Today, there’s not a hope or prayer that if you find yourself disgraced in front of the lens that the world will forget about it anytime soon.
So that’s the position these 12 senior politicians find themselves in every time they see these photos re-appear online. You’ll find examples from all across the world and all political spectra here, too. Click through and see what they would rather you didn’t see.
12. Painful Truth
Sarah Palin, one of America’s most controversial politicians, was probably at the height of honesty when she wore this t-shirt at university. “I may be broke but I’m not flat busted.” There are many Americans today who might welcome Palin being busted, but she leaves that to her son to handle instead.
11. Flying High
We’re going to assume that this shot was taken some time before her failed attempt to run for president. Hilary Clinton looks like she’s ready to float away in this shot taken on a campaign trail jet. Might be the Scotch in her hand, might be she didn’t inhale.
10. Not Grabbing
President Trump is on his best behavior in this picture, showing his warm affection for the beautiful ladies of Hooters without demonstrating his grabbing technique. Both the ladies and we, the general public, are highly grateful for this. He’s “dreamed big” and won the highest office in the land.
9. French Floundering
So here’s the former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy doing his bit to represent his nation in the Ivory Coast in Southern Africa. It must be the first time that a French man has received a lap dance without ordering it. It’s an uncomfortable moment in front of the cameras.
8. Grope A Granny
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi was the symbol of worldwide hope for peace and unity in Burma until she came to power and continued a mad genocidal rampage on the Rohingya people. However, before that came to pass, she met President Obama who comes across a little bit more passionate than he probably intended to be.
7. More Than A Handful?
There have been dark rumors following the former Presidential candidate Mrs. Clinton for years in respect to her sexuality. It’s probably photographs like this one that hinder her ability to put and end to those rumors, too. She’s giving Christina’s goodies quite an eye in this shot.
6. The Things They Do For Power
Here’s German Chancellor Angela Merkel demonstrating her unique ability to run one of Europe’s economic powerhouses by deep throating some fish. Apparently, this is the way that this German delicacy is always consumed, and not some sort of spiteful food prank done for the political photo opportunity, honest.
5. Handling It Like A Pro
Say what you like about Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, there’s nothing that shocks or upsets the man. So when a protestor (with some very rude words on her back) turned up to show him her assets, he didn’t flinch – he gave her a healthy thumbs up instead.
4. So Much For A Clean Debate
We know that Senator John McCain is possibly sore that he lost the presidential campaign in 2008, but what was he thinking of when he started pulling this routine in front of the cameras? Well, he is 80 years old, so maybe it’s just a little senility setting in?
3. Bottom Of The Barrel
This just proves that Russian strongmen, when they’re not riding bears, are just as capable of acting the fool as their American or European counterparts. Here’s Vladimir Putin, who apparently doesn’t know that it’s rude to interrupt a greeting and thinks the right way to do so is by grabbing, well… you can see.
2. All Hail The Klutz
It couldn’t happen to a nicer chap, could it? Here’s Robert Mugabe, a man who took a prosperous and upwardly mobile African nation and turned it into a backward third-world hellhole in a single generation. He fell over and to cover, he does this awkward dance to hide it.
1. Biden’s A Bad Boy
For a man so overwhelmed in service to his president that he cried when being thanked for doing his job, Joe Biden sure does enjoy his spare time. Here we witness him being a naughty boy with a biker chick and her chums. Her friends don’t look as happy as he does.
A poor photo opportunity may be embarrassing for politicians and haunt them for longer than it once would have done, but it also adds something to their lives.
It helps voters and the general public remember that politicians, for all their faults and strengths, are human beings just like us. They make mistakes just like us, and it’s just possible that this “relatability” is something that politicians can use to remain in office.
Though not Robert Mugabe. He uses guns and violence to remain in office. That’s not to be recommended as a long-term strategy for anyone.