Can you say "awkward"?
President Barack Obama met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to push for sustainable energy sources across the continent in the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa.
However, when the time came for them to formally shake hands, Trudeau went for flash and solidarity. As he extended his hand to Obama, he reached with his other hand towards Nieto.
And the most awkward handshake in the history of handshakes happened.
A split second later, Trudeau realized his foul-up, even as Nieto’s hand grabbed his like a lifeline. All credit goes to President Obama, though, for not letting his face show any discomfort and hilarity of the situation.
Trudeau quickly let go of the three-way handshake and a relieved Nieto quickly shook Obama’s hand, this time in the proper way.
As was expected, Twitter quickly grabbed on to the whole five seconds of awkward action and had a field day on the three leaders’ expenses.
New post: "— Lee Levy (@thekingleelevy) June 29, 2016
Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and Pena Nieto fluff three-way handshake
I really feel for Justin Trudeau's handshake capabilities— kylejonesVEVO (@kjonezy619) June 29, 2016
The Enrique Peña Nieto, Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama awkward joint handshake is precisely what my life would look like as a handshake.— DMLL (@DanielleLyyn) June 29, 2016
Justin Trudeau invented a secret Canadian handshake that nobody understands. pic.twitter.com/m3Z5RXVCK7— carla ciccone (@cciccone) June 29, 2016
the canadian handshake makes its global debut https://t.co/rHNpvgi4RW— titled millenial (@vmochama) June 29, 2016
A few Twitterati referred to the act as the Illuminati handshake.
When the crew has a secret handshake pic.twitter.com/1qH8iAzmzB— Maegan Vazquez (@maeganvaz) June 29, 2016
open ur eyes, sheeple pic.twitter.com/lsAVaFyDuG— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 29, 2016
The three heads of states took their awkward moment all in good stride. Even if they might not cover too much ground in the clean energy summit, one thing is for sure: We will not forget this handshake for quite a while.