During Friday’s news conference, President Obama described Russian President Vladmir Putin as having a “slouch…looking like that bored schoolboy in the back of the classroom.”

Perhaps the president was trying to infer something about Putin’s intentions or public posturing based on his — well, actual posture. Something about Putin seems to invite scrutiny of his physiology by U.S. presidents trying to divine his inner workings (remember how former President George W. Bush looked into his eyes and saw his tender soul?).

But we couldn’t find much photographic evidence of Putin slouching. In fact, it looks like his carriage is pretty upstanding. See here:

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(Dmitry Astakhov / AFP/Getty Images)

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