Media outlets around the world cried fool last week when U.S. President Barack Obama took a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron during Nelson Mandela's memorial celebration. But the controversial selfie was far from the first mandatary photographic moment. Turns out, world leaders are people, too.
In fact, many heads of state keep active accounts on Instagram, the popular photo sharing app. Instagram's blog revealed on Tuesday that dozens of world leaders can be caught snapping photos around the world, from Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo's jet-setting to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's #TBT snapshots. Even one of the oldest leaders in the world, Israeli President Shimon Peres, has gotten into the 'gramming.
Below are just a few images gleaned from the various world leaders' accounts.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on his second Christmas:
Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo serving up a fine Belgian beer:
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff throwing up a hand heart:
U.S. President Barack Obama encourages the San Francisco Bat Kid:
Canadian PM Stephen Harper, just posing with a goat:
Queen Rania of Jordan hanging out in the snow after a rare winter storm hit the Middle East:
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, poses for a selfie with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono:
Indonesia's First Lady Ani Yudhoyono shows off her photography chops, detailing her camera gear and settings with each photo she uploads:
Israeli President Shimon Peres chilling with Paula Abdul:
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev appears to take a selfie as he gives thanks for his 200,000th follower:
First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama in a #TBT yearbook shot:
Turkish President Abdullah Gul kissing babies; babies kissing Turkish President Abdullah Gul:
Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes gets artsy while informing citizens about state relief efforts amid strong rains:
Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong is actually into taking selfies:
Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, loves filters and throwbacks. Sometimes both. He even threw Cuba a shoutout for cigars: