Why Obama kept his palms down

February 13, 2013

A body language expert weighs in on the State of the Union:

Reiman watched carefully and noted that, on every point, from bringing troops home from Afghanistan, to gun control to admonishing lawmakers to stop the brinksmanship with sequestration, Obama kept his palms parallel or down. And that’s critical. For a country that tends to elect its leaders because they are tall, or because they look good, keeping the palms down shows you mean business and you are not someone to be messed with.

“When the palms are up, that’s a sign of weakness,” she said.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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