Political photo-opportunities — photo-ops, for short — are a time-honored staple on the campaign trail.
The routine goes like this: The candidate’s aides seize upon an opportunity to have their boss photographed while doing something that presumably bespeaks a certain character trait — helpfulness, kindness, manliness, tenderness or some other kind of -ness.
But photo-ops sometimes can backfire, making the candidate look foolish, awkward or out of touch. History is full of such examples. Just ask the senior George Bush, or John Kerry, or Michael Dukakis, or any of countless other victims of such misfortune.
And now such a fate has befallen ...