Photo Of The Year: January & February




 (1) Golfing at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe

(2) First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a “Let’s Move!” public service announcement with 2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat players LeBron James, left, and Dwyane Wade, in the Map Room of the White House (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

(3) President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Personal Secretary Anita Decker react to a video on Decker’s computer monitor in the Outer Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) President Obama waits with Sergeants at Arms and Members of Congress before entering the House Chamber to deliver the State of the Union address. Standing with the President are, from left: Paul Irving, House Sergeant at Arms; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; and Terrance Gainer, Senate Sergeant at Arms (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) @petesouza: POTUS at Costco in Lanham, Md.

(6) President Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

(7) First Lady Michelle Obama poses for a selfie with Ryan Seacrest after taping a “Let’s Move!” interview at E! Networks in Los Angeles (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

(8) First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden tape a Super Bowl message honoring troops and veterans, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

(9) @petesouza: Pres Obama and CoS Denis McDonough walk along the Colonnade

(10) President Obama holds a baby while greeting patrons at The Coupe restaurant in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Souza)



(1) First Lady greets Boston students after they performed for Gov. Assoc. spouses (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

(2) President Obama returns the salute from Tommie Okabayashi, one of the members of the group of Japanese American WWII veterans, during a meeting in the Oval Office to congratulate them on their Congressional Gold Medal (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk down the Cross Hall to the 2014 National Governors Association Dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden participate in a “Let’s Move!” video taping on the Colonnade of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) President Barack Obama poses for a selfie with Bill Nye, left, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson in the Blue Room prior to the White House Student Film Festival (Photo by Pete Souza)

(6) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama before the State Dinner for President François Hollande of France (Photo by Pete Souza)

(7) President Obama helps First Lady Michelle Obama off the stage after thanking the White House chefs during the State Dinner for President François Hollande (Photo by Pete Souza)

(8) A local resident waves as President Obama travels by motorcade en route to Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md. (Photo by Pete Souza)

(9) President Obama participates in an interview with Zach Galifianakis for “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(10) President Obama signs the guest book following a tour of Monticello with President François Hollande of France in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo by Pete Souza)


Chips: Thanks a gazillion to VC for this outstandingly excellent idea, and for all her work compiling the photos. We’ve added a few more options for every month – there’ll be 10 choices for each – so between now and the end of the year you can choose your favorite in each monthly poll, and then you’ll be confronted with the nightmarish decision of picking your favorite from the final twelve.

As soon as the new batch of photos is posted – every day or two – the voting ends in the previous one, so get mooooooving!

192 Responses to “Photo Of The Year: January & February”

  1. December 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Oh, I think this is really IMPOSSIBLE. Too much goodness in each and every one!!

  2. 7 mtmarilyn
    December 23, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    It is hard to choose.

  3. December 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Oh no, VC has been given access to the executive bathroom. Katie bar the door! All right, let me look at these pics.

    • December 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      😆 😆 TOD will NEVER be the same!!

    • 20 vcprezofan2
      December 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      😯 Lib_l!!

      Is that any way to welcome me aboard? Fine, be that way, I’ll continue to use the regular TODvillage bathroom. See if I care!

      • December 24, 2014 at 12:08 am

        Oh, VC, I only tease those I adore.

        • 22 vcprezofan2
          December 24, 2014 at 12:26 am

          I should hope so! 😉 But to be on the ‘safe’ side, I’m staying over the side of the non-executive b/room. Wouldn’t want to encounter a misplaced spider or slug where neither is expected. (CC knows how I feel about slugs.)

          Seriously, I’ll probably soon be singing in your ear for quiet assistance. Right now I can’t imagine ever filling this role adequately, and given the high bar you others have set, I’m quite unexpectedly nervous. For now, I’ve decided not to move in until after both holidays.

  4. 23 GGail
    December 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Chips – what is it with you and the number 10?

    VC, I thought when I chose the pictures the other day – that I was done! Decisions like this causes confusion and then I lose track of what Year I’m in 😯

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      December 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      It’s 2012, GGail. You’ll be fine. 🙂

    • 25 vcprezofan2
      December 23, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      ‘this causes confusion and then I lose track of what Year I’m in’

      We love you, Gx2. See, we created this confusion of choices to give you a path out of the 2012 jam you created for yourself.

      • December 23, 2014 at 10:55 pm

        VC, I think you did an excellent job picking the best 10 pics of each month. Two questions: why must we chose only one for each month? Why not Chose all of your 10 pics of each month?

        • 27 vcprezofan2
          December 23, 2014 at 11:31 pm

          Thanks Nat, but I didn’t choose all of those. Chips Chica, my senior editor, is being kind. 🙂

          Why must we choose = we are trying to narrow things down to a ….ta-da! ….”2014 Picture of the Year” TOD-style. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if TOD ends up with 12 ‘PicturE of the Year’!!!! 😀

  5. 28 GGail
    December 23, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    All of the ones in February are so touching, I’m about to cry because I can’t make up my mind!


  6. 37 idon
    December 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    The January pick was easy because the most powerful image was PBO as the Master of Universe standing tall in a sea of smallness and pettiness (IMAGE #4) – very very powerful image. February was much harder because I loved the way PBO smiled at FLOTUS in her magnificient blue gown or PBO helping FLOTUS down from the stage like the consummate gentleman that he is. I chose the former – it was the smile.

  7. 41 Linda
    December 23, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    A poll of cable news hosts found that Andrea Mitchell, not Rachel Maddow, was voted the best host on MSNBC.

    Mediaite polled dozens of cable news hosts on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News and asked them who the best and worst hosts were on the three cable networks. In a surprise, MSNBC’s noon host Andrea Mitchell was the runaway winner of the best host voting.


    I can’t stop laughing…..

  8. December 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm

  9. 44 Allison
    December 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

  10. 49 Linda
    December 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm


    Huh ?

  11. 50 GGail
    December 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    It appears that Jan #4 and Feb #7 are receiving the most votes…so far

  12. December 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Great photos! Can’t beat the President and the First Lady together.

  13. 52 globalcitizenlinda
    December 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Paging the vote stealer karl rove – I need to know how to “steal” the votes here;

    problem is that I love all the photos but I had to make the hard call and choose (after going back and forth a number of times) – life is really “hard”;

  14. December 23, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Good Evening TODVille!

    Did I understand correctly that the Pope has just gone rogue on his Cardinals, calling them names and stating that some have gotten compassion Alzheimer??? Wow. I can’t stop laughing.

    Congrats DesertFlower on your evening gold, that is after the close of Wall Street break through. ⭐

  15. 57 Allison
    December 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm

  16. 59 JER
    December 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm

  17. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    December 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    pondering how forward-looking people can continue helping PBO’s agenda become the continuous headline and obscure the gop as they are force to react to it over the next two years ;

    about now, many in the gop are “jumping” from one PBO-generated headline to another and they look unsteady – how can we help PBO to keep it this way?

  18. 61 carolyn
    December 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    How difficult to make a choice! I did love them all…..each for a different reason. In January I chose the one of Michelle and Jill….I love those two women together and what they’ve done for veterans and service families. I chose PBO helping his lovely wife down the step in February…..and President Hollande looking on…..can I say, longingly? That picture just epitomized the elegance and class of these two wonderful people.

    Regarding January picture #4, which I also really liked, it reminded me that we never have to see Eric Cantor’s picture again! Something to rejoice about.

  19. 62 JER
    December 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

  20. 63 Vicki
    December 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    VC—-I love this posting!!! And not to be argumentative with others I found my choices Jumped out at me. Not hard to decide at all.
    Thank you, vc and I will be looking forward to each and every entry.

  21. December 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm

  22. 65 JER
    December 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm

  23. December 23, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    All right everyone, check out this awesome website: http://librarianwardrobe.com/

    Your friendly TOD librarian might send in a picture. Because I dress awesome.

  24. 72 arapaho415
    December 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Wouldja look at that.

    The quiet one is now a BT, who has given TODville an impossible assignment.

    Congrats on your BT status, vc.

    Thanks so much for your kind words about my 2014 memorable moments. Running behind, as usual, haven’t had a chance to offer my thanks to everyone’s gracious comments this morning. Much appreciated. 🙂

    Great that you’ve given us the online survey — compilation should be much easier for you, though choosing won’t be easy for any of us.

    • December 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you Arapaho for your 2014 ‘memorable moments’!! Very much enjoyed it.

    • 76 sjterrid
      December 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Arapaho, thank you for sharing your favorite 2014 memories. You highlighted for me one of the great things I love about President Obama, his interaction with youth leaders all around the world. I really like all the photos from when he went to North Dakota.

      • 77 arapaho415
        December 23, 2014 at 9:46 pm

        Thanks, sjterrid.

        The ND photos had it all.

        PBO beaming, secret service guys looking serious, adorable children in their tribal finest, chubby babies and FLOTUS looking splendid in emerald green . Couldn’t ask for anything more.

    • 78 jackiegrumbacher
      December 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Arapaho, your list of memorable moments set the gold standard that everyone will have to aspire to. How wonderful of you to take the time to think it all through and put it all together so beautifully.

      • 79 vcprezofan2
        December 23, 2014 at 10:27 pm

        ‘Arapaho, your list of memorable moments set the gold standard’

        Exactly, JackieG! I did the smart thing (for me) after enjoying it and added ‘x2’ to the comments. 😉 😉

      • 80 arapaho415
        December 23, 2014 at 10:36 pm

        Aw shucks, thanks JackieG and vc.

        I owe it all to Chips and the many wonderful posts here at TOD — that’s where most of the tweets came from.

        I saw that @MTV tweet/video after the Tribal Nations Conference in December and hoped that Obots here at TOD would want to see it as much as I enjoyed watching it — I think @MTV made a mistake by not posting on YouTube so that it could be embedded in a tweet — hard for the video to become viral.

        Chips is the one who pulled found and posted all the photographs — I just sent her links to the TOD posts on President Obama’s April trip to Asia and his trip to Standing Rock in June. She really made my notes to her in an e-mail come to life!

        Thanks again, Chips!!!

  25. December 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    This is great — so many terrific photos! OK, I will do my best to choose in the absence of an “all of the above” selection. 🙂

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      December 23, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      ‘in an absence of an “all of the above’ selection’

      That made me laugh, Kat! I could actually see the majority of folks here clicking ‘all of the above’ for almost every month!

    • December 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Yes indeed, Kat4Obama! I also would have liked to see a choice of “all the above.”

      • 84 vcprezofan2
        December 23, 2014 at 11:32 pm

        You indecisive souls! 🙂 🙂 Then each month we’d end up with ‘all of the above’ as the top pick.

        • December 24, 2014 at 12:23 am

          I plead guilty about being “indecisive” and unable to chose. I actually did vote (#6 for January and #7 for February). At the same time, I don’t see what’s wrong with having 10 pics for each month that capture different moments in the President’s life? In any case, I commend you for all your time and energy in selecting these fabulous pics. You are really such a caring and sweet soul.

  26. 89 arapaho415
    December 23, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    MSM/Comcast/Kochs did their jobs, propelling the abhorrent greed known as the GOP into office last month:

    • December 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      You know what, “F” those Americans because they should have voted 11-4-14. Well the ones who voted I hope you know I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about that 64% who didn’t vote..

    • 91 99ts
      December 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      ALWAYS it is a left leaning government that can build an economy by allowing EVERYONE to share in the success. Always the media and the GOP lie about the benefits of a right wing economy.

      My country is in the process of heading down the tubes (which we did not do in 2007/8) because of the stupid of voting for a right wing government – ONE TERM ONLY

  27. 92 a4alice
    December 23, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I like your picture choices VC!

    Here’s something that passed me by on Timeline

  28. December 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I chose the one of the woman waving to him from her front yard, because it signifies to me the people who love him and for whom he fights every day.

  29. December 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    MSNBC *seems* to be taking a break from Obama bashing (at least the past couple of days)…going as far as pointing out how wrong the Republican/ conservative pundit predictions have been about the economy, Obamacare, etc. Wonder about this about face.

    • 96 0388jojothecat
      December 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      I was flipping channels and landed on Tweeties show and before I could change the channel they were talking about 016′ candidates. Tweety said “she had nobmore information about WMD than the rest of us but she voted yes and we voted no”. I could not believe my ears when he and all the media was for the war and how he said war wax sexy. These people have no shame.

  30. December 23, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Any picture of POTUS ,FLOTUS,Malia and Sasha gets my vote.

  31. December 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm

  32. December 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    VC, I pick all.

    Excellent compilation!

  33. 101 amk for obama
    December 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    what only up to Feb? #lazy

  34. December 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Great choices vc. While I think cute and good looking is important I think brains are really sexy. Give me one of those three guys on a date any day.
    Jan is a no brainer. PBO in the midst of fools. He looks like a giant of a man.
    Chips and bt’s are awesome!

  35. 111 amk for obama
    December 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I am on the road to see daughter unit 350 klicks away and am on pay as you use ripoff from the cell phone company.

    You owe me $0.69 so far.

  36. December 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    The pictures are wonderful.

  37. 119 sjterrid
    December 23, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    VC, so glad you are now a bt. Thanks again for doing this. It was hard enough doing this a few days ago, and now I have even more photos to choose from! I picked the SOTU picture from January, and the President helping Michelle off the stage at the State Dinner for the French President.

  38. 120 desertflower
    December 23, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I just paid $1.89/gal for gas tonight…it took me about $16.00 to FILL MY CAR! Thanks, President Obama!!!!

    • 121 amk for obama
      December 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      And I just paid $1 for a fracking liter.

    • 122 arapaho415
      December 23, 2014 at 9:55 pm


      Since my inclination is to move as quickly as possible off of fossil fuels, higher gas prices made sense intellectually, but reality was painful when gas was edging close to $5/gallon here in SoCal.

      I’ve mentioned before that when I was in high school (before the 1973 oil crisis), gas was about $1/gallon — adjusted for inflation, that would be $6/gallon now. Would never have believed back then that gas would be cheaper 40 years later.

  39. 123 99ts
    December 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I just luv the photo of PBO waiting to deliver the state of the union address – the next one should be fabulous

    VC this is a delight

  40. 125 amk for obama
    December 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    If only the thugs had cooperated with the kenyan 10%, I wonder how the economy would be now. Still can’t get over the fact the traitorous bastids were rewarded by the idjit voters.

  41. 129 japa21
    December 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Well, it should be obvious to everyone which one I voted for in January. February was really tough. Finally voted for number 2, not just because of the respect shown the CiC, but also for the respect the CiC shows to current and ex-members of the military.

    Of course neither is going to win, but I can’t help it if so few people have the total awareness of what is most important as I do.

  42. 144 japa21
    December 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Simply beautiful, both photographically and symbolically

    . https://twitter.com/arabthomness/status/547513033661374464

  43. 148 vcprezofan2
    December 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Well! Well! This is where I needed to be this entire afternoon. I had an absolutely unexpected and awful afternoon! Signing in as soon as I could and running my eye down the thread has already done wonders for my morale.

    Thanks so much Chips for adding a heap, a heap o’ pizazz, plus zip and zap (are they the same thing?), to TOD’s newest soon-to-be annual feature! You are a really good model and master picture finder – when you’re not being a rabblerouser. Thanks for this!

    {{Chips Chica}}

  44. December 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Some musical beauty to celebrate Christmas, Bach’s Magnificat in D Major, A chorale with orchestra based on the Canticle of Mary, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” It’s about 28 minutes. Beautiful voices and instrumentation.

  45. 154 desertflower
    December 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm

  46. 160 desertflower
    December 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Bite me, Mitt. You’re making a boatload of cash right now…because of what PBO has done to guide this economy. Freaking hilarious

    • 161 99ts
      December 23, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      The person who didn’t complain – and supported the President – and bought the stocks when all were selling was Warren Buffet – he earns his success – supports companies that make things – doesn’t trade against the countries interests and doesn’t buy to “strip and sell”

      Romney makes money by causing grief and sadness.

  47. 162 susanne
    December 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    aloha chips and tod ohana!
    our president is apparently having a great time being private and not being photographed… at least i haven’t found any pictures yet!
    meanwhile, i saw this and thought i must share it with liberal librarian:


    a hui hou!

  48. 163 desertflower
    December 23, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    For those that celebrate Christmas and want to track Santa’s whereabouts…this is the link tomorrow:)


  49. 167 jacquelineoboomer
    December 23, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Chips and VC – This is a magnificent collection! Thanks for doing this uplifting contest!

    • 168 vcprezofan2
      December 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      On behalf of the boss and I, you are most welcome, JO’B! It was really, truly a pleasure and a great way to reminds ourselves of some of the positives of the past year.

      No question PBO, FLOTUS, VPJoe, Dr. Jill and the O-Admin bring lots of joy by their very presence and their involvement. What happened often this past year is that the naysayers and non-workers gobbled up a lot of the air. These are like air freshener, IMO.

  50. December 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    More Christmas spirit from Nat King Cole. He was my mom’s favorite for Christmas Carols:

  51. 177 amk for obama
    December 23, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I hacked into the polls & voted for all.

    Beware, I can just take it away. Yours too.

  52. 186 99ts
    December 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    What an amazing day – other than vc’s wonderful thread – my cleaning lady came – on Christmas Eve!! – to sparkle my house up for Christmas – I haven’t been able to convince her to come back for the cleanup – but guess there needs to be some give and take in this relationship.

    All that is left to do is send Mr 99 to the shop for what I forgot yesterday and make the dessert. Some days, life is good.

    • 187 vcprezofan2
      December 23, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      It’s Christmas Eve here tomorrow, and I didn’t get much done today because of an unexpected turn of events – do you think your cleaning lady will come tomorrow to give me a hand? It would be much appreciated.

      • 188 99ts
        December 23, 2014 at 10:41 pm

        She has stayed for over 8 years! – no way am I letting her outside of the country – sorry vc 🙂

        • 189 vcprezofan2
          December 23, 2014 at 11:14 pm

          Thanks /snark/ friend! After 8 years she could be allowed a brief, very brief trip to help a friend. Just remembered the saying ‘If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, you’ll know it’s meant to be’, or something like that. 😀

  53. 190 sherijr
    December 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Aw VC thank you for doing this for us. Well January was an easy pick for me, #4 is such a standout photo in my opinion- POTUS all commanding and in charge. February.. is hard, I like them all… lemme go look again ~

    • 191 vcprezofan2
      December 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Glad you like them, Sherij. Trust all’s well in your corner…. and in the newest grandson’s.

      • 192 sherijr
        December 24, 2014 at 7:33 am

        g’morning vc & Merry Christmas Eve… have not seen my wee grandson- will spend Christmas Day with him and my son’s in-laws 🙂 However, my darling 7 yr old granddaughter Rylie spent the night with us.. she beat me at ‘go fish’ ate me out of house and home and already made my Christmas perfect 🙂 🙂 Hoping all is well with you too~

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