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NBC Claims A ‘Dominant Obama’ Met A Cool Putin

From a literally shameless NBC News:

The Big Chill: A dominant Obama meets a cool Putin at G20

By Tracy Connor | September 5, 2013

President Barack Obama was intent on getting the upper hand as he greeted Russia’s Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit on Thursday, according to body language experts who watched the frosty exchange.

From a jacket-buttoning pause to a hard-pumping handshake, Obama displayed tell-tale signs of dominance after he alit from a limo in front of St. Petersburg’s Konstantin Palace, where Putin waited to meet him, communication experts said.

How pathetic. NBC has become a parody of a news organization — maybe Pravda. (Except without Pravda’s quiet dignity.) They literally make fools of themselves here in their effort to have Obama snatch a PR victory from the jaws of an unmitigated defeat.

There was no outright hostility, but the chill between the two world leaders — at loggerheads over NSA leaker Edward Snowden and a strike against Syria — was evident in clenched-jaw smiles and lack of eye-contact and touching, the experts said.

If there was any real animosity on Obama’s side, it was probably only due to Putin’s treatment of gays.

"There’s no real warmth," said Erik Bucy, a professor at Texas Tech University who researches non-verbal communication. "It looks like Putin’s basically a hotel greeter at a five-star establishment and Obama is coming out of the limo as the important invited guest he’s not particularly thrilled to see."

Patti Wood, author of "Success Signals: Body Language in Business," made a similar analogy. "It was very odd. Obama is treating him like he was greeting a doorman," she said.

What a man Obama is. And never mind that this might not be such a great tactic if you are trying to win over Russia to supporting an attack on Syria.

She noted the significance Obama buttoning his suit jacket after exiting the limo. "That’s another way men show power," she said. "It says, ‘I know the attention is on me’ and it’s a little bit rude to do that. It’s grabbing the power for yourself."

We’re not a body language expert, of course, but it looked to us like a normal buttoning of your jacket when you get out of a car and are about to have your picture taken.

Tonya Reiman, who has written three books on body language, said Obama extended his hand at least two seconds before Putin did. "This is a show of power," she said. "In addition, he leans in toward Putin with his upper body, placing himself slightly into Putin’s personal zone. Notice Putin pulls back ever so slightly, which indicates that Obama has the upper hand."

Sure he did. In fact, Putin was probably at the point of fainting dead away from the sheer awesomeness of Obama’s presence.

During the handshake, they pumped up and down 18 times, said Joseph Tecce, a psychology professor and body-language scholar at Boston College.

"The handshake is very tense. The 18 may have been an attempt for either one to show dominance, to say, ‘Don’t fuss with me," he said. "Or they are saying, ‘Look, we are shaking hands, we’re good — an attempt to establish what is not real."

For crying out loud. They were shaking hands long enough to let the photographers get the shot. Which has been the practice at these things since time immemorial.

Wood said Obama grasped Putin’s hand from underneath so he could bring it up to him. "That says, ‘I’m in charge here. I’m going to run the show," she said…

He said that Putin nodded 10 times during the encounter, tilting his head down even though it would have made more sense to look up at the taller Obama. "Putin is intimidated by Obama, Obama is not intimidated by Putin," Tecce said…

Right. And that’s why Obama has given Putin his way on everything. From our missile defenses to our nuclear arsenal. That’s why Obama cringingly told Medvedev he would be able to give Putin even more after he was re-elected and he could be more ‘flexible.’

When the encounter was over, Putin remained standing outside the palace as Obama walked inside.

Reiman noticed that before Obama strode off, he raised up his arm, which she labeled a sign of dominance. "Putin looks down — another sign of submissive behavior," she said.

Who can blame him after being shown up by Obama before the entire world. — No, wait. It’s the other way around, isn’t it? Obama has been shown up by Putin for about two weeks now. (And, in reality, several years.)

By the way, where were all these ‘body language experts’ when Obama was bowing and scraping to every foreign leader he met, from the Saudis to the Japanese?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, September 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NBC Claims A ‘Dominant Obama’ Met A Cool Putin”

  1. mr_bill

    This sounds like the cold-war era “news” articles that came out of Russia. The Russian media used to write preposterous interpretations and exhaltations of their own countrymen whenever they travelled outside the country or met with foreigners.

    For example, if a Russian diplomat had lunch with a British diplomat, the Russians reported it as a bare-knuckle boxing match in which the Russian knocked the head off the Brit, by striking him with his pinky finger, “for Mother Russia!”

    The sad bit is that now our “news” agencies are resorting to tired old cold-war-era-style propaganda, which was never very effective or creative in the first place.

  2. captstubby

    and this concludes today’s Ministry Of Truth report.

    the Ministry Of Plenty announces that the 10 oz ration of Victory Gin has been increased to 8 oz.

  3. After the meeting, Obama returned to his Fortress of Solitude somewhere above the arctic circle. His cape and tights (with a big O on the chest) were a symbol of his superness in the face of the overpowering evil of Lex Putin.

    It’s a bird… it’s a plane… no it’s zer-O. Faster than a speeding tee shot (but only after he has had his morning coffee and at least one Kool Mild at 10:00 or 11:00 because he doesn’t like mornings) More powerful than a high speed magnetic solar powered locomotive (you know like ones on the intercontinental railroad) Able to leap tall constitutional amendments with a single swipe of his pen (as long as it’s OK with the UN and Susan Rice) It’s zer-O! The orphan of aliens, sent to earth to save us from capitalism and ourselves. zer-Oooo… savior of mankind.

    Meanwhile back at the hall of justice, zer-Os wife, “no wonder”-Woman was trying to get her fat ass into her costume while simultaneously considering ways to force children across the country to stop eating…”Let’s feed them… ARUGULA. mOOHOOHAAHHAAAAAAA.”

  4. “It looks like Putin’s basically a hotel greeter at a five-star establishment and Obama is coming out of the limo as the important invited guest he’s not particularly thrilled to see.”

    It appeared to me that Putin was the owner of a five-star establishment and Obama is coming out of the limo, as the driver, and Putin was wondering why he wasn’t going around to the back door of the kitchen where he belongs.


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