Who Says Politics Is Soul Crushing? Mitt Romney Elated on the Trail — PICTURES

Sept. 20, 2012, 11:35 a.m.

Here at Na­tion­al Journ­al, we look through a lot of wire pho­tos of the can­did­ates. On any giv­en day, we’ll scroll through dozens of shots from the trail, search­ing for that per­fect pic­ture to il­lus­trate our stor­ies. But amid the usu­al por­traits of Rom­ney, Obama, et al., stand­ing at po­di­ums, hold­ing ba­bies, and dis­em­bark­ing planes, are some gems: in­stances when usu­ally com­posed polit­ic­al play­ers are caught in a can­did mo­ment.

Here are our fa­vor­ite shots of Rom­ney just en­joy­ing the mo­ment. In the spir­it of bi­par­tis­an­ship, a sim­il­ar gal­lery of Obama will fol­low.