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Ever Pondered Why Politicians Kiss Babies? The Secret Is Stranger Than You Think!

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.

Ever Pondered Why Politicians Kiss Babies? The Secret Is Stranger Than You Think!

Ever Pondered Why Politicians Kiss Babies? The Secret Is Stranger Than You Think!

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We've all witnessed this scene.

We've all witnessed this scene.

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.

From Russians to Americans, it is common.

From Russians to Americans, it is common.

Even Russia's Putin does it. But, why is it so familiar?

There is a good history behind politics and kissing babies.

There is a good history behind politics and kissing babies.

Specifically, it is believed that the first incident was done by Andrew Jackson.

It happened in the Eastern states way back in 1833.

It happened in the Eastern states way back in 1833.

Andrew Jackson was doing his political tour when a mother approached him.

The mother asked Jackson to kiss her baby.

The mother asked Jackson to kiss her baby.

This was the mother's response once Jackson told her that her baby would grow to be a fine man one day.

The act became known by a magazine in 1886.

The act became known by a magazine in 1886.

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.

Even George W. Bush's exhibit displays the act.

Even George W. Bush's exhibit displays the act.

The ex-president's library called "Path to the Presidency" even identified the political history behind the act of kissing babies for political gain.

But, why was it done before 1920?

But, why was it done before 1920?

After all, mothers and babies could not vote back then. So the answer might lie with how we perceive politicians.

We look for various qualities in a leader.

We look for various qualities in a leader.

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.

But there's a double standard.

But there's a double standard.

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?

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