Archive for December 26th, 2014

26
Dec
14

2014: Japa’s Most Memorable Moments

by Japa

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(by Pete Souza)

The Timex Man

This is really an expansion of a comment I made earlier.  And it is representative of how I view the year 2014 and what truly will make it, in years to come, perhaps the most memorable year of President Obama’s two terms.

I had originally told Chips that I was going to come up with a memorable moment for each month.  Then I was trying to look for a memorable moment for each day.  The fact is, there were not many days that did not provide its own memorable moment and some days had more than one.

So then I tried to look at the entire year to see what all those possible memorable moments had in common and what the overall theme of this year was.   And quite simply, as I was doing my considering I realized what our President reminded of…the old Timex commercials.

Basically, the commercials would show a Timex watch being subjected to all kinds of abuse, then there would be a close-up showing the watch still working.  The tag line was “Timex, it takes a licking but keeps on ticking.”

And that is what this year has been like for the President.  It started with all the abuse he was subjected to concerning Obamacare.  Some of it was hangover from the initial website problems, but it kept building because of what supposed to be a failure of sufficient enrollment.  Of course, President Obama kept his cool when all others were starting to panic (except those of us who knew better).  He kept on ticking.

It continued on and on.  Putin invaded Crimea and all we were subjected to, from the media and the right and the left, were how strong and leaderlike Putin was and how the President had obviously been outplayed by a master.  Again, we knew better, even when the rest of the country was, in their hearts, laughing at him.  But he kept on ticking.

Then came the ISIS crisis.  Again, we were told he was too late and too little.  Some of us knew better and he kept on ticking.

Then came election season.  He was excoriated by the right, with all the GOP candidates trying to make the election about the evil socialist in the White House.  And of course all the Dem candidates (though not all) trying to keep an arm’s distance, and sometimes even more, from him.  But he kept on ticking.

Then came all the post election analysis and how the voters rejected his policies and how the right crowed and how the left complained that he hadn’t done enough or he had hurt them by doing too much.  And the media declared his next two years to be the lamest of all lame ducks.  But he kept on ticking, and ticking and ticking.

Sue Duvall Smith calls him the energizer President.  He is so much more, though that is definitely a side to him.  He is beyond the “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan.  He is something truly special and quite possibly, more than any other year, 2014 is emblematic of just what he is and what he means to the country and specially to us at TOD.

Yes, there have been many memorable moments in 2014 and I have truly enjoyed reliving them with my fellow TODvillians.  Just like there have many other instances than those I have listed above.
But to me, looking back from some point in the future, I think I will consider 2014 as the memorable year of his Presidency.  He has taken a licking but he keeps on ticking.

He is The Timex Man.

26
Dec
14

Photo Of The Year: May & June

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Your March Winner:

President Obama with Pope Francis at the Vatican

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Your April Winner:

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)

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May

(1) President Obama greets 95-year-old Lewis Coffield, a retired U.S. Army Corporal and “buffalo soldier,” at Stewart Air National Guard Base prior to departure from Newburgh, N.Y., May 28, 2014. With them is fellow “buffalo soldier” Sanders H. Matthews, Sr., 93, a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (Photo by Pete Souza)

(2) First Lady Michelle Obama tours the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kan., May 16, 2014. Stephanie Kyriazis, Chief of Interpretation and Education, leads the tour (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

(3) First Lady Michelle Obama and student performers react to seeing President Barack Obama as he drops by the White House Talent Show, hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in the East Room of the White House, May 20, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) President Obama hold Silas McComb, son of Sean McComb, National Teacher of the Year, and Sarah McComb, in the Blue Room prior to the Teacher of the Year event in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) President Barack Obama hugs children participating in the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, in the the East Garden Room of the White House, May 29, 2014. The President met with the group indoors when their South Lawn event was canceled due to weather (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

(6) A soldier hugs President Obama following his remarks at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(7) President Obama greets guests during a Federal Judges Association reception in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(8) President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama during her remarks at an Affordable Care Act reception in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

(9) President Obama greets children as he walks back to the White House from the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., May 21, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(10) First Lady Michelle Obama joins students from Lame Deer Junior High School for a group photo in the China Room of the White House, prior to the White House Talent Show hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, May 20, 2014 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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June

(1) President Obama walks to lunch at Chipotle restaurant with, from left, Shirley Young, Lisa Rumain, Shelby Ramirez and Roger Trombley before he attends the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(2) President Obama greets Zoe Mahan, daughter of Hunter and Kandi Mahan, during a reception for the 2013 President’s Cup championship golf teams in the Blue Room of the White House, June 24, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) WWII veterans greet President Obama following the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 6, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) President Barack Obama visits with a departing United States Secret Service agent and his wife as their son dives into a couch in the Oval Office, June 23, 2014 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

(5) First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a private memorial service for Dr. Maya Angelou at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel in Winston-Salem, N.C., June 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

(6) President Obama jokes with a youngster while walking down Grand Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., June 26, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(7) President Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama, greets a young boy during the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration at the Cannon Ball powwow grounds during a visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation in Cannon Ball, N.D., June 13, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

 

(8) President Barack Obama kisses a baby girl as he and Vice President Joe Biden greet wounded warriors and their families during their tour in the East Room of the White House, June 23, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(9) President Obama greets WWII veterans on stage during the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 6, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(10) President Barack Obama greets introducer Rebekah Erler’s son before delivering remarks on the economy at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis, Minn., June 27, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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See January and February here, and March and April here

Continue reading ‘Photo Of The Year: May & June’

26
Dec
14

2014: Eric Wolfson’s Most Memorable Moments

by EricWolfson

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1. The first New World Pope meets the first African-American President

2. President Obama receives a tip of the hat from a WWII veteran while celebrating the 70th anniversary of D-Day at “Democracy’s Beachhead.”

3. President Obama speaks at the newly-opened National September 11th Memorial & Museum, flanked by an eerie reminder of the brave lives lost.

4. A ray of light in an otherwise tough year for African-American youth, President Obama launches his My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

5. President Obama shuts down Boehner’s lawsuit against him in 7 words or less: “I’ve got a better idea: DO SOMETHING.”

6. President Obama “set the record straight” by giving Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris a long-overdue Medal Of Honor

7. President Obama makes a rare presidential visit to Dakota Indian Country

8. President Obama became the first president to wear a tan suit EVER

9. President Obama takes French President Hollande to the home of America’s greatest Francophile—Thomas Jefferson

10. President Obama becomes the first president to do his own birthday shopping in a thrift-store

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See all the ‘2014 Most Memorable Moments’ here

26
Dec
14

Early Bird Rise & Shine

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet military personnel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Christmas Day in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

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