Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2994: Mike Jones to Barack Obama - "Mr. President, Don't Touch My Girlfriend" (VIDEO, PHOTO)

Last week while Barack Obama was voting early in Chicago, Mike Jones (a random voter who happened to be voting as well) told the President, "Don't kiss my Girlfriend". As he did so he pointed his index finger his left index finger towards her (Aia Cooper). This universally offensive body language takes on an additional alpha meaning here - it's a dare or a challenge - very much like drawing a line in the sand. Rather than cherishing or valuing his girlfriend, it objectifies Ms. Cooper.

Yet this illustrator is not by any means the only telling information here. At the 0:55 second mark, just after he says, "Now he's, now he's really jealous" - a brief "Tongue-in-Cheek" expression can be seen on the President

Depending on the other nonverbals with which it is clustered, the tongue-in-cheek can indicate, anger, sadness, deception, grief, or even sexually provocative emotional tones. Yet none of these are applicable in this moment (Can you tell why [nonverbally] none of these aforesaid emotions are present here?).

In this instant, the President is feeling smug, e.g., "I just won" or "I got you".

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2665: Nick Saban's "Tongue in Cheek" Body Language - What Does It Mean?

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2434:  Brad Pitt's Tongue-in-Cheek regarding  Reasons for Choosing to Work on "World War Z"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2352:  Mila Kunis' Tongue in Cheek  Graham Norton Part II

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2962: Denzel Washington, Lenny Kravitz & David Letterman - Body Language of .... 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis #2160: Index Finger (Forefinger) Pointing in Politics - The Third (and Final) 2012 Presidential Debates - Body Language of Being an Alpha Male without Offending 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2360:  Bill Clinton and the Body Language of a  "Loose Hand, Palm Up Point"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2989: Jessica Chastain, "Interstellar", David Letterman and a Partial Emblematic Slip