President Obama spoke today on the South Lawn of the White House. A video of this address is included above. Mr. Obama discussed the recent Russian annexation of Crimea and announced sanctions both in retaliation for this action - and in addition, in an attempt to prevent possible similar events with regards to other regions of Ukraine.
We live in interesting times.
At multiple times during this speech the President displayed nonverbal microexpressions of regret. Some of these are isolated in the still images below. This particular body language/facial expression goes widely unrecognized and thus unappreciated.
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Microexpression of regret at 0:37
Displayed just and the end of the statement, "... These are all choices that the Russian government has made ..."
At 1:02 more regret is shown (microexpression) just as the President says, "... we're imposing sanctions on more senior officials of the Russian Government ..."
One more regret microexpression at the very end of the word "situation" (1:46):
"...For this reason we've been working closely with our European partners to develop more severe actions that could be taken if Russia continues to escalate the situation...."
At the 2:01 - 2:02 mark another microexpression of regret is shown on Mr. Obama's face at the very end of this sentence:
"...As part of that process, I signed a new executive order today that gives us the authority to impose sanctions - not just on individuals, but on key sectors of the Russian economy. This is not our preferred outcome...."