Is Obama's Body Language Friendly or a Power Play?

Deciphering the physical language of power

Thursday, June 11, 2009

When Obama meets with top leaders and government officials, he often puts an arm around their shoulders. To some, this could be seen as a friendly gesture, but to others it's a power play. What does a politician's body language really mean? Joining The Takeaway to decipher this for us is Karen Studd, a teacher of movement analysis at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, who is an Associate Professor of Dance at George Mason University.


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Nice observations, Karen. Using stills lets us rest in the images as you speak. Photos for the press have their own agendas which I like to consider along with the intentions of the participants.

Jun. 14 2009 09:03 AM

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