So an observer watching a bit of these official ceremonies was treated to rather new peculiar sightings: Hollande of France looked bored (what happened to his mistress?); Obama tried to look dictatorial or, at least, imperial with all the Roman gravitas (which he lacks) he could master. But he was chewing a gum while being treated to the images of Nazi horrors or the heroic and epic battles of the allies against fascism. NATO soldiers were cast as actors playing both sides ... or all the sides on a schematic map of Europe.
Only Putin looks stern and, together with the World War II veterans, appears to be one of the few political dignitaries who actually understand the meaning of the history that is being showed.