The U.S. elections are here and it won't be rare for you to see all these politicians hugging people and kissing babies. But why do these officials do it anyway? Is it just for the sake of looking good or is there a history behind the act?
Find out below.
A typical politician kissing a baby on the forehead is nothing new. We even wonder if the baby is aware of what is exactly happening.
Even Russia's Putin does it. But, why is it so familiar?
Specifically, it is believed that the first incident was done by Andrew Jackson.
Andrew Jackson was doing his political tour when a mother approached him.
This was the mother's response once Jackson told her that her baby would grow to be a fine man one day.
A magazine called "Babyhood" noted that various politicians have done the act to gain the support of mothers. Some of these politicians included Davy Crockett, Van Buren, Tom Corwin, and Henry Clay.
The ex-president's library called "Path to the Presidency" even identified the political history behind the act of kissing babies for political gain.
After all, mothers and babies could not vote back then. So the answer might lie with how we perceive politicians.
Sometimes, we look for strength, courage, and pride. But sometimes, we also look for humility, humor, and modesty. And kissing a baby makes you look more approachable and kind.
When a man kisses a baby, it is deemed good because it shows how a "tough guy" can have a "soft spot" in reality. But if a woman does it, there is a "motherhood penalty" and people think the female candidate is sensitive and emotional. Pretty weird, right?