Photo Of The Year: March & April


Your January Winner:

(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)


Your February Winner:

(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)



(1) President Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine (Photo by Pete Souza)

(2) President Obama plays with 5 month-old Vann Carroll during a visit with wounded warriors and their families who were touring the White House, in the East Room (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) President Obama lets a little boy listen to his heartbeat with a stethoscope during a classroom visit at Powell Elementary School in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) President Obama with Pope Francis at the Vatican

(5) President Obama with Pope Francis at the Vatican

(6) First Lady Michelle Obama rides a toboggan at the Great Wall of China in Mutianyu (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

(7) First Lady Michelle Obama hugs daughters Sasha, left, and Malia as they visit the Great Wall of China in Mutianyu, China, March 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

(8) First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson feed apples to giant pandas during their visit to the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, China (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

(9) President Obama tours the Colosseum with Barbara Nazzaro, Technical Director & Architect of the Colosseum, in Rome (Photo by Pete Souza)

(10) President Obama looks at Rembrandt’s “Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul” as he tours the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Photo by Pete Souza)



(1) President Obama walks with Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

(2) Children help President Obama to his feet after he sat on the floor to have a group photo with them during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in the Philippines (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) President Obama views the scene of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., from Marine One (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) First Lady Michelle Obama hugs family pets Sunny and Bo, right, during a video taping in the Map Room of the White House (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

(5) President Obama reaches down to 6-month-old Sabina Johnson, from Beaumont, Texas, who was visiting the Oval Office with her uncle, Elbek Elibaev, for his Make-A-Wish visit at the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(6) President Obama and the Easter Bunny listen as Cam Anthony sings the national anthem during the annual Easter Egg Roll (Photo by Pete Souza)

(7) President Obama visits with children following the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride on the South Lawn of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(8) President Obama stretches to shake the hand of a little girl during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Manila, Philippines (Photo by Pete Souza)

(9) First Lady Michelle Obama visits with families working on crafts at Maryland Fisher House IV at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

(10) Carolina Garcia Delfin, 94, a Filipina nurse who fought in the resistance against Japanese forces during World War II, kisses President Obama after he mentioned her in his remarks to American and Philippine troops at Fort Bonifacio in Manila, Philippines (Photo by Pete Souza)



120 Responses to “Photo Of The Year: March & April”

  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    December 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm


  2. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    December 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

  3. 10 GGail
    December 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Hahahaha! Merry Christmas NW and congrats on First!

  4. December 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

  5. December 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Some people shouldn’t have so many choices and I am one of them. I don’t think I will be disappointed with the pictures that ultimately win.

  6. 13 taiping1
    December 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone! And special thanks to our incredible insouciant Blog Mistress Chips and her companion in arms NerdyWonka!
    Special greetings to Danny: may some of your toys last another day.

  7. December 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Merry Christmas on this great getting up day to all you O’s! Have an exceptionally great day in TODville, where ever you are!!!!

  8. 19 GGail
    December 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for letting the snow fall for today 😀

    • 22 desertflower
      December 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      #51…Kim Jong Un with a batch of “lubricant”…..the look on his face…you might want to skim past this one. Big creep factor. Huge.

  9. 23 sherijr
    December 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    alright I admit, I went with the bunny ears 🙂

    • 24 elo4obama/biden
      December 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Me too! I was like this is what speaks to me today, at this moment. It’s iconic. We will know him by those ears. They are all so cute. WooHoo! Whichever wins. I loved the pic of Flotus with Bo too. Merry Christmas one and all. Much love to you and yours. Hey Chips and Nerdy Wonka. Thank you. You are much appreciated. Chips I thank the stars every day that you started this blog and then asked NW to be your right hand. You guys rock! What would we do without the other main street TOD villagers who keep us informed and laughing, and encouraged even through the tears at times. I find so much to be inspired by here.
      Happy New Years.

    • 26 Betsy
      December 25, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      So did I :D. I think its an iconic picture. I also went with the pope #4 because I love seeing them laugh together.

    • 28 jacquelineoboomer
      December 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      I did, too! But my second choice got #1 (so far). 🙂

  10. 29 yardarm756
    December 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm


    Christmas Day Celebrating the birth of Christ.


    1964 James Bond Goldfinger premiers in the U.S. It was 3rd in the James Bond series and starred Sean Connery as 007.

    1868 Civil War Pres. Johnson grants amnesty to all those who participated in the war, including Jefferson Davis.

    1776 American Revolution Washington makes his famous crossing of the Delaware to attack the Hessians in Trenton, New Jersey.

    1760 First black in America to publish his own poetry Jupiter Hammon publishes An Evening Thought.

    1758 Halley’s Comet As predicted by Sir Edmund Halley, it arrives. This was the first time a comet’s return had been accurately predicted.

    800 Emperor Charlemagne is crowned at St. Peter’s.


    1954 Annie Lennox Scottish singer, with the Eurythmics. Music: Sweet Dreams (1982, #1).

    1949 Sissy Spacek (Mary Elizabeth Spacek), American Oscar-winning actress. Film: Carrie (1976) and Coal Miner’s Daughter (1979, Oscar).

    1948 Barbara Mandrell American country singer. Music: Sleeping Single In a Double Bed (1977, #1). She was the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year (1979) and Entertainer of the Year (1980 and 1981).

    1946 Larry Csonka American Football Hall-of-Famer, Super Bowl VIII MVP.

    1946 Jimmy Buffet American singer, songwriter. Music: Margaritaville (1977) and Cheeseburger in Paradise (1978).

    1945 Gary Sandy American actor. TV: Somerset (Randy Buchanan) and WKRP in Cincinnati (Andy Travis).

    1937 O’Kelly Isley d. 1986 American Grammy-winning singer, with the Isley Brothers. Music: Twist and Shout (1962), This Old Heart of Mine (1966), and It’s Your Thing (1970, Grammy).

    1924 Rod Serling d. 1975 (Rodman Edward Serling), American Emmy-winning writer. Film: Planet of the Apes (1968, writer). TV: The Twilight Zone (producer, creator, and host) and Night Gallery (host).

    1918 Anwar as-Sadat d. 1981 Egyptian president (1970-81), Time magazine’s Man of the Year (1977), and co-winner of the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize (with Menachem Begin).

    1907 Cab Calloway d. 1994 (Cabell Calloway), American singer, bandleader, actor. His orchestra was one of the leading bands of the 1930s and ’40s. Music: Minnie the Moocher (the first million-selling jazz record).

    1889 Lila Bell Acheson Wallace d. 1984 American publisher. She and her husband DeWitt founded Reader’s Digest (1921). It obtained the largest magazine circulation in the world.

    1887 Conrad Hilton d. 1979 American hotel executive. He bought his first hotel in Texas in 1919.

    1880 Johnny Gruelle d. 1938 (John Barton), American children’s author, creator of Raggedy Ann (1917) and Raggedy Andy (1922).

    1876 Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah d. 1948 Indian statesman, founder and first governor (1947-48) of Pakistan.

    1821 Clara Barton d. 1912 American nurse, philanthropist, Mother of the Red Cross. Known as the “Angel of the Battlefield,” she helped organize and was the first president of the American Red Cross Society (1881).

    1642 Sir Isaac Newton d. 1727 English mathematician, philosopher, astronomer. He discovered the three laws of motion, the law of gravity, and invented calculus.


    2006 James Brown b. 1933 American soul singer, “The Godfather of Soul.” Music: I Feel Good (1965) and Living in America (1986).

    2005 Birgit Nilsson b. 1918 (Birgit Märta Svensson), Swedish soprano, famed for her roles in Brunnhilde, Salome, and Elektra.

    1997 Denver Pyle b. 1920 American actor. TV: The Dukes of Hazzard (Uncle Jesse) and The Doris Day Show (1968-70, Buck Webb – Doris Day’s Father).

    1996 JonBenét Patricia Ramsey b. 1990 American child beauty pageant queen, murder victim. Her murder in her Boulder, Colorado home drew national attention.

    1995 Dean Martin b. 1917 (Dino Paul Crocetti), American singer, actor, partner of Jerry Lewis. He boxed professionally under the name “Kid Crochet.”

    1977 Sir Charles Chaplin b. 1889 British silent film actor who endeared audiences with his “little tramp” character. He also co-founded United Artists (1919).

    1973 Ismet Inönü b. 1884 Turkish statesman and its first prime minister (1923-37) and second president (1938-50).

    1952 Dinty Moore b. 1869 (James H. Moore), American restaurateur, known as the “Corned Beef and Cabbage King.”

    1946 W.C. Fields b. 1880 (William Claude Dukenfield), American actor. Film: You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939) and My Little Chickadee (1940). Quote: “A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for” and ” ‘Twas a woman who drove me to drink. I never had the courtesy to thank her.”

    795 Adrian I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 95th Pope (772-795).

  11. December 25, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Ukraine FM Klimkin’s Christmas/New Year’s greeting could not be more meaningful. Crimea will always be Ukraine and the photo is stunningly beautiful.

    Yes We Can

  12. 34 carolyn
    December 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Such riches for March and April! Thank you for this review…..again, the choice was difficult…..but, I also will be happy with whatever picture is chosen for each month. Hope everyone is having a relaxing day………

  13. December 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm

  14. December 25, 2014 at 3:41 pm

  15. December 25, 2014 at 3:44 pm

  16. December 25, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Merry Xmas, friends. Just finished picking up the house as my friend’s coming over for movies and then out to dinner afterwards.

  17. December 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm
  18. 52 desertflower
    December 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Merry Christmas, Chipster:) h/t WashingtonMonthly 🙂

  19. 53 carolyn
    December 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Bob, thank you SO much for this international news. How wonderful are the messages of peace! AND…..a child born on Mt. Sinjar…..a baby to me, is always an affirmation of life and hope. I feel these people feel that way about this baby. May her life be blessed with peace in the near future.

    • December 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      “…. a child born on Mt. Sinjar…..a baby to me, is always an affirmation of life and hope. I feel these people feel that way about this baby. May her life be blessed with peace in the near future.”

      Agree, Carolyn. Thank you!!

  20. 55 JER
    December 25, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  21. 56 JER
    December 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

  22. 57 mtmarilyn
    December 25, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Boy, it sure is hard to choose, although the one of PBO and the P I ope alone is so iconic. I believe it will be historic as the two of them are. And the one with the Filipina nurse is so touching. I believe there should be a whole section for PBO and children. There isn’t one that doesn’t show his love shining thru.

    This is Christmas Day Chips hope you are having a wonderful time with your family. Our children were here for breakfast and then they go to their in laws. We are having a quiet day and then dinner with friends. This is the first time we have had a quiet restful Christmas, I love it.

  23. 58 Nerdy Wonka
    December 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    December 25, 2014 at 4:55 pm


  25. 61 idon
    December 25, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Very very hard choices for March and April but I voted anyway.

  26. 62 arapaho415
    December 25, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    GA TODville, Merry Christmas to one and all (including Lockwasright, who is holding down the fort at work and getting extra $$$ for doing so 😉 ).

    Bobfr posted this upthread, but it was in Italian.

  27. 63 arapaho415
    December 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    DF posted this article earlier today. It’s encouraging that President Obama is getting some recognition for his accomplishments — but what stuck me was the toon (by the article’s author) that appears on the website with this article.

  28. 64 arapaho415
    December 25, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Everything I’ve seen says that “Selma” is THE movie of the year:

    • 65 arapaho415
      December 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Also, thoughtful review by @nytimes @aoscott (he just phoned in his “The Interview” review):

      From the review:
      “I have rarely seen a historical film that felt so populous and full of life, so alert to the tendrils of narrative that spread beyond the frame. While entirely satisfying on its own, “Selma” seems to contain the seeds of at least a dozen other movies… ”

      and concludes:
      “… warm, smart, generous and moving in two senses of the word. It will call forth tears of grief, anger, gratitude and hope. And like those pilgrims on the road to Montgomery, it does not rest.”

  29. December 25, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    So much talent amidst so much hardship …. inspiring ….

  30. 67 globalcitizenlinda
    December 25, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    what choice of photo will I make – hard question, harder choices!

  31. 78 globalcitizenlinda
    December 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    some regard Christmas as the holiday of Peace on Earth;

    photos of PBO and Pope Francis reminds me that the last we heard about the search for the resolution to Israel – Palestine entrenched conflict was when SoS Kerry was visiting the Vatican.

    wondering if there are continued secret meetings going on that may also be later be revealed to have included the Team Obama working with the corporation of the Vatican;

    well may be I dream given how Bibi seems to be more focused on the short term politicking & pleasing his loudest & most radical members of his populace;

    • December 25, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Linda, the involvement of the Vatican with President Obama’s team that resulted in the seismic shift in Cuba, US relations is, for me, an absolute assurance that Pope Francis and President Obama are working the Palestinian, Israeli crisis, big time. The Pope’s invitation to President Peres and President Abbas led to, in June, a remarkable ceremony, as you know ….

      Have little doubt that every day since that gathering that all three of them are doing everything possible to create a sustainable two state solution.

      I also think that Bibi is finished as PM. Israelis can see for themselves that they are being more and more legitimately considered a pariah state and that they will never have peace if they continue their current cruel treatment of non-Jewish Israelis and Palestinians.

      • 80 globalcitizenlinda
        December 25, 2014 at 7:54 pm

        you are correct Dr. Bob (as usual);

        I connected the Cuban Policy shift to the visit by these two leaders to the Vatican & related it to SoS’ Kerry’s visits – we live in hope for a better world where a few leaders strive for peaceful resolutions to entrenched problems so that all of humanity can grow and thrive

        • December 26, 2014 at 1:04 am

          “… we live in hope for a better world where a few leaders strive for peaceful resolutions to entrenched problems so that all of humanity can grow and thrive …”

          IN_DEED we do, Linda. Thank you!!

    • 82 jacquelineoboomer
      December 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Watched Midnight Mass from Bethlehem last evening, and noticed that Pres. Abbas was attending. May have been an Israeli rep, as other faiths and governments were also represented, but not sure. Anyway, Peace on Earth!

  32. December 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    #CorporateGreed is why most Americans aren’t enabled to thrive and truly enjoy their life ….

    Spoke with the store manager at our neighborhood Safeway. Very pleasant person and my comments began with ‘I know you’re not responsible for the store being open.’ Then stated that ‘evil persists when good folk remain silent’ and stated that I’ll never set foot in the store again and will encourage all my neighbors and friends to do likewise. She said the folk working were ‘volunteering’ and receiving ‘holiday pay,’ to which I responded they should have received that ‘holiday pay’ plus a day with their families and if Safeway wanted to be neutral regarding religious holiday celebrations then they could provide the same pay and day off at Thanksgiving (they were open then, as well). She was touched.

    We will only have the quality of society we want if we band together and make it happen. If we focus on #CorporateGreed & #TruthAndReconciliation we will quickly realize just how interconnected avarice, fear and racism are and how the #Kleptocrats leverage fear and racism in service of their avarice. We’d also never see a US Federal Government operate a #TortureRegime ever again because America would stop waging wars of choice (Vietnam, Iraq) & when confronted with an evil like 9/11 would approach whatever military response with the precision demonstrated over and over again by President Obama. Oh, and BTW, we wouldn’t be fueling the kind of fierce hatred for the US that our immoral, #NEOCONSTER support for Israel has generated in thousands of Madrasa, world wide – 9/11 being the off-spring of that hatred.

    Yes We Can

    • 87 mtmarilyn
      December 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you Bob. I didn’t know they were open today. We have 2 Safeway’s in our town and last month they were bought out by local owners. So excited to have local ownership.

  33. 89 Anna
    December 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Merry Christmas to Chips and all at TOD. Peace and happiness to all at this wonderful site.

  34. December 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm

  35. 92 globalcitizenlinda
    December 25, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    that was hard, but I made choices for my photos & FINALLY voted;

  36. 93 Eveingeorgia
    December 25, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Na Merry, Merry Christmas to everyone at TOD!

  37. 94 vcprezofan2
    December 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Late to the village, sure, but not too late to share my hope that you’ve all had/been having a very, very …!

  38. 106 amk for obama
    December 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    thx bt.

  39. December 25, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I hope everyone had a wonderful day no matter how it was spent.

  40. December 26, 2014 at 5:01 am

    VC, Why not have weighted voting? I wanted to vote for pics # 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 9.

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