Claim: Video clip shows President Obama being snubbed while attempting to shake hands during a visit to Russia.
Example:[Collected via e-mail, July 2009]
Here is President Obama, the leader of the free world, coming out of the meeting with the Russians and no one seems to want to shake his hand. MSNBC said nothing about it but I found it amazing.
Origins: The above-displayed video footage taken from President Barack Obama's July 2009 trip to Russia has been circulated in an edited, out of context version accompanied by the claim that it shows the U.S. President being "snubbed" as he attempts to shake hands with "Russian officials." Actually, the video shows no such incident.
Prior to the meeting of the two sides glimpsed at the very end of the clip, President Obama and Russian president Dmitri Medvedev each introduced their country's representatives to the other: President Obama met and shook hands with the Russian delegation, and then President Medvedev met and shook hands with the U.S. delegation — but only a brief portion of the latter is included in the clip displayed above, a portion in which President Obama is shown making directional hand gestures as he introduces President Medvedev to American officials (the last of whom appears to be Commerce Secretary Gary Locke). President Obama is neither offering to shake hands nor being rebuffed in the attempt.
Another, non-edited video of this event clearly shows President Obama shaking hands with all the members of the Russian delegation: