Political Pictures of the Week, Aug. 4-10

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TIME’s photo editors bring you the best pictures of the past week from the Beltway and beyond.

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xiaoshiqing
xiaoshiqing

什么时候能看懂 啊  呜呜。。。。。

Wally_Skungle
Wally_Skungle

Why is Obama using his left hand to handshake? Goes to show, it's a fake photo. There was no one there with him when the picture was taken. More phoney Obama promoting.

LK312
LK312

Seriously?  This is the best you can do for a photo contest in the heat of a presidential election season?  Gotta say it: this swamp just ain't what it used to be.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

#7 – Farm Owner: Psst, Sec. Northey, what are we looking for again?

Northey: Well, after all those recent Romney gaffes, last night Gov. Branstad privately told him if he wants to win he needs to go find a clue. So we’re looking for one. Just play along and be nice. Say nice things about his pretty wife and horse too.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

#7 – Romney: I know I need the votes, but for Pete’s sake, this is the last time I campaign thru Iowa. Rafalca has to be here somewhere.

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#8 – Agent 99: See any Romney supporters yet?

Agent Smart: Nope, been looking all summer, but missed it by that much.

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#10 – Sec. Serv. Agent: JFC, I wish Obama would cut his speech short today. I gotta go really bad. Maybe if I kick the teleprompter over….