An Ode to "Shame Face," the Expression a Lot of Politicians Are Making Right Now

Or you could just not do that?


As first reported by the New York Times, there is a very special facial expression politicians make when they have done something so wrong they must pretend to regret it. Ahead, in these times of What Haven't They Done Wrong?, 10 sad boys making the sort of unnatural glower/grimace (glimace) thing that occurs when you ask an intern which emoji means "sad" and try to copy it. With your face. 😕

President Clinton pauses as he apologized to the country December 11, 1998 for his conduct in the Monica Lewinsky affair and said he would accept a congressional censure or rebuke. ``I am ready to accept that,'''' he said in a dramatic Rose Garden statement as a bitterly divided House Judiciary Committee debated four articles of impeachment. Today's remarks marked the first time he has expressed willingness to be censured. ``I understand that accountability demands consequences and I am prepared to accept them,'''' he said.
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Bill Clinton

When America expects you to look remorseful for sleeping with that woman.  

New Jersey Governor James McGreevey delivers a farewell speech to the state a week before he leaves office November 8, 2004 in Trenton, New Jersey. After coming out as a gay man on August 12, 2004, McGreevey announced that he would resign from the governorship.
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James McGreevey

IDK, this SF's kind of smirky to me. 

Governor Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation at his midtown office on Wednesday afternoon just two days after it was uncovered that he was a client of a high-class international prostitution ring.
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Eliot Spitzer

It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. So don't get tangled up in a prostitution ring, which will make you frown, which gives you wrinkles. 

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admits to having an affair during a news conference Wednesday, June 24, 2009, in Columbia, S.C. He also announce that he is resigning as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
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Mark Sanford

And the best way to keep your lips plump is to not go on secret trips to Argentina to see your sidepiece. This has been a beauty PSA. 

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces his resignation June 16, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The resignation comes ten days after the congressman admitted to sending lewd photos of himself on Twitter to multiple women
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Anthony Weiner

Shame face? Or scrolling through his camera roll trying to decide which pic to sext next? 

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) answers questions at the U.S. Capitol during a press conference March 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Ryan said U.S. Attorny General Jeff Sessions, following reports of Sessions meeting with the Russian ambassador during the U.S. presidential campaign, should recuse himself from any investigation into alleged Russian ties to the Trump campaign if Sessions is a target of that investigation
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Paul Ryan

Know what'll turn that frown upside down? A decent healthcare system! 

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) walks to the House floor on Capitol Hill, March 24, 2017 in Washington. House Republicans are planning to vote on the American Health Care Act on Friday.
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Devin Nunes

::stage whispers:: "Healllthhhhcarreeeee."

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell holds a press conference before the Senate holds the vote on whether or not to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court in Washington, USA on April 7, 2017.
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Mitch McConnell

Mitch! My dude! Not a great look, sorry.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation and he was later discovered to have had contact with the Russian ambassador last year despite testifying to the contrary during his confirmation hearing.
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Jeff Sessions

Sad Keebler Elf is sad.

Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) listens to US President Donald Trump during an American Technology Council roundtable at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 19, 2017.
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Tim Cook

Cook's not a politician, nor has he just taken away somebody's rights, but he's got secondhand SF simply sitting next to Trump. Happens.

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