These Weird Photographs of Men In Politics are Really Hard to Explain
Since we live in a world of photoshop and picture manipulation, it’s common to see throughly bizarre pics online. It can even be difficult to tell which of these uncanny photos are real and which are just real cases of “fake news.” Adding pictures of politicians into the mix makes telling real from fake even harder.
Even when manipulated pictures are excluded, we still have a whole mountain of material that’ll make you say “¡Qué raro!.” Between photo-ops, public meet-and-greets and their own strange behavior, politicians put themselves in all manner of unusualness. Let’s not forget: the internet is forever so these weird photos will always exist online.
Here are some of the strangest real photos of the people who run this country.
1. If only their conservative voter base can see them now.
This image comes from a video then-mayor Rudy Giuliani made for the Mayor’s Inner Circle Press Roast. In the cringeworthy and transphobic video, Giuliani dresses as an old dame and goes perfume shopping with Trump. However, Trump just can’t help himself; pushing his face into the fake cleavage and kissing the mayor’s neck. Considering what we know about Trump, this violation isn’t all the surprising but it still is weird af.
2. What’s creepier than a mime? Ted Cruz.
Ted Cruz is a weird guy all on his own. From the resemblance to Grandpa Munster to the Zodiac Killer rumors, there’s a lot to work with. While that strangeness is out of his control, the decisions that led to this photo arguably were. Not only does this creepy picture show a young Cruz dressed as a mime, he’s portraying Adam — the first man — in mime form. Dios mio.
3. This meme from 2008.
The 2008 presidential election was a wild time — and not just because of Sarah Palin. This indescribable pic comes from the last presidential debate between then-Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain. We don’t really have insight as to why McCain made this face behind Obama’s back but it became a popular meme nonetheless.
4. Release the child, Joe.
Now that former-Vice President Joe Biden has put his name in for the 2020 presidential election, his past behavior is under a microscope. However, it doesn’t take much digging to find some absolutely creepy photographs of him. After the inauguration of Senator Mitch McConnell, this pic was snapped of Biden holding a young girl’s head while placing a smooch on top. Her face says it all.
5. Not proper behavior for a funeral — or anywhere really.
In 2018, we lost an icon when Aretha Franklin passed away. What followed was a memorial worthy of the Queen of Soul. One of the event’s highlights was when pop princess Ariana Grande took to the stage to perform Franklin’s classic “Natural Woman.” That’s where this creepy shot comes from. Yes, that’s former-President Bill Clinton and, yes, it appears he’s ogling the starlet. You’re at a funeral, Bill; show some respect.
6. Trump was Team Dark Side all along.
Like the combo of Takis and limón, sometimes collaborations can lead to bigger and better things. Still, they can also bring some really weird experiences. This pic from a 2005 episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” is one of those times. Appearing between Chewbacca and Darth Vader, the former-reality show host deliberated who to fire on this special episode. Spoiler Alert: he fired Chewie and kept Vader, obviously.
7. At least he committed.
Aside from being wildly problematic, former-President George W Bush is a goofy guy. Never afraid to make a fool of himself, W really committed to enjoying the photo-ops White House publicists set up. That’s where these groovin’ pics come from. In 2007, the president invited the KanKouran West African Dance Company to the Rose Garden. Busting out moves you won’t see at even the most lit quiñces, W leaned into this weird moment.
8. No one wants to see that, Beto.
Social media has granted us unprecedented access to celebrities and politicians. Sometimes this is a good thing but other times we get a photo like this. For some strange reason, presidential-hopeful Beto O’Rourke shared his dental cleaning with Instagram followers and the world earlier this year. Not exactly the presidential photo-op we would suggest but at least it reminded us to schedule our own cleaning.
9. Why were these pics even taken to begin with?
Okay, so maybe all presidential elections are weird because they sure encourage the strangest photo-ops ever. In 2011, VP-hopeful and P90X devotee Paul Ryan was featured in “TIME” magazine alongside these laughable pics. The backwards hat, the fingerless gloves and the awkward stare make this photo series hard to process. The strangest thing about it, though, is that no one warned the VP hopeful against this shoot.
10. Two for the price of one.
Unfortunately for us, when politicians get together, arguing and inaction are the usual results. Sometimes, though, we get chilling pics like this one. Maybe it’s the lighting but when Senator Mitt Romney joined Trump for a private dinner after the 2016 election, things got weird. The conflicting looks on the two men’s faces don’t help the situation either.
11. The creepy thing here is the homophobia.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the first openly gay person to run for the office of president. While this is a great step towards LGBTQ representation in politics, it has brought out an unfavorable element. Namely, the gross, homophobic protesters who have shown up at his recent public appearance. That’s where this diablo-costumed idioto comes into play. Why are people like this?
12. Is this a robot going down a slide or?
Oh, those photo-ops; they get us every time. Seeing political hopefuls enjoy themselves as every day folk is surprisingly extra bizarre. When Representative John Delaney announced his presidential run, he headed to Iowa to take in their state fair. Between tasting fried food and chatting up voters, he enjoyed (?) a ride down this giant slide. Sitting absolutely straight, face blank and with hands resolutely placed on his lap, Delaney painted an absolutely joyless picture on this slide.
13. The 90’s were a weird time.
During Bill Clinton’s presidential run, one of his goals was to present himself and the DNC as the fresh and youthful option for voters. This wasn’t easy since he had a reputation for liking his fair share of fried foods. So, out came the short shorts for him and running mate Al Gore. They completed this publicized run with a trip to McDonald’s. There isn’t anything more American than that.
14. Something alien.
Is there an outbreak we should be preparing for? No, that’s just Senator John Kerry going where no man has gone before. Well, technically, he’s just crawling through a hatch on the Discovery Space Shuttle. That weird haz suit he’s wearing is called a “bunny suit,” which makes it cuter but no less weird.
15. TFW you’re homophobic and your boss has no boundaries.
Politics make for strange bedfellows. Case in point: Trump and his VP Mike Pence are a wacky pair. One is a straight laced, bigoted ultra conservative, the other is a showboating, unqualified narcissist. Though odd, this photo offers insight into their respective personalities. Remember: when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
16. The NRA doesn’t think this is strange at all.
Remember Rick Perry? He’s the once Texas Governor, one time presidential candidate and current US Secretary of Energy. Surprise, surprise: he’s also a huge fan of guns. Still, with the climate of gun violence and calls for regulation, this pic gives off an unsettling energy. Or maybe we’re just concerned that Perry’s finger is on the trigger.
17. Ignoring your problems like…
Senator Lindsey Graham is arguably one of the most despised Republican politicians of our time. A lot of that ire comes from his involvement in Judge Brett “I Love Beer” Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. That’s where this cringe-worthy photo comes from. As Graham adjusts his tie with a smarmy look, a distraught protester calls after him. Additionally, the look on that officer’s face is a whole mood.
18. Some sort of Senator beach playdate.
2014 was only 5 years away but it feels like 100 because we have no memory of this strange moment. In something called “Rival Survival” Senators Jeff Flake and Martin Heinrich agreed to spend a week alone on a deserted island. They had to work together and with their limited resources to service. Here they are, trying to use paper and sunglasses to start a fire. Still more productive than most sessions of Senate.
19. The Stare.
Sometimes the creepiest photos are the ones that make us face an uncomfortable truth. Enter this pic of former- US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. While we’re used to seeing Sessions look more like a Keebler Elf, this image makes him look ominous, evil and dangerous. The the lighting and hyper realism of this photo are giving us nightmares.
20. We don’t even know anymore.
Can we just all agree that we never want to see photo-ops of politicians eating ever again? Hot dog eating contests, sloppy sandwiches and carnival foods on a stick have become props that lead to really uncomfortable pics. This one of Joe Biden is made even worse because it looks like he’s purposfully posing with $20 cash. We have no idea what the goal of this photo was but we can agree it’s weird.