When President Obama last week claimed that Russian President Vladmir Putin carried himself with a “slouch” that made him resemble a truculent schoolboy, the Loop begged to differ.
Slouch? We had never noticed that the former KGB operative had bad posture. If anything, he frequently appears in photos shirtless, with a carriage that’s more strut than stoop.
But we asked for Loop fans to send us photographic evidence to the contrary.
We got a few that showed Putin in various poses, but we maintained that none quite constituted a proper slouch.
Ah.. but what about this one?
We had to admit that’s pretty slouchy. And our colleague Max Fisher agrees. He finds significance in Putin’s body language, which he sees as a product of careful “cost-benefit calculations” by the foreign leader.
So, we stand corrected. Putin is, in fact, an occasional sloucher, though not a habitual one. In either case, perhaps he should practice the old trick of balancing a book on his head to improve his posture. Might we suggest “The Audacity of Hope”?