Photos of the Week (09/04/22)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on what he calls the “continued battle for the Soul of the Nation” in front of Independence Hall at Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

2) President Joe Biden is getting hit with mounting backlash after addressing the country in front of a creepy red lit backdrop with two U.S. Marines at his side. While demonizing MAGA supporters and warning about the “soul of America,” blood-red lights lit up Biden as he stood in front of a podium outside of the Philadelphia Independence Hall.  Conservative podcaster Ben Shapiro called Biden’s speech the “most demagogic, outrageous, and divisive speech I have ever seen from an American president.”

“This image is the worst piece of presidential optics I have ever seen… let us count the reasons.1. Lighting a historic American site — the site of our founding documents — blood red. 2. The red-and-black background against the front-lit visage of a grim old man screaming at Americans, fists clenched,” Shapiro said. Photo: AP

3) A redacted FBI photograph of documents and classified cover sheets recovered from a container stored in former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, and which was included in a U.S. Department of Justice filing released August 30.  Photo: U.S. Department of Justice/via REUTERS

4) NASA’s Artemis I rocket sits on a launch pad at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Monday, August 29. The scheduled launch was scrubbed and rescheduled after one of the rocket’s four engines could not reach the proper temperature range required for liftoff. This uncrewed mission is the beginning of a program aiming to return humans to the moon. Photo: Getty Images

5) A man places a rose on a sculpture of Mikhail Gorbachev at the Fathers of Unity memorial in Berlin on Wednesday, August 31. Gorbachev, the last leader of the former Soviet Union, died Tuesday night at the age of 91. He was credited with introducing key reforms to the USSR and helping to end the Cold War. Photo: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

6) A classmate of Palestinian student Lian Al Shaer, 10, who was killed in recent Israel-Gaza fighting, reacts to Al Shaer’s picture as a new school year begins, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Reuters

7) A vintage doll is pictured near a damaged kindergarten following recent Russian shelling in the city of Slovyansk, in Donetsk region, Ukraine. Photo: Reuters

8) A pregnant woman from Tunisia, whose pregnancy is at high risk, is prepared to be evacuated by an Italian coast guard helicopter from the Ocean Viking, a migrant search and rescue ship, off Italian coasts. Her husband, daughter, 7, and son, 2, were left behind on the ship. Some 459 migrants have been waiting eight days for the Italian government to allocate a port to disembark. Photo: AP

9) A couple wearing face masks takes a selfie photo inside a tunnel made with hot red peppers during H.O.T Festival at the Seoul City Hall plaza in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: AP

10) A long exposure picture taken early on Aug. 28, 2022, shows a view of the Milky Way galaxy in the sky above a derelict van in the town of Bcahrre in the mountains of Lebanon, north of the capital Beirut. Photo: AFP

11) Royal fan John Loughrey shows off a cake with a picture of Princess Diana as he pays tribute to her, on the 25th anniversary of her death, outside Kensington Palace in London. Photo: Reuters

12) US Air Force Airman Michael Drah, originally from Ghana, looks back at his wife, Akosua, and his daughter Rashana before he officially became a US citizen on Monday, August 29. The naturalization ceremony was held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

13) Lilly Downs, an 18-year-old who has been in and out of the hospital with long Covid, pets facility dog Posey at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children on Tuesday, August 30. Photo: Hyoung Chang/Denver Post/Getty Images

14) Janus, a two-headed Greek tortoise named after the Roman god with two heads, is washed with a toothbrush one day ahead of his 25th birthday at the Natural History Museum in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Reuters

15) Humboldt penguins swim at the La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City on Wednesday, August 31. Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

16) Revelers throw tomatoes at each other during the annual “Tomatina”, tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol near Valencia, Spain. Photo: AP

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