12 Painfully Awkward Photos Of Presidents Hanging Out Together

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Presidents by themselves can be pretty awkward, but all bets are off when presidents hang out together. Is it more awkward when presidents from rival parties get together, or when presidents from the same party — say, two Democrats — are forced to make small talk? Can two — or three, or four, or five — leaders of the free world be friends? Can they be enemies?

The idea of presidents together brings about more questions than it does answers, most likely because when we think of the presidency, we think of a single person. Interdependence and group authority isn't really America's thing — it's true that we have checks and balances, but at the end of the day there's one person in charge. So what happens when these hyper-individualized individuals are in the same room?

Turns out, presidents are pretty amicable people — at least, that's what the photographic evidence says. Maybe this is due to the fact that they probably undergo serious social skills and media training before campaigning. But maybe they just get along because they're the only ones who really get it. Much like the only people who can understand what it's like to be in One Direction are the other people in One Direction, one of the only people who can understand what it's like to be President Obama is actually President Bush. So judge for yourself — how tight are the presidents?

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