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Frozen in distress

Frozen in distress
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In this photo of President Trump reacting to his acquittal on two articles of impeachment on February 6, 2020, it’s clear that Trump is both elated by the decision and disgusted that there even had to be a trial. But what’s most curious about this photo is the body language of his wife, Melania, Wood notes. As Melania turns from her husband to address the crowd, her mouth is smiling, but everything else about her is tense, almost frozen. Her hands are clutched tight. Her arms are drawn in closely at her sides. It’s almost as if she’s feeling terrified – perhaps of making the wrong move or of displaying the wrong emotion.

A tender moment right in the middle of it all

A tender moment right in the middle of it all
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In this photo of Michelle and Barack Obama, taken at the 2009 Inauguration Ball, all of the signs that Wood looks for in happy couples are present. Their fingers are relaxed and intertwined, with their fingers pointing up. His eyes are focused on her with desire, his pursed lips mimicking the kiss he is probably imagining giving her later. Michelle’s response is to look down, almost coquettishly, in what Wood says is a subconscious act of courtship. Did you know that Michelle and Barack met while Barack was a summer associate at Michelle’s law firm?

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