The first couple may not even be aware of it, but the way they carry themselves reflect the kind of compassion they are capable of showing the country.
More than four decades have passed since Joe Biden and Jill tied the knot, and oh boy, does it show. The first couple has always shown great affection for each other even when the entire world is watching, and they don't even seem aware of it.
Whenever the president talks about his wife, he can't stop beaming and he's constantly making eye contact with her. "He looks her in the eye, but it's not just looking at her, he looks into her. The eyes soften when he sees her, when he speaks about her, the corners of the eyes soften. That can't be faked, that is genuine love," image consultant and life coach Michele Charles Gustafson told CTVNews.ca.
Stressing on how "body language does not lie," Gustafson added that the couple's demeanor shows an "extreme amount of warmth" and "a lot of care" for each other.
Even on the day Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of America, the look of pride on teary-eyed Jill's face as she looked at her husband said so much about their relationship.
"'The pair seem to be naturally tactile," body language expert Judi James said, according to Daily Mail. "They kissed comfortable on the lips after Biden took his oath of office and, unlike our own political leaders, they seemed to perform that kiss relatively easily rather than awkwardly in front of the world’s eyes."
After four years of what James described as "rigid frostiness" in the White House under the Trump era, the Bidens' body language seems starkly different and suggests "high levels of like-minded thinking and a well-established relationship," she added.
James also explained that the flotus carries herself in a way that shows she's an independent first lady, "Jill’s body language defines her as very independent entity who will support her husband, but without any of the cloying, over-congruent signals of adoration."
On the inauguration day, Jill showed "comfortable confidence and seemed unafraid to perform gently dominant touch rituals on her husband," noted the body language expert.
Apart from showing signs of sharing a strong, well-bonded relationship, the first couple's body language also reflects the kind of leaders they will be for the United States. The Bidens may not even be aware of it, but the way they treat each other shows the kind of love and care they will be able to show others, and those watching them unconsciously pick up on their cues.
"What [body language] displays is the sense of authentic, genuine, care and compassion for each other, which then begs the question to the viewer, the ones who are picking up on it whether they know it or not, is would that care in that most cherished relationship be the care I would receive from that leader?" Gustafson told CTVNews.ca.
"It's like, if I can cherish this relationship with my partner, then I can cherish a relationship with a wider community," added Gustafson.
While speaking to Politico, Donna Brazile, who has worked on campaigns for politicians and would often join Joe Biden and Jill for breakfasts when he was the vice president, said, "I think showing the love that he has not just for his wife, but his family will help us heal. Because after all, now Joe Biden inherited 321 million family members. And what a great time to show us how to love one another, respect one another and how to help heal this country."
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