When US President Barack Obama wanted to put his arm around the shoulder of Cuba’s President Raul Castro, Castro was having none of it. No matter what language you speak, the international language of “body language” speaks volumes.
If Obama succeeded in placing his arm around Castro on Live Cuban TV, it would make Castro appear weak to his citizens. It would give the impression that Obama ( who is a head and shoulder taller than Castro) dominated the get-together and was more powerful than Castro.
Putting your arm around someone’s shoulder shows that you are in control or are more powerful. That is was what Obama was trying to say with his body language. It was also way too friendly of a gesture for two countries who have not had an American President on Cuban soil for almost 80 years. No matter how good a time Obama may have had…
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