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Old 07-15-2015, 12:40 PM
 
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If you were the type - like I am - that has good insights about a person from the "first hunch" - you'll know what I am talking about.
Was watching news yesterday and they showed Mr. Obama walking towards podium to give his speech on whatever it was. Iran I think. He was walking quite a bit of distance to get to podium, so I could observe his entire body language.
He moved with that nonchalant dancing gait. Not swagger, swagger is different. Was more of a street walk, sort of dancing. I watched him and suddenly it stroke me with a solid opinion - he does not care about what he's doing. I was trying to find a right word to describe it... Couldn't come with better than cheeky. But English is not my born language. Hope this translates the intention though.
That is not how a man of power walks. Not a president of the USA.
No, it's not a question. Just an observation. As a side dish, I was very impressed with "man of power" walk from Vincent D'Onofrio in Daredevil, as Frisk. Somweher in the last episodes, there is a scene when he walks down the street, surrounded by his hoods. You should see that walk. Actor did great job. It was ultimate MAN OF POWER WALKING presentation. He looked like tank prawling through mere humans and events.
Not to chastise Mr Obama though. His counterpart, Putin, needs to learn how to sit in a chair. Have you notced that legs wide open "I'm in beach lounge chair" pose he always accepts?
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Old 07-15-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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It's part of his culture-it's a show of confidence not disinterest
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:15 PM
 
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It's part of his culture-it's a show of confidence not disinterest

.... Am agreeing. Differences in cultures are so many... as well as not always so readily understood.

.... Example- We are taught in many societies to keep our eyes locked onto another's when we are being addressed. To fail this is considered to be disrespectful/not paying attention/discounting what is being said to us. To a traditional "Native American" (pick your fave tribe here, s'il vous plaît), to keep staring into another's eyes is a sign of great disrespect. Therefore, they'll look a bit lower or to the side for most of the conversation instead. A similar circumstance in principle to this situation, in my estimation.

.... So yes- confidence, as well as being at ease & gratified, is what I got.

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Old 07-16-2015, 08:42 AM
 
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...That is not how a man of power walks. Not a president of the USA...
Being as how he IS the President of the USA and how he IS a man of power, however he walks IS the way a person like that walks!

Also being as he is a human being - most likely has different moods, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes energetic, sometimes tired... I would imagine he will walk differently depending on the circumstances.
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:20 AM
 
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OP, how would you rate Franklin D. Roosevelt? He couldn't walk at all, so therefore he wasn't a man of power?

Funny how he's consistently rated as one of our top 3 presidents.
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Old 07-18-2015, 04:00 PM
 
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/ His counterpart, Putin, needs to learn how to sit in a chair. Have you notced that legs wide open "I'm in beach lounge chair" pose he always accepts?
I always interpret that pose as projecting exaggerated masculinity.
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Old 07-18-2015, 05:36 PM
 
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I also believe that he is effeminate and possibly gay. When he talks about ISIS watch his forehead. I see a definite signs of fear. Also he has the temperament that his job is just a college class to teach and we are all is students that need to be educated.
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Old 07-18-2015, 06:28 PM
 
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I also measure people by watching body language and how they walk. Putin is a good subject. He appears dangerously self absorbed.

At President Obama's level he is acutely aware of how he moves. That doesn't mean he can control it completely, but the information given off is moderated by what he wants to project. He is the all-time winner of the run-up-the-stairs-to-the-podium contest. I have rarely seen it done better. But, again, that's just an image he wants to project. So I don't know whether it's real or not.

I don't like the condescending way he sometimes grips his audiences shoulder or arm as they walk together. "I am not your pet", I want to say.

Contrasts in body language:
Hillary Clinton, who appears old, tired, and so very ****-sure of herself. She expects to be applauded and celebrated. I don't like that so much.
Elizabeth Warren, who appears energetic, spontaneous and with her wide smile and arms swinging around makes everyone watch and listen. I think Warren is a marvelous speaker.

I also like Dick Cheney with his an unapologetic style.
Susan Rice is wonderful to watch. She always looks like she is about to serve a tennis ball.
Bill Clinton is hiding something; the raised chin the open mouthed smile with the receded lower jaw is very unattractive.

I am called "Listener"; I am also a "Watcher"

THIS is a power Walk!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5im5K7M0yLo
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Old 07-18-2015, 06:36 PM
 
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That is not how a man of power walks. Not a president of the USA.
He is a man of power. He is the President of the USA. That means that his walk is how a man of power and the president of the USA walks.

You're projecting Hollywood acting and what you think someone should do onto a real person. That is rather silly.

Heck, if he wanted to skip, limp, jump, or walk on his hands down the carpet, he could do that. He's the President. He can walk however he dang well pleases!

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Old 07-18-2015, 07:43 PM
 
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Thank you for one of the funniest threads I have read in a long time. The Obama walk. Much admired in the BC for it's fluid, rhythmic style and relaxed nature. Latin men have that "I own the world" style of walking as well as do some European men. You just know men who walk like that can bring it in the bed room.

Now I have seen some white guys who have that smooth gait and it is a pleasure to watch. Again European men are better at it than American men I'm afraid. Far too may of you walk around like you have a piece of iron bar fused to your spines and hips. It really shows up on the dance floor and to be honest it shows up when some of you get horizontal. Try to loosen up a little. It won't hurt you and the ladies will appreciate it.
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