Probably this has been staged. This image was widely shared to imply Erdoğan’s grandeur over Obama. How unfortunate for the AKP leadership that their G20 show has been shadowed by Paris Attacks and G20 is not as televised in global scenes as they expected.
Besides, there is the long held inferiority complex in the background:
More images of Erdoğan’s grandeur:
Relative lack of global coverage is compensated by TV channels. Even the children channel of Turkey’s public TRT broadcasted his speech live:
And did you know that in previous G20 summits, Turkey was represented by her prime minister, not by her president. Under normal conditions, Turkey’s prime minister Davutoğlu would have been in the G20 family picture. But Erdoğan did not forget him. There was another “family photo” in which Erdoğan and Davutoğlu with their spouses posed. Plus Erdoğan’s daughter, Sümeyye Erdoğan (on the right). Well, Erdoğan brought his son-in-law Berat Albayrak to a meeting in the morning as it was reported… It is all about the family…