2013: GoBrooklyn’s Most Memorable Moments

by GoBrooklyn


1 This one is bittersweet. The moment at the inauguration where President Obama looks over the crowd one last time. It was great to see him at his second inauguration after the media counted him out but very sad knowing that this is his last term. I’d keep him for a third term but that wouldn’t be fair to his family.


2 Watching President Obama’s inaugural parade. There was dancing, kissing, selfies, and photobombing. I’m talking about the Obamas, not the crowd.


3 I love watching the reception that President Obama gets when he goes overseas. The greeting he received on his trip to Africa in the Summer made me very proud to have him as our POTUS.  I always feel like shouting, “No, you can’t keep him!”


4 President Obama and kids! Who doesn’t love that image? You get plenty of that at the annual Easter Egg Roll. Watching as he reads “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and shouting, “Weee” is hilarious.  This is the guy that got Bin Laden.


5 Sending Billie Jean King and Brian Boitano to the Winter Olympics in Russia.  Completely unexpected but then I realized that it really is just like President Obama to do something like that.


6 Throughout Obama’s presidency, one of the things I’ve loved watching is the media being proven wrong again and again. They get so excited over a potential scandal that could take down POTUS once and for all and then…awww….the truth comes out.

One of the first “scandals” involved Rod Blagojevich. “What did he know and when did he know it?”, the bauble heads would ask of President Obama. That didn’t work out so the media kept digging.

One such relentless stooge was Jon Karl of ABC. Determined to impress the right wing and to make a name for himself, Jon Karl lied about information he received on Benghazi. Watching as the story blew up in his face was glorious. Watching as ALL these “scandals” blow up in the media’s face is glorious, but the Jon Karl one was especially sweet.

Do these guys know that it’s possible to criticize POTUS without making stuff up?


7 Kid President sitting at President Obama’s desk! A little black boy sitting at the desk of the first African-American President of the United States.  I need say nothing more.


8 Watching neocon heads explode as President Obama and SoS John Kerry make progress in negotiations with Iran. They broke decades of gridlock and the entire world will benefit. This is a BFD but ya know, this whole year has been “Obama’s Katrina” or whatever.


9 This tweet: President Obama doesn’t play fair. I mean, come on!  Who can resist that?


10 I love it when Republicans get told off. I love it even more when it comes from President Obama:

“You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.”

That’s right! Do. The. Work.


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83 Responses to “2013: GoBrooklyn’s Most Memorable Moments”

  1. December 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Good for you GoBrooklyn!

  2. December 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Love, love, love your memories GB, a mixture of the poignant and fun – thank you soooooo much for sharing them with us!

  3. 15 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Great memories, GB:) Agreed!! I was back on the last thread…engrossed in yardarm’s post about how to open a wine bottle with a shoe. Important info, for sure:) This was awesome!!

  4. December 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Good job, Go Brooklyn! Big up!

  5. 27 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Sen.Patty Murray. Awesome chart and words of the day:

    “If there’s one thing that should be clear after automatic across-the-board cuts went into effect this past year, it is that all deficit reduction isn’t created equal. While allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for the wealthiest Americans has bent our long-term deficit curve downward, and closing wasteful tax loopholes and responsibly strengthening programs that seniors and families depend on would do the same—simply slashing investments in education, worker training, research, infrastructure, and key parts of the safety net won’t truly address our fiscal challenges and actually makes our economic challenges worse. These domestic investments aren’t driving our long-term budget deficit (as this graph shows), and cutting them will only increase our country’s deficits in jobs, skilled workers, innovation, technology, and more. We should be investing in the areas that will drive broad-based growth, not cutting back on them. And especially while our economic recovery is still fragile, we should be putting jobs and economic growth first while working toward real, responsible, long-term deficit reduction. The budget deal I struck with Chairman Paul Ryan was a first step in that direction, but we have a lot more to do.”

  6. December 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    YEAH, MY POST!! Thanks a gagillion for letting me share.

  7. 33 jackiegrumbacher
    December 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    GB, I love your memories and context you put them in. Your bittersweet reflections on the inaugural reminded me how little I followed any of these events for former presidents. I never cared enough about them to follow what they did every day or spent one second watching the Easter egg hunt or any other White House event. PBO makes us care about every little thing and we all remember the hugs and the story readings and the trips. Thanks so much for capturing some special moments for us.

  8. 34 whatisworking
    December 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks oodles Go Brooklyn. My 2 favorites are “wet President, little girl with pom pom pigtails.

    I also wanted to give a shout out to the brilliant person (or persons) who thought of this idea. Sharing memories is a great way to end the year. It also helps us realize how much has been accomplished and use those accomplishments to recharge our batteries for the year ahead.

    This site just gets better and better. That’s what happens when folks work together and support each other. I am so grateful to Chips for starting it all, and for having the wisdom to allow others to help so the site could continue to grow.

  9. 35 mtmarilyn
    December 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Wonderful memories GB!!! So many that our wonderful msm hasn’t reported on, or just did in passing. We are the keepers of the history of the Obama years. We see the day to day things. This is what I love about this site and all this wonderful TOD family. We will keep these memories and not let history change it.

  10. 36 GGail
    December 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I love your memories….especially the “wet POTUS”. I was so distracted, I couldn’t read what else you wrote

  11. 39 anniebella
    December 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I am watching Steve Harvey interview the President right now.

  12. 42 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    22,998,454 hits Seriously. Midnight. Tonight:)

  13. 43 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    THIS. As I always say, children are born perfect. It’s the “adults” that screw them up. Or not.

  14. December 27, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you GoBrooklyn. I love these choices.

  15. 45 betseyc
    December 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I LOVE these collections of memories! Thanks so much, GB, and all who have done them. I couldn’t believe DonnaDem produced a video in the middle of cooking dinner for a family that included newborn twins! This has been Quite A Year for me, so I haven’t been commenting, but I don’t think I’ve missed a day being here, often many times, and am so grateful for the amazing work Chips and UT and the other blog tyrants do day after day. And the community is so fantastic. I loved Linda’s post yesterday, and loved the fact that she was rewarded for her amazing work in that wonderful way. And I agree with her comment above — this site started great and just gets greater and greater. It’s reaching the supercalifragilistic zone now, as it nears 22,000,000. Love you all!

    I got a letter from the Democrats asking for a year end donation and wrote this: “There is nothing I want more than a Democratic congress next year. But I will not support any Dems who are not supporting President Obama 100%. I understand that some have the feeling they have to distance themselves to get elected, but I think those people are listening to too many pundits and not enough to the Obama Coalition, which is real, alive, and flourishing. I will always vote Dem, but if candidates want my money, my time, and my enthusiasm, they will support the best president we’ve and in my 63 years.”

    It’s a slight exaggeration — I have exactly one week left at 62! 😉

  16. 50 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm
  17. 54 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm
  18. 55 yardarm756
    December 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    And it is so.

  19. 59 anniebella
    December 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    G.W. Bush wiped out a 5.6 trillion dollar surplus in 2 years, and the national debt hit 10 trillion on his watch. Remember how the right wingers screamed about that? No. That’s because they didn’t. But every time the President and First Lady and their family go on vacation all you hear from these haters is what the vacation is costing the taxpayers. I say if you didn’t complain when all the other Presidents went on their vacations, then you ought to shut your freaking mouth now.

    • 60 susanne
      December 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      righteous rant, anniebella. i totally agree–so sick of seeing comments everywhere about the price tag on taking air force one to hawaii. really? just add up all the times it flew to california for reagan, and all the times it flew to texas for shrub, then we’ll talk. pbo goes ONCE A YEAR!! ONCE!

      but of course i didn’t complain about shrub’s vacations because i figured any time he was chopping brush in texas, he was hopefully not making decisions and directing actions from the oval office. conversely, the gopundits are desperately worried whenever president obama is away from his desk for a few days.

  20. 61 No Child Left Behind
    December 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you GoBrooklyn for your memories. They brought a big smile to my face.

  21. 62 dotster3
    December 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks, gb—-excellent choices, every one. All are special. I don’t know how I’d choose. I have so many faves, like every time PBO appears anywhere for any reason. 🙂

  22. December 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Many thanks GB for sharing your favorite moments with us. Hope you are enjoying a lovely Christmas and that 2014 will bring steadily improved health and happiness to you.

  23. 64 donna dem 4 obama
    December 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm

  24. 65 Nena20409
    December 27, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Hello TODbots.

    22, 999, 371 hits.

    Okay. The 27th is it for 23M Hits. Good Afternoon Global TOD Village.

    Judge said NSA is Legal. Never doubted it.

    GB your 2013 Memory Lane is awesome.

  25. 66 susanne
    December 27, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    good morning chips and todville~
    i got a phone call this morning from debbie wasserman-schultz! well, it was pre-recorded, but still–she was talking to me! gearing up for the 2014 election, and don’t we know it. big year ahead, and i’m so glad we have this fun, decent, brilliant, serious, hard working place for gathering and sharing and celebrating our successes.
    aloha oe,

  26. 67 yardarm756
    December 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Oh Canada.

  27. 68 yardarm756
    December 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Selective amnesia?

  28. 71 Nena20409
    December 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    22, 999, 620 hits. Come on TODers, 23M is what I am waiting for. I am sure that once I step off and 23M Hits would be here and gone, and I would have missed it. I am determined not to miss this Milestone.

    So Come On Folks. Let It Role.

    A GOOGLE Drum Roll, Yes 😉

  29. 72 yardarm756
    December 27, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    My fav!

  30. 73 Nena20409
    December 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    22, 999, 841 Very Close indeed.

  31. 74 Nena20409
    December 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Love this little baby. She was trying to copy her uncle, but it looks like she was not interested in his performance.

  32. 75 MightyPamela
    December 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    BOOM! {this is just in case I happen to be the 23millionth hit!!} (hey, how would I know, anyway?) Hi y’all! Trying to take a really really really easy day, even mostly Internet free. It is good! Big hugs all around! 🙂

  33. 76 lockewasright
    December 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    My kids are 7 and 8 years old. Each has lost 2 baby teeth in the front in the last month. I love getting them to stand next to each other and then finding a way to make them smile or laugh so I can get two gap toothed grins at once.

    This parenthood stuff is REALLY entertaining!

  34. 77 dotster3
    December 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Amazing photos from around the world —-sorry for Huff Po link but they’re worth it


  35. 78 Nena20409
    December 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm


    23,000,082 hits

    Unbeatable. 😎

  36. 79 PrayerWarriorforObama
    December 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    23 million! Theobamadiary keeps pressing forward. 23 million congratulations to Chips, her awesome deputies and the rest of the TOD family.

  37. 80 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    HA! I’m an idiot:) I knew it would be today for the 23 million milestone….but I said midnight:) I see what time it is now…I was WAAAAAAY off! Congrats, Chips!!

  38. 82 dotster3
    December 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Maybe a big part of Adam Lanza’s problem was that his whole family was obsessed with guns. I see a bday message was included in the final documents on the Sandy Hook shootings today, which read, “Adam, Happy Birthday. Send me an email when you want to go hiking or shooting. Dad”

  39. 83 ruemara
    December 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    ““You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.”

    That’s right! Do. The. Work.”

    Ok, let’s be frank. This quote honestly applies to so many PL pundits, commentators and all their followers. If there’s one thing they won’t do, it’s work to win.

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