After a supposedly tame performance in the first presidential debate, all eyes were on President Obama to kick it up a notch. Governor Romney had to simply rinse and repeat the way he performed in the first debate.
Besides the actual words that were spoken, body language in the debate was another BIG indicator in who came out with the upper hand, and according to Forbes, the winner “from a body language perspective” was President Obama and here’s why:
More often than his rival, he took charge and looked in command. He had more positive and fewer negative nonverbal signals than Romney. Some examples:
• Unlike the last debate, it was Governor Romney who stammered the most, and Obama whose speech was the most fluid.
• When the President was talking about the Governor’s tax plan, Romney stood in the classic “fig leaf” position (where hands are clasped low, in front of the body) that indicates feeling defensive and insecure.
• President Obama’s stayed feisty and energized throughout the entire debate, while Romney’s energy began to drop a little toward the end. (This was especially noticeable in the last few minutes when he walked stiffly and let his hands hang at his sides.)
• In their closing comments, Romney shifted weight from foot to foot (which is not advised when making important points), while Obama stood solidly, with his feet about shoulder distance apart.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper also spoke to body language experts who interpreted the candidates’ body language from the second presidential debate. Here’s the video below:
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