2014: 50 Most Memorable Moments

Mainly a smile or two – 50 to 11 in no particular order, but top 10 = top 10!


50 TODers All Through 2014

Too many Memorable Moments to mention. The Muhammad Ali of bloggy people: The Greatest 🙂

(Although, Amk’s wimmin jokes float like a bee, and sting like a butterfly)


49 Dead

Doug Mills’ photo prompted a gazillion captions, but some pics just say it all 🙂


48 Making Special New Friends on Twitter



47 The President Making New Friends Around The World

‘Welcome Mr. President – PS In Netherlands, we give three kisses’



46 Genius Gifs


45 Babies


44 Joy

President Obama greets patrons at Canter’s Delicatessen in Los Angeles, Calif., July 24, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)


43 Beauty

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)


42 ‘Gov. Christie Traffic Jam’


41 OMG! It’s him!1!1!

First Lady Michelle Obama and student performers react to seeing President Obama as he drops by the White House Talent Show (Photo by Pete Souza)


40 The New White House Videographer


39 Danny Hating On His Attention-Rival: TOD


38 Funniest. Vine. Ever.


37 Cracking Up The President

Still have no clue what Lily Tomlin said, but it must have been a complete hoot 🙂


36 Turnip For What?


35 Rob


34 Nerdy’s Laughs

The perfect way to end any day 🙂


33 The First Lady Wanted People To Show Her How They Move….



32 More Babies


31 The Bear Is Loose


30 Respect

A local resident waves as President Obama travels by motorcade en route to Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Love this so much.


29 Stonehenge

It was lovely enough seeing the President at Stonehenge, but imagine how James and Janice Raffle and their kids felt when they bumped in to him there?

Janice: “He was really sweet…. he said that I was quite outnumbered because I have three little boys as well as my husband. There was a bit of banter between the boys, saying boys are best and he said ‘Well, I don’t know if I agree with that’. He was really kind, it was a really amazing experience for all of us.”

James: “Incredible!”.


28 The Kennedy Center Honors Reception

Loved this, the President was in outstanding form!


27 I Love Lucy

President Obama and Vice President Biden visit with Lucy Coffey in the Vice President’s Office of the White House, July 25, 2014. At 108 years old, Ms. Coffey is the oldest living female U.S. veteran (Photo by Pete Souza)


26 That Face

And since then?

US economy?

Russian economy?

Oh well.


25 The Tourist

There was something kind of exceptional about seeing PBO tour the Colosseum, knowing how much he would appreciate the experience ….. all the time thinking ‘imagine if that was GWB?’ (“It looks mighty shabby – was it built recently?”)


24 Trolling The President

The President greets an enthusiastic fan at Coral Reef High School


23 Toys for Tots

The First Lady doubted the President’s ability to accurately sort ‘Toys for Tots’. He was sad. But he was awesome at it!!!


22 AG Holder

President Obama after announcing Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation (Photo by Doug Mills)

AG Holder will leave behind a record of civil rights’ achievements like few – if any – others.


21 The Loneliest Job In The World

President Obama makes comments on Ferguson at a news conference at the White House

Ferguson, we were told, was ‘Obama’s fault’, his ‘Katrina’, because racism and police brutality, as we know, didn’t exist before January 2009 – and even if they did, why didn’t he, um, issue an executive order to remove racists from every police force in America?

But enough about self-promoters like Shaun King, who thinks tweeting = activism.

When his like were still in diapers, some folk were walking the walk – not tweeting the tweet:

As for the Blackademics …. well, @Only4RM sorted one of them:


20 Selfie Of The Year (Or Is It A Photobomb?)


19 Crowned

Pete Souza: This is from the annual White House Science Fair. The kids from Girl Scout Troop 2612 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, convinced the President to wear a tiara with them for their group photo.



18 The First Lady in China

Greeting staff and their families at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

Greatest ambassador ever – fun, warm, interested, smart, lovely, perfect.


17 Even More Babies


16 Yes We Tan


15 Tweet of the Year


14 Cute! (The Koala Too)


13 PBO’s Reaction to Rusty Boehner’s Lawsuit Threat


12 Teamwork

President Obama and Vice President Biden share a laugh in the Oval Office July 21, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Greatest. VP. Ever.


11 “What the Heck Are You Talking About!?”

Sides. Split.


10 “I Love You Obama”

President Obama hugs restaurateur Tim Johnson after the President mentioned him while speaking at an event titled “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics in the East Room of the White House


9 Trolling Chuck Todd

That look.


8 Uh Oh!

‘Cos “uh oh” is what I said when the priest stood up to speak to the President in Nashville …. and then? Ah, beautiful.


7 Cuba

Everything about the President’s announcement on Cuba was wonderful, this toon summed it up. 🙂


6 Obamacare



Two toons, one tweet: Obamacare’s year 😎


5 The End Of Year Presser

Will. Never. Stop. Laughing. Ever. (Especially at the hissy fit thrown by the likes of Ed Henry).

Oh PBO, you rascal.


4 PBO and the Pope


Nothing to say. But still smiling 🙂


3 Lame Duck?

We were all down in the dumps after the mid-terms, then there was that press conference and we had half a notion things would be interesting.


They’ve been splendiferous!


2 Colbert



1 Between Two Ferns

(Click here to see video)

The highlight of 2014.

Actually, the highlight of the whole damn century!


PS I forgot Mike!

99 Responses to “2014: 50 Most Memorable Moments”

  1. 4 GGAIL
    December 29, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Hey No Child, we’re twins, Congrats 😀

  2. 6 99ts
    December 29, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    It arrived!! wtg NCLB and GGail – close

  3. 9 MightyPamela
    December 29, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Checking in before I check out – everyone have a lovely, wonderful evening! ❤ 🐻 🙂

  4. December 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm


    Thanks Chips! 🙂

  5. December 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Very nice compilation, Chips! It brings so many excellent clips. Wow!

  6. December 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Continuing on previous topics…

  7. 20 99ts
    December 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    What a collection – I had not seen 24 before (trolling the President) – such a hoot! so wish I had been there!

    Thank you for the koala (Oh – and the President)

  8. 21 amk for obama
    December 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    float like a bee, and sting like a butterfly

    It takes some talent & expertise. Thanks for recognizing it, petal.

  9. December 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm


  10. 27 99ts
    December 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    My old computer is way overheated by this thread – worth it for the pictures but needs to rest – bbl

  11. December 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    For me the meeting between Papa Francesco and President Barack Obama is momentous and important, two world leaders whose prime value and agenda is compassion and healing.

  12. 33 GGAIL
    December 29, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    WOW, this is visual overload! I could go into a coma!

  13. December 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm

  14. 39 MightyPamela
    December 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Chipsticks ~ YOU. ARE. THE. BOSS!!! (are you sure you are not President Obama?? Running this amazing place in your ‘spare time’??) (as if…) Thank you with the Light of a Million Suns, for all the Light you bring into our lives!! ❤ ❤ ❤

  15. 40 MadameSoph
    December 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Oh, Chips! This was worth waiting for!

    So many things worth remembering and so many that I missed the first time (never saw that Fallon/Springsteen spoof/burn on Christie! Awesome!)

    Love the pic of Danny!

    #15 was The Tweet of the Year for sure!

    Oh, and PBO’s response to that heckler! “He thought happy hour started earlier” finally, the thought bubble spoken aloud 🙂 You know he thinks that so many times with those crazy hecklers who obviously pay no attention to his actual policies and actions.

    O.k., I have to go make some dinner and then come back later to savor these!

  16. December 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    thank you for all the memories from 2014

  17. 42 amk for obama
    December 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    President Barack Obama has said Vladimir Putin made a “strategic mistake” when he annexed Crimea, in a move that was “not so smart”.

    Those thinking his Russian counterpart was a “genius” had been proven wrong by Russia’s economic crisis, he said.

    International sanctions had made Russia’s economy particularly vulnerable to changes in oil price, Mr Obama said.

    He also refused to rule out opening a US embassy in Iran soon.

    “I never say never but I think these things have to go in steps” he told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in the Oval Office.


    • 43 arapaho415
      December 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Opening an embassy in Iran will cause RWMJ heads to explode and will dredge up so many unhappy memories from 1979, a terrible year for the US after a dismal decade that saw the nightly reporting of Vietnam war deaths, the continuation of the draft lottery for boys turning 18, the first OPEC oil crisis (1973), Patty Hearst kidnapping/SLA shootout in LA (1974), Watergate/Nixon resigning (1972-74), the Jonestown mass suicide/homicides (1978) double-digit inflation through the early 1980s. The 1970s concluded with 1979 Iran hostage situation and the second OPEC gas shortage.

      Youngun’s have no idea how much media saturation there was on these events, way before 24/7 cable news. Every one of these items were on the nightly news at 6:30 pm. Patty Hearst’s parents were on the news every night with Patty’s then-boyfriend Steven, etc.

      P.S. – All dates from memory, so no doubt errors above, but you get the gist on why we don’t want to be reminded of that decade.

  18. 44 jackiegrumbacher
    December 29, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Oh Chips, this wonderful selection has me laughing, crying, howling and chuckling and all emotions in between. I could pour over these memories for hours, replaying the tapes and watching our incredible president be the best ever at this job. What a terrific gift for the end of the year. Thank you for pulling it all together.

  19. 46 donna dem 4 obama
    December 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Chips this was clearly worth the wait. 🙂

    This thread is full of awesomeness!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you TOD for your kind words earlier today regarding my Aunt and grand baby Tamara. Aunt V will be having surgery tomorrow and Tay (as we like to call her) is on the mend..

    For your evening enjoyment here are the twins in Kansas on Christmas morning. That butterfly rocker was a hoot!

    • December 29, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Oh Donna, I completely missed what happened your Aunt and grand baby, will look it up now.

    • 48 COS
      December 29, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Like I said on an earlier thread, each one gets better and better. This one is simply awesome Chips.

    • December 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Oh my! Donna, will keep your Aunt in my thoughts and hope that Tamara will ‘mend’ quickly. Take care friend!

    • 50 MightyPamela
      December 29, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      ❤ 🙂 ❤ 🙂

    • 51 jacquelineoboomer
      December 29, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Love this happy photo, Donna. You obviously are so proud! Hope both your aunt and your granddaughter are better soon.

      I was sharing a short visit with my 3-year-old great grandson today, while Mommy was working. He said to me, using a withering voice, although a few minutes before this he was happy as a lark, “I miss Mommy. She’s been my Mommy for a long time.”

      What’s not to love? ❤

    • 52 MadameSoph
      December 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Love and light for your Aunt’s surgery tomorrow! Glad Tay is OTM.

      Those butterfly rockers! Those precious twins! This made my night 🙂

  20. December 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Dear Chips – will scroll through those memorable events, many times!!! Thank You!!!!!

  21. 54 99ts
    December 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I don’t usually quote Chris Hayes – but this tweet on BJ linked by Lamh is worth a read if you did not know about the content

    Christopher Hayes @chrislhayes · 2h 2 hours ago
    In 2004, Louisiana had a vote on the MLK holiday. 90 legislators voted for it. 6 voted against. Scalise was one of the 6.

    The man who doesn’t know anything – hopefully most ion congress won’t want to know him. Going to be a fun year with the GOP fighting with the GOP about legislation that will be vetoed.

  22. December 29, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    NEVER fails to crack me up

  23. 58 arapaho415
    December 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Stupendous collection, Chips!

    No wonder those 16-ish minutes took a wee bit longer — an amazing compilation.

    I’ll bet #39 (Danny Hating On His Attention-Rival: TOD) was taken just before you clicked on the “Post Thread” button (after having wrestled the laptop away from Mr. Big Eyes).

    Lots of stuff I forgot happened this year, so much has happened in what the idiotic MSM refer to as a slow year.

    Thanks for compiling — love that you gave top spots to our President’s impeccable comedic timing. The lazy MSM are incapable of connecting the fact that PBO appears on top rated network and online comedy shows to reach real Americans about ACA.

    One of the other things that amazed me was how few tweets the MSM sent about PBO and FLOTUS lunching with their Lakota friends on the day that PBO announced his executive action on immigration — just the fact that PBO and FLOTUS were dining out midday should have made them take notice. Compare the number of tweets about PBO pwning MSM/GOP/Comcast/Kochs to the number of tweets about #TanSuitGate.

    • 59 jacquelineoboomer
      December 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      arapaho – Hi, there. You are also one of the many TODers responsible for bringing us so many interesting and informative details of what the President (and others) are involved with, throughout the year, and I wanted to thank you!

      • 60 arapaho415
        December 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm

        Awww, what a sweetie-pie, JO’B.

        Always look forward to your poems and (inappropriate, ROFL) comments too!

        Plus I know that you and I are on the same page, Ridin’ with Biden. 😉

  24. 62 sherijr
    December 29, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Oh these are so wonderful, you’ve made my night Chips.. like POTUS making our year 🙂 Man oh man look out 2015 ~

  25. 63 arapaho415
    December 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    The Scalise KKK story is not going to be swept under the rug. National MSM is pursuing.

    • 64 arapaho415
      December 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      It’s worthwhile to read the original post that started this feeding frenzy. The blogmaster is a gifted writer who opens his viral blog post (with only 20 RTs?):
      “Twelve years ago last May, the spacious but plainly appointed conference rooms of the Landmark Best Western Hotel in Metairie, Louisiana, a 16-story, drably-colored octagon-shaped tower that juts into an empty skyline and hugs Interstate 10 so tightly that it serves, in a way, as a type of gateway monument into the city of New Orleans, were filled with dozens of people from all over the country…”

  26. 65 sabreen60
    December 29, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I. am. speechless. Ms. Chips 🙂 I sure hope you have all this in the cloud!

  27. December 29, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    • 68 MadameSoph
      December 29, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Beautiful! This will be shared by me for use by my F&F to answer their ODS Facebook friends (I’m not on FB myself).

  28. December 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    The MSM and elected officials are trying to give him cover

    • December 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      No such thing as ‘cover’ in the Era of Twitter, pf58 🙂

      • December 29, 2014 at 11:17 pm

        good point…but they will try none the less…Ryan Grim …in his tweet said…that it was hard to look Medusa in the face…

      • December 29, 2014 at 11:24 pm

        Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond defended colleague Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) in the midst of reports that Scalise spoke at a white supremacist convention in 2002.

        “I don’t think Steve Scalise has a racist bone in his body,” Richmond, who is black, told the New Orleans Times Picayune.

        “Steve and I have worked on issues that benefit poor people, black people, white people, Jewish people. I know his character.”



        Sometimes there are just no words to say…take that back…there are words…but i won’t say them here…

    • 74 arapaho415
      December 29, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      It’s apparent that the white GOP base in Louisiana is chock-full of KKK, but they’re also crooks.

      This was linked to on the previous thread, but what’s amazing to me is why there was a special election to fill a vacant seat in Louisiana in 1999:
      “Livingston was poised to succeed former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), but he announced his plans to resign shortly before the House’s Dec. 19, 1998, impeachment vote. Days earlier, Livingston had acknowledged several extramarital affairs during his tenure in the House…”

      This is why @RollCall interviewed David Vittner and Steve Scalise were pitted against David Duke back then.

  29. December 29, 2014 at 11:14 pm

  30. 79 amk for obama
    December 29, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    seems brits are no better in dealing with racist cops.


    only saving grace, they don’t kill.

  31. December 29, 2014 at 11:20 pm

  32. 81 arapaho415
    December 29, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Who wants to see the President golfing?

  33. December 29, 2014 at 11:25 pm

  34. 90 arapaho415
    December 29, 2014 at 11:36 pm


  35. 91 JER
    December 29, 2014 at 11:38 pm


    …At the last minute, they were told to move because President Obama and his friends planned to golf there. As luck would have it, the ceremony was relocated to another part of the course with even better ocean views. … More here: http://khon2.com/2014/12/29/newlyweds-reaction-priceless-during-presidents-call/

  36. 92 arapaho415
    December 29, 2014 at 11:42 pm


    The Presidential aspirations of that darling of Libertarians fed up with RWNJs has hit a hitch in the getalong from the get-go.

    “Jim Webb (D), who launched a 2016 presidential exploratory committee last month, paid nearly $100,000 to his wife and daughter through his ‘Born Fighting PAC’, according to Business Insider.”

  37. 94 arapaho415
    December 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    While we’re on a nostalgia trip (2014 memorable moments), let’s not forget the guy who doesn’t need a costume to attend a Halloween party as one of the long-lost Munster kin:

  38. 95 Nena20409
    December 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Fantastic Post Chips……wow.
    I am all smiles and the song Happy is now in my head……mind…. 😉

    • 96 Nena20409
      December 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Okay, I gave in and went and pulled it……..
      Thank YOU, Chipsticks…….Oh my best Holiday is The New Year……..with Zero Mistakes 🙂

  39. December 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Chips, I know that this post is closed, but just had to say THIS IS MAGNIFICENT. Just when I think that you can’t do anything more, you hit (BAM) with another awesome piece.

    Thank you so much for all that you do, along with Nerdy, the other BTs and your regulars.

    Love y’all so much!

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