The U.K. Daily Mail has an interesting take on Thursday’s White House meeting between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.
They called in body language expert Patti Wood, who, after looking of photos of the men, called Obama “extremely fatigued, resigned and not hopeful” and Trump “tentative, serious and perhaps fearful.”
Most mainstream news reports called the 90-or-so minute meeting “cordial,” but Wood, author of “Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma” distinctly described what clearly was an underlying tension.
Both men were seated in an alpha male position, but Obama’s legs, spread wider than Trump’s, revealed him to subconsciously saying, ”I’m still on top,” the Daily Mail reported.
Meanwhile, Trump’s hands, in a “downward prayer position” suggested he “learned something he didn’t know before.”
When Obama said he was “encouraged” by Trump’s interest in working with him, he closed his eyes, which, Wood said, is a “block,” indicating he really wasn’t.
Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama and Melania Trump had tea at the White House.
The Daily Mail reported that the Trumps arrived at the White House via a private entrance on the south side of the building (inaccessible to press) and left the same way.
A photo of the women chatting in the Yellow Oval Room was posted by the current administration hours later, after DailyMail.com put public pressure on the White House to release it.
When the White House changed hands in 2008, President George W. Bush and his wife Laura eagerly met the Obamas on the South Lawn.
R.I.P LEONARD COHEN
Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82.
“We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries,” a post on his Facebook site said.
Highly-respected and known for his poetic and lyrical music, Cohen wrote popular songs including the often-covered “Hallelujah.” His 14th studio album, “You Want It Darker,” was released Oct, 21.
Legions of musicians of every genre mourned his passing on social media, including Bette Midler, Alanis Morissette, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Charlie Daniels, Roseanne Cash, Q-Tip, Sean Lennon, Moby and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Margot Gerster, a “heartbroken” woman with post-election blues went hiking in Chappaqua, N.Y., on Thursday, and ran into Hillary Clinton walking her dog; the pair hugged, and Bill Clinton snapped a photo of Gerster and her young daughter Phoebe with the presidential nominee, which Gerster shared online … Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian‘s baby girl, Dream Renée, was born Thursday in Los Angeles.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 42. … Chef Traci Des Jardins is 49. … Actress Calista Flockhart is 52. … Actress Demi Moore is 54. … Actor Stanley Tucci is 56. … Singer Dave Alvin is 61. … Singer Marshall Crenshaw is 63. … Politician Barbara Boxer is 76.
–– Wire reports