Play-by-Play: The Obama-Putin Handshake in Seven Photos

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CLOSE READS SEPTEMBER 6, 2013

Play-by-Play: The Obama-Putin Handshake in Seven Photos

Both men start their handshake way too early. Nerves. There's eye contact, but no smile from Obama.

 

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Even up close, it looks like there's eye contact and smiling, but there's not.

 

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Seriously, these men do not want to look each other in the eye.

 

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Unless it's a staring contest.

 

Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

 

They both smile. It's fine to do so, they're not looking in each other's eyes!

 

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Obama walks away with what looks like a parting remark.

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It doesn't seem to be one that Putin liked. Both men end the interaction with at least one fist clenched.

Eric Feferburg/AFP/Getty Images

Noreen Malone is a staff writer at the New Republic. 

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