Photo Of The Year: September & October


Your July Winner:

President Obama greets Emmitt and Pat Smith and family, and Team 22 on the Rose Garden steps of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)


Your August Winner:

President Obama during a statement on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri and Iraq (Photo by Doug Mills)



(1) A little girl looks up at President Obama as he talks with wounded warriors and their families in the East Room during their tour of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(2) President Obama visits Stonehenge in Wiltshire in the United Kingdom, after leaving the NATO summit in Newport, Wales

(3) President Obama greets children as he is welcomed by Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, Estonia

(4) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive on stage for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards dinner

(5) President Obama hugs Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. who is resigning from his post (Photo by Doug Mills)

(6) Presidents Obama and Clinton backstage at the Clinton Global Initiative (Photo by Pete Souza)

(7) Before being introduced at a White House event to launch the “It’s On Us” initiative, aimed at ending sexual assaults on college campuses, President Obama listens through a door as Lilly Jay talks about being sexually assaulted (Photo by Pete Souza)

(8) President Obama meets with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine in the Oval Office (Photo by Doug Mills)

(9) President Obama greets retired Army Command Sgt. Major Bennie Adkins and family in the Oval Office before awarding him the Medal of Honor (Photo by Pete Souza)

(10) President Obama picks up 13-month-old Larnell Maurice Perry Jr., grandson of Angelene C. Carter, who was killed in the September 11 attacks at the Pentagon



(1) A boy dressed as a college graduate looks up at President Obama as he greets costumed trick-or-treaters during Halloween festivities by the South Portico of the White House

(2) President greets Alyce Dixon (107), the oldest living African American WWII veteran, in the Oval Office

(3) President Obama orders a “death by chocolate” cake as he makes surprise stop at Gregg’s Restaurant and Pub in Providence RI (Photo by Doug Mills)

(4) President Obama boards Marine One following the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument event (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) President Obama looks out at the Rose Garden from the colonnade during this afternoon’s thunderstorm (Photo by Pete Souza)

(6) President Obama hugs Nina Pham just hours after the Dallas nurse was released from the hospital where she was treated for Ebola

(7) Rolling Stone cover, October

(8) President Obama holds 22-week-old Lucio Tonatiuh Madrigal at Frank G Bonelli Regional Park, California

(9) President Obama shakes hands with military service members prior to a meeting with senior leadership at the Pentagon

(10) President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office (Photo by Doug Mills)


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95 Responses to “Photo Of The Year: September & October”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    December 28, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Morning all. These choices are getting harder and harder and choosing the photo of the year will be impossible.

    • December 28, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Morning Jackie! I blame VC for leaving our heads sore from scratching the last few days, it truly is Mission Impossible!

    • 3 99ts
      December 28, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Hi jackie – congrats on the gold – and I agree with you – it may have to be a pin with the eyes shut to select the photo of the year.

      • 4 jackiegrumbacher
        December 28, 2014 at 8:39 am

        99, when the subject is President Obama or FLOTUS and the photographer is Pete Souza, every single photograph is a winner!

        • 5 99ts
          December 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

          Will probably be the only “real” book I buy this decade – cannot put Pete Souza pictures on a kindle 🙂

  2. 6 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 8:12 am

    man u finishing is horrendous.

  3. 10 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 8:17 am

    nasty persie

  4. 15 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 8:24 am

    only ‘saving’ grace – de gea.

  5. 16 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

    hey mata, the goal post is not that high.

  6. December 28, 2014 at 8:28 am


  7. 20 99ts
    December 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

    GM Ms Chips and TODers – my quiet life has gone upside turkey with grandbabe for Christmas. I am days behind reading TOD and so want to catch up with all the memorable moments – but all I seem to have time for is a quick run through & vote

    And even my voting is upside down – Jan – April – 3 1st and 1 2nd – since then my vote has registered about 7th or 8th – yikes

    So everyone please vote for PBO visiting my favorite place Stonehenge & for the gaze into the Rose Garden or I shall forever be on the outside looking in.

    Do hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas – I hope to be back to my usual life about the middle of January (2016 that is)

    • December 28, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Ha, I know the feeling 99ts, I keep having to check the calendar to see what day it is, everything upside turkey here too! Hope you’re having a blissful holiday and surviving your high energy grandbabe? I’m guessing it’ll be Jan 2016 when I’m back to normal-ish too 🙂

      • 22 99ts
        December 28, 2014 at 8:42 am

        We have had 2 days respite from the heat – and rain for the garden – so there is somewhere an upside – gnite all – enjoy your Sunday

  8. 23 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 8:39 am

    great job by kane. bad luck. mu could have been sunk.

  9. 24 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 8:41 am

    ruiney manhandling kane. wake the fuck up, ref.

  10. 25 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 8:42 am

    reds playing nasty.

  11. December 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Sunday everyone 🙂

  12. 28 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 8:50 am

    well, spurs were the ‘moral’ winners today. reds sucked.

  13. 44 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 9:25 am

    wow, southampton goes one up against blues.

  14. 45 Nerdy Wonka
    December 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Holding off on mocking Man United and Chips for that colossally laughable performance because I need all the good karma for Chelsea.

    Let’s go, Chelsea! Let’s go!

  15. 46 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 9:34 am

    without cesc, chelsea will be a pale blue.

  16. 49 Nerdy Wonka
    December 28, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Two people committing similar crimes. One’s dead. The other’s alive in custody without any injury. Welcome to America, where if you have white skin, and shoot at the cops, they will still find a way to preserve your life. USA! USA!

    A woman dressed in body armor fired shots at multiple people yesterday afternoon, resulting in a police chase on Hixson Pike, which ended in the woman’s arrest.

    Chattanooga Police officers first responded to a report of shots fired on 1300 Cloverdale around 3:52 p.m., according to a news release from the Chattanooga Police Department.

    Once the officers arrived on scene, they found two victims who said they were at a stop sign when the suspect, Julia Shields, pulled up in a dark colored sedan and fired shots into their vehicle, the release said.

    A short time after this incident, police received several additional calls reporting that Shields was pointing her firearm at people as she drove pass them.

    It was reported that she shot at another vehicle in the same area around 1300 Cloverdale Drive, and officers eventually located her sitting in her vehicle in the Stuart Heights Baptist Church Parking lot on Hixson Pike, the release states.

    Shields escaped the parking lot in her car and led officers on a chase down Highway 153 and Hixson Pike, and continued to point her firearm at vehicles as she passed them.

    The chase ended at the intersection of Cloverdale Drive and Koblan Drive, as Shields pointed her firearm at an officer, before being taken into custody without incident or injury.

  17. December 28, 2014 at 9:35 am

    This is my furst ever TOD comment from my iPhone, it’s reeeeeeeally haaaaaaard!1!1

  18. December 28, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Also too, I’m a mile from home and I’m dying for a wee 😦

  19. 55 Nerdy Wonka
    December 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Police said they then loaded the gun and fired four separate times while inside the store.

    The two eventually walked up to a loss prevention officer and asked if he wanted to join them.

  20. 56 Nerdy Wonka
    December 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

    • 57 nospin
      December 28, 2014 at 11:38 am

      I cannot in good conscience defend anyone who shoots at people.

      • 58 Nerdy Wonka
        December 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

        No one is asking that you defend anyone.

        What is being pointed out that is that they should both have been treated equally under the law. They were not.

        If you read the articles, you would have observed that her crime was worse. She went on a shooting spree, pointed her gun at cops, and led the police through a dangerous chase before she was captured alive.

        His case is being investigated because it seems like there were discrepancies in the event and the outcome.

        The underlying point is that they should both have been taken in alive. They were not.

  21. 59 Nerdy Wonka
    December 28, 2014 at 9:53 am


    Thank you, Eden Hazard!!!

  22. 62 Nerdy Wonka
    December 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Your chuckle of the day.

    • 63 MightyPamela
      December 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Do you suppose this one is a counselor? Or a mental health client?? So hard to know the difference, eh?

    • 64 Betsy
      December 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      I don’t remember God condoning guns, wait, was the gun invented when the Bible was written? People are so dumb sometimes.

  23. 65 Nerdy Wonka
    December 28, 2014 at 10:02 am

  24. 66 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Go qpr/cp.

  25. 67 Nerdy Wonka
    December 28, 2014 at 10:27 am


  26. 68 MightyPamela
    December 28, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Oh, geez. More photos to choose from. One was totally easy, not mentioning any names… y’all know who I mean. Heading out to take my litle old lady to church, lunch and then we are coming back here so she can see the kitty and the decorations. Then I take her back to the assisted living facility, and finally MP comes home for the day. In fact, I noticed on my calendar I have ZERO events of any magnitude, so I plan to take the whole week (well, most of it) and spend as much pajama time as possible! Isn’t that a fabulous idea?? Yes. It. Is. 🙂 ❤ 🐻 ❤ Oh, and before I sign off: Good Morning, TOD!! And thank you Chipsticks, for giving us this masterful indulgence, as we walk through the entire year of brilliance with PBO!

  27. 70 amk for obama
    December 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

    not bad for a lowly regarded team. Go saints.

  28. 71 Vicki
    December 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Good morning TOD. I am loving the memorable moments so TY to criquets and all of the hardworking folks who posted these delicious memories for all of us to enjoy.

    It will come as a surprise to Nobody that in the New York Times special supplement called Year In Pictures the 20 page full color edition included a giant photo of Chris Christie at his State of The State speech, a small photo of Bill de Blasio at the Police Academy graduation, another small photo of Mitch McConnell, noting his ascension, and NOT A SINGLE PHOTOGRAPH or mention of President Barack Obama.

    The supplement further skews its message by showing and calling 2014 a year of chaos. Front page is a full page picture of a black man in doctor’s garb. For the NYTimes I guess Ebola was the biggest story. No Cuba detente, no Immigration EO, no climate agreement with China, no progress with Iran and its nuclear program. No President whatsoever.

  29. 72 Nerdy Wonka
    December 28, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Just when you think CNN can’t sink lower.

  30. 74 Linda
    December 28, 2014 at 11:39 am

    The Sopranos Governors

    Cuomo, Christie Veto Bill To Reform Port Authority


  31. 75 Nena20409
    December 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    GM/GA TODers, Friends and Families.
    Awesome post.
    Congrats to the Au ⭐ winners on this post and a few back.

  32. 76 GGail
    December 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Today is the last Sunday in 2014. What’s your prayer/thought for the coming year? Mine is to continue to give President Obama my full support.

  33. 79 Nena20409
    December 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Until this changes……The use of Propaganda, Distortions and Political Mind Control will Never STOP.
    The US Media has since Reagan gradually and now, emphatically been complicit to the nauseating dumbing down of the American Electorate.

  34. 80 Nena20409
    December 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I am only guessing what could have evoked this rage from shoq…….. Nepotism, much?

  35. 82 Nena20409
    December 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  36. 83 Nena20409
    December 28, 2014 at 12:16 pm


    He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?

    It looks as if he will give it a go. In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world’s main religions.

    The reason for such frenetic activity, says Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, is the pope’s wish to directly influence next year’s crucial UN climate meeting in Paris, when countries will try to conclude 20 years of fraught negotiations with a universal commitment to reduce emissions.

  37. 84 Nena20409
    December 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Any more doubt why Christie was involved in giving orders to shut down the Bridge? None!

  38. 87 Nena20409
    December 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    This Happened on Saturday in AZ?
    Cablers on it? Nope.
    There was another last week in FL.
    The over-coverage to distort and micromanage legitimate issues as thus far been articulated by many Citizens is the Total Failure today of US Media.

  39. 88 GGail
    December 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Soooo, I see ManU – no win, but, no loss. Dare I look see what Chelsea is doing??? 🙂

  40. 93 Nena20409
    December 28, 2014 at 12:40 pm

  41. 94 Nena20409
    December 28, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Oh Myy….. 😉

  42. December 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    September: #1. Because look at her face. “That hopey-changey thing” is real. October: #6: Because he hugged a recovered Ebola victim in the midst of media-GOP scaremongering. Although I was tempted by #3, our President AND a chocolate cake.

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