By Frank James

President Barack Obama orders buffalo wings at Duff's Famous Wings in Buffalo, New York, May 13, 2010. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

The Obama treatment. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

This photo of President Barack Obama talking intently to a worker at Duff's Famous Wings in Buffalo, NY on Wednesday reminded me of the photos of President Lyndon B. Johnson leaning into people, giving them what was famously known as the "Johnson treatment."

LBJ gives Abe Fortas the Johnson treatment.

Abe Fortas gets the "Johnson treatment." (Yoichi R. Okamoto / White House Photo Office/LBJ Library and Museum)

It was Johnson's way of getting making the person on the receiving end yield to the force of his oversized personality. The body language said it all. People literally seemed to be bending to his will.

Perhaps it was most famously captured in photos by New York Times photographer George Tames which showed a senate colleague almost wilting under Johnson, who leans in for the kill.

Obama doesn't get quite in the Duff's Famous Wings employee's space the way Johnson did with the senator or Abe Fortas who he nominated to the Supreme Court.

But you can see as Obama leans in to give her the politician's patented you-are-the-most-important-person-in-the-world-at-this-moment look, that the woman's back is arched slightly back as she tries to maintain the space.

It seems to be the required posture whenever a president gives you the "treatment."

categories: Obama Administration, Politics

6:05 - May 13, 2010