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Obama shows off his tango moves

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance the tango during the State Dinner in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance the tango during the State Dinner in Buenos Aires, Argentina. AP

US President Barack Obama has demonstrated some soft-shoe diplomacy when he showed off his tango skills in Argentina.

Reuters reported that at the end of a state dinner in Buenos Aires with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Mr Obama and his wife Michelle watched with rapt attention as a male and female pair glided and turned in graceful precision across a small patch of open floor in front of their table.

The leader of the free world appeared willing to give it a whirl and got up and sashayed for a short while.

Mr Obama then appeared to have second thoughts and when he got back to the other side of the dance floor he stopped to wave at the dinner guests as if to end the dance.

But his partner would have none of it, 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, according to Reuters.

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