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2014: Hopefruit’s Most Memorable Moments

By Hopefruit

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In chronological order:

1 The Affordable Care Act poised for success – Phase I: February 2014

Funny or Die “Between Two Ferns” skit with Zach Galifianakis – As only PBO could do, the WH went around the media to reach young people about signing up for the ACA.   And what a moment that was! Digital and print media exploded; PBO’s appearance on the show went viral within a few hours – and in just one week, generating more hits than Justin Beiber’s appearance on the same program.  The skit was just funny, clever, and entertaining to many of us TODers who were pretty well-informed about the ACA.  But to millions of young people, it was a source of unfiltered info about an important quality-of-life decision. This was a success on all counts – saw a sharp uptick in referrals to healthcare.gov, and got thousands of young people to sign up. And later in the year, the skit went on to win not just an Emmy nomination, but the program’s first Emmy Award.

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2 The Affordable Care Act poised for success- Phase II: April 2014

ACA signups meet/exceed goal of 6M signups, with 7.1 million in initial enrollment period. This represented not just a psychological victory for PBO/ACA supporters after months of mockery of the website glitch and predictions of gloom by MSM pundiots and GOPers, but a tangible improvement in the lives of millions of ordinary Americans who for the first time could have affordable health insurance.  Ezra Klein stopped waiting for hold music and at some point, the MSM and GOP grudgingly conceded that running to repeal Obamacare was a useless exercise.

More here

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3 Day after Nov 2014 Midterms – President Obama’s Press Conference

I don’t think there was a single Obot, TODer, genuine Dem who didn’t feel deflated, demoralized, discouraged, depressed, the day after the Nov 2014 midterms.  The voter turnout was abysmal; the GOP made gains in the house and had won the Senate – pretty much fulfilling the prophecy of the corrupt media and their year-long polling propaganda effort.  The GOP and their MSM allies were damn near euphoric….So we were all prepared to see PBO come out and speak in somber, carefully calibrated words to put a reasonable spin on a catastrophic outcome. However, by the time PBO finished his press conference – many in the MSM/GOP were left scratching their heads, the RWNJ’s were having a monumental meltdown, and we TODers were damn near euphoric…  I don’t need to give you all the details here – they’re all nicely summarized in this gem of a TOD post by Chips, tilted “the press conference: a tweet or two.”  This presser was not just meant for the GOP and MSM, but for the stupid Dems who decided to run away from PBO,  and paid a dear price for it.  Not only did PBO not give a conciliatory “lame duck” presser as the MSM/GOP had hoped, he doubled down on his progressive agenda, signaled to us that he was just beginning, and gave us a reason to be hopeful, excited, inspired, and to look forward to the next couple years.  And so far, our hope has NOT been dashed!

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4 Immigration Announcement – November 2014

“We were once Strangers Too.”  As a naturalized US citizen, these poignant words from PBO resonated deeply with me, and as I can imagine, several TODers and other American citizens, residents and pending residents/citizens, who migrated to this country or whose parents, grand-parents and great-grand parents did the same at some point or another.  This announcement had to have been a watershed moment for thousands of Latino, Asian, African and other immigrants who would now be able to apply for work permits and not face deportations and unnecessary separations from their family members.  Again – in his PBO-esque manner, our President circumvented the corrupt media and made his announcement via Univision – where it effectively reached its target audience. And the rest is history in the making…

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5 Major thaw in Cuba-US relations, along with release of Alan Gross – December 2014

What a day! What a team! Much thanks to PBO, Pope Francis, SOS Kerry, Raoul Castro and all who were involved in making this huge breakthrough a reality on December 17.  Bells ringing in Havana, children squealing in excitement, young and mature Cubans in the US and abroad – celebrating in approval – of this eradication of a failed 50-year policy.  And to top this off – the release of 5-yr detainee Alan Gross was something he will never forget. After his release, a jubilant and relieved Gross was quoted by media outlets as saying, among other things:  “What a blessing it is to be a citizen of this country,” “It’s good to be home,” and “Thank you and I wish you all a happy holiday season.”

President Obama talks on the phone with Alan Gross, who was en route to the United States from Cuba, in the Oval Office, Dec. 17, 2014. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Alan Gross talks with President Obama


107 Responses to “2014: Hopefruit’s Most Memorable Moments”


  1. 1 MadameSoph
    December 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Had to stop and read Hopefruit’s MMM before posting, so I’m sure I’ve waaay missed first 🙂

    Wonderful choices HF! I had forgotten that BTF won an Emmy! Icing on the delicious cake that Between Two Ferns was.

    And noticing also that, although PBO was brilliant and effective and transformative all year long, his most dynamic moments seem to have come after we all were tempted to give up – the midterms. That’s when he went into superhero mode!

    • 2 jackiegrumbacher
      December 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      MS, I think we saw those moments differently because we were all so low. His dynamic spirit and boundless optimism brought us up when we were down. That’s among his greatest gifts–knowing instinctively what people need and giving everything he has to deliver it to them.

      • 3 MadameSoph
        December 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        So true, JackieG! PBO is the only President in my memory who truly was, is and remains one of the people. He knows what we need because he was and is still one of us – a true liberal, an organizer and a strategist.

    • December 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Congrats on 1st MadameSoph 🙂

      HF – very much enjoyed your selection for 2014 Memorable Moments. Thank you!!

  2. December 27, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Evening folks! Great choices hopefruit.

  3. 7 MadameSoph
    December 27, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Wow! It’s so empty in here today I can here the echo as I type 🙂

    Here I am, first, and hardly anyone to witness it….

  4. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    December 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Hf, this is a dynamite summary of the year’s memorable moments and I’m so glad you started with the success of the ACA, one of the truly critical achievements of our time and a turning point in the nation’s health. You really helped us all to relive those wonderful moments when our President triumphed over the darkest opposition and gave us hope. Thank you.

  5. 13 susanne
    December 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    aloha todville!
    i’m loving these ‘best of the year’ posts, and the best photos contests. except for the part where i have to chooooose! best part of that, though, is that no matter which photo wins, i’m always happy 🙂

    just a comment on the last post of the last thread, where the journalist laments being loaded into a van for following pbo to the gym, only to find the president decided to spend the morning at the beach. i’d like to share with him the tag line we use here: ‘….but in hawaii’. it goes like this: ‘darn it, i had to sit in a van… but in hawaii’. here’s another: ‘i’m at work during the holidays…. but in hawaii’. get the idea? in the case of the press following the president for his annual holiday trip, the tag line can be expanded to, ‘…but with the president of the united states in hawaii’.

    ( pierce did a piece on this topic, with some great comments from his regulars http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/A_Slow_Day_At_The_Stupid_Cafe )

    • 14 MadameSoph
      December 27, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Susanne,
      I have been lucky enough to go to Hawaii twice. Both times it was Oahu, but I still cried when I had to come home (I had just become accustomed to “Hawaii time” and I had to return!). I have since used your tag line when describing Hawaii weather in August: “Yes, it rains often, but it’s raining in Hawaii.” 🙂

      Someday I hope to return and see some of the other islands. I just love that our President is from the Islands. And now the Heisman Trophy winner is too!

      • 15 susanne
        December 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm

        aloha madamesoph, and mele kalikimaka!
        thanks for your comment. you and so many people ‘get it’ immediately, that the press corps must have to twist themselves into knots to make a negative from their hawaii trip. sure, they’re working, but so is the president. always.

        next trip, come see us on the big island! http://youtu.be/IiU6E0BXSiU

    • 16 MightyPamela
      December 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Oh, yes, Susanne, we can’t help feeling so sorry for them.

  6. December 27, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you soooooooooooooooooo much Hopefruit! I think I’ll just copy and paste your work in to my 2014 post, you reminded me of all my most memorable moments!! Thanks again, you angel!

  7. 21 MadameSoph
    December 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I see The Lovely Plains tweet with the Merry X-mas equation on the right here 🙂 I LOVED that! The third line had me stuck for a minute, due to my memory lapse re the number E and natural log. This short video helped refresh my memory and I was able to finish figuring out the equation (would have driven me crazy otherwise 🙂 ):

    http://www.virtualnerd.com/algebra-2/exponential-logarithmic-functions/natural-logarithms-base-e/natural-logarithms/convert-exponential-to-natural-log

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      December 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Dear MmeS: I watched it all the way through yet your helpful review natural log vid did not refresh *my* memory? 😀

  8. 23 vcprezofan2
    December 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks, Hopefruit! I ❤ ❤ your summary accompanying each MM. 🙂 🙂

  9. 24 MadameSoph
    December 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    O.k. my male kitty is giving me the sad eyes, as I’ve made him wait too long to have his backyard time (they only go out accompanied by me).

    Be back later on…. >^..^<

  10. December 27, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks everyone for your kinds words 🙂 There are soooooo many memorable moments of 2014, that it’s been a delight and a challenge to select an interesting set!

    • 26 mtmarilyn
      December 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      HF, thank you for your great memories. As we all here know there are more than people know. I think that this President’s ability to go around the msm is amazing. That Between 2 Ferns is historic.

    • 27 Nerdy Wonka
      December 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Bravo, bravo, bravo, Hopefruit!!!!!

      I feel as though you were in my head, because this would have been my choices too, in addition to all the historic moves President Obama made on Climate Change (domestic and foreign), the policies he fought for in #CRomnibus, successfully rescuing hostages captured by Al Qaeda that a majority of the country was ignorant about, the release of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, and finally his year end press conference.

      Your 2014 Memorable Moments is for me, hands down the BEST!

      Thanks.

  11. 29 MightyPamela
    December 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    HF! You rank up there with the rest of the best. All the Memorable Moments from everyone have been a feast, very pleased they are all non-fattening!! 🙂

  12. December 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Hopefruit, thank you for this marvelous tour of meaningful, mighty, and moving moments in this winding-down year with our magnificent President Obama. You’ve rounded up highs (Between Two Ferns) and lows (the devasting blow of the mid-term election results), zooming me back to heights of pride and gratitude on hearing PBO’s astounding, brilliant Press Conference which put things in perspective and put the whiny, braggy, gloaty meanies in their place. The phone conversation at the end, the pix, your commentary: So fine.

  13. 31 susanne
    December 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    very interesting read about the ‘better bush’, who of course is not.

    ‘ In the mythology of American militarism that has taken hold since George W. Bush’s disastrous wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, his father, George H.W. Bush, is often held up as a paragon of prudence — especially when compared to the later reckless lunacy of Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. After all, their agenda held that it was the messianic duty of the United States to rid the world not just of “evil-doers” but “evil” itself. In contrast, Bush Senior, we are told, recognized the limits of American power. He was a realist and his circumscribed Gulf War was a “war of necessity” where his son’s 2003 invasion of Iraq was a catastrophic “war of choice.” But it was H.W. who first rolled out a “freedom agenda” to legitimize the illegal invasion of Panama. ‘

    http://www.salon.com/2014/12/27/americas_war_to_start_all_wars_how_the_invasion_of_panama_led_the_quagmire_in_iraq_partner/

  14. 32 nospin
    December 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    those were amazing times indeed. The Nov speech was my favorite. 😀 Thanks HF2

  15. December 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Urge all of you to read ….

    “Readers of Fixes know that our primary mission each week is to highlight strategies that work to effect social change and improve lives. In her column last week, Tina Rosenberg zeroed in on some of the strategies that successful efforts have in common. They are crucial, but there is also something fundamental that underlies all these efforts: the human ability to imagine that wrongs can be righted, and the belief that change can happen.

    Where does that sort of moral imagination — and the courage to act on it — come from? Researchers have found that people who display moral courage often perceive themselves to be “strongly linked to others through a shared humanity” and feel a sense of responsibility that is not limited to intimates. How this conviction takes shape is largely a mystery: The science of altruism is still young. We know that parenting matters, but it doesn’t explain the phenomenon: siblings from the same family often have very different levels of commitment to moral values.

    Looking at the experiences of those who have demonstrated moral courage can instruct us. Last week, this year’s recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi — both honored for their struggles to protect and defend the rights of children — gave their Nobel lectures in Oslo. Malala’s extraordinary youthful courage is well documented, but Satyarthi’s story is less well known. It is well worth hearing.

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    As I listened to him speak, I was struck by his self-control. Although Satyarthi had seen among the worst of what humans are capable of, his message was characterized less by outrage than by a steady, calm forcefulness. It was as if he knew that justice must eventually be served — that was how the arc of history bent — though it would take time.”

  16. December 27, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    DUMP DEBLASIO. How about “DUMP CROOKED NY COPS”.

  17. 38 MightyPamela
    December 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    🐻

  18. 40 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I AM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT CHALLENGE PRESIDENT OBAMA’S TERMS IN OFFICE. I HAVE CERTAINLY LEARNED IN ALL OF THIS TIME THAT RACISM IS NOT DEAD AND HAS BEEN HIDDEN BY SO MANY. WHEN PBO ENTERED THE WH…THE ROCKS TURNED OVER AND OF COURSE WITH THE ADVANTAGES OF SOCIAL MEDIA…WE SEE MANY THINGS THAT WERE NOT EXPOSED BECAUSE THE TECHNOLOGY WASN’T THERE. NOW I AM ASHAMED TO SAY THAT FOR ME…WHITE FOLK HAVE BEEN A SEVERE DISAPPOINTMENT IN THIS LIFE AND I WISH I COULD DEEPLY APOLOGIZE FOR ALL OF THEM…HOWEVER…THEY HAVE A VERY LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE I CAN SEE ANY COMPLETE AND UNDENIABLE SINCERITY!!!

  19. December 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    As I sit watching a fascinating sunset, an enormous hole is opening to the North, huge billowing gold cloud bank, rising above a low-lying wet and grey formation. An hour ago we had majestic torrent, that has passed. I’m sure this is the cold front moving in, pushing the warm air south. Stunning to watch, all the crows are flying home to roost for the night. The long pacific north west December night. Birds are amazing!

    • 42 0388jojothecat
      December 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      That is a beautiful description MP. I love watching our amazing sky. I love the winters in the west with blue sky’s, pink/purple/gold sunsets with siloquets of palm trees.

  20. December 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous sky in Seattle this 27 December 2014 afternoon ….

  21. December 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Ah yes, another ‘must read’ ….

    “In your article for the Guardian you had asked why the whole world was ignoring the “democratic experiment” of the Syrian Kurds. After experiencing it for ten days, do you have a new question or maybe an answer to this?

    Well, if anyone had any doubt in their minds about whether this was really a revolution, or just some kind of window-dressing, I’d say the visit put that permanently to rest. There are still people talking like that: This is just a PKK (The Kurdistan Workers’ Party) front, they’re really a Stalinist authoritarian organization that’s just pretending to have adopted radical democracy. No. They’re totally for real. This is a genuine revolution. But in a way that’s exactly the problem. The major powers have commitmented themselves to an ideology that say real revolutions can no longer happen. Meanwhile, many on the left, even the radical left, seem to have tacitly adopted a politics which assumes the same, even though they still make superficially revolutionary noises. They take a kind of puritanical “anti-imperialist” framework that assumes the significant players are governments and capitalists and that’s the only game worth talking about. The game where you wage war, create mythical villains, seize oil and other resources, set up patronage networks; that’s the only game in town. The people in Rojava are saying: We don’t want to play that game. We want to create a new game. A lot of people find that confusing and disturbing so they choose to believe it isn’t really happening, or such people are deluded or dishonest or naive.

    Since October we see a rising solidarity from different political movements from all over the world. There has been a huge and some quite enthusiastic coverage of Kobane resistance by the mainstream medias of the world. Political stance regarding Rojava has changed in the West to some degree. These are all significant signs but still do you think democratic autonomy and what’s been experimented in the cantons of Rojava are discussed enough? How much does the general perception of “Some brave people fighting against the evil of this era, ISIS” dominate this approval and the fascination?

    I find it remarkable how so many people in West see these armed feminist cadres, for example, and don’t even think on the ideas that must lie behind them. They just figured it happened somehow. “I guess it’s a Kurdish tradition.” To some degree it’s orientalism of course, or to put simple racism. It never occurs to them that people in Kurdistan might be reading Judith Butler too. At best they think “Oh, they’re trying to come up to Western standards of democracy and women’s rights. I wonder if it’s for real or just for foreign consumption.” It just doesn’t seem to occur to them they might be taking these things way further than “Western standards” ever have; that they might genuinely believe in the principles that Western states only profess.”

    • December 27, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      “One of the first places we visited was a police academy (Asayiş). Everyone had to take courses in non-violent conflict resolution and feminist theory before they were allowed to touch a gun. The co-directors explained to us their ultimate aim was to give everyone in the country six weeks of police training, so that ultimately, they could eliminate police.”

      Well that just had to be tweeted as it couldn’t be more timely …

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      December 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you, Bob, for bringing us this perspective. The media and most people in the west rarely take the time to understand other peoples and their motivations and history. In our arrogance, we project our own assumptions on others and so fail to understand when something truly significant happens.

      • December 27, 2014 at 9:35 pm

        “In our arrogance, we project our own assumptions on others and so fail to understand when something truly significant happens.”

        Very true, JackieG. And, that arrogance is what has undermined more than one society (‘civilization’) throughout recorded history.

  22. 51 GGail
    December 27, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Hopefruit, this paragraph speaks volumes! I thank you for speaking these truths! Also, I had not seen the picture of Mr. Gross on the phone with PBO. Wonderful memories HF, thank you!!!!

    “We were once Strangers Too.” As a naturalized US citizen, these poignant words from PBO resonated deeply with me, and as I can imagine, several TODers and other American citizens, residents and pending residents/citizens, who migrated to this country or whose parents, grand-parents and great-grand parents did the same at some point or another. This announcement had to have been a watershed moment for thousands of Latino, Asian, African and other immigrants who would now be able to apply for work permits and not face deportations and unnecessary separations from their family members. Again – in his PBO-esque manner, our President circumvented the corrupt media and made his announcement via Univision – where it effectively reached its target audience. And the rest is history in the making…

  23. December 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    • December 27, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Once again, hf, thank you for a very special “2014 Memorable Moments”!!!

      Don’t know if this is a spam account but ‘Robert DeNiro’ followed me so I’m going to follow back and keep track of what ‘he’ tweets. Some of his other tweets are compelling so I RT’d one of them. I don’t think the Tribeca Film Festival, that he, Jane Rosenthal & Craig Hatkoff founded will tolerate being spoofed on Twitter.

  24. 61 mophene
    December 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I agree with you Hopefruit. That press conference the President gave after the Mid-terms, had me out of my seat cheering for him (and for us). Easily the most memorable moment of 2014.

  25. December 27, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    “SARLAT MOUNTAINS, Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Dec 24 2014 (IPS) – The media tend to portray Balochistan as “troubled”, or “restive”, but it would be more accurate to say that there´s actually a war going on in this part of the world.

    Balochistan is the land of the Baloch, who today see their land divided by the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is a vast swathe of land the size of France which boasts enormous deposits of gas, gold and copper, untapped sources of oil and uranium, as well as a thousand-kilometre coastline near the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz.

    In August 1947, the Baloch from Pakistan declared independence, but nine months later the Pakistani army marched into Balochistan and annexed it, sparking an insurgency that has lasted, intermittently, to this day.

    Now senior Baloch rebel commanders say that Islamabad is training Islamic State (IS) fighters in Pakistan´s southern province of Balochistan.

    IPS met Baloch fighters at an undisclosed location in the Sarlat Mountains, a rocky massif, right on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and equidistant from two Taliban strongholds: Kandahar in south-eastern Afghanistan and Quetta in southwest Pakistan.”

  26. 64 JER
    December 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm

  27. 65 Nerdy Wonka
    December 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Hopefruit, this is the BEST 2014 Memorable Moments.

    You had me fist pumping.

    GAHTDAMN….GAHTDAMN…..GAHTDAMN!!!!….You nailed it!

    Thanks, Chips for putting it together.

  28. 69 desertflower
    December 27, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    ****clapping and cheering****** Most excellent memories, hopefruit2:) Nerdy’s right…you nailed it!

  29. 76 amk for obama
    December 27, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    thousands of cops in one place to ‘mourn’ one of their fallen ‘heroes’ and the press is sucking up to them?

    I find this trend of glorifying cops and their brutal tactics not healthy at all. brownshirts come to the mind. so disturbing.

    • 77 susanne
      December 27, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      it is disgusting.

    • 79 Nerdy Wonka
      December 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      “and the press is sucking up to them?” <—— THIS.

      It's as though the press is giving free passes to cops who murder Black people and are saying "Yay! Do it again!" Mayor de Blasio is a democratically elected leader and should be treated with respect. The families of the murdered cops invited Mayor de Blasio and wanted him at the services so shame on those cops and shame on the disgusting press for championing their scumbag behavior.

      Mayor de Blasio won 72-73% of the vote because he promised to reform the horrible Stop and Frisk practice that targeted minorities and since then the NYPD has been against him. They're also against him because how dare a father tell his Black son that due to the color of his skin and the racism prevalent in America, that he must take care when interacting with cops. Not all cops will treat him abysmally, but as a Black male in America, that number is laughably minute.

      It is a fact of life and an important pearl of wisdom that every parent of a Black child has to impart to him or her. If the NYPD doesn't like it, then how about stop acting like racist pricks and do the job for which you took an oath.

    • 84 GGail
      December 27, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      amk, those were my thoughts this morning before I left home…and I wondered why did VP Biden have to be there? What message was that suppose to be? Was it support for DeBlasio? This is not the first officer to die in uniform and won’t be the last. What message are we sending?

      • 85 amk for obama
        December 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

        hat message are we sending?

        exactly. There was a picture on internetz showing people being blanketed by teevees in front of them while the armed cops are standing behind the teevees ‘protecting’ the partying 1%ers. It nailed the reality that is murka.

  30. 86 susanne
    December 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    news coverage of the first family’s vacation is skimpy at best. imho, they could just bring pete souza and leave the other journos home 🙂

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20141227_Obamas_hit_the_beach_for_third_day_in_a_row.html

  31. December 27, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Love the 2014 most Memorable Moments Hopefruit. I have been wanting to see the President’s press conference from after the mid terms. Much appreciated.

  32. December 27, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    • 89 Vicki
      December 27, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Hideous. The campaign against Mayor de Blasio started before his inauguration and has been vicious and relentless every day since.
      My guess is that most of the funding for the hate is coming from Bloomberg and his charter school Queen.

      As Nerdy said upthread, some of the Police motivation is upcoming PBA elections and impending contract negotiations so that will end in the same way that the media are no longer hysterical about Ebola and ISIL.

      Bloomberg and Moscowitz are likely to continue filling the airwaves with their ugly commercials. Sad to say I think their propaganda is likely to produce the one-term mayor they desire.
      So far, there has been no counter-attacks from the de Blasio camp.

      • 90 GGail
        December 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm

        And this is why I think VP Biden was at this particular funeral – to lend public support of deBlasio. But I don’t think that was the right way to show the Administrations support.

      • December 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm

        Vicki – I truly believe that the de Blasio camp is fully aware of the propaganda machine mounted by his political opponents and haters – but as Mayor of NYC who is also a very decent human being, he wants to set an example and allow the families of the slain officers the time and space to properly grieve their loved ones’ untimely deaths, without disrespecting their memories with political attacks and push-back.

        Once the funerals are over – I think de Blasio will not hesitate to go full on BLAST..we saw a glimpse of what he’s capable of during that presser on Monday. I don’t think he’ll be a one-term mayor as the RWNJ’s of NY are hoping…he was elected overwhelmingly by New Yorkers when he RAN on reforming the NYPD and its abuses.

        • December 27, 2014 at 9:09 pm

          “I don’t think he’ll be a one-term mayor as the RWNJ’s of NY are hoping…he was elected overwhelmingly by New Yorkers when he RAN on reforming the NYPD and its abuses.”

          Agree. If anything, hf, the behavior of the #NYPD is likely to galvanize even stronger support of Mayor de Blasio.

          • 94 Vicki
            December 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm

            Yes, the Mayor will push back successfully on the NYPD stuff.
            It is the other day-to-day propaganda I am seeing and hearing here, on the ground in NYC that I find so dangerous. I’d like to be wrong about this but if you are not subject to NYC newschannels and chatter it is easy to underestimate how pernicious it is.

          • 95 nospin
            December 28, 2014 at 11:31 am

            “the behavior of the #NYPD is likely to galvanize even stronger support of Mayor de Blasio.”

            agreed

    • December 27, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Spot on amk. This would be funny if it weren’t so disturbingly closed to the truth about our current media. I simultaneously feel sorry for and disgusted by those who continue to take the MSM at face value…

  33. December 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm

  34. 101 carolyn
    December 27, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    hf, I really like these memorable moments. One thing I particularly like about these, is that they were all the result of long range planning, and not spur of the moment, shoot from the hip events. I have read several “pundits” who wrote about the President being disengaged through 2013 and part of 2014, and then “erupting” as if from Zeus’s head in Nov. 2014. How blind they are. Everything you wrote about took planning and engagement for years, not days, weeks, or just months. These are the culmination of tireless, secret, diplomacy and work. So thankful for President Barack Obama.

    There are “none so blind as those who will not see.” Pundits, msm, politicians, I’m talking to you!

  35. December 27, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Hf these are my moments as well. At the top of the list is the post midterm election presser. My spirit was renewed and hope strengthened

  36. December 27, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks for the great post, Hopefruit!

  37. 104 aquagranny911
    December 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I know I’m in the minority but GRACIAS a DIOS!!! for shutting off that estupido “snow” effect that ruins looking at photos here & gives me a headache when I try to read comments. I love this blog but I avoid it when it “snows” just saying……..

  38. December 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    these are terrific moments from 2014.

  39. December 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you, hopefruit2, for reminding us of the most memorable events of 2014. I cheered as I read all your selections.


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