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Photo Of The Year: January

(1) President Obama with Akira Cooper at the Community Children’s Center in Lawrence, Kan. (Photo by Doug Mills)

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(2) President Obama greets a young girl who was the guest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, background, during a greet with the First Lady in New Delhi (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) President Obama greets 103-year-old Civil Rights legend Amelia Boynton Robinson with Rep. Terri Sewell at the U.S. Capitol before delivering the State of the Union address (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) President Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address (Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)

(5) President Obama scatters rose petals at Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, in New Delhi (Photo by Carolyn Kaster AP Photo)

(6) First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a literacy project at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

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(7) President Obama has his photo taken with staff at Baltimore’s Charmington’s Cafe (@brandon_weigel)

(8) President Obama meets with former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly in Phoenix on the fourth anniversary of the shooting that left Giffords gravely wounded (Photo by Pete Souza)

(9) President Obama surprises a woman as she walks to her house in Phoenix (Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times)

(10) President Obama with Akira Cooper at the Community Children’s Center in Lawrence, Kan. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Panic not if we miss a gem from any month, we’ll have a wildcard selection at the end to cover our asses 😕


115 Responses to “Photo Of The Year: January”


    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      December 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Chips – You’re the wildcard! Or at least our wild child! “Panic not” – Ha!

      Just checking in to see the beauty and wonders, before my siesta. Later. zzzzzzzzzzz

  1. 3 sherijr
    December 5, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    oh man this is way too hard. I love them all.

  2. December 5, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    The little girl in #1 is precious beyond words.

  3. 7 Don
    December 5, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Hard selection.

  4. December 5, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Gosh, if you have a daughter, that is a pic for a lifetime.

  5. December 5, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    This is incredibly difficult! #1 fills me with joy; #4 moves me to tears.

  6. December 5, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Oh dear.

  7. 17 mtmarilyn
    December 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Oh this is way to hard. How many times can we vote, also how often are you going to put one up. I really want all of them.

  8. 19 Vicki
    December 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you, Chips for this exciting event.
    Not so easy to pick from all these goodies.

  9. December 5, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    High-poverty schools often staffed by rotating cast of substitutes
    By Emma Brown December 4 at 5:27 PM

    Mya Alford dreams of studying chemical engineering in college, but the high school junior is at a disadvantage: Last year, her chemistry teacher at Pittsburgh’s Westinghouse Academy quit just weeks after school started, and the class was taught by a substitute who, as Alford put it, “didn’t know chemistry.”

    The year before, there was no permanent biology teacher until December. Students at Westinghouse, a high-poverty school in one of Pittsburgh’s roughest neighborhoods, often see a rotating cast of substitutes, Alford said.

    “You’re looking at test scores,” Alford said of the school’s low performance on state standardized tests in math, science and reading. “But we didn’t have a stable teacher.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/how-can-students-learn-without-teachers-high-poverty-schools-often-staffed-by-rotating-cast-of-substitutes/2015/12/04/be41579a-92c6-11e5-b5e4-279b4501e8a6_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_faketeachers-535pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

  10. December 5, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Look at those beautiful faces

  11. December 5, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      December 5, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      So, rikyrah, what sewer did they drag this Sen. Knollenberg from? It must have been a particularly noxious one that hasn’t been used for forty years–you can actually smell the stench from here. And the people of Troy, NY elected this little bigot? Remind me not to go there.

  12. December 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm

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  14. 27 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Hello TOD on a Saturday Afternoon.
    I am so done with the US News Media.
    Their brazen bigotry, racist coverage of any issue not especially seen through exclusively the Prism of the Majority is truly troubling to how I was raised and to all that I have come to believe about my country.

    • 28 jackiegrumbacher
      December 5, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Nena, I was done with the US media years ago. Turn everything off–it’s liberating and better for your blood pressure.

  15. 29 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm

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  18. 37 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Yup, a Former Congressional Member.
    They stood silently by for the last 6+years.
    Today, they control the US News Media, Dialogue and nearly 70% of all US Gov’t from Local to Federal.

  19. 38 sjterrid
    December 5, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you so much for this very uplifting post. I picked the first picture, because she’s so adorable.

  20. 41 vcprezofan2
    December 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Aaaw, Chipsy-whispy, now you have me thinking ‘Pictures, yeaaah! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    BTW, are you cheating **already** by including your favourite twice in the lineup to influence our vote? /smh/ Some things never change.

  21. 46 GGAIL
    December 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Looks like #1 & 3 are running neck and neck😊

  22. 55 GGAIL
    December 5, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    This Windows 10 download seems to take forever, its been a couple of hours already. Does this seem right or is mine stuck on stupid? 😳

    • December 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Hi GG. It’s about normal. Mine took forever as well.

      • 57 GGail
        December 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

        Oh thanks edp4 for replying. My patience are running out 😀

      • 58 GGail
        December 5, 2015 at 5:21 pm

        Hi edp, I replied to you earlier, but WP ate it. Good thing I have my MacBook, otherwise, I would be commenting with you all on my iphone 6S while waiting for the PC to download Windows 10.
        I’m ready for a nap! 😀

    • 59 Anna
      December 5, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      SO down loaded Windows 10, took forever, lost his task bar, we couldn’t get it back, he got frustrated with other aspects, gave up and reversed it as was told could. Guess we are too old for tech progress. A good friend down loaded also, younger, didn’t bother with problems, called in IT person to teach her how to use. She works from home and felt she needed to be up to date. Good luck.

      • 60 GGail
        December 5, 2015 at 5:13 pm

        Thanks Anna. I feel like I could have another birthday before this thing downloads! 😀

      • 61 globalcitizenlinda
        December 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm

        I think you gave up too early;

        yes, at first it is frustrating to use but then in a few weeks you wonder why you were fussing in the first place;

    • December 5, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Worst decision I ever made was to download Windows 10. If you are still at it in 24 hours please don’t be surprised. Lost more than the $300 it took to fix it.

      • 63 GGAIL
        December 5, 2015 at 8:15 pm

        Whaaaat? Almab, you’ve scared me now. It is still downloading and I began at10am and it’s now 5:15pm

        • 64 globalcitizenlinda
          December 5, 2015 at 9:11 pm

          Downloaded mine a few months ago;

          Yes, it took a very long time to complete the task;

          of course I got frustrated when I first tried to use it – because I was not familiar with the new look;

          I was glad that the start button was replaced and through that I found that if I click on it, there was a tutorial (called Cortana) which provided guidance of how to access my files and use the new windows;

          found all my files still saved in my folders and I could access my email right away;

          but now I use it fine and don’t even think about the features that were changed;

          like everything new, a person needs patience to learn the way around and the new features;

          so my advice: patience is the word

  23. 65 vcprezofan2
    December 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    So people. if you actually have a pictorial gem you want included up front in the voting (and CC is not around), you can bring it to my attention and I will pass it on. I’m already remembering last year and getting revved! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  24. December 5, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Four Black Women Win Rhodes Scholarships
    Filed in Features on December 3, 2015

    The Rhodes Trust has announced the latest class of 32 American students who will study at the University of Oxford as Rhodes Scholars. Being named a Rhodes Scholar is considered among the highest honors that can be won by a U.S. college studen

    Of this year’s 32 American Rhodes Scholars, it appears that four are African Americans. All four are women.

    Ilhan A. Dahir is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and political science. She is now teaching English in Turkey as a Fulbright Fellow. Dahir is the daughter of Somali immigrants. Dahir plans to earn two master’s degrees at Oxford, one on refugee and forced migration studies and one in global governance and diplomacy.

    Jennifer C. Hebert is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in the biological basis of behavior. She is a member of the university’s rowing team and the U.S. national rowing team. Her senior thesis involves research on the effects of nicotine exposure or stress on neural circuitry. Hebert will study for a master’s degree in psychiatry at Oxford.

    Logan C. Jackson from Lexington, Kentucky, is a senior at Northeastern University in Boston, majoring in structural engineering. She has a perfect grade point average so far in her undergraduate career. Jackson is president of the Northeastern University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. She plays the viola in the university’s symphony orchestra. At Oxford, Jackson plans to study for a master’s degree in education and a master’s degree in evidence-based social intervention and policy.

    Ericka M. Wheeler is the first African American woman from the state of Mississippi to win a Rhodes Scholarship. She is a senior at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. She is majoring in history and English and also taking a pre-med curriculum. Wheeler is co-president of the Millsaps College Gospel Choir and president of the Intercultural Student Organization. Wheeler plans to study for a master’s degree in medical anthropology at Oxford.

    https://www.jbhe.com/2015/12/four-black-women-win-rhodes-scholarships/

  25. 73 susanne
    December 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I absolutely love all these photos, but I voted for #5 because PBO is just having so much fun tossing the rose petals! Seeing him happy and enjoying the little moments– always makes me smile.

  26. 74 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 6:10 pm

  27. 75 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 6:12 pm

  28. 76 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 6:13 pm

  29. 77 desertflower
    December 5, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Imagine that:)

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/12/04/these-pranksters-read-bible-passages-to-people-telling-them-it-was-the-quran-they-were-shocked/

    A lot of conservative Christians like to argue, as do atheists, that the Qur’an is full of barbarism and misogyny. Unlike the atheists, though, they forget that their own Bible is also full of horrific verses.
    So the Dutch pranksters at Dit Is Normaal ran an experiment. They bought a Bible, but changed the cover to say it’s the Qur’an. Then they asked people to read passages and give their thoughts.
    It went exactly as you’d expect:

  30. 82 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    • December 5, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      These people who are stock piling ammo and weapons have been listening to RW Radio and fox news…who tell them to prepare for the impending doom of the government taking their guns…their rights and all they hold dear..to prepare for the war against the usurpers in the government…it is a very dangerous time for blk…brown…muslims…

      Time for “We The People”to get control of their democracy…Organize…VOTE…

      the insanity of the GOP…willing to let suspected terrorists buy guns…not to mention…those like this guy in the story…to buy assault weapons and stock pile ammo…what was he going to do with that ammo

  31. 84 carolyn
    December 5, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Today was the first of two Saturdays this month that our church takes lunch…..a hot meal, and toiletries and clean white socks, and clothes to the Homeless Alliance and feeds between two and three hundred people. I started participating in this about two months after I lost my husband. These days are my favorite days of the month. I’m new, so am the beneficiary of people who have been doing this for twenty years and know how to organize. I cut desserts first today, then stood at the table giving shampoo, combs, soap, toothpaste, etc. to all who come. The blessing is mine. So many say “God bless you” and all say thank you. We have some regulars we know, and each month some new ones. The lady I worked next to just retired from the VA and recognized a couple of veterans she knew. She is quite concerned with where they are living.

    As you might guess, the majority are men, about three to one. Today one woman came with five children, bless her heart, and was ecstatic to receive all the hygiene supplies for her whole family.

    I wish every Republican Senator would spend just one Saturday with us, and see what the situation is in people’s lives before they cut any more funds. We feed on Saturday, because meals are not provided on the weekends, so Saturday and Sunday are hard.

    The people in my church are unbelievably generous. December 19 we will give a hat, a scarf, gloves, and a heavy sweatshirt to each person who comes. People knit the scarves, and members buy the gloves, hats and shirts. I can hardly wait for that Saturday.

    The Homeless Alliance is a rather large building with a good kitchen, large dining area, showers and offices. Oh yes, we also bring dog and cat food for their pets.

  32. December 5, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    !!!!!!!!!

  33. 98 99ts
    December 5, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    What a glorious post to find. I’m with Gabby – Congress won’t even vote to save their own – I still have trouble believing this is the USA

  34. 99 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    • 100 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      December 5, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      I WISH PBO WOULD NOT DO THIS…THE MORE HE ASSURES THE PUBLIC…THE MORE THEY WILL BLAME HIM IF SOMETHING HAPPENS…YOU CAN’T BLAME A PRESIDENT FOR THESE THINGS…GOD IS IN CONTROL AND NOONE ELSE CAN BE.AMERICANS NEED TO PUT THEIR BIG PANTS ON AND SMELL THE COFFEE!

  35. 101 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 7:07 pm

  36. 102 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 7:08 pm

  37. 103 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 7:10 pm

  38. 104 Nena20409
    December 5, 2015 at 7:12 pm

  39. December 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm

  40. December 5, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Leader Nancy Smash Pelosi

  41. 114 Vicki
    December 5, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    PBO talking to us from the Oval Office tomorrow!!!
    8:00!!!! Prime time!!!!!
    This is sure to be a memorable address.

  42. December 5, 2015 at 8:24 pm


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