On Tuesday 26 November, President Obama visited Dreamworks Entertainment in Glendale, California - and he did not want to be there. His body language betrayed him. At the 0:03 mark in the above video, just as he says, "... Animation ...", within the sentence, " ... It is great to be at Dreamworks Animation ...", Barack Obama rubs the bottom of his nose with a simultaneous mouth covering. In the context of a declarative statement this nonverbal signal is highly indicative of a lie.
In this second image below, captured at 0:28 just as POTUS says "... between ..." within the sentence, "... ah, but, but, there's a natural connection, between me and Dreamworks Animation. I don't know if you know this but ah, my ears were one of the inspirations for 'Shrek' ...", he commits a virtually identical MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier).
These seemingly trivial two lies provide a great lesson in "norming" body language behavior.
No one doubts the second lie in particular is an attempt at self-deprecating humor and of course everyone knows he is lying. The audience is "in on it". There is no consequence in "getting caught" - and yet there is still this classic nose rub/mouth cover display.
Barack Obama is not very good at pulling off deception without also giving nonverbal cues - indeed very few people can avoid "leaking" such signals.
The chances of pulling off a lie are highly proportional to the ramifications of getting caught. Thus if committing even small deceptions causes such displays - bigger lies will lead to more overt body language tells. This is valuable information to build upon when "norming" behavior during typical times so that one can better detect deceit during other times.
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