Children and politicians don't mix

By Helena Horton at Daily Telegraph

British Prime Minister Theresa May looked less than impressed by children at a school in Copeland. Photo / Getty
British Prime Minister Theresa May looked less than impressed by children at a school in Copeland. Photo / Getty

Are you really a politician if you haven't had an awkward photo shoot at a school?

British Prime Minister Theresa May hasn't learned that bringing photographers along as you meet children isn't a great thing to do when you are a politician, unless you're as suave as former US President Barack Obama.

Former US President Barack Obama seemed to have the magic touch when it came to interacting with children. Photo / AP
Former US President Barack Obama seemed to have the magic touch when it came to interacting with children. Photo / AP

While she visited Copeland in western Cumbria to campaign for her candidate during the by-election, she stopped off at a school to meet some young future voters.

However, she appeared to grimace at their creations in the classroom, and was widely mocked on social media.


It isn't just Theresa May who has been caught off-guard while meeting children.

Other politicians have taken part in some bizarre photo shoots and unfortunate videos, and it appears to be a rite of passage on the campaign trial.

Here is a look at other times politicians have been forced to interact with young people.


Many were amused as a child 'dabbed' - did a silly and mocking dance move - behind UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn while he played a tune on a violin.


Six-year-old Lucy Howarth was unimpressed when former UK Prime Minister David Cameron read a book to her and her classmates.

The young girl next to him put herhead in her hands when she was forced to sit with the then-Prime Minister.


Another former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is pictured here getting a bit too excitable around a baby.

Gordon Brown trying to scare a baby.

UK ministers Ed Balls and Andy Burnham rather enjoyed using this swing.


And Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg seemed to prefer paying attention to a large plate of fruit than to the children he was visiting.


Our own former Prime Minister, John Key, had a way with children, although this toddler didn't seem to trusting of the politician.

Stella Rose Dorreen, then aged 2, didn't seem too impressed with John Key back in 2014. Photo / Doug Sherring
Stella Rose Dorreen, then aged 2, didn't seem too impressed with John Key back in 2014. Photo / Doug Sherring

And who can forget this classic from the US presidential campaign of US President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump plays it cool while a baby has a meltdown. Photo / AP
Donald Trump plays it cool while a baby has a meltdown. Photo / AP

- Originally published in Telegraph UK

- Daily Telegraph UK

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