Political leaders are meant to act as figureheads, idols, and iconic commanders that represent the strength and virtue of our nation. We trust these men and women to make critical decisions that affect our daily lives and the lives of people around the world. As such, politicians are meant to be held to a much higher standard than the common man. But unfortunately for these politicians, the internet now exists. These 40 photos take this illusion of integrity and grace that these leaders have established over the years, and shatter it in one quick snapshot. Here are some of the best perfectly timed photos of politicians:
40. “Hillary, My Eyes Are Up Here!”
2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton isn’t looking at Christina Aguilera’s eyes.
39. Queen Elizabeth, Barack, And Michelle Obama vs The Wind
The wretched wind attacks again. While walking outside the Buckingham Palace in London, a gust of wind attacks again. It nearly takes off Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s hat, while First Lady Michelle Obama struggles to keep herself together. Obama braves the wind like a champ.
38. “Mom, Why Is He Touching Me?”
Bill Clinton puts his hands around a young lady who doesn’t seem very pleased about it.
37. President Bill Clinton And First Lady Hillary Clinton
Moments after his press conference about the Monica Lewinsky scandal a photographer snapped a photo of Hillary glaring at her husband.
36. Joe Biden Gets Cozy at a Diner
Does Vice President Joe Biden frequent Cruisers Diner? Because he looks pretty comfy and familiar with both the restaurant and some of the restaurant patrons. Sometimes we like to see that our politicians are just average Joe’s (get it?) that like diners, burgers, and fries, just like us. The woman seems to be happy where she’s sitting but the biker guys don’t seem so thrilled about it.
35. Vladimir Putin Gives the Thumbs Up To Topless Protesters
Several women rush President Vladimir Putin at a topless protesting event. The women are advocating against his anti-gay laws, and he is advocating for what he sees.
34. Alex Salmond Isn’t Much of an Athlete
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond get a face full of soccer ball during a Street Soccer Scotland photocall. Maybe block next time?
33. Rough Night Bill?
Bill Clinton is the same age as Donald Trump. Some people claim that this is what Hillary does to people.
32. Children Love Kim Jong Un
Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un with a group of children that are less than pleased to be accompanying him. He doesn’t seem to mind their reaction.
31. George W. Bush and Liberty
A turkey named Liberty gives former U.S. President George W. Bush a surprise. You can’t control Liberty, especially if she’s a turkey.
30. Castro Says No To Obama Hugs
U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. Awkward! Castro deflects an embrace by Barack Obama.
29. Bill Clinton and REALLY Enjoys Boats
A less than flattering photo of former U.S. President Bill Clinton with a strange protrusion coming out of his pants. Either this is just an awkward angle or someone got excited.
28. Obama Knows About the “Look But Don’t Touch” Rule
He’s only human.
27. Barack Obama Awkward Side Kiss
Barack Obama has an awkward side hug and plants a kiss on Aung San Suu Kyi’s ear. This was during a press conference at her resident in Yangon in 2014.
26. The Dog Knew About Monica Before Everyone Else
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton with his wife Hillary Clinton, and a very perceptive canine. The dog definitely smells something strange going on here. Perhaps, he was the first to know about Clinton’s infamous Presidential scandal. We should have asked the dog.
25. This Child Does Not Support Hillary’s Jokes
The little girl doesn’t seem to be as amused about what Hillary Clinton is laughing about.
24. Shouldn’t Married Couples Have Less Creepy Kisses?
2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi Cruz. This couple tries to share a cute kiss, but it comes off as awkward and creepy as Ted Cruz.
23. It Just Looks So Wrong
U.S. Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain, makes some weird gestures toward (then) Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama at the end of their debate.
22. We Don’t Want to Know What She Sees Behind Mitt Romney
2012 Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney poses for photographs with students at Fairfield Elementary School
21. Rahm Israel Emanuel Trying to Seduce Nancy Pelosi?
55th Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Israel, gets a little too and cozy to Obama’s Chief of Staff and Madame Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Does anybody else feel like this is more creepy than seductive?
20. Angela Merkel Gets Down With Pickled Herring
German Chancellor Angela Merkel eats pickled herring at the name-giving ceremony for the fish trawler ROS 777 “Mark,” of the Warnemuender fishery in Sassnitz, Germany.
19. Nicolas Sarkozy Cops a Feel
French President Nicolas Sarkozy awarding the Chevalier of the French order of Merit to Maud Fontenoy. Did he just..?
18. Abdul-Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani Leaves Obama Hanging
U.S. President Obama tries to shake hands with Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdul-Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, of Bahrain.
17. Careful Bill
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton stretching before a race. He was probably training to run away from his wife.
16. Obama Thinks His Hand Needs to be Seen More Than That Guy’s Face
Obama, during a meeting of the World Leaders at a U.N. conference, waves at the camera and blocks another leader’s face during the Open Government Partnership in New York City.
15. Kate Middleton- 0, The Wind- 1
The Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, Kate Middleton, tries to keep her dress down (with little success). Kate may or may not have a habit of wearing dresses in windy settings, and this time she just doesn’t even seem to want to make the effort to keep it down.
14. It Doesn’t Look Like They’re Friends
U.S. President Barack Obama meets Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Winfield House, and the two don’t look particularly fond or happy to see each other.
13. Is Al Gore Hissing At Her?
Al Gore attending an opening for homeless children’s centre didn’t go over as well as it should have when this photo surfaced the following day.
12. Babies Do Not Like George W. Bush
Former U.S. President George W. Bush tries to give back a baby after it starts crying during an outdoor dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Trinwillershagen.
11. “I Told You Guys, I Hate Surprises!” -David Miliband
British Labour Party member David Miliband isn’t doing so well at getting his groove on at the party.
10. Life Is a Dance Floor for Nicolas Sarkozy
French President Nicolas Sarkozy gets a dance from an unidentified woman at the Yamoussoukro airport as Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara claps.
9. Silvio Berlusconi Caught
Former Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi caught checking out 2008 Miss Italy Miriam Leone.
8. Danish Prime Minister Not So Graceful
Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, takes a tumble down the steps of Elysee Palace.
7. Michelle Has No Interest in Selfies
Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt taking a selfie with President Barack Obama and David Cameron. Michelle Obama wants none of it.
6. Seriously, Bill Looks…Tired
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama playing golf together. I wonder what these two are talking about. Probably their wives.
5. Taylor Swift Is Over Palin
Taylor Swift and Sarah Palin were seated next to each other during an SNL 40th Anniversary Party. The two celebrities seemed to be giving each other dirty looks.
4. George W. Bush Looks Weary of His Mystery Conversation Partner
Former U.S. President George W. Bush meets Darfur Human Rights Activists at the White House. He’s not exactly sure who he’s talking to.
3. Careful! Arseny Yatseniuk And Oleg Barna
Rada deputy Oleg Barna throws out Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk from the tribune, after presenting him a bouquet of roses during parliament in Kiev.
2. Vladimir Putin Not Interested in Helping the Queen