Tomorrow is the 45th Anniversary of the first manned Moon landing. In this picture taken five years ago Apollo 11's crew from left to right is Buzz Aldrin (the second man to walk on the Moon), Michael Collins (who orbited the Moon in the command module while his fellow explorers were on the moon's surface), Neil Armstrong (the first man to walk on the Moon) are standing next to Barack Obama (the 44th President of the United States). Cut off in this image is the very bottom of a portrait of George Washington.
Note the position of each man's hands. From a body language perspective, the two men who walked on the moon - Neil and Buzz - show the highest level of confidence with their hands at their sides (most alpha). Michael Collins who did not walk on the moon has his left hand in his pocket - projecting a bit less confidence. President Obama who was just shy of eight years old when this historic event occurred is humbled to be in the presence of men who just aren't famous - but historic. Thus Mr. Obama has his hands configured in what is known as a "fig-leaf" or "genital guarding". Here this beta nonverbal signal is in deference to the living legends who are in his company.
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