Kamala Harris and Douglas Emhoff’s body language, by an expert

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According to the stepchildren of Vice President Kamala Harris and the children of second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, the couple are always at the honeymoon stage eight years after they met. “… Doug and Kamala together are like almost cute and a couple that makes you vomit,” said Douglas’s son Cole. The New York Times. “I’m like, ‘When is this going to fade?'”

Well, if you ask body language expert Karen Donaldson (and you should), these love stuff isn’t going to fade anytime soon.

The couple have fallen in love since meeting on a blind date in 2013. Doug was so in love with Kamala after their first meeting that he emailed her about his availability for the next ones. month. Apparently the California attorney general at the time was able to pencil it in at one point since they got married the following year in Santa Monica. Kamala’s sister, Maya, officiated.

Since then, Kamala has been appointed vice president and Doug quit his job at his law firm to teach a course in entertainment law at Georgetown University. Yet despite busy schedules, they take the time to tell each other how proud they are of their accomplishments. “You know my husband and I look at each other, and I’m like, you know, ‘You’re the second gentleman in America.’ He said, “You are the Vice President of the United States. We both smile and then get down to business,” Kamala told Savannah Guthrie on the TODAY show earlier this year.

While they have understandably become a more private couple since Kamala was elected alongside President Joe Biden, Donaldson says that doesn’t mean the couple are no less open-handed. To prove it, she analyzed their every move below.

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A victory for their partner is a victory for them.

“Kamala and Douglas are uniquely focused on each other. Their bodies are fully facing each other and their eye contact excludes the world and only includes each other,” says Donaldson. This ability to shut everything down, even for a moment, is a telltale sign that a couple is deep down. This moment of Kamala’s inauguration is full of love, Donaldson points out, something she knows because of Kamala’s hand on Doug’s heart.

Their expressions are also a great gift. “Kamala’s excitement and happiness is written on her face in the way she smiles,” says Donaldson. She can tell Doug wears a similar expression thanks to the creases near his eyes.

They are secure in their relationship.

You probably don’t need someone to break that adorable look Kamala gives Doug, but here it is anyway: Donaldson says the VP is “really in love.” Not only are her eyes fixed on Doug, but Kamala’s body is also tilted slightly towards him, which means her attention is 100% on him right now.

Now for the details you might have missed. Doug’s arm around Kamala is a protective gesture. Now that doesn’t mean Kamala Needs protect, but Doug’s relaxed fingers and his arm lightly wrapped around her shoulders are her way of reminding her that he’s there if and when she needs him.

They share a similar mindset.

Aaaaand we have that sweet look again.

As a bonus, Kamala and Doug’s body language is reflected. This means that they are on the same wavelength and share the same goals.

The posture and tilt of the vice president go even further. Donaldson knows that Kamala is totally comfortable with Doug as she is slightly slumped. “As powerful as Kamala is, it’s nice to know that she has the support of someone she can be completely comfortable with,” she said.

Donaldson also points to a “high level of connectivity” due to the way Kamala leans into Doug’s space, turns her head towards him, and sports a smile that Donaldson calls “fully engaging.”

They are proud of each other and proud to be together.

Donaldson says this image looks a bit more staged than Kamala and Doug’s other moments. That doesn’t make the feeling any less real, however.

“Kamala has her hand on Douglas’ chest, which can be read as a gesture of connection or an act of possession,” she says. She communicates to viewers that Doug is her sweetheart and that she wouldn’t have done it any other way. On Doug’s side, his arms around Kamala’s shoulders and waist show her pride in being a source of stability for her if she needs it.

They take the time for fun times.

“Both Kamala and Douglas are fully engrossed in the moment and really having fun,” Donaldson says of this blunt shot.

“[Doug] lean towards [Kamala], which tells us he wants to be closer to her, ”Donaldson adds, noting that Doug smiles a Duchenne smile, the kind that takes your whole face and signifies true happiness.

Kamala’s smile is also quite revealing, as it reaches her eyes. It means she feels real joy, says Donaldson. Something else? The angle of Kamala’s head. “The higher someone lifts their head, the more relaxed and confident they are,” she explains. Exposing your neck, says Donaldson, is a signal of comfort. Kamala knows that around Doug she can be vulnerable, so at the moment she is totally carefree.

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