Expert Claims Biden's Eyes Gave Away His True Feelings About Putin During SOTU Address - Exclusive

Going into the State of the Union address on March 1, 2022, some had anticipated that President Joe Biden's focus would be on the Russian invasion of Ukraine (via Politico). A source familiar with the speech previously revealed to The Washington Post that President Biden viewed the conflict "as a major crisis facing the West" and planned on covering it in-depth during his speech.

He spent the first half of the address talking about the invasion, and, while voicing support of the citizens of Ukraine, he also discussed the plans the United States has for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Russia's economy is reeling and Putin alone is to blame," he said, per Reuters. "He thought he could roll into Ukraine and the world would roll over. Instead, he met a wall of strength he never imagined. He met the Ukrainian people." 

President Biden continued his statement by warning that Putin has "no idea what's coming."

As actions can sometimes reveal more than words, The List spoke with an expert to break down what President Biden's body language during his SOTU address gave away about his true feelings about Putin.

President Joe Biden's body language emphasized his core American beliefs

Dr. Reneé Carr, a body language expert known as The Problem Solver, has experience in the political and corporate sectors and frequently offers unbiased media commentary on a range of topics. Speaking to The List, Carr weighed in on President Joe Biden's body language during his State of the Union address and how it related to Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

"Biden began with the topic on everyone's mind, Putin and Russia. Biden sternly stated that Putin 'badly miscalculated' as he shook his pointed finger as if scolding Putin directly," Carr said, adding that the president also squinted his eyes while stating, "We are united and we stay united." 

She went on to explain that President Biden's "non-verbal" expression of narrowing his eyes "communicated an emphasis on his core beliefs of Americans being united."

Carr also said that President Biden was "graphic" in his intention of "choking Russia's access," which she states is a "Freudian description" of the president's "inner desire to physically choke Putin."

"Biden emphasized 'I mean it' to strongly convey that he was not giving a prepared speech but was speaking from his heart," Carr continued, adding that President Biden's choice of words and phrases, such as "he has no idea what's coming," suggest that he "already has aggressive strategies and repercussions in place for Putin and that he has no doubt that America's response will be anything but effective."

The president has never trusted Vladimir Putin

This is certainly not the first time President Joe Biden has spoken out against Russian President Vladimir Putin. When former President George W. Bush met and praised Putin in June 2001, President Biden — who was a Delaware senator at the time — made it clear that he had a very different opinion, per Politico.

"I don't trust Putin," he said at the time. "Hopefully, the president was being stylistic rather than substantive."

After winning the election in 2020, President Biden tried to keep things cordial with the Russian leader while also protecting America and its democracy. 

During a meeting between the two in June 2021, the president told White House reporters that he "made it clear that we will not tolerate attempts to violate our democratic sovereignty or destabilize our democratic elections, and we would respond. The bottom line is, I told President Putin that we need to have some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by."

But President Biden added that he believed the two powerful nations could work together in the future "for the benefit of the world and the security of the world." That included urging Putin to stop his aggression towards Ukraine, which President Biden admitted was "challenging." 

He echoed those sentiments during a phone call with Putin in February 2022, with President Biden telling him that "a further Russian invasion of Ukraine would produce widespread human suffering and diminish Russia's standing," according to a statement from the White House.

Now, it's clear that President Biden's words fell on deaf ears.

President Biden showed his strong support for Ukraine

President Joe Biden showed his support for Ukraine with more than strong words for Russian President Vladimir Putin at the State of the Union address on March 1, 2022. 

According to NBC News, Ukrainian flags hung along Pennsylvania Avenue before the president's speech, and First Lady Jill Biden hugged Ukraine's ambassador to the U.S., Oksana Markarova, upon her arrival on Capitol Hill. Markarova also received a standing ovation from politicians on both sides of the aisle. 

And Victoria Spartz, a Republican representative from Indiana and the first Ukrainian-born member of Congress, helped escort President Biden into the room and was given a prime seat behind top GOP leaders.

In addition to the economic sanctions the U.S. has already imposed on Russia, President Biden announced during his speech that he's also closing American airspace to all Russian flights as well as partnering with 30 countries to coordinate the release of 60 million barrels of oil to diminish the world's reliance on Russian oil. 

"When the history of this era is written, Putin's war on Ukraine will have left Russia weaker and the rest of the world stronger," President Biden said.