You wrote: “There are a number of photos with Obama having his hand firmly planted on someones back. I took it as a repeated attempt at asserting dominance and control.”
You took the words right out of my mouth. I find his “hands on” gestures condescending as well.
The pic in which Obama is looking up: “You guys don’t have drones over here too do you?”
It’s not just one photo with one person, so the weirdness really jumped out. He has that creepy vibe of one of those people-who-like-to-touch. Zero respect for personal space.
No surprise, but looks like he went into anxiety overload on this trip. He must be feeling particularly uncomfortable and out of place in the Holy Land and Holy City. Jerusalem no doubt makes his skin crawl. Flies, not so much...
That hand thing? Remember he said he had Israel’s back. This was all he meant. An inside joke, perhaps.