Politicians Making Funny Faces

When you work in politics, you learn a lot of things, but there are some that you never imagined yourself ever thinking about. Like how to use a coat hanger to make a flag hang in a way that will look good in a photo, for instance. But two of the things I learned that have actual relevance to this post are: 1) The things that take up the most time are usually the dumbest, and 2) always take many, many, many photos at events because most of them will turn out with your guy or gal having a ridiculous expression or doing weird things with their hands.

That is to say, my office has been a madhouse this week over really stupid shit, so as the title suggests, I’m going to cop out and post silly photos of politicians instead of my regular Boring And Serious Politics Post ™.

President Obama making a funny face

Oh, President Obama. It pains me to post this if only because the right delights in publishing ridiculous photos of him alongside “legitimate” news stories. If you take enough pictures of ANYONE, you’re bound to find a stupid one now and again. It doesn’t mean you have to use it. This one, at least, was published in a series of outtake type photos, much like this post. (Image courtesy UPI)

Joe Biden, Vice President of the US is reigning king of the funny faces. I swear, when I did a Google image search for this guy, I found more ridiculous expressions than regular ones. I think he even has more than George W. Bush, and that’s saying something. (Image courtesy Reason Online)

John Kyl is a US Senator from Arizona and currently the Minority Whip. He apparently makes a pretty hilarious face when prompted. He’s no Joe Biden, but if push came to shove, I think he could could give him a fair go. (Image courtesy ThinkProgress)

Canadian PM Stephen Harper with silly fingers

Here’s one for our Canadian friends, Prime Minister Stephen Harper trying to pass a field sobriety test. Oh, no, wait… (mage courtesy The Star)

former Australia PM John Howard cheering

And our Australian Persephoneers can rest easy knowing that former Prime Minister John Howard gets excited about soccer just like everyone else. Well, everyone in Australia, I assume. Most of us here in the US don’t really get all that excited about soccer. Sorry. (Image courtesy The Age)

And finally, since I know we have at least one Persephoneer living in Spain, Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s very best impression of Mr. Bean. I think this one is my favorite of the bunch. (Image courtesy Washington Post)

That’s all for today, kids. I’ll be back next week with Actual Content before heading off for vacation. Until then.

9 replies on “Politicians Making Funny Faces”

Holy crap. Mr Bean was my first thought, too.

I think many politicians have every expressive faces – it helps when selling emotional points – and so it’s easy to capture a bizarre look. That and, you know, everyone takes their pictures.

I admit that seeing goofy faces of staid politicians never fails to make me laugh.

The newspaper looooooves using this one ridiculous stock photo of Bossman where he’s making a stupid half-smile and giving a thumbs up. I cringe every time I see it, but I guess it’s a pretty popular one. (I accidentally just typed poopular. Ha.) But you’re right, I can’t fault him for being unexpressive!

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