They pair would have surely assumed that their conversation was innocuous enough.
Certainly, few would have predicted the international response to President Obama conversing in the outdoors with a seated Chancellor Merkel at the recent G7 summit.
However, on reflection, and with her arms wide open, Angela does indeed look like she's impersonating Julie Andrews in The Sound Of Music… or, indeed, is challenging Barack to "come at me, bro".
The photo was taken at the Elmau castle in Kruen, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in southern Germany – where the leaders of seven nations are discussing the likes of climate change, the global economy, and international security.
And while the resulting memes admittedly have little bearing on international matters of great importance, they are nevertheless rather hilarious.
Here are just a few of our favourites…