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The 22 Most Important Political Photos Of 2013

The strangest, most ridiculous and/or absurd photos taken of world leaders from the past year.

Posted on December 17, 2013, at 5:46 p.m. ET

1. U.S. President Barack Obama doing a flamingo impression while golfing in Martha's Vineyard.

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File

2. Russian President Vladimir Putin tactfully ignoring the sudden appearance of a topless protestor.

Sasha Mordovets / Getty Images

3. U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi receiving instructions from her television overlords.

4. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry using his head for diplomacy during a trip to Afghanistan.

AP Photo/Jason Reed, POOL

5. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and French President François Hollande rocking out before a joint press conference.

Antoine Antoniol / Getty Images

6. Greek politician Nikos Michaloliakos channeling his inner Grumpy Cat as he's taken into police custody.

AP Photo/Fosphotos/Angeliki Panagiotou, File

7. First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama taking photos of themselves while their embarrassing parents kiss during the inaugural parade.

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File

8. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi peacefully napping during the speeches portion of the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremony in Dallas.

Jason Reed / Reuters

9. President Obama and President Putin posing for one of the most awkward photo of two world leaders that the world has ever seen.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File

10. President Putin apologizing for the awkward photo, but come ON, it wasn't entirely his fault.

WPA Pool / Getty Images

11. President Obama checking to see if his personal umbrella attendant can rest his arm during a rather wet news conference.

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File

12. Former U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney rocking a truly impressive Hawaiian shirt.

13. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer paying very close attention to Beyoncé during the presidential inauguration.

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

14. President Putin and Pope Francis staring each other down at the start of a meeting at the Vatican.

AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho

15. President Hollande realizing he's accidentally sat on a thumb tack during a visit to a school in northern France.

Pool / Reuters

16. Former British energy minister Chris Huhne being 100% done with photographers while arriving at court in London.

AFP/AFP / Getty Images

17. This truly creepy picture of a table troll checking out President Obama.

JIM WATSON/AFP / Getty Images

18. President Putin and Secretary of State Kerry working it in some amazing batik shirts during a meeting in Indonesia.

Pool / Reuters

19. First Lady Michelle Obama rescuing a defenseless child from the Obama family's new dog Sunny.

Jason Reed / Reuters

20. BFFs Kim Jong Un and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watching some basketball in Pyongyang, North Korea.

AP Photo/VICE Media, Jason Mojica, File

21. Prime Minister Cameron, Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt and President Obama taking a VIP selfie during Nelson Mandela's memorial service. As one does.

Roberto Schmidt/AFP-Getty Images

22. President Putin releasing his inner Bond villain in a Russian submarine (this is clearly the most important photo of the year because obviously.)

AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, File

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