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Baby Bait For Presidential Candidates

One of the Presidential candidates will be the future leader of our country, but would you trust them to hold your babe? One dad did.

Darren Garnick, father of two, recants his experience hitting the campaign trail for pictures of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, John Edwards, Rudy Giuliani, Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson and Mitt Romney with his 5-month-old daughter, Dahlia in a recent Slate article. He wrote:

"As a resident of the "Live Free or Die" state, I'll concede that the New Hampshire presidential primary gives us ridiculously disproportionate influence. But I love the fact that my state's electoral power comes with a great fringe benefit: It's easy to enshrine the next president in your family scrapbook. A sucker for political kitsch, I set out to photograph my 5-month-old daughter, Dahlia, in the arms of every candidate with a prayer of making it to the White House."

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The quest for photographs took Garnick from a parade to a private party and a sporting goods shop to a bookstore. But, he is no novice when it comes to getting political figures to say cheese with his lil ones. He admitted:

"During the 2004 presidential race, I took a few photos of my then 2-year-old boy, Ari, with Democrats Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman, and Wesley Clark. As a first-time parent, I was overly protective and had most of the candidates pose next to his stroller."

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removed_ removed_ 9 years
that really is hilarious!
HappyMamaToThree HappyMamaToThree 9 years
Hillary looks like she would rather be ANYWHERE other than holding a baby while stumping for political attention. At least the others look like they are trying to interact with the the little one. Great keepsake for your beautiful baby girl. HappyMamaToThree
vanilla19 vanilla19 9 years
This is so funny! Obama looks so comfortable with the baby.
demeter demeter 9 years
Hillary looks so uncomfortable.
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 9 years
I can see obama possibly talking to the baby,butI don't see it with Hilary actually John Edwards is holding the baby close too..
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
They're also the two who are holding the baby closest to them.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
Ok, to everyone who said that Hilary isn't smiling; Obama isn't either. It looks like they're talking to her. At least they're actually looking at the baby.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
girlfriday, I didn't even think about that... being able to take your picture with a former president to school. At the school I graduated from at our prom we had a video that had baby pictures and everyone guessed who it was and then it had the SR pic. That would be an awesome baby pic to have up on the video screen :D
girlfriday girlfriday 9 years
What an AWESOME thing to do for one's child. I mean, what a great story this will make throughout her life. Like when they ask her to bring in a picture of her as a baby for the highschool yearbook, and then she comes in with a former president's picture - awesome! Also - I am sorry to say - but it is just too funny - it looks like Romney is choking her with the way his hands are and the way her tongue is sticking out. (Or perhaps that was just a look of disgust on her face ;))
RCCway RCCway 9 years
I love how Kucinich looks. He is my FAV! :-) Dahlia is adorable!
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
It's funny that the woman, who should be the most motherly, is the most uncomfortable looking one.
RIG7627 RIG7627 9 years
Dahlia is my niece so I am COMPLETELY biased.....but she is beautiful, sweet and luckily has a great sense of humor which she will need when she gets older and sees all the commotion that these simple pictures have caused. I am glad that you all liked can check out her father Darren being interviewed this weekend on NPR's "Weekend America" radio show. Go online to find the radio listing and time near you. p.s. I am certainly hoping that she is leaning the democrat way as well :)
nina_e nina_e 9 years
looks like the dems have the magic touch...the babies look content
phatE phatE 9 years
how on earth do you think hillary looks maternal? that's a scary photo IMO. she looks completely unnatural, and shows no warmth.. at least everyone else is smiling.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Twink, I thought the same thing at first. There's something in her posture that just looks uncomfortable. But her face looks wistful to me. Very motherly.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
j/k its losing my mind haha
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 9 years
I think Hillary looks more angry than motherly... But I love the pic of Giuliani (I wonder if he's talking to her in baby voice or something?? because his expression is bizarre) and the one of McCain, who just looks like he doesn't know what is going on. Cuuute cute cute baby! :)
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
oh nevermind..this was just for the democratic party haha
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
obama and hilary have the best pics with the baby but where's Ron Paul?!?! He's a doctor who delivers babies for a living
Hockey-Princess Hockey-Princess 9 years
How interesting. Hilary looks motherly. Obama looks fatherly. McCain is so cute. Edwards looks like a used car salesman. And Romney.... oh boy - this picture speaks volumes. He is all about posing and looking "presidential" in the picture - holding a baby like a prop.
Julienne Julienne 9 years
Looks like Hilary Clinton is talking to the baby, babies are not stupid you don't always have to fake a smile for them you can talk to them too to make them comfortable. McCain can't hold this baby, all the others look really lovely :)
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
I hate to say it, but Hillary looks really uncomfortable here. How can holding a baby not make you smile?
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 9 years
oh its kind of name is that
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 9 years
Hilary could have at least smiled.Mick Romney scares me..
ufshutterbabe ufshutterbabe 9 years
I'm surprised Mrs. Clinton couldn't fake a smile for the child. Though I hate to fall into gender stereotyping by commenting on a baby girl's looks, that baby looks like such a sweetie.
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