2013: Amk’s Most Memorable Moments

by @Amk


10. Auto industry rebounding (hate to see any engineering industry shut down)


9. Wingnutz losing their collective shit over two-term Obama


8. Making Syria cry uncle without firing a gun


7. Iran Deal amidst all the neocon hand wringing and nut n yahoo’s sweet tears


6. His addressing the Newtown victims’ families and passionate advocating for gun control


5. Repeal of filibuster (too late imo)


4. Stare down the repubs debt ceiling terror tactics (1st time the dems had his back 100%)


3. ObamaCare starting to take-off


2. 2nd Term Inauguration (sweet schadenfreude over that congenital liar mittbot and his vile wife’s tears)


1. Visit to the Door of No Return in Senegal (most haunting moment)

75 Responses to “2013: Amk’s Most Memorable Moments”

  1. 3 99ts
    December 23, 2013 at 12:33 am

    AMK – and there I was wondering how Chips 20 minutes had turned into an hour or two

  2. 7 susanne
    December 23, 2013 at 12:35 am

    ‘ “You know I think its great for the fans not just that but the people of Hawaii especially during the holiday season because you know Barack, this is home for him, and it just makes it more of aloha, a place of aloha,” Makiki resident Herman Medeiros said.

    Many fans anticipated the President’s arrival, and didn’t mind the extra security precautions put in place.

    “If you can’t come home and go to a basketball game at home where you gonna go,” Laborador said.

    “Its fun and exciting for everyone just being in the same as Mr. president Barack the Baracka shaka; you know its certainly the holiday season in Hawaii,” Medeiros said.

    A lasting memory for the more than 3,000 fans in attendance. ‘


  3. 10 amk for obama
    December 23, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Wow, such a speedy job. Thanks, chips.

    • December 23, 2013 at 12:49 am

      I thought you would have liked the arrival of Sunny as a new friend. 😉

    • December 23, 2013 at 1:00 am

      Thank *you* Mister, love your list… so much I have to re-do mine because most of my fave moments were yours also too. Thanks a gazillion Amk!

      • 13 amk for obama
        December 23, 2013 at 1:19 am

        I toldja not to let me through the door. Now you suffer. Just like with danny.

      • 14 vcprezofan2
        December 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

        No re-do’s! If they were your favourites, they were your favourites. Plus, your explanation won’t necessarily be exactly the same. No ‘fair’, trying to give your new best bud ‘monopolies’!

        😯 😯 Waitaminute! That time stamp says 1:00am, it cannot possibly be that Chips outlasted me!!!!!! O wait…… she was probably hacked. In that case ignore my comment about re-do’s.

  4. 15 susanne
    December 23, 2013 at 12:37 am

    love love love #9 amk!!! still can’t stop giggling.

  5. 18 HZ
    December 23, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Love these amk. So many memories of when we first saw these, and thinking what he went through to get to these important moments of his presidency. Great moments in our lives and our history. HZ

  6. 19 Dudette
    December 23, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Wow, I’ve missed a lot of good stuff today. Excellent top 10 lists from amk and collegekay. Thanks for posting them Chips!

  7. 20 Dudette
    December 23, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Liberal Librarians Jazzy Christmas selections made my heart sing! 🙂

  8. 21 nathkatun7
    December 23, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Great, Great remembrances, AMK! As you said so well in the previous thread, that pic with POTUS and FLOTUS visiting the “Door of No Return” will forever be with me. You see, as black man, at 68 years of age, I never in my wildest dreams ever thought that I would live long enough to see the United States elect a President of African ancestry married to a First Lady whose African ancestors went through that “Door of No Return.” I must confess that every time I see that pic, I simply can’t help the tears. Thankfully, some of my tears are tears of joy. The same tears I cried for the passing of Nelson Mandela who was moaned by entire world. My tears of joy were about giving thanks to having lived long enough to see African humanity and African excellence finally recognized and affirmed. No matter how much the right wingers and their media enablers insist on belittling and denigrating President Obama, the reality is that they can never erase is the fact that the majority of millions of Americans, of all colors, voted twice for him to occupy the presidency of the United States. It’s so heartwarming to see POTUS and FLOTUS, descendants of colonized and enslaved Africans, highly respected and warmly embraced by so many people in the United States and throughout the world.

    • 22 amk for obama
      December 23, 2013 at 1:25 am

      well-said, nath. From those horrible days to now, US has progressed but still has many miles to go, especially with the class issues.

      • 23 nathkatun7
        December 23, 2013 at 3:42 am

        Thanks AMK! I especially want to thank you for many of your fearless tweets and your steadfast refusal to accept BS from the so called mainstream media. Hey, I also love and appreciate your humor. No wonder the TOD ladies love you so much!

    • December 23, 2013 at 1:46 am

      “I must confess that every time I see that pic, I simply can’t help the tears. Thankfully, some of my tears are tears of joy. The same tears I cried for the passing of Nelson Mandela who was moaned by entire world.”

      Right there with you, nath.

      Thank you, amk. Our President has enabled all of us to have an expansive vision of what is possible, just and necessary.

      • 25 nathkatun7
        December 23, 2013 at 3:36 am

        Thank you Bob! I am so grateful that you share many of my experiences. We have witnessed incredible progress, but we’ve also witnessed incredible sadness of continued man’s inhumanity against fellow humans. I’ve come to value the little progress we’ve made as the key to further progress. That doesn’t mean that the road ahead is easy; but I refuse to indulge in cynicism and pessimism. That’s the lesson learned from Nelson Mandela. It is also the lesson I am learning from President Obama

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      December 23, 2013 at 2:01 am

      nath – I’m a baby compared to you (at 67 years of age), but, as a white woman of your generation, I am so very glad that I lived long enough to see what you just wrote. And what others have written. And to see how that image and the very fact we have our first African-American president and his family in the White House have had such a profound impact on you and other African-Americans in our country. I weep.

      And there’s NO ONE who can take any of those feelings away from any of us, no matter where we are on the stupid color wheel our country insists on seeing us through. Not when we are all, simply, just fellow citizens of this great country, which we must continually seek to turn into a “more perfect union,” as some of our GREAT presidents have said ~ Lincoln and Obama, to name two.

      • 27 nathkatun7
        December 23, 2013 at 3:18 am

        “And there’s NO ONE who can take any of those feelings away from any of us, no matter where we are on the stupid color wheel our country insists on seeing us through.”

        Yes Indeed JOB! On the basis of age you could be my little sister, however, right now you are my peer because we definitely share the same feelings and the same experiences. Most importantly I value and highly respect your views and your experiences.

        I don’t know about you, but I’ve been so elated to see so many young people at TOD, including Chips, who are so wise and so determined to struggle for human progress, inch by inch, foot by foot, and mile by mile. After consuming a very delicious bottle of wine by my self (what was I thinking) I can’t remember the poet Dr. King was fond of quoting when he said: “The Ark of the Moral Universe is Long, but it Always Bends Towards Justice.” I am sure, you being a poet, you probably know. I think, It was Longfellow. In any case, for me the freeing of Nelson Mandela and the dismantling of the Apartheid Regime in SA, as well the election and re-election of President Obama, taught the real meaning of “Faith” and “Hope” that enabled so many enslaved Africans to maintain their humanity despite all efforts by their master to destroy their humanity.

        As a student of history, I am very much aware that social progress can be temporarily stymied by social regress. This is exactly what happened in this country following the overthrow of Reconstruction after the Civil War, and the triumph of White Supremacy that ushered in the Jim Crow system, which lasted for almost 100 years. The truth of the matter is: without the monumental accomplishments of the post Civil War Reconstruction era, and in particular the enactment of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, I doubt that we would have gotten rid of the Jim Crow system. Without these post Civil War Reconstruction Amendments, I strongly doubt that the 1960s Civil Rights accomplishments, outlawing legal racial segregation, and outlawing all the devices intended to prevent citizens, especially black folks, from voting, would have been possible. Consequently, I highly doubt that President Obama would have been elected President if Black folks and other people of color were still denied the right t vote either by law or by custom.

        I suppose this may be what the founders envisioned when they wrote: “We The People Of The United States In Order To Form A More Perfect Union….” If “We The People, want to “Form A More Perfect Union,” we have no choice but to continue to fight to ensure that all Americans are treated fairly, equally, and justly. After all, this would honor that bold assertion in the Declaration Of Independence that says: “We Hold These Truth To Be Self-Evident That All Men Are Created Equal….”

        • 28 jackiegrumbacher
          December 23, 2013 at 8:25 am

          Nath, you have a wise perspective on the flow of history in the US. As someone who could be YOUR older sister, 69, I’ve seen the same forward and regressive movements as you have, although from the perspective of a white woman. The outrageous media backlash against our president this year is an example of the attempt to push progress backwards. The president’s triumphs, starting with his re-election, have been frightening to the traditionalist establishment, represented in an almost comically villainous fashion by the Kock brothers. So they have ginned up this gloom, doom and end times hysteria to distract the public from the sweeping changes our president is making. It won’t work because the progressive push, despite all the twists, turns and disappointments, always moves inexorably forward, as we’ll all see in the next three years.

        • December 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

          You are a treasure, nath!! Thank you so much for sharing your insights. President Obama and FLOTUS inspires me every day to fight the fight. FORWARD!!

    • December 23, 2013 at 6:12 am

      all I can say to this is Right on…Right ON!!

      maybe throw in a few Amens….just to think how the world would be today ..just to think how our Country would be without PBO…makes me ever thankful …ever grateful for his Presidency..

  9. 31 amk for obama
    December 23, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has been freed early from prison in Russia under an amnesty, her lawyer says.

    “All the documents have been completed and signed,” Piotr Zaikin told the RIA Novosti agency.

    The release of fellow band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is also expected later today.

    They were jailed in August 2012 for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after performing a protest song in Moscow’s main cathedral.

    Their sentences were due to end in March 2014, but they have known since last week that their release was imminent under an amnesty agreed by the Russian parliament.


    putin in a PR rush.

    • 32 jacquelineoboomer
      December 23, 2013 at 2:04 am

      Big time.

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      December 23, 2013 at 8:26 am

      Whatever it takes to correct this incredible injustice to these woman, I’ll take it, even if it’s just for show. Thanks for the great memories, AMK. Perfect tone to set for this season.

  10. 34 theo67
    December 23, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Great list, amk! I don’t know how you narrowed it down so quickly – I’ve got 20 and counting…

  11. 37 amk for obama
    December 23, 2013 at 1:42 am

  12. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    December 23, 2013 at 1:48 am

    CanadaBarb asked me to let y’all know that she and her husband are finishing up a Caribbean cruise and will disembark tomorrow (now today) in the states, to begin Christmas week with family and friends. Her vacation has gone really well, and she is very, very happy to report to us that this was NOT the RWNJ-infiltrated sea cruise she suffered through last time … she’s met people who are the very opposite of RWNJs, and I’m sure you’ll agree that’s a good thing! Welcome back to dry land, CanadaBarb, my BCFFAA!

    • 42 theo67
      December 23, 2013 at 2:58 am

      Excellent news! Last year’s right wing cruise seemed unbearable. Glad this one has turned out to be quite lovely, from the sound of it!

  13. 43 Dudette
    December 23, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Thinking of a few people who’ve lost loved ones recently. This will be a tough Christmas for them.

  14. 44 Dudette
    December 23, 2013 at 2:15 am

  15. 45 Dudette
    December 23, 2013 at 2:44 am

  16. 46 Dudette
    December 23, 2013 at 2:53 am

  17. 49 Dudette
    December 23, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Here’s another distraction for VC 😀

    Goodnight Everybody!

  18. 53 susanne
    December 23, 2013 at 5:14 am

    from handel’s messiah a soulful celebration, al jarreau sings ‘why do the nations’–i can just imagine our president wondering the same thing!

  19. 54 amk for obama
    December 23, 2013 at 5:31 am

  20. 56 amk for obama
    December 23, 2013 at 5:32 am

    • 57 99ts
      December 23, 2013 at 6:32 am

      “Clint Murphy was unable to empathize with millions of Americans previous to his own medical battles and his battle with the inhumaneness of the private insurance system in America”

      Seems every republican in the US has to experience their own health/insurance problems before they accept what the President has been saying for the past 10 years.

      Democrats are never praised for doing the right thing – but republicans – it is such a surprise everyone falls on their faces with praise.

      Goodness me – it’s getting close to Christmas, I’d best fo looking for my spirit of goodwill

  21. December 23, 2013 at 6:25 am

    GM TOD…..,,Christmas Greetings to all…

    I love AMKs and CKs favorite 2013 moments…..makes me think that we have to much to be thankful for…

    • December 23, 2013 at 6:55 am

      GM TOD and Christmas greetings to all………Ditto to what prettyfoot said…….every word!!

      Busy next couple of days. Our food pantry is open tomorrow morning as usual. Good way to spend part of my Christmas Eve (day). We will be traveling (to our daughter’s in VABeach area) Christmas Day.

  22. 60 africa
    December 23, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Brava, brava amk. Nice round up.

  23. 61 Debra
    December 23, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Why does CNN keep putting up these polls about the ACA? They are just milking the negativity to the max. The polls are not based on any facts.

  24. 62 Linda
    December 23, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Ha !

    Morning Joke tried to bait NYC police commissioner Ray Kelly to say NYC will become more dangerous under Mayor DeBlasio and Kelly wouldn’t do it. He also tried to get him to Bad Mouth Chicago about the gun violence there….and Kelly slapped him down on that too, saying there is no way to compare the two cities.

    Joke is sad.

  25. 63 Linda
    December 23, 2013 at 7:35 am

    LGBT Community did an ad to enroll in Obamacare….

  26. 65 Linda
    December 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Cracker Barrel is a member of ALEC…….is that the reason Duck Dynasty is back on the selves ? I guess Yes !

  27. 66 dotster3
    December 23, 2013 at 8:32 am

    NBC/Today still had more negative Ocare spin to blast out there this a.m. Peter Alexander scarily reported that “even Democrats” are warning that there are too many problems and the whole thing could “collapse” and aired Manchin saying exactly that. Nice going Manchin and nbc, way to scare away new enrollees—-Koch Bros. are so proud of you.

    • 67 Linda
      December 23, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Manchin also said ” Big Brother ” really is watching you ”

      I see him hanging with Republicans on the Senate Floor all the time….

  28. 68 relellit
    December 23, 2013 at 8:43 am


    Love the things you cited President Obama did to drive “The Right Wing Crazies” over a dark cliff.

    Mele Kalikimaka

  29. 69 japa21
    December 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

    GM all.

    Well, I wasn’t able to stop by at all during the weekend, so I guess I have a lot of stuff to catch up on.

    Fortunately, the workload at work this week is rather light, so I might be able to do it.

  30. 70 carolyn
    December 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Wow! Just finished my first coffee, so opened TOD. I am loving these ten bests….thanks amk for this one too. These are good reminders.
    I am so thankful to have lived long enough to be alive and participating in the age of Obama…..I think I’m the oldest one here, or at least one of the oldest at 74, but my heart is young and I love learning from everyone here.
    I too have seen the ups and downs of progress in this country…..Brown vs the Board of Education is part of my early youth, as is the Little Rock integration struggle and so much more. Yes, we have made progress. I see it in my classes every day. Even ten years ago, my classes were all one color…..white…..now they are a beautiful mix of colors and heritages. And, the wonderful thing is, these students get along. So, I see progress on my small scale every day.
    I firmly believe the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice, and we will continue to see that it does. The different perspectives here are so wonderful…..people of all ages, colors, religions, heritages…….I just love it. Thank you, all of you.
    Donna…..your journey through the White House and accompanying comments truly touched my heart. So much of what I have taken for granted for my life was denied you, and that hurts. Seeing our President and his wife standing at that awful door was almost too much to take.
    Well…..enough from me. Thanks to all of you for enriching my life.

  31. December 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Good morning, Chips, Danny O, the mighty BTs and TODville.

    amk, great collection of memories! I savored them, too!

  32. 74 collegekay
    December 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Good morning all. Great list, amk.

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