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How Politicians Killed The Selfie

I like taking selfies. These guys should have not ruined it for the rest of us.

1. There was once a simpler time when politicians were not aware of the “selfie.”

AP Photo

And we liked it like that.

2. Then suddenly:

3. Someone in the press shop yells: “Hey! We should have them do one of those self-photo things that all the kids are doing.”

“It will make us look cool and relevant!”

4. Don’t believe me? Read this tweet:

5. Yes, Tim Kaine, that is just like the Ellen selfie. Nailed it.

6. Honestly, it is just really, really awkward to watch.

7. We don’t care if some kid just runs up to you and wants a selfie because you’re famous.

So I got a selfie with Mitt Romney.

— Kyle Webb (@WebbKyle13)

8. You’re just being nice.

Took a selfie with the president of France && @Foreverjadaa_

— #NoFucksGiven (@_MissStoner)

9. It is when you just take one in your boring day for no reason and force it on us.

Congressional selfie. About to go in Bloomberg TV. Tune on in!

— Jim Himes (@jahimes)

10. I mean, we know you have staffers who can take that picture for you.

Cosham bowls club survives despite PCC withdrawing support.They want you to know they are looking for new members :)

— Penny Mordaunt MP (@PennyMordauntMP)

11. You clearly have a staffer available to take a photo of you taking a selfie.

12. But you just want to ruin the selfie for the rest of us.

A Manuel Barroso European Parliament selfie?! The world's gone mad

— Felicity Morse (@FelicityMorse)

13. Don’t we have enough photos of you already?

.@TheEllenShow- No Brad Cooper but 3 Clintons & a Kimmel @BillClinton @HillaryClinton @ChelseaClinton #selfie

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel)

14. Do we really need one more while you are at a memorial service?

Via ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP / Getty Images

15. Or from this angle?

Grabbed a quick selfie with the PM as he left our studios last night #ultimateselfie

— A L E X Dolan (@lex_dolan)

16. Or this angle?

17. We DO NOT mind if you take a selfie that actually has personality.

First #selfie! Great to see the kids from the Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences in DC today.

— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott)

18. Or if you are somewhere super cool we didn’t know you were.

This weekend I joined the USS New Mexico to learn about our Navy's mission in the arctic...had to snap a #selfie

— Senator Angus King (@SenAngusKing)

19. Or if it is really pretty out.

Had so much fun signwaving this am in Kailua. Go vote tomorrow!! #votetulsi #hi02

— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard)

20. But it is a problem when you bring the selfie into your boring life just to ruin it for all of us.

@ChrisMurphyCT and @SenBlumenthal kick off #NationalLibraryWeek with the first #HPseLfie! http://t.co/LlxjOQyxBd

— Hartford Pub Library (@HPLCT)

21. Or when it is clearly a promotional gag, David Ortiz.

What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama

— David Ortiz (@davidortiz)

23. This is actually what we are all thinking:

24. The selfie is meant to be unpolished.


It’s a unique social tool that we enjoy because it connects the user and the audience in an unpolished, personal, and often impromptu way. When your selfie goes through bureaucratic levels of office approval and hand-wringing, it saps the very nature that made the selfie a cultural phenomenon in the first place. This certainly is not the first time that an entity of the government has reached out for online relevance and fallen short, and it certainly will not be the last.

25. Most of us just wish politicians continued using the technology they are most comfortable with.

Just had a meeting with Rep. Sensenbrenner. He was typing a letter. This is how he does it. Seriously.

— Paul Ryan (@PRyan)

26. So good-bye forever, selfie.

Selfie! cc @alroker.

— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio)

27. Dictators take selfies these days. So, unless you’re just being nice or doing something cool, just stop.

هرچه از دوست رسد نیکوست

— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@DrAhmadinejad)

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