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Dec
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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


77 Responses to “2014: Eric Wolfson’s Most Memorable Moments”


  1. December 26, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Love, love, love these Eric, ginoooooooormous thanks for contributing, you Exceptional Excellent thing!

  2. 8 japa21
    December 26, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Eric, great selection. I specially love the tan suit one. Chips congrats on being first, and it is without a shadow of a doubt both a morally and legally and legitimately first.

  3. 25 mtmarilyn
    December 26, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Love Eric’s choices. Thank you to Arapaho, JOB, Kat4Obama all for their wonderful choices. It really has been a great year, people just don’t know it because the msm tells a different story. Krugman’s piece this morning was great. I want someone to show me a red state that is doing great by having all Repub governing it. Is there one?

  4. 27 desertflower
    December 26, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Good morning everyone…Must Read from Michael Grunwald 🙂

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/12/everything-is-awesome-113801.html#.VJx33P_CAA

    This bah-humbug brand of moral superiority has flourished since the crisis: How dare you celebrate this or that piece of economic data when so many Americans are still hurting? It’s awkward to argue with that view, since many Americans are indeed still hurting. But the economic data keep showing that fewer Americans are hurting every month. No one is satisfied with 5.8 percent unemployment, but it’s way better than the 10 percent we had in 2010 or the 11 percent Europe has today. Declining child poverty and household debt and personal bankruptcies are also worth celebrating. Better is better than worse. Whether or not you think Obamacare had anything to do with the slowdown in medical cost growth, it’s a good thing that Medicare’s finances have improved dramatically, extending the solvency of its trust fund by an estimated 13 years. It’s a good thing that U.S. wind power has tripled and solar power has increased tenfold in five years. And while it’s true that the meteoric rise of the stock market since 2009 has produced windfalls for Wall Street, it has also replenished state pension funds and 401(k) retirement plans and labor union coffers. It definitely beats the alternative.
    Let’s face it: The press has a problem reporting good news. Two Americans died of Ebola and cable TV flipped out; now we’re Ebola-free and no one seems to care.

    He continues……read on the link:)

    • 28 japa21
      December 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

      The media depends on bad news to survive. Americans are best understood by the number of people who slow down to gawk at an accident. The media knows this and looks for as many equivalents of car accidents as it can. If a couple days go by without accidents, the media will try to create one.

      There is an old saying, “No news is good news”. To the media “Good news is no news” and they are in the news business. What they don’t realize is that there is also a hunger out there for good news but when the media doesn’t present any good news, people tend to believe there is none.

  5. December 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Great selection, Eric.

    Morning everyone. Was Santa good to you all? My friend G came over last night. We streamed The Interview for free. By the time the movie ended I knew I would’ve been pissed if I had paid $14 to see it. And then we went to Sizzler’s. Don’t judge.

    Must read article follows.

  6. 48 GGail
    December 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Eric, you choose some great moments! “Do something” is my fav. Thanks Eric for posting! Hope you are enjoying the Holiday Season 🙂

  7. 50 sherijr
    December 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Love this Eric.. never knew about the ‘thrift store shopping’ … just one more of the million reasons to love our President 🙂

  8. December 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Great selection Eric – some of these I had not remembered – so it’s great to have a review!

    Well of course, there wouldn’t be a “memorable moments” without #TANSUIT!!!

  9. December 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Great photos, thanks!

  10. December 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    “And there’s more. For example, at the end of 2014, the Obama administration’s foreign policy, which tries to contain threats like Vladimir Putin’s Russia or the Islamic State rather than rushing into military confrontation, is looking pretty good.

    The common theme here is that, over the past year, a U.S. government subjected to constant bad-mouthing, constantly accused of being ineffectual or worse, has, in fact, managed to accomplish a lot. On multiple fronts, government wasn’t the problem; it was the solution. Nobody knows it, but 2014 was the year of “Yes, we can.””

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/26/opinion/paul-krugman-tidings-of-comfort.html

  11. December 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    “I’m shocked that he’s shocked.

    Waldmann’s issue is the relationship between government spending and growth in recent years, which everyone on the right knows has been negative, but is actually positive. Why, he asks, didn’t they look up the data — which takes only a few seconds on FRED — before making their claims?

    But this is typical; it applies to issues across the board. The same people know that growth has been much faster since financial deregulation and the Reagan tax cuts, except that it hasn’t; they know that Reagan was the only president to oversee the creation of millions of jobs, because there never was a Clinton boom; they know that there has been unprecedented growth in government spending under Obama, when the reality is the opposite. At this point you shouldn’t be surprised.

    Still, why this failure to do even the simplest homework? In general, people on the right seem to do economic history (and probably history in general) using the principle of 1066 And All That: “history is what you remember”, often what you sort of think you remember. They hear everyone around them saying stuff, repeat it, and that becomes what everyone knows; the idea of checking the facts themselves never seems to arise, indeed is almost anathema. I’ve had conversations in which people belligerently assert “I’m not impressed by your charts — you’ll never convince me that government spending has fallen under Obama.” Don’t bother me with facts!”

  12. December 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Great selection of moments, Eric — great post, Chips! We will never forget the day our nation was rocked to its foundations by the flailing of Presidential fashion critics who had never seen a tan suit before and feared it might bring about the End of Days. Yet our great ship of state righted itself and sailed proudly, tanly, onward.

  13. 63 Linda
    December 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Obama Saves His Best For Last

    Obama likes the final stretch. It’s liberating for him, quite clearly. And clarifying for the rest of us. My point is a simple one: the long game has always mattered to this presidency, and we are now very much in the fourth quarter. That’s when Obama has always been strongest. And the story of this presidency isn’t close to being told yet.

    http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/12/23/a-good-closer/

  14. 67 GGail
    December 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Story headlined on Google News this morning…
    http://metro.co.uk/2014/12/26/how-will-manchester-united-line-up-against-newcastle-united-4999227/

    Reality today’s results…ManU 3, Newcastle 1

    😀 😀

    • December 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      😆 Whaaaaaaat have we done to our GGail, she’s now reading English newspaper match previews for (proper) football games 😆

      • 69 GGail
        December 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm

        I happened to come across it and knew the final score so I thought to bring it here for your reading pleasure – GOOOOOOOOOAL 😀

        • 70 GGail
          December 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm

          Okay, true confession time
          I had to play field hockey when in primary school in Detroit. As a young girl from the south, playing this game with sticks in Detroit was STOOPID. So when as an adult, I thought it was dumb for men to be running up and down a field chasing a ball with few scoring. Now that I know the rules and a more evolved adult, I have acquired an appreciation for the game. 🙂

  15. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    December 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Chips – and Eric – these are fantastic! As usual, I’m all choked up! Beautiful memories, all.

  16. December 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Good afternoon everyone.. Hope you are all getting somewhat if a rest up from yesterday & the days previous to that.
    Really loved your picks Eric They’re Great!..But then you never fail in my eyes 😉 “Do something” is my favorite too!

    I watched The Interview this morning, of course it was crap. I would never have thought of watching it had they not originally said we might not get to see it. Something about telling me no that just doesn’t work well. I am glad I saw it, but certainly will not recommend it.

    Thanks for this great post Chips, and congrats on Furst!! Have a great day everyone 😉

    ” You cannot be a selective civil rights activist. You either believe in rights for all or none.”

  17. December 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    ooops, copied my email signature. I try to always spell check my post before I send them with my email spellchecker!

  18. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    December 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    1. Why is this annoying, torturous, serves no purpose, computer destroying, gross snow back?

    2. To those writing crap about Chelsea, I laugh at you. Why? Because it’s clear you want your team to be as great as Chelsea and it’s not. Your team sucks. It’s just a fact of life.

    3. Why is this snow back?


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