In the above video President Barack Obama is speaking about the shooting in Dallas on Thursday. Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, is giving a similar speech in the video included below.
Note that both men, who normally use their hands and arms significantly during other speaking events, here use them minimally.
Although an experience politician, Mr. Ryan has had less tragic occasions at which to speak than has the President. Ryan uses his hands and arms in the beginning of his speech but then rapidly curtails their use to essentially nil. Mr. Obama hardly uses his hands and arms at all.
During funerals, when speaking about recent death, the receiving of soldiers' remains, and similar events, minimal use of the hands is good body language advice - for it transmits much more reverence and respect for the deceased. This lack of hand and arm gestures also conveys more empathy.
During the vast majority of occasions, lack of hand and arm use may very signal suspicion and/or low confidence or emotional discomfort - but not here - not when speaking with respect for the fallen.
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