It was her husband Donald Trump’s big night, his first State of the Union address to the country, and he was met with a roomful of standing ovations and constant clapping, with the exception of Nancy Pelosi, who was thinking about her grandkids and her next manicure. We feel you, Nance.
Someone else in the crowd with other things on her mind? Melania. Perhaps she was thinking of Stormy Daniels, the former porn star who allegedly had an affair with the president, then received a $130,000 payoff to shut up about it. Didn’t work.
We called in the experts to tell us all about what was going on with stone-faced Melania during the speech, which lasted over an hour, until we finally heard enough clapping about coal and went to sleep.
A couple of things Patti Wood, MA, The Gold Standard of Body Language Experts, noticed:
She didn’t appear with him.
The White House can make all the excuses they want about Melaina wanting to greet the public while Donald made last minute preparations, but it sent a message, a big one. “Obviously not arriving with Donald sends a huge message,” Wood tells Personal Space. “It would have made him look better and he likes to look good.”
Flat wave. And we don’t mean her hair.
“She had a small smile and little flat wave, she clearly demarcated the distinction who she would be for other people and who she would be for him,” Wood says. “She was present and happy for other people and then completely changed — her whole energy and demeanor and facial expressions when he was speaking. It was striking. She made a clear and conscious choice that she could non-verbally be likable but she is clearly is not happy with him.”
Innocent in white.
“If you look at her appearance- she’s innocent with the white outfit,” Wood says.
I can't move my arms.
“Melania kept her arms straight down at her side, and that lack of movement and the closeness of arms to sides was noticeable because audience members move and respond to speakers, and she made an effort and decisive choice to not move, to keep her arms at her sides. She was constraining herself.”
That clap. If you want to call it that.
“If you compare her clapping to everyone around her, her clap is so small the breadth if it is so tiny it communicates profoundly, She does the absolute least she can do and still clap which sends a strong signal when your husband is speaking.”
“But the most dramatic thing was her facial expressions which were the darkest I have ever seen them,” Wood says. “At times the facial expressions were angry sad devilish looks could kill glares, the musculature of her face was fierce, these looks were devilish. Incredibly angry.”
At least Donald had someone to play the role of smiling, doting, clapping wife.
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