With only a few weeks remaining until the Aug. 2 debt-ceiling deadline, the public is looking to President Barack Obama to provide much-needed leadership in the ongoing congressional battle over deficits and spending.
But body language expert Lillian Glass, author of the best-selling book
“Toxic People” and regular commentator on the “Nancy Grace Show” and MSNBC, warns that the president is not portraying himself as the strong leader America needs.
“This is not the President Obama we initially elected,” Glass told Newsmax in an exclusive interview.
After watching Obama address the debt ceiling issue during his “Twitter” Town Hall and other TV appearances, Glass noted his obvious weary appearance and gray hair, but then examined some specific body language signals and what they mean.
“The obvious tightness around his jaw denotes a feeling of anger,” Glass explained. “The way President Obama’s shoulders were rounded and focused inward shows that he feels defeated and insecure.”
His delivery also failed to meet the presidential standard, she said. ”There were endless stammers and stutters around certain important words when he’s talking about [the debt ceiling] showing he doesn’t really believe what he’s saying. For example, the president noticeably stammered as he admitted, ‘and we need to look at entitlements.’”
Glass particularly noted the president’s tendency to look down frequently throughout his response to the debt ceiling Twitter questioning. “This conveys a sense of deception. And you still notice it today.”
At one point, the president even projected his own uncertainties about how to deal with the debt crisis onto a Twitter user who contributed a debt-ceiling question, observed Glass, who said that is especially noteworthy.
Pointing to the Twitter user’s profile picture, Obama said jokingly, “This picture captures it all . . . He’s looking kind of confused.”
Such pointing and gesturing telegraph the president’s way of “deflecting focus off of himself and his own confusion,” Glass confided to Newsmax.
Despite these various indicators that the president is exhausted by the partisan back-and-forth, Glass said his anger shines through most clearly. Unlike most presidents who typically point with their fingers, Obama employed “an angry fist-like gesture” and pumped his arms widely, Glass said.
Obama knows the debt talks could jeopardize his chances for re-election, and as his frustration mounts, so does his composure weaken. The Obama we saw two years ago and the one we are seeing today are “distinct like night and day,” Glass said.
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