The above picture is hilarious because it’s so awkward. Prime Minister Narendra Modi loves hugging. Trump, not so much. It’s pretty obvious. Trump isn’t the only world leader to have been on the receiving end of a Modi embrace:
— Gulf News (@gulf_news) June 27, 2017
Now, I can talk all day about why people shouldn’t hug the unwilling but sometime’s it’s going to happen. Some huggers cannot imagine why on earth everyone is not a hugger. It’s like dog people who insist that it’s adorable when their dog jumps up on you, practically knocking you over and getting doggy drool on your dry-clean-only pants. They just don’t get it.
So, how do you avoid the painfully awkward hug? Well, sometimes you can’t. The first trick is to extend a hand for a handshake, but Trump tried this and Modi went in for the hug anyway. Huggers gonna hug. And Trump was smart to not jump out of the way–he’s on camera. You’re not on camera most of the time, so you can react differently than Trump did. Here’s what I do to avoid unwanted hugs.
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