Monday 18 December 2017

WATCH - Obama shows off his dance moves on a state visit to Argentina

Barack Obama dances the tango on a state visit to Argentina.
Barack Obama dances the tango on a state visit to Argentina.

Sasha Brady

US president Barack Obama displayed his impressive dance skills as he attempted the tango on a state visit to Argentina.

Obama and his wife Michelle were attending a state dinner in Buenos Aires with Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Wednesday night.

They were entertained by renowned Argentine dance star Moro Godoy and her partner who gracefully performed the tango in front of their table.

Godoy invited the US president up to dance and after an initial moment of hesitation, Obama took her outstretched hand and tried some basic tango steps.

While we wouldn't say Obama will be lining up to join Dancing with the Stars, he was able to hold his own on the dancefloor with some smooth moves that seemed to come easy to him.

The dance ended with Godoy 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.

Nearby, first lady Michelle Obama tangoed with another dancer. After the dance ended, she and the president's partner exchanged a few words and smiles.

Obama said earlier in the day his visit to Argentina marked a "new beginning" for Argentine-U.S. relations.

But for some the U.S. president's visit has not been so welcome. Obama's visit coincides with the 40th anniversary of the coup on March 24, 1976, that installed right-wing military rule and was initially backed by Washington.

As many as 30,000 people were killed during the coup, which ran between 1976 and 1983.

Obama will pay his respect to its victims Thursday by visiting a memorial in Buenos Aires and declassifying U.S. documents that human-rights activists hope will offer some insight on the regime’s atrocities.

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