Despite having a positive meeting and a cordial press conference, the body gestures of Obama and Trump show that they are not friends.
On Thursday, November 10, 2016, the President-Elect Donald Trump met the President of the United States, Barack Obama at the White House.
The two men who in the past have had no love for each other spent 90 minutes in the Oval Office talking about the nation.
After the close door meeting, the Trump and Obama came out and addressed the media about their private conversation.
"I had been very encouraged by the, I think, interest in President-elect Trump’s wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces. And I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together to deal with the many challenges that we face" said President Obama.
Donald Trump on his part said "I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel. He’s — he explained some of the difficulties, some of the high-flying assets, and some of the — some of the really great things that have been achieved."
While both men remained cordial and respectful their body gestures told a different story entirely. Here are the three body gestures from Trump and Obama's talk to the media.
The President of the United States did not look at Donald Trump until after the 1:45 second mark in the video. If you really admire someone and like the person's personality you would make eye contact with person a lot. Obama didn't look at his former adversary till after 100 seconds. This shows that Obama does not really regard Donald Trump.
Steepling is the act of placing your hands or fingers together so that they create an upward-pointing V-shape. According to body language experts, this is used to intimidate people. This has been Donald Trump's signature gesture for years. However, if you notice Trump's steeple is downward not upward which reveals he is paying respect to Obama's position as President.
When Donald Trump was speaking to the press, Obama would close his eyelids for a long time. This is known as eye blocking. When you don't like what someone is saying we close our eyelids and try to block out the person's image and words from our minds.