Body Language



President Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen

This pic cracks me up – completely.


See all posts from the Ireland visit here

152 Responses to “Body Language”

  1. 1 vitaminlover
    June 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Don’t trust Putin.

  2. 2 Proud Former White House Intern
    June 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm


  3. 3 Layla
    June 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    hello again

    • 4 Layla
      June 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      remember this: PBO stated if I give someone the benefit of the doubt and they prove me wrong, I will crush them! This looks like a crush to me!

  4. 5 Carol
    June 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    They’re in love..lol

  5. 6 Nena20409
    June 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    We all Just Business here, with our own…….device

    Eagles and Hotel California………

    POTUS and Putin are all Business.

    These Picture Tell Tales…….. Frozen in Historic Times.

  6. 7 desertflower
    June 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Look at the face on PBO in the first pic 🙂 Get me the mat! STAT!

  7. 16 Nena20409
    June 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    VL won the Gold 😉 Congrats

  8. 20 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Thought bubble over PBO: “What an ass!”

    Thought bubble over Putin: “A horse. My kingdom for a horse!”

  9. 23 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Wow….does Vladmir Putin’s face move at all?! He looks as if he’s in a perpetual frozen state of uncomfortableness.

  10. 28 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    People think the NSA is the big bad wolf. Oh no. It’s the conservative bloc of the SCOTUS. They’re steadily eroding rights. This is insane and a must read so you know the new rules.


    • 29 catrst
      June 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      I’ve been watching British procedurals on YouTube (crime dramas) and they give them their rights the same way over and over. What’s different is that they say something about it can be used against you i if you fail to mention when questioned something that you then rely upon in court. Maybe I got the wording mixed up but it is definitely about silence coming back to bite you.

  11. 30 anniebella
    June 17, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I wish POTUS was with his family enjoying the beautiful country of Ireland, instead of dealing with something like Putin.

  12. 31 CEB
    June 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I will bet that PBO was missing. Mediev at that moment. The two got along well and seemed to enjoy their many talks. They had good chemistry. Putin is so yesterday with his Cold War mentality.

    • 32 carolyn
      June 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Although I think that PBO enjoys the mental jousting and sparring. He’s smarter than any of them, and will lead them on to say things they don’t want to say. Putin will never get the better of PBO…..if he thinks he will, he is living in denial. Medviev was a friendlier person who could smile. Putin can’t…..he takes himself very seriously, but does not think up to the level of PBO at all.

  13. 35 Nena20409
    June 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    PBS is planning to start a Weekend PBS evening News. That is good news.


  14. June 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    “that allows us to move out of this Cold War mentality …”

    Oops – BAM, BAM, BAM !

    Anyone noticed the Russian interpreter was literally falling over his own words, stuttering, restarting sentences … That was even more revealing than Putin looking at his shoes too much …

  15. 38 4morefor44
    June 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Putin treated the bush family cabal much differently. gee, wonder why?

    Presidents Bush and Putin met Monday in Kennebunkport, Maine, in hopes of repairing U.S.-Russia relations, which have been strained in recent months over White House plans to install a missile shield in Europe and NATO expansion.

    It was all handshakes, smiles and kisses when Putin arrived at the Bush family estate that overlooks the rocky Atlantic seacoast.

    Putin gave pecks on the cheeks to first lady Laura Bush and the president’s mother, Barbara Bush, and handed them bouquets of flowers. Before disappearing from public view, Putin was seen aboard former President George H.W. Bush’s speedboat, zooming along the coastline, grinning and waving to photographers.

    “I’m very grateful to the Bush family for this very warm, cozy atmosphere around this meeting, and we appreciate it very much,” Putin said. “I do believe that we have to learn something from the older generation.”

    photo here.

    i think there is a cabal of world “leaders” who purposely try to keep trouble brewing in the world, since they know they can control people with fear that way, and profit from the industries they (more accurately their fathers and grandfathers) invested in. putin and his friends the bush family and so on are mad that president obama has disrupted their schemes.

  16. 43 CEB
    June 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I have never seen anyone talk with so little movement of his lips. What was that about? Poor Putin. Did he believe the press reports and thought that PBO would not be able to dominate? PBO had that “proceed Prime Minister” look on his face.

  17. 45 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I gotta ask a serious question? Is Eugene Robinson a Emo Prog?

  18. 51 daisydem
    June 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Oh wow, my goodness. I am somewhat a student of body language …. no, I am not an expert, but I have studied non-verbal communication a little but it does not take an expert to see these pictures and like, wow … I don’t think I have ever seen our President as intense, uncomfortable, wary – yes, wary might be the one most apt word. I am not sure the debates with McCain ever had him looking like this.

    • 52 desertflower
      June 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      I’m not seeing wary from PBO. I see deliberate, firm yet congenial. Wary? I thought you were talking about Putin!

      • 53 Linda
        June 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

        I agree df…..he looks intense…but not uncomfortable or wary to me…..

        • 54 Layla
          June 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm

          Look at the position of his feet! He’s like: I’m getting the fuck outta here Pute! “CRUSHMAN” my superhero!

      • 55 daisydem
        June 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        Point well taken, I had not looked at the photos carefully, just scanned them.

        • June 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm

          After the 2nd hard look what us your analysis? I am asking because I too only took a quick look after seeing the heading and the body language of Pootie Poot is very uncomfortable and can’t seem to want to look the President in the eye.

  19. 57 JER
    June 17, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    LIVE NOW: White House Press Briefing From Ireland…http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  20. 62 CEB
    June 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    The president is tired of bull shit and he let Putin know it.

    • June 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Hmm, I think the President should Mr. Putin some slides from the meeting he had with President Xi and basically said: “You’re a has-been”.

      • June 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

        “should” should be “showed” (and I didn’t even typed it on a phone !).

        As I wrote a couple of days ago, the era of white men arguing world politics (remember Reagan calling Gorbachev out over the Berlin Wall) are *over*. As Putin is part of that world (as an ex-head of the KGB), he’s done, too.

    • 65 HZ
      June 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      CEB, you just took the words out of my mouth. Thank you. HZ

  21. 66 desertflower
    June 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Press question about the GD SUPERBOWL RING??? Are they kidding?

    • 67 lisalovesobama
      June 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Yup. Heard the dumbass woman who asked it. Obvi, research isn’t her thing. I hope she feels like the biggest ass alive. Ben was too kind, he knows damn well it was Bush’s WH bullshit, but he was too much of a gentleman. Screw being a gentleman, I’d read that heifer like there was no tomorrow. She’s such an ass!

  22. June 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Media Fight!…………..Chuckie is upset that Buzzfeed broke the embargo on the PBO/Rose interview………

    Glad to see the media has such high regard for ethics……..NOT!!! They are all in one big cesspool…

  23. 70 lisalovesobama
    June 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Wow. Dumbass just asked about the Kraft ring story as though this happened under the Obama presidency. How fucking stupid are those inbred freaks? What an ass! And we wonder about their research methods…… Obviously they DON’T do research. Idiot. 🙄

    • 71 desertflower
      June 17, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      well, and even worse was the bozo that mentioned something about “always blaming Bush.” They are all dumbasses now

      • 72 lisalovesobama
        June 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

        Too true. Asshole. Nice of them to show their butts. Boy, I wish Ben weren’t so nice.

      • 73 Nena20409
        June 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        What? They doubted when the ring-gate happened? In 2005 was the year and Pres Obama was just a 1st yr Sen from IL. Our National Media is a total Fatuous Lazy entity.

      • 74 CEB
        June 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

        Ben handled it with humor and mentioned that this was during the Bush Admin. Then of course, there was the “color” question about what was the attitude/atmosphere of the meeting. Did she really think that Ben and Jay were such rookies or were so unprofessional that they would actually answer such a gossipy question? After she finally shut up (had 3 questions), the rest were, surprisingly, about what they were actually there for. The feed froze about half-way through, so I do not know if they got silly after that.

  24. 75 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    A Catalogue of Journalistic Malfeasance

    By Joshua Foust


    So what’s the solution? For one, stop assuming the first version of the “facts” is correct. So much of the initial round of NSA reporting has turned out to be false or misleading that it’s a wonder such misreporting hasn’t become its own scandal. The speed with which false information propagates in the public (and worse, in commentaries) is dismaying to those of us who’d prefer public debates be based in fact rather than fiction.

    Yet so long as breaking news dominates the coverage, there will continue to be frenzied periods of rushed reporting and eventual retractions or clarifications. Until we as people change our media consumption habits, the news organizations that continue to rush poorly researched information into the public record will have no reason to change their ways.


    View at Medium.com

    • 76 Nena20409
      June 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Whatever happened to the 2 people to validate the stories and a Third when the stakes are too high?

  25. 77 Debra
    June 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Putin is short. President Obama is towering over him.

    • 78 CEB
      June 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      It is petty, I know, but I get a kick that he is taller than almost all of the other world leaders that he deals with on a regular basis. It is even better that Michelle is taller than most of them. BTW, who is taller; PBO or David Cameron?

      • 79 Debra
        June 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        Me too. I think President Obama is an inch or 2 taller then Cameron.

        • 80 CEB
          June 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

          According to Google source PBO is 6’1″ and Cameron is 6′.5″. When I took a look at photos from earlier today, it is clear that PBO is a little taller.

          Remember when the family was in South America about 2 years ago? Malia was taller than most of the male officials that they met (he, he).

          • 81 itgurl_29
            June 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

            POTUS may only be a teeny bit taller than Cameron but he looks much taller to me because he’s so slim and Cameron is kind of big boned.

  26. June 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    GW looked into Putin’s eyes and “got a sense of his soul”…POTUS looked into Putin’s eyes and saw only BS! Putin is not ready for the “spine of steel “. A big shout out to VP Biden 🙂

    • 83 lisalovesobama
      June 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Bush looked into Putin’s eyes and saw his reflection…… Literally. He saw his own reflection. SMH. complete dummy.

      • 84 CEB
        June 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        Bush looked into his eyes because they are about the same height. I’ll bet Putin hates it that he has to look up to PBO.

  27. 85 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Twitter is so funny.

  28. 87 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    • 88 catrst
      June 17, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      This picture looks like two divorcing people waiting outside the court to go in.

    • 89 lisalovesobama
      June 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      ” I iz sowy ‘Rack, Vlad just can’t gives the preh-cious back! Vlad gives you my pet tiger and signed autograph of me bare chested riding bareback on horse instead! This good, da?!”

    • 90 anniebella
      June 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      POTUS is probably thinking , I’m sitting here with this darn jackass, when I could be with my wife and daughters enjoying this beautiful country.

  29. 91 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Charles Johnson ‏@Green_Footballs 2m


    This is the era of fear-mongering click-bait journalism.


  30. 92 dotster3
    June 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I like this one—-looks like instructor and student

  31. June 17, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    In that first picture, PBO looks like a cat and Putin like the canary that’s about to be eaten.

  32. 107 desertflower
    June 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    http://twitpic.com/cxre27 These “people” are seriously losing it.

  33. 109 Anna
    June 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Putin looks uncomfortable in President Obama’s company, fidgits, looks down, sneaks looks at President Obama, the left foot doesn’t seem to be able to stay still, looks anxious to me, glancing down at hands and fidgiting with them. President Obama is his usual cool, collected, intelligent self. Like someone said, ” wouldn’t want to play chess with President Obama “.

  34. 112 criquet
    June 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

  35. June 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Nice take down here….

  36. 114 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 31m


    Would be nice if press regularly explained diff between warrantless wiretaps and data mining. but that’d ruin they-both-do- it narrative

    Retweeted by Matt Murphy


  37. 115 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

  38. 116 dotster3
    June 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Chuck Todd is acting all outraged about “breaking the rules” on the Charlie Rose interview, but I just heard him give the worst, negative report on PBO’s trip. It was all—–much more muted reaction to him this time, they once gave him the Nobel Peace Prize and thought he was the anti-Bush and now no one likes him, no one trusts America any more. I don’t understand this determination to paint our president in a negative light—-a desperate determination. It’s ugly. And I cannot stand Chuck Todd.

    • 117 Layla
      June 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      D, chuckie is mad because Romney was supposed to win the election and chuck would have been the press secretary! He will harass PBO until he is out of office!

    • 118 lisalovesobama
      June 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      What?! He actual implied or said that no likes PBO or trusts America?! What the fuck is wrong with that creep? Where did he get that information? Seriously, why does anyone actually listen to him anyway, especially father he was so wrong about the election? All he does is talk out of his ass. He actually did a Bush comparison? Funny how we haven’t heard. Lot about PBO being protested though, instead just crowds of people cheering him on. Fuck that dirty ingrate Chuck Fatass. Waste of fricking space and life.

    • 119 CEB
      June 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      PBO, to paraphrase Shakespeare, “bestrides the world like a colossus” and Chuck Todd and others like him are but “petty men below his feet.” They cannot stand it that so many like, love, and respect him; that he is not afraid of them and can barely restrain his contempt for them because of the way they dis-serve the country by not caring out the duties of their profession.

      • 120 HZ
        June 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        Indeed, CEB. You know these small, low level men and women cannot and will not ever be able to enter into that space that has been created by POB’s parents and grandparents for his core being. Period. Thus this gives them no room to tear him down and this frustrated these little shitheads. Yes, I said it because I mean it.

        However, President Barack H. Obama is the President of the United States, and a damn brilliant one, and these foolish shitheads can’t get over it and Never will. So, it gives me great pleasure to know that we worked to elect him in 2008, and then went on to help re-elect him in 2012. And he is busting asses. So our work paid off and will continue to pay off. And the Chuckie Toads will soon be forgotten, and President Barack H. Obama will be in the history of this nation and the world forever. And that is pure beauty to my eyes, heart, soul, and mind.HZ

        We Did A Damn Good Job in electing one of the great Presidents in our history, if not the greatest. HZ

    • 121 theo67
      June 17, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Someone should tell Chuckie that President Obama still has that Nobel Peace Prize, and he always will. History will note that Nobel, and everything else that President Obama has done. In fact, there will be a library (or two) in his name for this specific purpose.

      Sadly for Chuckie, history will not make note of his existence.

  39. 122 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    LL, you there? Need your librarian super powers:

    From this article, beneath the video “Mrs Obama is the subject of a new book being published tomorrow which links her ancestry to Protestant Irish immigrants who were plantation and slave owners in the southern states of the US in the 1800s. The US embassy in Dublin said officials have been aware of the First Lady’s reported ancestry but nothing has been confirmed by the White House.”

    What’s this book? Who’s the author? Where can I get one?

  40. 125 dotster3
    June 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Medicare Fraudster Fl. Gov. Scott signs bill banning paid sick leave, an ALEC backed bill—–same thing happening in other states….

  41. June 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Sorry to be so shallow but i have never focused on how ugly putin is until today – could it be magnfied by the vibe he is giving off?

    • 132 CEB
      June 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      For some reason I am thinking of the Wicked Witch of West: “I’m melting” when Dorothy faced her down and threw water on her. Seems PBO did the same to Putin.

  42. June 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    ‘American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama’ by Rachel Swarns

  43. June 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

  44. 138 dotster3
    June 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

  45. June 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I am blown away with all the hysteria from this NSA stuff.

    Even Randi Rhodes is over the top on it, and she’s usually over-informed about stuff.. So much of the press is repeating debunked info, no one seems to understand what metadata even is, most of what Snowdon says isn’t even true – that they can go back in time and all of your communication EVER has been listened to (unless there’s a bug implanted inside my head, I doubt it, considering I don’t only communicate electronically FFS.)

    And almost NO ONE is talking about two things that I see as the bigger scandals:

    1. That anyone of Snowdon’s level was given top secret security clearance by a PRIVATE COMPANY. How the fuck did that happen, and how many other people have simply SOLD that same info to foreign interests and made $$$, since it seems to be EASY.

    How does that make them any different from Snowdon? Just because he went public does it make it better? Foreign interests still have the data, and he was still paid.

    2. That Snowdon contacted Greenwald and Poitras BEFORE he ever set foot at his desk at Booz-Allen. (And how the fuck did he get that job to begin with.)

    The rest seems to be either ignorance in the law itself, that everything was LEGAL – and if that’s a problem, in that you understand FULLY exactly how the technology works, and what/how it’s data-mining, (which seems most people haven’t a fucking cllue, and are taking Snowdon at his word instead of INVESTIGATING….), and once you have COMPLETE comprehension of how it works and why, then let’s have that conversation, without the hysteria, if that’s possible…..

    Does anyone really believe their mobile phones and computers are secure? And that 99% of Americans give out their data voluntarily by clicking I AGREE on every user agreement?


    • 141 Layla
      June 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      One defective sperm after another!

      • 142 lisalovesobama
        June 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm

        Too damn true. Also, one republican governor and congressman at a time. Cut funding to education, teaching creationism and ignoring evolution, deriding science as whodoovoodoo. yup, pretty much put this at the feet of republicans.

    • 144 0388jojothecat
      June 17, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Hi our Lovely Tally,

      I have been listening to Randi Rhodes for the past couple of days and I am listening to what she is saying and not making any conclusions and I have been reading the comments here, other blogs who have posted other good journalists comments etc.

      The one thing about Randi she wants to know the “who” “what” “when” and “how”. From the very beginning she was asking what is this guys motivation? All his reasons seemed shady and keep changing but the one thing he said was, “how can I guy like me get this information”. I agree with Randi that what the real story is, “Why are we giving our National Security secrets to private industry”. This is the big question. Then today she was reading the article the Guardian printed about what the NSA , CIA, FBI, Homeland Security has been doing since post 9/11 to present. IF, and I capitalize IF what she read is true and not researched by real journalist, Private Industry and these agencies have a alliance against the crazy right tea baggers as well as the left agencies such as Occupy Wall Street, ACLU, etc. I find that IF this is true and the BANKS and BIG Business who pay very little taxes is using these agencies to crush any opposition to the way they operate. Friday Randi said that she has been talking about this for awhile…..this is not about Left or Right….GOP…Teabagger…Liberal….this is about Business using our Government against all of us.

      This is what I am getting from Randi. She is saying Big business wants to keep their gravy train and have been telling the NSA that “WE THE PEOPLE” will rise up against the government and they won’t be able to handle the magnitude. The NSA is telling the lazy Congress we need more money to keep these people in case it happens. I am not agreeing with Randi or this Snowflake dude because I don’t think he had enough time to get all this information in such a short period of time for a new employee. There is still more to this story and we need to listen with an analytical mind to what this guy is REALLY saying because he wants to puff himself up to be famous yet he has not told us anything really new that we did not already know except that these private contractors suck at what they do.

      • June 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        Ah. I’ve only caught part of her shows lately, and they weren’t as coherent as you just were. 😀 All of that totally makes sense.

        This whole Snowdon thing was orchestrated by someone/some company.

        It’s curious how there hasn’t been a PEEP from Booz-Allen other than the time he worked there, and that they have since fired him, which is surprising. As a contractor for the NSA, you’d think they’d be all over themselves to assure EVERYONE that they’re a responsible company, etc…

  46. 146 vitaminlover
    June 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Putin’s eyes are beady and too close together.

  47. 151 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm

  48. 152 arkluvspbo
    June 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Oh Putty Put, you look like an insecure, insignificant, shameful little man. I love body language, it says volumes without speaking a word.

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