8 Handshakes That Changed History

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8 Handshakes That Changed History

The flurry of media attention surrounding President Obama's recent meeting with Venezualan President Hugo Chavez brings to light the weight a gesture as seemingly simple as a handshake can carry. Critics lambasted President Obama for greeting a contentious foreign leader too affably, while supporters held that a more open-minded and positive relationship with even our most fervent enemies in South America is greatly needed.

Either way, it's safe to say that meetings like these can have an immediate effect on the political climate around them, whether through the interaction of the leaders themselves or through resulting shifts in public perception of the relationship. This recent example, though, is hardly the first meeting of its sort to garner close scrutiny. Here, we take a look at several of these memorable meetings. Click through to see 8 Handshakes that Changed History.

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