Tango diplomacy: Barack Obama dances at state dinner in Argentina

  • AFP, Buenos Aires
  • Updated: Mar 24, 2016 13:16 IST
US President Barack Obama dances tango during a state dinner hosted by Argentina's President Mauricio Macri. (Reuters Photo)

State dinners can be staid. But not on Wednesday, when US President Barack Obama, on a visit to Argentina, was game for a go at tango -- with a pro, no less.

Looking relaxed practicing a few steps with dancer Mora Godoy, while his wife First Lady Michelle Obama gave it a whirl with dancer Jose Lugones, the Obamas held their own on tango’s home turf.

US President Barack Obama (L) and First Lady Michelle Obama (2nd R) dance tango with dancers during a state dinner at the Kirchner Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires. (AFP)

Willing to give the Tango a try, the president got up and sashayed from one side of the tiny space to the other with the female dancer, while the US first lady teamed up with her male counterpart for a spell.

Then the world’s most powerful leader appeared to have second thoughts.

Getting back to the other side of the dance floor, Obama stopped to wave at the dinner guests as if to conclude.

US President Barack Obama's visit aims to bolster the efforts of his Argentinian counterpart to end a decade-and-a-half of international financial isolation of the Latin American nation. (AFP)

But his partner would have none of it, taking his hand back in hers and doing a number of turns before allowing the president to spin her around for a finale that ended with her leg drawn up high against his.

The US president “was telling me he didn’t know how to dance (tango)”, Godoy said. “I told him ‘just follow me’.”

“He said ‘OK’, and then he started to dance. Then I started following his lead because he is a very good dancer,” Godoy told the La Nacion daily.

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