Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3735: Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Mean Tweets - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Yesterday President Barack Obama was featured on Jimmy Kimmel's "Mean Tweets". The last tweet he read was from none other than Donald Trump.

President Obama responded (beginning at 1:33), "Well - at Real Donald Trump - at least I will go down as 'A President'."

The image above was captured during 1:33 as the President says, "Well ...". The expression on his face (Elevated Central Forehead Contraction along with a Partial Mouth Smile) is one of both Contempt and Disbelief.

In the next image (1:39, captured just after he says, "... President'." ) note that the Obama's eyelids are opened wider than baseline with his left mustache area contracted and elevated as well as left nostril flaring. This cluster is characteristic of Anger - along with Contempt (This contempt expression is a different from that in first image).

This next image (immediately above) is from 1:40 after he's done speaking. This expression is Contempt mixed with Disgust.

A second later (1:41), Obama's facial expression has not changed much - but he drops the phone (a version of a mic drop).

When the fingers are left open/splayed at the end of this dropping gesture - it has the additional message of "I Wash My Hands of You" or "You are Dismissed".

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3734: SNL's spoof on the 3rd Presidential Debate - and 3 Insincerity Flags

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3732: Donald Trump cuts short interview after Question Regarding Racism - Predicting Trump's Behavior

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3730: The 3rd Presidential Debate - Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton - Part II - Donald Trump won't commit to accepting election results

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3716: Fatherhood, Body Language, Emotional Intelligence and Ashton Kutcher's Pants

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3697: NYC Bombing Suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami in Custody - Body Language, Threat Assessment and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3662: Weverton Dives, Neymar Kicks and Brazil Wins Gold

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3619: Lone Protester, Baton Rouge Police and Body Language

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