Selfie fits modern politics like a handshake

Running for or holding office requires comfort with smartphone photography

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The selfie as a political tool

Holding or running for a political office in 2016? You had better be able to take a decent selfie, or at the very least understand your need – responsibility may not be too strong of a word – to abide by the voting public’s thirst for that smartphone snap. It’s like knowing how to properly lift and eat a local delicacy, or name-drop the state university’s football coach. Politics 101. It’s a non-partisan, worldwide requirement, too. Here are recent examples via Reuters:

Donald Trump
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Trump on stump

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump indulges a selfie request from a supporter at a campaign event in Winston-Salem, N.C., July 25.

Hillary Clinton
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Clinton clicks

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with a supporter at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh on July 30. If the Reuters archive is indicative, Clinton is by far the politician most likely to actually take the picture.

Newt Gingrich
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Eye for Newt

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich strikes the selfie pose for an attendee at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 21.

Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama
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Selfie buds

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a selfie with President Obama at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa June 29.

Bob Dole
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Dole goes new-school

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole poses for a selfie with a delegate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18. Dole ran for president in the pre-selfie era.

Vice President Joe Biden
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Biden’s not bashful

Vice President Joe Biden takes a selfie during a Wounded Warriors event on the South Lawn of the White House on April 14.

Bernie Sanders
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Sanders endures

As made clear in a number of such shots, taking a selfie with a supporter was not a favorite aspect of running for president for Sen. Bernie Sanders. This one was taken at a campaign rally in Washington on June 6.

Donald Trump
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One with Trump

Trump makes the day of a supporter by standing still for a selfie at a campaign rally in West Chester, Pa., on April 25.

David Cameron
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Cameron on camera

Britain's former Prime Minister David Cameron poses for a selfie with a supporter at a "Stronger In" campaign rally at a school on May 14 when the Brexit vote was still pending and Cameron was still prime minister.

Hillary Clinton
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Clinton in a crowd

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters after speaking at a campaign event in North Las Vegas on July 19.

Mike Pence
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Pence poses

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence poses for a selfie with a Texas delegate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 19.

Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus
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Can’t help themselves

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus take a selfie during their tour of the Forbidden City's Qianlong Garden in Beijing June 5.

Imelda Marcos
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Marcos in on the act

Philippine lawmakers take a selfie photo with former first lady and Congresswoman Imelda Marcos, left, during the opening of the Philippine Congress last month.

Stephen Colbert
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Colbert, of course

Comedian Stephen Colbert tries to take a selfie as he is escorted off the stage before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 24.