The origin of a long-standing tradition of Presidents (and hopefuls for that matter) kissing babies has been questioned.
According to a story in Mentalfloss – It turns out there’s precedent for smooching chubby cheeks that goes back to Andrew Jackson, and maybe further. Andrew Jackson, aware that baby-handling was part of the deal, eagerly grabbed a dirty-faced infant from his mother during an 1833 tour of New Jersey, declaring the tot “a fine specimen of American childhood.”
Today, politicians believe that showing a softer side can help them win more votes; at the very least, they may sway the doting parent.
Ok, I bet moms would approve of Justin Trudeau smooching their offspring…but Trump??