LOS CABOS, MEXICO – Call it a case of appearances over substance. During brief remarks after President Obama’s bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday morning, the two leaders’ body language seemed to indicate the meeting had not gone well. They rarely looked at each other, never smiled and ended their meeting with a perfunctory handshake.
Reporters pounced on such a dramatic visual representation of what has recently been a somewhat troubled relationship. Russia has refused to go along with the United States and other nations in calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside, and has blocked two U.N. Security Council Resolutions sanctioning the Syrian government.
At a briefing after the morning meeting, top White House aides warned reporters against reading into what one called the leaders’ “businesslike” meeting.
“Go back and look at the tape when he met with Obama the last time,” U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul told reporters. “You'll see exactly the same body language. I have. That's just his style and I really would encourage you not to over-read how somebody is sitting as an indication of where the relationship is.”
The aides said the statement was delivered in Putin’s typical style, adding that the leaders’ interaction shouldn’t be compared to the warm relationship Obama enjoyed with former Russian President Dmitri Medvedev after multiple meetings.
A few hours later, the two leaders appeared much warmer during an afternoon G-20 plenary session. As if playing to the cameras, the leaders gave each other a thumbs up before Obama leaned over to Putin before the meeting’s opening remarks. Putin whispered something in Obama’s ear, and the two presidents shared a laugh.
Although the White House may have pushed back against reporters’ version of the picture that was being painted of the two leaders’ relationship, in the end they seemed to acknowledge the effect of the visual that overshadowed the message.
Journalists should report the facts not assumptions. Discussions about Syria would be serious and thoughtful and it was not a time to be all smiley and jokey. Making assumptions by someone's body lanquage is highly subjective and definitely not accurate. The reporters do not know what went on during the discussion, nor should they. I often think that national security is sometimes jeopardized by jumps to conclusions and making wild accusations about what could or might have happened. The news is something that HAS happened and that is what should be reported. Speculation should be left to fortune tellers and psychics. More and more the journalists seem to be looking at the glass as half empty instead of half full and this leads to unnecessary fears and lack of confidence. This election cycle more than any other I think the media is going to be watched and scrutinized very carefully about how accurately and fairly they report the news.
HELLO.., This is CNN. Are you expecting fair and balanced??
blah blah blah... Putin told obama to kiss his.... and obama was willing to do it. End of story...and the Russian war ships are now in route to Syria. Putin won't do business with obama because he don't trust him...no one does...he is a pathological liar and fraud.
And Jean...the press have began to turn on obama as they did to LBJ when they no longer could cover for him and realized he was crazy and destroying the country...you need to get used to it.
Sorry, Jerry, you are a putz and view the world through, "I hate Obama just 'cause I do." I doubt our President views this man a trustworthy partner in peace. I wouldn't and would be suspious of anyone who does. If you are talking about the press turning against Obama, I guess you would be watching one network and I could name it, easily. Fox.
If you want to kiss Putin's butt, go ahead. Doesn't seem our President wants to. And, neither do I want him to.
I don't think its obama hate...the guy just can't do the job. The G20 and NATO meetings should have proven this to you...obama is what he is a second rate college lecturer (not an academic and not an intellectual) a civil rights lawyer (second rate) and community organizer (rebel raiser)...not leadership material domestically or on foreign policy.
OH YEAH. THAT'S HATE IN FULL DENIAL.
Amazing – throbbing member 2012 is the biggest hater who posts here and he tries to call others haters because they disagree with what Obama is doing to this country. We reap what we sew and the repercussions of what Obama has done over the past 3.5 years is showing in the hate coming from both sides.
These stupid libs think everyone who disagrees with Obama is a racist and a hater when it is them who are the haters. Obama has ruined this country. It will take the next president years to recover from the mess Obama made of this country.
THAT'S RIGHT, I'M PRETTY AMAZING. I'M GLAD YOU NOTICED.
President Obama,is doing a remarkable job...it is great that he can be at ease, gracious, and laugh with a world leader such as Mr. Putin with whom we have serious differences. It shows President Obama is representing us as any educated well grounded adult who is up to the job would.
@John ...look up the difference between "sew" and 'sow".
Can't you just picture Mitt Romney in a serious conversation about world affairs with Russias Putin?.....Now that's something to make one take voting very seriously!!!..... . By the way Jerry.....if our president is a fraud and pathelogical liar as you assess him....you must have a facinating world of knowledge and interesting acquaintances to base your judgement on??
He is a liar. Let us take the one everyone knows about – ya know, when he was given the State Of The Union Speech? You know, when he said illegals would not be getting healthcare??
In the first nine months of 2010, the estimated cost of MassHealth for “illegal immigrants” was placed at $33.8 million, with illegal aliens constituting 69 percent of all subscribers. In addition, an estimated 52,000 illegal aliens used free emergency room services at a cost of $35.7 million, funded by taxpayers.
So someone comes into the emergency room dying and the Doctors must first determine if he belongs in this country or not before the person gets treated?
Oh how I love the beach too, Nina! I love the sounds of the ocean as the waves roll in and break along the shore line. It is wordenful to hear that you and your family hada great time there. You will have to share your pictures with me soon!
Can't wait until President Romney restores dignity and trust.
To what? That man doesn't have a decent bone in his body.
You know him on a personal level or are you just spewing the hate from the left?
Romney has given more money to charity to help others than ANY 3 LIBS you can name combined. He will be good for this country and the working people who have been treated like dirt by this president.
You think Obama the coke/pot head who has turned this country against one another is a good guy, but Romney is not? Why?
Regarding Romney it's hard to say what would have happened. He rlaley ran a pretty dang poor campaign. Worse than McCain's in many ways. I think the best thing that could have happened to him was to lose the nomination and come back wiser (and in a situation not stacked against him as this year was)HammerHead, I tend to agree. I disliked McCain a lot in 2000 and was actually pretty excited by the recall movement in Arizona that died when 9/11 happened. I though he was a horrible candidate. But then there wasn't anyone I was excited about. Romney has the skill but rlaley came off in an unappealing way. It was a bad year for Republicans in many ways. McCain, while being right about a lot of policies just scares me in the same way Bush did. It's all about gut rather than thoughtful reasoning.
SOMEWHERE, THE REPUBLITARDS ARE SNICKERING AT THAT WHOLE DIGNITY AND TRUST THING.
Surely you jest. Gordon Gecko?
If that was Romney, he would have told Putin how its going to be, and what happens if Russia does not agree. Russia would back down to Romney, now Obama is a different story, Putin knows Obama is a kiss butt and weak. So he feels secure telling Obama wear to get off.
Correct. The fins of the flippy flopper would have thrown Putin off just enough to confuse him into an unwanted agreement.
"wear to get off"? Shows your lack of education. I wonder what he wears to get off could be taken a little differently then you intended. LOL
Obama is out of his league.
Dean, are you applying for a job to run Mitt's car elevator? That's probably your speed.
Putin seemed to be a cool dude; Mr. Obama seemed to be acting like another angry Black man. He seemed to be gesturing: "Comrade Putin, if we can't play by my rules, I am going to get angrier, get may bat, glove and ball and go raise some extra cushion political funds or, go play golf". Mr. Putin seemed to say: "Ignoramus, whatever"!
Is this divisive dictator over his head or what?!
NOTE to John Kerry: You don't even come close!!! You have always mooched off of taxpayers; in one way or another.
You think Putin is a cool dude?? You must be a KGB Russian troll. The man wants to be czar and even his own people aren't buying it. And, if you are impressed with Putin's shirtless appearance, you should'a seen his 'Hockey Game' against professional players. BWAH_HA_HA_HA!!
Putin would relish a Rmoney presidency. How long would it take for Rmoney to learn the job of being president. To believe that someone who has never done s job would step right in and perform like a veteran is stupid.
the world will relish a Romney presidency.... amateur hour is over.
THEN LOONEY TUNES BEGIN! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
of course they will they will use him like toilet paper just the way his party is now. He cant say a word without the ok of higher ups. He is not a leader he is just a mouthpiece for the extremes in our society. Frankly I would be very scared if he ever one the presidency..very scared
obama looks like a laughing monkey in this photo...the other photo a few days ago when obama and Putin were shaking hands..obama's hand look like a girls while Puttin's did look masculine. This is embarrassing.
SO.... WHEN IS THE NEXT KLAN MEETING AND WHEN CAN ROMNEY ATTEND?
Next tuesday at your house just as it has always been.
YOU KIDS SHOULD QUIT TRESPASSING AND GET A PROPER CLUB HOUSE SOMEWHERE ELSE, MAYBE DOWNTOWN NEWARK NJ.
racism is alive and well!
And, Romney has an entry in the Olympics for,...wait for it,....HORSE DANCING!!
Send Romney over there he will start a war tomorrow..that will fix them....!!!!!
It's all about the tax deduction...OUCH!
The horse didn't get him much of a tax deduction.
Cork up the kool-aid and try reality for a change.
AND YOU MUST BE HIGH ON MITT ROMNEY'S SPECIAL SAUCE
Is a lawsuit over a dancing horse getting your goat?