Helene Cooper in yesterday’s Times:
‘But American officials did not try hard to paint the meeting between the men as full of bonhomie and good cheer. “I thought the chemistry was very businesslike, cordial,” Michael McFaul, the United States ambassador to Russia, told reporters in an effort to push back against any negative impressions the body language between the two presidents might have suggested. “There was nothing extraordinary” about Mr. Putin’s dour demeanor, Mr. McFaul said. “That’s the way he looks, that’s the way he acts.”’
(Read the complete article here.)
That’s the way he looks, that's he way he acts, is the best excuse ever for most if not all politicians.
The true politician would campaign with just these two sentences: “This is how I look and this is how I act.” And of course after having uttered these sentences the politician would give an annoying bystander a knuckle sandwich.
Actions speak louder than words.