Beto O’Rourke is coming at you live from … the dentist’s chair.
Yep, the Democratic former congressman, who lost a bid for a Texas seat in the U.S. Senate, has been a strong presence on social media before and after the midterm elections. And it makes former president Barack Obama’s stint on “Between Two Ferns” look buttoned-up in comparison.
This week, O’Rourke has been interviewing people he comes across in daily life about their experiences growing up in border towns in Texas, and publishing videos of their conversations on his Instagram stories.
One interview in particular caught viewers’ attention: It starts with O’Rourke taking a video in selfie mode, while getting his teeth cleaned.
“I’m here at the dentist, and we’re going to continue our series,” he says, before introducing his dental hygienist, Diana.
Diana goes on to say she was born in El Paso, the daughter of a Mexican mother and U.S.-citizen father.
“It’s a beautiful community, we all support each other and love each other,” she says, a dental-cleaning mask covering much of her face. “It’s not what everyone else thinks badly about us, it’s actually a wonderful place.”
The reaction on social media seemed to focus most on O’Rourke’s choice of location for that particular conversation, although he does laugh on the video, suggesting he also knows it’s a little out there.
“God I hope Beto O’Rourke doesn’t need a colonoscopy anytime soon,” Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs tweeted.
“Boundaries, Beto, boundaries,” tweeted Katy Tur, a political reporter at NBC.
But O’Rourke isn’t the only one taking voters into his day-to-day life with the help of social media.
Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, got a mixed reaction during her live stream on New Year’s Eve, shortly after she announced she is running for president in 2020.
At the beginning of the Instagram stream, which she said was from her kitchen, she said, “Hold on a sec, I’m gonna get me a beer.”
Critics thought it looked … a little unnatural.
“Elizabeth Warren looked almost as comfortable with that beer as Mitt Romney in a pair of jeans,” tweeted Harry Khachatrian, a contributor to The Daily Wire, a conservative website.
Other politicians in recent weeks — notably, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — have used social media to not only promote their own talking points, but also to share more intimate parts of their daily lives.
But as Warren and O’Rourke showed, sometimes it comes off more naturally than others.
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