Pete Souza The Great: 2014 In Photos


January 28, 2014


“At the annual State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, Chuck Kennedy captured this poignant moment between the First Lady and U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg. Cory first met the President in 2009 at a D-Day ceremony in Normandy. Four months later, Cory was badly injured in Afghanistan and in a coma for three months. In early 2010, shortly after Cory came out of his coma, the President happened to be visiting patients at Walter Reed Hospital. As he walked into one of the patient’s rooms, hanging on the wall was a photo I had taken of the President and Cory in Normandy. The President then realized that he had met this badly injured Army Ranger at Normandy. Two years later, we were visiting Arizona, where Cory had gone home to further recuperate. The President asked if Cory would be able to greet him backstage. Amazingly, Cory was able to salute the President and walk across the room aided by a walker to shake hands with the President.” (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



February 4, 2014

“Members of Congress vie for the President’s attention following a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus in the East Room of the White House.”  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




March 1, 2014

“The President talks with some of his national security advisors before a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine. I’m sure there will be people quick to comment about his wearing casual clothes and having his feet on his coffee table. Let’s keep perspective in mind: it was a Saturday, and a President is the President whether he’s wearing a suit on a weekday or casual clothes on a weekend. And a President, any President, isn’t disrespecting the office if he puts his feet on a table or a desk; he’s just being relaxed.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



March 18, 2014

“The President applauds Medal of Honor honorees, from left, Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris, Sergeant First Class Jose Rodela, and Specialist Four Santiago J. Erevia, during the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The President awarded these three Army veterans plus 21 others posthumously the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. These veterans received the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Each of these soldiers’ bravery was previously recognized with the award of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest military award; that award was upgraded to the Medal of Honor in recognition of their gallantry, intrepidity and heroism above and beyond the call of duty. In 2002, Congress, through the Defense Authorization Act, called for a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, to ensure those deserving the Medal of Honor were not denied because of prejudice. During the review, records of several Soldiers of neither Jewish nor Hispanic descent were also found to display criteria worthy of the Medal of Honor. The 2002 Act was amended to allow these Soldiers to be honored with the upgrade – in addition to the Jewish and Hispanic American Soldiers.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



April 4, 2014

“Despite the haphazard framing, I love the expressions on the President and one-year-old Lincoln Rose Smith as she learns to walk in the Oval Office. This moment happened when former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith and her family stopped by for a departure greet and photograph with the President.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



April 14, 2014

“Amanda Lucidon captured this spontaneous moment as the First Lady hugged family pets Sunny and Bo during a video taping in the Map Room of the White House.”  (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)



April 23, 2014

“David Lienemann captured the filming of a scene from the HBO show ‘Veep’ with the real Vice President and the TV Vice President, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, near the gate at the Naval Observatory Residence in Washington, D.C.”  (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)



May 6, 2014

“Aides laugh as the President swats a fly that was invading his space in the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



June 9, 2014

“The President sits for a 3D portrait being produced by the Smithsonian Institution. There were so many cameras and strobe lights flashing but the end result was kind of cool. See the video at this link: http://1.usa.gov/1zhPtAf.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



June 29, 2014

“The President shares a quiet moment with his daughter Sasha during a father and daughter hike at Great Falls, Virginia.”  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



July 10, 2014

“During remarks on the economy in Austin, Texas, the President was heckled about immigration by two young men in the audience. After being interrupted again, the President told the men that he wanted to finish his speech but would be happy to have a conversation with them later. As soon as he left the stage, the President told his staff to bring the two men backstage so he could indeed talk to them about immigration.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



August 14, 2014

“‘Presidents don’t get vacations; they get a change of scenery,’ then First Lady Nancy Reagan once said about her husband’s trips to his California ranch. It doesn’t really matter if a President is in the Oval Office or on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. He is still the President, capable of making decisions wherever he is. Here, while on vacation in Chilmark, Massachusetts, the President puts the finishing touches on his remarks after meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and others about the the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



September 8, 2014

“The First Lady is definitely a hugger. Chuck Kennedy captured this moment of her hug with someone in the audience following her remarks in support of the Reach Higher initiative in Atlanta, Georgia.” (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



September 8, 2014

“‘How Does Someone Get to Meet the President of the United States?’ Parker McAllen, 13, wrote such a letter to the President, and before long, the President invited Parker and her family to the White House (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



September 14, 2014

“The President, First Lady, and daughter Malia view a portrait of Abraham Lincoln while visiting the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



September 17, 2014

“‘Don’t make rabbit ears’, the President said to a group of students before taking a photo with them. Which of course some of them couldn’t resist doing. I especially love the girl with her arm wrapped around the President’s arm. The students were from an elementary school at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



October 7, 2014

“I love all the different things happening in this photograph by David Lienemann, with the main moment being the Vice President greeting a baby during a campaign rally in Bakersfield, California.” (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)



October 14, 2014

“The President lifts the daughter of a departing staff member in the Oval Office.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



October 14, 2014

“The President was meeting with a group of mentees in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. As the meeting was coming to a close one of the participants challenged the President to a game of HORSE. ‘Let’s go,’ the President responded, and the entire group walked down to the basketball court on the South Lawn. In addition to the shooting competition, the President also used the opportunity to further talk to the young men about life lessons, not basketball.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



November 19, 2014

“Lawrence Jackson captured the President busting out in laughter as he and the First Lady recorded a holiday video message in the Map Room of the White House.” (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)



November 26, 2014

“The President and his daughters Malia and Sasha look at ‘Mac’ the turkey in the East Room prior to the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey pardon ceremony at the White House. The President pardoned ‘Cheese’ publicly, though both ‘Mac’ and ‘Cheese’ were spared to live out their life at a farm in Ohio. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



December 1, 2014

“Following the outcry over the shooting of Michael Brown by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, the President invited young civil rights leaders to a meeting in the Oval Office. Many of them had protested in Ferguson. A 30-minute scheduled meeting last more than an hour. As the meeting broke up, the President continued the conversation for a few minutes and I then managed to frame the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the foreground.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



December 3, 2014

“The First Lady and I both spotted the President standing under the mistletoe and she moved in to grab a kiss from him following a dinner for Combatant Commanders and military leadership at Blair House in Washington, D.C.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



December 8, 2014
“The President mimics a middle-school student overcome with emotion at meeting him during an ‘Hour of Code’ event to honor Computer Science Education Week at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.” Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

185 Responses to “Pete Souza The Great: 2014 In Photos”

  1. 7 GGail
    December 30, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Oh man! my computer at work was soooo slow, I just knew MP or almab or VC or Amk or 99ts or even Bob, would have arrived before me 😀

    • 8 MightyPamela
      December 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Ahem! Officially In an irreversible coma, thanks to NW and Chipsticks! A soon as I finish this letter to the IRS, it’s merlot for MP, tea ain’t cuttin’ it anymore!

    • December 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Or even slowpoke Bob …… 😀

      Congrats Gail 🙂

      That July 10 photo (that I’ve never seen) is so fantastic!!! Mentor-In-Chief ….

      • 11 GGail
        December 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm

        Bob, “rare”, not slowpoke 😀 😀 😀 (did I clean it up?)

        • 12 carolyn
          December 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

          Yes, that July 10 photo is something! And we never heard via MSM that he met, in person, with those two young hecklers. I bet he changed their lives and understanding to a huge degree. Do you, or any of us, know any other president in our past who would have done that??? NO….not one would have.

          • 13 Betsy
            December 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

            No, I haven’t heard of any either.

          • December 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm

            Nope. Fortunately for those two young men they have a President who actually cares what people think and is willing to work through issues whenever possible – exactly what he has been trying to do with the hateful GOP since 20Jan09. Doubt if they will ever forget the experience and, hopefully, it will inspire them to treat others as President Obama treated them.

            Can you imagine how many photos of moments like this one that Pete Souza has recorded and that will eventually emerge in PBO’s Library!!

            • 15 jackiegrumbacher
              December 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm

              I think that “inspiring them to treat others as President Obama treated them” is exactly the point of everything our president does when he interacts with people. He demonstrates by example what it means to have empathy and compassion and lead a purposeful life. I don’t think there’s a day that goes by when he isn’t modelling the behavior that he hopes to see in others.

  2. 17 JER
    December 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

  3. December 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks a traziiiiiiiiiiillion for the post Nerdy, what a stunning collection of photos!

  4. December 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

  5. December 30, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Really @MarketWatch ….

  6. December 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm

  7. December 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Interesting how all the Democrats want President Obama’s attention.

  8. 30 99ts
    December 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    So I’m out for New Years Eve lunch – I must be the slowest sandwich maker on the planet – have been making them since 8am this morning.
    Enjoy the 30th – it’s my birthday – but well past in my world. See everyone later – I’ll have to check the photos later today

  9. 55 vcprezofan2
    December 30, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    That little yellow car looks like it had rolled its eyes upwards to *eye* VPJoe and the TV VP AND was grinning broadly at their hijinks!

  10. 56 mtmarilyn
    December 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I am bringing over my comment at the bottom of the last post. Also 99ts comment.

    Love, love, love every picture!!! Any that wins is fine with me. My favorite is the one of him sitting outside at the meeting. So thoughtful. I can’t wait for Pete’s book. He will need more than one. One for all the children, one for the foreign trips. one for the trip to Ireland, one for dealing with congress, one for his campaigns, etc. I could have a whole library.

    December 30, 2014 at 7:41 pm
    If he would create a digital online library – I would pay for that Marilyn!


  11. December 30, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Are the Kennedy centre honours on tonight. If so where. Help!

  12. December 30, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    “Gilda Werner Reed and her son Robert say they have been sitting on information putting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) at a 2002 event hosted by a white nationalist group founded by the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke for about seven years.

    Now it is finally getting the play that they had feared it might never see.

    In phone interviews with TPM Tuesday, Gilda and Robert outlined what they knew — and didn’t know — about Scalise’s appearance at the event and how the information ended up in the hands of Louisiana blogger Lamar White, who broke the story Sunday and sent the national press chasing his scoop.

    “It’s he-said, she-said. That’s why the story has never been reported,” Gilda, a psychology instructor at the University of New Orleans, said. “Everybody down here, everybody in this district … they know that there are ties. It’s no secret. In fact that wins you more votes. That’s what (Scalise) ran on.””

    • December 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Some racists idiots are trying to compare Rev. Sharpton and Rev. Wright to David Duke and the KKK. I told them to show me where Sharpton or Wright have murder, threaten, terrorized lots of white people.Like the KKK have.

    • 70 jackiegrumbacher
      December 30, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      So Scalise ran on his white nationalist associations and now he wants to run away from them. What a piece of work this creep is and he has Boehner’s full confidence.

  13. December 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I love the photos, specially of POTUS, FLOTUS, Malia, and Sasha.

  14. December 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm

  15. 74 desertflower
    December 30, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I have some catching up to do! In honor of President Obama and his awesomeness…I am drinking some PineFin…that is Finlandia vodka that has had fresh pineapple marinading in it…OMG! Delish!! Served cold….yummy:)

  16. 76 Paulita
    December 30, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Hello TOD! I have been playing catch up so not able to comment too often, though I have managed to squeeze in some votes. They are all so good and worthy that I find myself going eeny, meeny, miney, mo… 😀

    I am grateful and thrilled to spend time with all you fine folks that comment here. I believe the same forces which brought us this President and this Pope for these times, also inspired our Chipsticks.

    In other news, I have been adopted by a cat. I’ve decided to name her Mocha Chocolata Ya Ya, so, Mocha, for short. And she answers to that so I suppose it was meant to be.

    What a year!! I’m looking forward to an interesting fourth quarter and I can’t think of a finer group to share it with. ❤ ❤

  17. 78 amk for obama
    December 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    hi hf.

  18. December 30, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    • 86 99ts
      December 31, 2014 at 4:05 am

      And the 2 year old your partner gave birth to! (I was about to say the 2 year old you gave birth to – but that would not quite be possible).

      I mentioned this death to Mr 99 & said how pleased I was that we didn’t “carry” to the supermarket – he shrugged and said it gets rid of the stupid ones!

  19. 87 Dudette
    December 30, 2014 at 8:16 pm

  20. 88 Nena20409
    December 30, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Wow….Excellent Post, NW. Thank you.
    GGail has the TOD Gold ⭐

  21. December 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

  22. 91 Nena20409
    December 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Oh My World.
    Wow. ❤ it, absolutely.

  23. December 30, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    “Will the Chinese equivalent of Blut und Boden cause them to lash out – over the South China Sea, over Western control of global institutions, or simply to divert the attention of their people from internal unrest?

    It doesn’t have to be like that, any more than Wilhelm II had to be such a horribly bad emperor, or the Depression had to undermine the Weimer Republic. Things can go differently; they could have gone differently for the Germans.

    But if you are young today, this should matter more to you than anything else on earth. If China and the West remain at peace, then the 21st century will avoid the terrors of the 20th. If China and the West go to war, it will be horrible beyond imagining.

    The Germans know how this goes, and how it ends. Their example is a lesson to the world, for good and for ill. Anyone who wants to understand that lesson should read Stephen Green’s book.”

    • 95 Nena20409
      December 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      And Amk…..the Hits Lives for Eternity……We The People and SCOTUS under Rehnquist built that pack of Rubbish, GW Bush.

    • December 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      That so perfectly summarizes everything you ever need to know about GWB.

      • 97 vcprezofan2
        December 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

        It does seem that Georgie Boy Bush has more vid-clips, pics etc of him being and looking idiotic than there are of him seeming sane. It’s just occurred to me as I typed the previous sentence that if Georgie were ever charged for torture he has enough visual evidence out there to build a credible case of mental health issues.

        • December 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

          “It’s just occurred to me as I typed the previous sentence that if Georgie were ever charged for torture he has enough visual evidence out there to build a credible case of mental health issues.”

          Would not surprise me, VC, seriously, that that’s one of the defense strategies being considered by his lawyers.

          Among the more ominous interpretations of President Obama’s comments about how, with the economy stabilized, wars ended, etc., he was going to have more time for other ‘issues.’ He must know better than anyone on the planet that the #GWBTortureRegime must be held accountable. There’s a reason why no statute of limitations exists for torture.

          • 99 vcprezofan2
            December 30, 2014 at 9:26 pm

            Truthfully, Bobfr, without considering it deeply, I don’t think *I* want PBO/his admin to address the issue of Georgie Boy and his torture regime in the next two years. I know it is a strong wish of yours and of a few others in the village, but for me, while I know BHO has great strength of character I would be one to tell him, leave this issue for the next president. He has cleaned up enough of GB’s garbage for him to be able to focus more of middle class growth. There are other areas PBO can improve in his remaining time for the practical betterment of the majority of the country and I am not persuaded this is one such. Given the way this president has been disrespected IMO because of his racial background, I foresee a step in this direction unleashing only more of the same vitriol (in fine print, ‘How dare he try to indict one of their own patriot?’). My very personal feeling is that he should no longer expose himself any more than he has to to the slings and barbs of the moneyed and media haters.

            • 100 jackiegrumbacher
              December 30, 2014 at 9:58 pm

              VC. I have to agree with you on this. PBO would never set a precedent of a sitting president attacking a former president–that is just not who he is. And if he went this route, his last two years would consist of nothing but screaming, counterattacks, smearing and attempts to impeach. He has so many more positive ways to direct his considerable intelligence and energy and I think helping young people, especially young black males, is a top priority.

              • 101 vcprezofan2
                December 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm

                ‘if he went this route, his last two years would consist of nothing but screaming, counterattacks, smearing and attempts to impeach.’

                I am convinced of this, JackieG! When you consider how often and how much they did the above with little cause, I can imagine how they’d ‘go to town’ if PBO initiated such a move. Also, I feel sure they’d get other middle-of-the-road people on their sides, not because they agreed with what the Bush-ites had done, but simple because of the unusual nature of sitting president vs past president [and yes, for some, black sitting pres vs white past pres]. It’s a move I think would sour the President’s legacy for many, and if it has to be done, I really don’t see a good reason why PBO has to be the one of do it. If anything, I’d hope for an outside country to take it up – that way Americans so inclined can direct their protectiveness /outrage at *them*.

                • December 30, 2014 at 10:54 pm

                  Respect both of you greatly, VC & JackieG, and do not want the following to cause offense.

                  President Obama needs to set a precedent – America prosecutes war criminals irrespective of their rank, particularly when two of those war criminals are a US President & Vice President.

                  If we don’t show the world that we hold ourselves fully accountable before the law then we should close our mouths about others abusing human rights, once and for all. This goes to the core, the root, the essence – either we are just or we are simply noisy hypocrites. Wish it were otherwise, but it’s not.

                  Finally, I do promise that this will be my last comment on the matter, at TOD, unless President Obama decides to instruct the DoJ & the DoD to proceed.

                  • 103 vcprezofan2
                    December 30, 2014 at 11:19 pm

                    Well, I trust you know I have a lot of respect for you too, Bobfr – that goes without saying! I take no offense when you express what you see as the path forward, just as I believe none will be taken when I state mine.

                    I fully agree with the point you made in your ‘If we don’t show the world’ paragraph. However, I do disagree that it has to be done by PBO.
                    *He* has already reset the scale, by outlawing torture.
                    *He* has done some major cleaning up after Bush, and even some after Clinton.
                    *He* has restored world respect for the USA.
                    *He* has reshaped the way U.S. interacts with the world by making it possible for other nations to step up in ”leadership” roles.
                    I really don’t think *he* needs to set any precedent in this area, and I hope he doesn’t attempt it. I say let someone else/some other president do it! In a purely churlish aside (coming from the hurt part of me that has angrily watched the way he has been treated) I might ask ‘Why should he do ALL of the cleaning up?’ Why should he do 120% of the work for 20% of the credit and 150 % of irrational blame, verbalized hatred, and in-your-face disrespect? I say ‘nix’ on that PBO – concentrate your energy to continue to lift some of the injustices faced by the average citizen. Most of these at least will be more appreciative.

                    • December 31, 2014 at 2:22 am

                      I respect your perspective, VC.

                      Mine is very simple, a grave travesty was exposed on President Obama’s watch. In the world of ‘CEO,’ of which I know a tab, you either own it or not. History has never been kind to those who defaulted to ‘not.’

                      My admiration for President Obama is unbounded. Of all the challenges he has faced, this is without any question, the most defining of American Values. I trust he’ll do what is best to enhance those Values.

                      Thank you and Happy New Year, VC!


                    • 105 vcprezofan2
                      December 31, 2014 at 8:36 am

                      (hope this falls under Bob’s 2:22am comment)

                      Morning, Bobfr! IMO PBO has *already*, and *always*, done what is best to enhance American values. I know you’ll agree (you’ve indicated this repeatedly) he has done a fantastic job in this area by simply being who he is. IMO not doing this particular thing cannot and shouldn’t diminish what he **has** done. Clearly, we won’t agree on this one, but that’s okay. {{Bfr}}

                      Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

                    • December 31, 2014 at 7:07 pm

                      Thank you, VC. Hope you’ve been enjoying a relaxing New Year’s Eve Day. BTW, admire your selection of 2014 memorable events, greatly.

                    • 107 vcprezofan2
                      December 31, 2014 at 7:23 pm

                      Thanks, Bfr! Not so sure how relaxing the day has been since (horrors) I actually went out to the stores! I’ll say only that I was very glad to get back inside my home space. 😀

  24. 108 Nena20409
    December 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Now…..the NRA will Blame this 2yrs old?
    Parental judgement……a Life time burden for this 2yrs old……A toddler no longer has a Mother. In a Civilized Society? In 2014? How backward are We The People?

  25. December 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm

  26. 112 Nena20409
    December 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    In_Deed…….Yes, In_Deed.

    • 113 amk for obama
      December 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      all cowards.

      • December 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm

        Never mind world affairs – what the friggin’ hell kind of screw is this?

        I turn it and NOTHING happens!1!1!

        My desk is now assembled, but it’s on its side, and I know when I lift it up it’ll be nuked again – because those feckin’ screws are doing NOTHING!1!1!


        • 115 amk for obama
          December 30, 2014 at 8:54 pm

          you prolly broke the threaded length when you picked up a fight with the desk. Gonna need new ones. No, not the desk, just the screws.

        • 118 japa21
          December 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm

          It’s not a screw. It is a lock which holds a connecting piece in place. Did you keep the instructions?

          • December 30, 2014 at 9:04 pm

            “Did you keep the instructions?”



            But when I turn it zilch happens. Amk reckons I nuked the thingies, but not even one of the feckin’ thingies works.

            I’m in a mood now.

        • 120 vcprezofan2
          December 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

          Is that the top or side of the desk? Do you see the arrow on the screw? You probably need to ‘lock’ the screw into another mechanism on the other part of the desk where it is supposed to be attached.

          • December 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm

            There are a bunch of them on the underside of the desk VC, and I’ve been &$*!ing at them ALL day.

            • 122 amk for obama
              December 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

              Post a pic of the screw alone. Front view, side view and top view.

            • 134 vcprezofan2
              December 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

              As Japa said, they are more a ‘locking’ mechanism than a screw. You position them above/onto/into their corresponding part of the desk, and I suspect you were given a particular type of screwdriver (?) implement that would then allow you to turn the ‘lock’ in the direction of the arrow to lock it into place on the corresponding part.

              • December 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm

                “I suspect you were given a particular type of screwdriver”

                Yikes, that’s probably it, thank you VC! Although the screwdriver thingie I’m using seems to turn it – with no effect!

                • 136 amk for obama
                  December 30, 2014 at 9:28 pm

                  The Philips head screw driver looks too small. Try the next size.

                • 140 vcprezofan2
                  December 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

                  Well, are you turning it **to** connect INTO the place on the opposing piece where it’s supposed to go, or are you turning it to ‘play’ with it? There’s likely a ‘home’ for it on the other part where it locks in {yin and yang kind of idea} – unless of course you have allowed that corresponding piece to fall out from the other part. If that’s the case, you may need to visit your friendly hardware store and have a little chat with someone in the help department. Or get a new already assembled desk.

                  • December 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm

                    “Or get a new already assembled desk.”

                    I am Googling as we speak!

                    Unohoo says I’m using the wrong screw-driving implement, although it is turning the blighters, just not successfully.

                    VC, you sound scarily knowledgeable about this business, can you drop over to mine?

                    • 142 vcprezofan2
                      December 30, 2014 at 9:48 pm

                      Without seeing the other part, I think the part shown is not turning successfully because it has nothing to grip, or it itself has worn out (ie. lost its ability to grip).

                      Well, years ago I put a previous desk, and a 2-drawer file cabinet together that had a similar mechanism. As I remember both sides of the sections intended for connection has a thingy like the one you showed in the picture. One side had what you showed in your pic (let’s call it the yin) and the other side had the part where the yin fit which was slightly different in outlook (yang). Problem was that if the yang fell out of *its* place – and it could with all the movement etc – then the yin had nothing to lock into so of course that section would be unstable, and all the turning in the world won’t give the expected result.

                    • December 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm

                      But VC, how is it possible that ALL my yins have fallen out with their yangs????

                    • 144 vcprezofan2
                      December 30, 2014 at 10:02 pm

                      You’re asking me?!!! They’re quarrelsome?
                      Seriously, before you throw the desk out, go talk with the hardware store helper-person. Once you explain to him/her, and maybe show one of the screw/lock thingie, you may find that you just overlooked a simple step or part, and you can get right on with the rebuilding job. Good luck!

                    • December 30, 2014 at 10:24 pm

                      🙂 Will do VC, I’ve had this desk for ages and I will NOT say goodbye! I might call Sean, our SuperHandyMan, me trying to explain this crisis to a hardware store helper-person (“rounding screwy thingie not working!1!1”) might not get me anywhere. 😕

                    • 146 vcprezofan2
                      December 30, 2014 at 10:30 pm

                      “rounding screwy thingie not working!1!1″

                      Good point. You wouldn’t want him/her to think you were describing your brain.

                    • 148 vcprezofan2
                      December 30, 2014 at 10:33 pm

                      Sharp looking cat. Where’d you get him?

                    • December 30, 2014 at 10:35 pm

                      I found him in Danny’s poo, along with half a screwdriver 😕

                    • 150 vcprezofan2
                      December 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm

                      You sure have been busy!

                      BTW, you really, really need to feed DannyO with appropriate food items. Reminds me a bit of stories I’d hear, when I was younger, of women eating brick/dirt/whatever because they were lacking in iron.

                    • December 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm

                      “…. women eating brick/dirt/whatever because they were lacking in iron.”

                      Crikey Mikey!!

                    • 152 vcprezofan2
                      December 30, 2014 at 10:52 pm

                      So, where’s DannyO, and where was he when all the woodwork was being done?

  27. December 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    GE all. What a day for pictures.

    Can’t wait to see the poll results.

    I guarantee you a 2 year old would not have been able to undo the safety on a gun. That woman did not deserve to have a closed carry permit. I am sorry that she is dead, and the two year old will grow up dealing with this, which is horrible.

  28. December 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    A little flashback to go with the photo of VP and VP:

  29. 158 Nena20409
    December 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    The Reason POTUS deserves AAA+ in my Calculation.

  30. 159 Nena20409
    December 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  31. December 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm

  32. 166 Nerdy Wonka
    December 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Kennedy Center Honors begins NOW!

  33. 168 amk for obama
    December 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    “Mr. Smith, I have reviewed this case very carefully,” the divorce court judge said, “and I’ve decided to give your wife $275 a week.”

    “That’s very nice, your honour,” the husband said. “And every now and then I’ll try to send her a few bucks, myself.”

  34. 169 forus50
    December 30, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Kennedy Center Honors on now! Colbert hosting. CBS.

  35. December 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  36. 171 a4alice
    December 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I just got a glimpse of PBO singing “love and happiness” 😀

  37. December 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Of course it wouldn’t be an Al Green honoring if they didn’t show that famous clip of PBO singing “Let’s Stay Together.” 🙂 🙂

  38. 177 Nerdy Wonka
    December 30, 2014 at 9:19 pm


  39. December 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm

  40. 180 Nerdy Wonka
    December 30, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    President Obama doing his version of a praise dance. Tom Hanks having a little Black in him.

    The Kennedy Center Honors are off to a fantastic start. Yay, Al Green!

  41. December 30, 2014 at 9:31 pm

  42. December 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Glad to see Misty Copeland representing

  43. 185 HZ
    December 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Just wanted to wish 99t a beautiful birthday. Just catching up with my TOD family. I have been in another world with trying to catch up with paper work.

    NerdyW., this is a great treat. {{{{{{Than you, my love}}}}}}. Even greater moments coming for us in 2015 with our Great President. Love you all so much. HZ

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