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Body Language Expert Analyzes Obama-Trump Meeting

| by David Bonner

President Barack Obama hosted President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 10 at the White House for their first meeting since the election.

Trump, who had previously questioned Obama’s citizenship and referred to him as the “founder of ISIS” on the campaign trail, called Obama a “very good man” during the 90-minute meeting in the Oval Office, reports CNN.

Obama declared that it was "My No. 1 priority in the next two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful. He told Trump: "If you succeed, the country succeeds.”

It seemed to be a cordial meeting that promised to usher in a smooth transition of power.

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But body language expert Patti Wood analyzed the meeting to give her interpretation of what the two men might have been really thinking, reports the Daily Mail.

Wood bills herself as “the gold standard of body language experts.”  According to her website, “Her programs on body language, presentation skills, sales, and media interviewing, get people up out of their chairs interacting and laughing.” 

After viewing photos of the historic meeting, Wood concluded that Obama was “exremely fatigued, resigned and not hopeful,” and that  Trump was “tentative, serious and perhaps fearful.”

The placement of each man’s legs was key, in her view. “If you look at the seating position -- their lower legs -- are both in the male, alpha position saying ‘I am a man.’”

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Obama’s legs, she noted, were more widely spread than Trump’s, which she says demonstrates strength and was Obama’s way of saying “I'm still on top.”

Wood also zeroed in on the “downward prayer position” of Trump’s hands. “The thing that is very significant is Trump's hand position,” which is not typical for the president-elect, she explained. This means that “he has learned something he didn't know before.”

She added: “Trump holds his own hands as he begins speaking which is an indication he needs to comfort himself.” As for Obama, he tended to rest his arms on his legs. “That's not typical Obama which tells me he is weary,” she said.

Overall, she thinks Obama’s body language says that he is “not hopeful but very presidential.”

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Photo credit: Pete Souza/The White House

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