Political Pictures of the Week, Aug. 11-17

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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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kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

#11: Obama: "Now as you know. We've...ahhhh...asked the Romney Campaign to release.To release 5 years of tax returns. 

Well, Eric Fehrnstrom, has just sent over. This crystal ball. With a note. Which says:Look...Within. Look within to find your answer.

Now, I have turned this ball. From every angle.  And...I gotta tell you.It doesn't look like a tax return...

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

#11: Obama: "As I. Gaze. Into my.Crystal ball...I see votes. Electoral Votes. 

Around 290. Or maybe...maybe 300.

But, it all depends on you...

sacredh
sacredh

Photo #3: Rick Santorum puzzles the crowd with his choice of footwear.

sacredh
sacredh

Photo #4:

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The irony is lost on the crowd when Mitt informs them that Ann Coulter has donated her box to a worthy cause.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

Pandora's Box ain't got nuthin' on Coulter's Box...

sacredh
sacredh

A big old empty thing with something terrible inside?

sacredh
sacredh

Photo #11:

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Obama: Glenda, what the hell did I tell you about sneaking up on me like that?

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

#9 – One of Jeff Foxworthy’s famous redneck jokes is, “You might be a redneck when directions to your house include, ‘turn off the paved road’.”

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

Here in Michigan, sadly, this phrase is used more often than not...

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

#5 – Ryan: Mitt, I don’t think this hand microphone is working.

Mitt: picks it up and turns it on Hmm, you’re right. It buzzes but no sound from the speaker.

Ann Romney: rushes up and snatches it from Mitt’s …whew, there it is! I’ve been looking for my vi… …ahem… my practice mike for the presidential wives debate all day. (blushes) Anyone seen my 50 Shades of Grey too?

Ryan: Ann, I didn’t know you’re a photographer. My wife says it’s a textbook for her photography class on color, chromaticity, and saturation, whatever those mean.

ERenger
ERenger

#11: Obama sees victory in his Palantir. 

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Who shot these pics this week: Gary Coleman? 

Oh, wait....

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Tony Cox is still alive. Bad Santa is my favorite holiday movie.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

That says a lot about your sense of humor  ; )

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

#4 – Ryan: So this is what a soapbox is for. I thought that was a figurative term, not a literal one.

Romney: Well, I keep trying to hire people to build me a stage to speak on. I have millions stashed in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland and STILL no one will build one for me….

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

#11: Barry Potter and the $ 710 Billion Switcheroo

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

...and the winner of the week: The Podium!

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Pic 2: It's been said he's too cerebral, anyway.

Pic 8: Not to be outdone....

Pnnto
Pnnto

I assume these are pretty much the Open Threads so completely OT-

I'm actually kind of proud of Minneapolis-Kids rapping about snack food. Nice way to end the week.

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