In 50 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad, of the past 12 months Politician-speak is often a numbing string of familiar platitudes, vague exhortations to change government and do right by the American People.
This article originally appeared in the May 23, 2013 edition of TIME magazine underneath the title, "Obama's Grand Old Party." To subscribe to TIME, Tucked away in someone else's shoe box of adolescent artifacts, there might be a picture of you in garish clothes and with an outdated 'do, your arm around a high school squeeze.
Lars Tunbjörk is accustomed to seeking out the absurd. And on his first assignment covering U.S. politics, the Swedish photographer, best known for capturing the subtle humor in his native country's suburban landscapes, didn't need to look too hard.