Cristina Fernández had an awkward moment at this week’s G20 summit in London. Here in this video Fernández is shown alongside the other G20 presidents just before they do a group photo shoot.
Fernández is seen standing in line as Barack Obama approaches her. She extends her hand, thinking Obama is about to great her. But in reality Obama is looking past Fernández at another leader, to whom he actually does extend his hand, completely unaware that Fernández was expecting him to greet her instead. Obama leaves her totally hanging. Ouch! This is painful to watch.
Fernández, aware that she has just been thoroughly dissed, even if unintentionally, gracefully retracts her hand and brushes off the awkward moment. The moment itself probably didn’t bother her, but you know she will be steaming at the local press as they repeat this video over and over again. The clip is funny but also uncomfortable to watch. The dis was obviously unintended, but still….
Curiously, the president’s press office posted the following photo online for reporters to download. It appears to be a picture of the exact same moment when Obama was walking toward Fernández “to greet her.” The photo contains this caption: “The president of the United States Barack Obama approaches president Cristina Fernández to greet her moments before the summit’s official photo is taken.”
But this begs the question: If Obama actually did greet the president at this point, why not include that picture as opposed to this one, which shows him approaching her, sans the actual greeting?
The answer, apparently, is that Obama didn’t actually greet her, at least not at this exact moment. But if that’s the case, which, presumably, the Casa Rosada is aware of, why would they post the picture with a caption that is, evidently, false?