  based on the way she has treated him. He also reached out and said he was sorry that she felt that way.

Then after  the debate, Trump was true to his word and was not so nice to Megyn as she let everyone know that she had blood coming out of her eyes and had other disparaging things to say about her.

One thing about  about Donald Trump which everyone  should know from reading his book The Art of the Deal, is that  his philosophy is that if someone hits you hard, you hit them back harder. And he did that in business  which was  one of the key;s to his success and has been doing it with everyone who attacks him, including Megyn Kelly.

And once again to refresh everyone’s memory  as I have said throughout my blogs, I am not a political person and have no agenda here as I merely report what I observe from a body language and communication standpoint.

Hillary Does NOT Put on Southern Accent- Press Makes It Up! Instead Hillary Shows Warmth and Charm

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There is nothing more that irks me than when I see my fellow journalists getting on the bandwagon and make things up just for the sensationalism and to get a headline that attracts eyeballs. As I have said countless times, I am NOT  a political person. I  ONLY report things as I see them from a body language and communication standpoint, not a political standpoint. That is why when I read the headline “Hillary Puts on A Southern Accent” I had to speak up.

As a person who is well versed in accent and dialects having taught a large number of A list Hollywood actors how to gain various accents for specific movie roles as well as how to lose accents, I can assure you Hillary DID NOT put on a Southern accent during her recent interview in the South.

What she did do, is something,I suggested she do in my last blog about her, when she did her first campaign speech. That was to use more vocal inflection and get rid of that stiff staccato tone and flow out her tones. She incorporated what I suggested  this new etah interview.

What not knowledgeable  journalists in the area of voice, speech, accents, and communication skills  like Shoshanna Weissmann reported as Hillary having an accent,was simply Hillary using great communication skills for the very first time.

She was warm, flowing in her tones , smiled genuine smiles and was not as stiff as she usually is when speaking. Her  gestures

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 8.26.08 AMHer gestures were much better but she still used the off- putting finger point which is very alienating to those listening to her. She needs to put a top to using that gesture and only use it whenever she is angry. Finger pointing  with the index finger extended towards someone is a universal signal that is used around the world to express  Anger.

As you can see Hillary is smiling. She is not angry. She is talking about things that are not anger proucting so she needs to stop this gesture.

Then she used another gesture which she also needs to lose. It is the hand balled into a fit with the thumb extended that all Presidents and Presidential hopefuls used to get their points across.

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It is a stupid gesture who’s origins date back to the Kennedy era whereby some ignorant speech coach told JFK to use it and unfortunately it has stuck. It is a gesture  that makes no sense in my view because it shows incongruency.  For instance a fist shows anger. A thumb up shows things are good. So what this stupid gesture says in reality is ” I am angry things are good.” It makes no sense and Hillary needs to lose it asap.

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The next inappropriate gesture she needs to lose is the karate chop gesture when she speaks. It doesn’t work and makes no sense in terms of what she was discussing- running for her first term and not her husband’s third term. It is an angry gesture that is alienating and reflects that she is angry that people may assume she is continuing her husband’s and Obamas’s terms as she mentioned.

So my fellow journalists, my message to you is STOP SPINNING IT! Report what you see and hear that is accurate. Do not report what you don’t see and hear in hopes of getting a nationally read story. When you do  this, like was done here, you lose your credibility. That is why the public  so often doesn’t believe what they read from journalists. The public is  not dumb. They know that there is spin like the spin that was demonstrated here. No Southerner or Northerner, Easterner or Westerner would ever agree there was a Southern accent put on by Hillary. It is false reporting and makes you, fellow journalist, look bad.

And for Hillary, my advice to you is to stop making wrong gestures- misleading gestures. Instead stay real and genuine like you did during this speech when you spoke. Show that vocal warmth with lots of inflection in your tones to express what you want to say. Smile like you have done as it is very inviting and makes people want to hear what you have to say.

Phoniness will not work in this election. People want real  gestures that match what is said. They don’t want choreographed or contrived speeches and rhetoric and gestures.  Being honest, sincere and genuine  is universal language of today.