Photo of the Year: Wildcards (Part 1)

(1) President Obama in Kotzebue, Alaska (Photo by Mark Seliger/Rolling Stone)

(2) Pete Souza: “The President’s daughter Malia stopped by the Oval Office one afternoon to see her dad and, while they were talking, she wiped something from his face.”

(3) Family Portrait (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) Pete Souza: “The President greets nine-month-old Josephine Gronniger, whose father, Tim Gronniger, brought his family by the Oval Office for a family photo.”

(5) Pete Souza: “An amusing moment as the President made a last minute plea with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., following their meeting at the White House.”

(6) The late Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s daughter, Malana, reaches up to President Obama next to her sister Eliana, right, as their mother Jennifer hugs first lady Michelle Obama after the president eulogized Rev. Pinckney during funeral services at the College of Charleston TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

(7) Pete Souza: “The Obama family and Biden family greet Pope Francis as he arrives in the United States for the first time at Joint Base Andrews.”

(8) Vice President Biden and his granddaughter Finnegan Biden tour the Dachau concentration camp in Germany with Max Mannheimer, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor (Photo by David Lienemann)

(9) Touring the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks in Ancon, Panama (Photo by Pete Souza)

(10) Pete Souza: “Throughout the first half of the year, the President met often with our team during the P5+1 negotiations with Iran. Several times he conducted secure video conferences from the Situation Room while the negotiators were on the ground in Switzerland.”

142 Responses to “Photo of the Year: Wildcards (Part 1)”

  1. 13 GGail
    December 31, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    My vote is in the Lead, it’s also the only vote 😀 😀 😀

  2. 19 MIghtyPamela
    December 31, 2015 at 2:02 pm


  3. 20 Don
    December 31, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    WOW! All of these pictures are amazing, I absolutely love #2 and #5.

  4. 22 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 2:04 pm

  5. 23 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    #4 is heartmeltingly yummy, but I didn’t vote for that one, cuz… #1!!! 😀

  6. December 31, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Happy New Year from Lurkerland (aka Iowa). A day of massive emotions here – early this morning, my dad passed away after a lengthy illness. 😦 Yet today is my last day at work, as I am retiring after 31 years. 🙂 The timing didn’t quite work out on that one. My dad was a pretty liberal 87.5 year old Democrat, I definitely will miss discussing politics with him!

    • 31 yardarm756
      December 31, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Peace be with you….Sorry for your loss.

    • 32 GGail
      December 31, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Oh wow {{{{muscatinegal}}}}, I bet you do have a tidal wave of emotions rolling inside you today. Take it slow and remember your dad is no longer in any pain or discomfort. You will always have him with you in your heart and your memories.

      Then may you enjoy retirement and all it has to offer.

    • 33 0388jojothecat
      December 31, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      So sorry muscatinegal. Hope you were able to spend a lot of quality time with your dad this year. I imagine you were hoping that once you retired you could spend even more time with him, I am so sorry. He is at peace but always with you…..

    • 34 Dudette
      December 31, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Wow, muscatinegal, you’re going it through some major life changes all at once. I’m happy for you in your retirement. 31 years is a very long time. I hope you found it rewarding and will be able to pursue new passions and live happily in the months and years to come.

      I’m very sorry to hear about your Dad. May the love of your family and close friends surround you with warm and loving memories.

      Remember to take very good care of yourself – mind, body, and spirit. Be at peace. Be well.

    • December 31, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks all for your kind wishes. A strange thing happened – I woke up at 1:53AM, which is very out of the ordinary for me. Later found out that’s about when my dad passed away. Perhaps he was thinking of me then. 🙂

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      December 31, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Oh, muscatinegal, I can’t imagine what a difficult time this is for you. No matter how much you may think you’re prepared for the loss of a parent, it’s still a terrible blow. And changing the pattern of a lifetime is a serious adjustment. Please allow yourself time to grieve and to find your way in this time of transition. And please, please, let us know how you are.

    • 43 sjterrid
      December 31, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      I’m so sorry for your loss. May he RIP. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you the best in retirement.

    • 44 Roberta in MN
      December 31, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Sorry for the loss of your Dad. May RIP. and Congrats on retiring. It can be fun. Please take care of you and your family. (((hugs))).

    • 45 otter44
      December 31, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      condolences. so sorry for your loss.

    • 46 Lynn
      December 31, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      What a wonderful way to get to the finish line, muscatinegal, Your father can be proud of the fine person he helped bring into the world.

  7. 47 yardarm756
    December 31, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Happy New Year…..Let’s hope.

  8. 53 Nena20409
    December 31, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Hello, TODable TOD Community 😉
    Happy New Year!
    So many Photographs, Thank you Lady Chips!
    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners, starting with the Fine Post and several posts since last night.
    It is impossible to make a selection from the 10 Pictures above. I ❤ ❤ ❤ them all 😉

  9. 54 0388jojothecat
    December 31, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I am so glad that PBO and family has had several years now to have a peaceful and uneventful Xmas & New Year holiday vacation.


  10. 56 Nena20409
    December 31, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Sen Murphy from the Constitution State, Connecticut has been tweeting out ever one of the 372 mass shootings in 2015. No doubt that he has help…….but what a dedication.

  11. 74 GGail
    December 31, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    The Queen’s New Year Honors list has been announced, and once again, several leading British actors have been awarded for their services to drama.

    Golden Globe nominees Idris Elba and David Oyelowo are both to be awarded an OBE. Elba, 43, known for his role in the hit BBC crime drama Luther, has described the honor as “beyond special,” while Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr. in 2014’s Selma, explained why the award has particular sentimental meaning.

    With 1,196 people on this year’s list, which recognizes the achievements and services of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom, more than three-quarters of recipients have undertaken outstanding work in their communities.

    NOTE: I think we should bring Chipsticks’ outstanding work in her community to the Queen’s attention. Chips deserves to receive this award too!

  12. 83 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I guess they’re gonna call it “The You-Shall-Not-P*ss Act”
    Man, these haters really need to find jobs/hobbies that don’t involve obsessing over other folks’ body parts.

  13. 88 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 3:01 pm

  14. 89 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    • 90 Lynn
      December 31, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Letter to Ayla. Your parents gave you a power name whether or not they knew it. Check out the ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ series. Fiction,,,yes. Anthropological….highly probable..

  15. 91 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    • 92 Dudette
      December 31, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Don’t read the comments. I swear sometimes I wish there was a way where, one day of the year, you could take one good shot at either bopping stupid, mean people on the head with a nerf bat or making bird poop drop on their heads from the comfort of your computer screen.

  16. 97 Nena20409
    December 31, 2015 at 3:14 pm

  17. 103 Nena20409
    December 31, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I was able to finally watch the Video from last night……1963 Corvette and All 😉


  18. 122 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 3:29 pm

  19. 123 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 3:35 pm

  20. 124 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  21. 125 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Woooooooot! 😎

  22. 128 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 3:48 pm

  23. December 31, 2015 at 3:53 pm

  24. 132 Nena20409
    December 31, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Only in 3 states……that Gas is above $2:00
    Thanks, Pres Obama!

  25. 133 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 4:02 pm

  26. 134 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 4:04 pm

  27. 135 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 4:05 pm

  28. 138 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 4:09 pm

  29. 139 Dudette
    December 31, 2015 at 4:10 pm

  30. December 31, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    CHANGE is afoot!!

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