Nowhere is this more true than in the massive political upheaval we have seen in countries around the world but particularly here in the West.
The picture above was taken by Pete Souza, the official White House photographer, during a trip to Hanover, Germany, on April 25, seven months and one week ago. It pretty much sums up how mad 2016 has been for politics.
It depicts David Cameron, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, and Matteo Renzi — the leaders of the UK, the US, Germany, France, and Italy.
White House Photographer Pete Souza had this to say about capturing this photo: "The sun was setting as the Presidential motorcade arrived back at Miami International Airport. I ran to get in front of Air Force One so I could use the beautiful sky as the background when the President boarded the plane."
The White House photographer Pete Souza writes "The President was ready to announce the news about the mission against Osama bin Laden and was putting the finishing touches on his statement in the Outer Oval Office. As he did so, the networks broke in with bulletins confirming that bin Laden had been killed and a photograph of him appeared on the television screen in the background near the Vice President and Press Secretary Jay Carney."
Souza says "One of the most memorable moments of the year was when the President hugged Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as he walked onto the floor of the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol to deliver his annual State of the Union address."
Pete Souza reveals an interesting fact about this photo: "The President hugs the First Lady after she had introduced him at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. The campaign tweeted a similar photo from the campaign photographer on election night and a lot of people thought it was taken on election day."
U.S. President Barack Obama collects the folio holding the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 after signing it into law in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, November 2, 2015.
Phto credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Angela Merkel — Germany's chancellor, and the de facto leader of the eurozone, is still standing. She has been Germany's top politician for more than 11 years, and she does not plan on going anywhere, announcing in November that she intended to stand for a fourth term as chancellor in next year's election.
Francois Hollande — Hollande is still the French president, but he won't be for long. With approval ratings from the French people of less than 10%, Hollande announced at the end of November that he would not seek another term. Next year's presidential race looks as if it will pit Republican candidate Francois Fillon against the populist, far-right candidate Marine le Pen of the National Front.