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Washington D.C. is seen from Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, during a return flight early Friday morning. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In a week when negative campaigning picked up pace and seemed to start to sway the national presidential poll numbers, and following a couple of years of crumbling national discourse in politics in D.C., sometimes it pays to take a step back and a deep breath.

In this photo, the U.S. Capitol is seen in the middle of the image, an unusually peaceful oasis. The photo was taken from Air Force One as President Obama returned from a campaign trip to Colorado. Then he's back on the plane, headed for Chicago this weekend, reports Lynn Sweet.