12 political photos that made us look twice in 2013
Politics are often all about words. Debating, orating, writing, crafting reams of legislation. But sometimes, politics are, simply, an image -- perhaps one that makes us stop, stare, wonder ... or gasp. From Syria to South Africa, from Texas to California, from a child to a queen, these are some of the photos, among the thousands of images we see every day, that helped tell the story of politics in 2013. --Sara Lessley
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The ad that launched New York's new mayor( NYForDeBlasio via YouTube / August 8, 2013 )
In 30-some seconds this summer, a young black narrator sporting an oversized Afro counted off the reasons he liked New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio.
His surprise closing line: "And I'd say that even if he weren't my dad."
As a rival campaign conceded about the double-take appearance from 15-year-old Dante de Blasio: "That ad killed us."
And yes, Bill was elected, and Dante now has true star power.
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