Politicos Kick It Old School on Instagram

Senators and Governors were young once, too.

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Among the Twitterati, the acronym “TBT” refers to “throwback Thursday.” The label is an excuse for social media users to share awww-inducing baby pictures or prom photos that feature unfortunate hair at least once per week. And political personalities, who tout hashtags like American flags these days, aren’t missing out on the trend. It’s a double-whammy after all: hopping on the bandwagon makes them look (relatively) hip and sharing old snapshots, especially cheesy ones, paints them as “one of the people.” Voters can’t resist a little peak behind the curtains.

From Michelle Obama to Chris Christie, here is a selection of photos from the past that politicos have been posting:

  • Posted by: First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Handle: @michelleobama
  • Caption: Barack and Michelle. #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #NoFilter
  • Posted by: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D)
  • Handle: @mikebloomberg
  • Caption: Work hard. Take risks. Follow your passion. Embrace innovation. #ThrowbackThursday #tbt
  • Posted by: House Speaker John Bohener (R-OH)
  • Handle: @speakerboehner
  • Caption: Early photo of (now-Speaker) John Boehner (left) with his older brother, Bob. #tbt
  • Posted by: Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
  • Handle: @repkevinmccarthy
  • Caption: With Judy at our high school prom 1983 #tbt
  • Posted by: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
  • Handle: @elizabethwarrenma
  • Caption: Happy 32nd wedding anniversary, Elizabeth and Bruce!
  • Posted by: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R)
  • Handle: @govchristie
  • Caption: If you wonder why I am the way I am, it’s because of my mom. So, today’s #tbt is in honor of my mom, Sandra. I miss her every day. #MothersDay #NJGov
  • Posted by: Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Handle: @senpattymurray
  • Caption: Our first #Instagram photo! My how things have changed. #TBT
  • Posted by: Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Handle: @senatortimscott
  • Caption: From my days playing football at RB Stall High School in North Charleston #tbt
  • Posted by: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
  • Handle: senchambliss
  • Caption: #tbt family photo from my first congressional race brochure
  • Posted by: Minority Whip Steny Hoyer
  • Handle: @repstenyhoyer
  • Caption: Picture in my office of me & my dog, Charlotte, who was a dear member of my family. #ThrowbackThursday #HoyerHistory