Photo of the Year

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

(2) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the DC Youth Orchestra in the Diplomatic Reception Room prior to a reception celebrating Black History Month in the East Room of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) First Lady Michelle Obama snuggles against President Barack Obama before a videotaping for the 2015 World Expo, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

(4) President Obama’s wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) The President and First Lady with their alma mater t-shirts on College Signing Day (Photo by Pete Souza)

(6) President Obama kisses Vice President Biden after delivering the eulogy during funeral services for Biden’s son, Beau at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Del. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/AP)

(7) Dancing with sister Auma Obama, President Kenyatta, and others at the State Dinner in Nairobi (Photo by Pete Souza)

(8) President Obama and daughter Malia arrive at the White House on the first family’s return from vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty)

(9) President Obama and the First Lady wait on the North Portico for the arrival of President Xi and Madame Peng (Photo by Pete Souza)

(10) The President and First Lady react to a child in a pope costume and mini popemobile as they welcomed children during a Halloween event on the South Lawn of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(11) President Obama smiles next to his daughters Sasha and Malia at the pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey event (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)

(12) The First Family attend the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse south of the White House (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty)

(13) Family Portrait (Photo by Pete Souza)

(14) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


93 Responses to “Photo of the Year”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    December 31, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    😎 😎 😎 😎 😎 😎

  2. December 31, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    No. 1. I’m a kids’ librarian.

  3. 7 amk for obama
    December 31, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    whatjer mean Thank you, we have already counted your vote?

  4. 12 MightyPamela
    December 31, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    5th! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  5. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    December 31, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Love each and every photo, of course!

  6. 14 amk for obama
    December 31, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    my poty.

    what? … photos of the year. sheesh.

  7. 20 GGail
    December 31, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Curosity got the best of me, so I tried to place another vote, and I received a most embarrassing message 😀

  8. 24 99ts
    December 31, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Heading out – Happy New Year America

    Love the photos even though Ms Chips didn’t let me vote on the last few. I will never forget

  9. December 31, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    OMG! Just checked, my choice is only in THURD!1!1!1!

  10. 32 amk for obama
    December 31, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    aaand on that note, I’m outta here.

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  13. December 31, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Chips, this is torture.

  14. 57 hopefruit2
    December 31, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I voted, but unable to see the results…Glad that I exercised my civic duty nonetheless…. 🙂

    And I tells ya, this group of photos was EXCEEDINGLY hard to choose from.

  15. December 31, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Just to inform you, my tri tip smells AWESOME

    • 59 jacquelineoboomer
      December 31, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      I’m sure it does! My son does all the cooking at his house, when he’s able, and sometimes I’m invited (interest in cooking skipped a generation, in my case). Today, I told him I’d treat us to a pork roast (my German-American grandmother’s New Year’s Day good luck dinner with sauerkraut), if he’d cook it … but I mentioned if he didn’t feel like it, I’d get some pork chops and bake them, or something, and then maybe add some sauerkraut, or whatever … and he e-mailed me this (I think the CAPS said it all):

      YOU ARE NOT MAKING CHOPS AND PUTTING SAU…NO NO NO. I AM COOKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      (I was just trying to be nice, son. Ha!)

  16. 62 mtmarilyn
    December 31, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Chips, this isn’t fair. We can’t vote a second time. I want more than one.

  17. December 31, 2015 at 9:26 pm

  18. 64 hopefruit2
    December 31, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Ha! You can tell that the camel feels super important; feels that something big is happening and that he/she is a PART OF IT!!! 🙂 🙂

  19. December 31, 2015 at 9:33 pm

  20. December 31, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    This has been SO WONDERFUL! I loved every photo and had a very difficult time in some line-ups, and other times BOOM — instant certainty. What a sweet, uplifting, delightful reminder of the abundant goodness, hilarity, dedication, and humor with which our First Family and VP Biden and family moved through this extraordinary and challenging year. Missed a few votes today but going through each month is a great pleasure. And distraction! In a good way. Thankful.

  21. 73 GGAIL
    December 31, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I just saw Armstrong Williams on NBC Nightly. He’s the cause of the people leaving Carson’s campaign. Armstrong said that a new Carson will emerge soon – one that will win the White House.
    I almost fell off my bed laughing

  22. 74 bella2758
    December 31, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I love them all, but I’m voting for 14.

  23. December 31, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Oh shhhhhhhiiiiiiiiii————-!!!!!!!!!! Do I REALLY have to choose one?!?!?!? This is tooooooooooooooooooo hard! Yes, I’m whining. Oh well, looking again. I WILL decide.

  24. 77 No Child Left Behind
    December 31, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Happy New Year TODVille!

    I wish you good health, success, love around you, peace in your lives, joy everyday, and a Democratic President-elect.

  25. 78 desertflower
    December 31, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Happy New Year to everyone:) I rarely make it until midnight (in my own time zone) so just in case….I wish all of you only goodness, and happiness and strength to do what has to be done….I wish for huuuuuuge voter registration drives and good surprises from SCOTUS…..the way to ASSURE that we get good rulings from SCOTUS, is to VOTE! 🙂

    Hugs, love and good wishes to all! Back to lurking…

  26. 79 desertflower
    December 31, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Fireworks. That means my dog will bark all night. WTF is wrong with these people??!!

  27. December 31, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks for all your work and the laughs.
    Happy 2016 and all the best to everyone here!!
    Best Prez, First Lady and Family…EVAH.

  28. 81 globalcitizenlinda
    December 31, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Wishing Ms. Chips, all “assistant blog tyrants”, and everyone on TOD a fantastic New Year, 2016!

    May health, happiness, and prosperity for you and your family/friends be among the best gifts you all receive in this new year;

    Keep holding, PBO, Team Obama, and each other, up through the challenges and victories that await us.

  29. December 31, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Although I looove #3…the Michelle Snuggle, I had to go with #14 as that captures history in a nutshell.
    Happy New Year TOD. May Love, Happiness,Peace and Health surround you all for 2016.
    Chips thank you for being you 🙂 and for all that you do.

  30. December 31, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Happy New Year to all of TOD. Thanks Chips et al for keeping this the home of PBO. Peace and blessings !!

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  34. 87 mtmarilyn
    December 31, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Just read that Wayne Rogers aka Trapper John died, age 82. Loved Trapper John. RIP

  35. 89 JER
    December 31, 2015 at 10:56 pm

  36. December 31, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Happy New Year Everyone!

    I got my black-eyed peas going-(for good luck in the new year)
    The collard greens (for prosperity) are cooking as well
    Rice (for abundance) and ham (for living high on the hog) are doing their thing also!

    I wish each one of these New Year blessings to each and every one of you. Add Peace, Happiness, Joy and Great Health and we will have an Amazing 2016!

    May God Bless Our Beloved President and First Family!

    Now after the difficulty trying to choose photo of the year, we will be settling in for another New Year’s tradition, watching “Black Orpheus, 1958 version.

  37. 92 CEB
    January 1, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Happy New Year, TOD ohana.

    Unfortunately I always start a new year afraid for my life because i live in an area where the backwards idiots shoot guns (so terrible that a new year is greeted with instruments of violence and death). Every year someone is injured or killed because of stray bullets and each year I cower on the floor waiting for the sound and fury to end.
    Health and happiness to everyone and may this year bring more PBO led victories for the betterment of our country and the world. May wiser heads, GOTV, and fact-checking prevail so that a candidate who will build upon the groundwork of progress, prosperity and equality that PBO has built, be elected as the next POTUS.

  38. 93 rvolpi
    January 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

    That was Damn difficult, but I went with lucky #13.

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