Your Photo of the Year

The Winner

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 (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)



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 (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)



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)



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 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



First Family Portrait (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


The Result

See the final 14 here and all the monthly contenders here

107 Responses to “Your Photo of the Year”

  1. January 1, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    There’s something so special about this one!

  2. 25 GGail
    January 1, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I’m confused. Are we suppose to vote or is this the line up of the Finalist?

  3. 40 susanne
    January 1, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Aloha TODville!
    Just saw this in the comments on a Charles Pierce article, and had to share. Happy new year, everyone!

    The Little Bushie Boy
    (“The Little Drummer Boy”)

    Come, they told me, we want you to run.
    My dad and bro told me, we want you to run.
    Our donor lists we’ll bring, we want you to run.
    Jeb, are you listening, we want you to run,
    Want you to run, want you to run.
    Mom has always said, we want you to run,
    You’re the smart one.

    That would be nice, I’m going to run.
    I’ll even win it twice, I’m going to run.
    How easy it will be, I’m going to run.
    With the Bush legacy, I’m going to run,
    Going to run, going to run.
    Mom will be so proud, I’m going to run,
    Once I have won.

    I don’t resonate, this running’s no fun.
    I sucked at the debates, this running’s no fun.
    When I defend my bro, this running’s no fun.
    My polling dips real low, this running’s no fun,
    Running’s no fun, running’s no fun.
    Mom won’t speak to me, this running’s no fun.
    Maybe I’m done.

  4. January 1, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Great Job Chips and VC…
    I am sure this took a lot of hard work to do and in agreement that number one is really NUMBER ONE!

  5. January 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Oh thank you, thank you!! It’s weird because the first photos are even in the order I would’ve wished.
    They are the WUNS. We’re all geniuses as well as genies.
    Happy 2016 and more thanks to TOD!!

  6. 47 desertflower
    January 1, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    So sweet and wonderful. These winners are perfect, but then again, they are ALL pretty much winners to us, aren’t they? 🙂 I’m just gonna work hard, educate voters with conversation, register voters and do all I can to make sure that the work that this man has done, with ZERO HELP, on behalf of the American people, can not be wasted or undone. We must keep building on our advances and strive for more equality and justice for all in our imperfect union. Moved so far forward…I’m not going back!! He needs all of us to get out of our comfort zones and do what has to be done for all of us…. I feel good about it, though. I really do….we are the same country that voted for this man twice:) We can do wondrous things together…I want it all!!

    • 48 desertflower
      January 1, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Sorry for the disjointed, stream of thought, whatever that was:) You get the drift!

      • 49 GGail
        January 1, 2016 at 8:54 pm

        DF, I hear you! We must not let fear distract us or become cynical.

        • 50 desertflower
          January 1, 2016 at 8:59 pm

          Eyes on the North Star….

          • 51 GGail
            January 1, 2016 at 9:10 pm

            All the way

          • January 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm

            Amen to your inspiring post, desertflower. I will do everything I can to “…make sure that the work that this man has done, with ZERO HELP, on behalf of the American people, can not be wasted or undone.” and this: “We can do wondrous things together…” Happy New Year DF!

            • 53 jacquelineoboomer
              January 1, 2016 at 9:46 pm

              Happy New Year to you, Nancie! I always enjoy your enthusiasm.

            • 56 Obama Grandmama
              January 1, 2016 at 11:18 pm

              You expressed my sentiments exactly. I am not enthused about any of the candidates running for office, but no wonder, how can I be after having the best? Yet the importance of keeping his achievements in place requires me to amp it up and work to get whomever the Dems run since the GOP would not only destroy all of PBO’s achievements, ruin the Supreme Court, but would destroy our social agenda and turn the world against us. It was so easy to get enthused in the last two General Elections. Not so much this time.

  7. 57 desertflower
    January 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm

  8. 59 Vicki
    January 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Great result!
    Thank you so much, Chips for this contest.

  9. 61 amk for obama
    January 1, 2016 at 9:09 pm

  10. 62 amk for obama
    January 1, 2016 at 9:10 pm

  11. 64 amk for obama
    January 1, 2016 at 9:10 pm

  12. 65 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Looks like we have a winner! Thanks to Chips and VC for all your diligent work at making this happen 🙂

  13. 70 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    That’s the truth…and too many of the said critics can be found in the media.

  14. 71 criquet
    January 1, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    What else will the H Emails reveal?

  15. 79 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Love the winners! President Obama’s a winner! Vice President Biden’s a winner!

    Chips and VC = winners!

    Actually, everybody who “found” TOD is a winner. Thanks for everything in previous years … looking forward to a slow-rolling 2016, if ya get my drift. Let’s enjoy every minute of it.

  16. 81 vcprezofan2
    January 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    To Ms Chips:

    Thank you so very, very much, Great Diva of Blogdom, Empress of TODsylvania*, for the pleasure of this annual pictorial recap. Voting was a wonderful ongoing end-of-year treat.   You sure know how to keep the TODnatives engaged, and some of us …er .. .them can’t wait for when you rule the world!

    Also, too, Chips-y-Whipsy, you have made such a tremendous difference to our political (media) scene over this Obama era that we will always be indebted to you. I would offer you my second born, except that I’m not sure how DannyO would react. {Plus, I really only have one offspring.}

    Wishing for you, ❤ ❤ ❤ and a splendiferous 2016!!!

    • January 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      😆 Thank you for the offer of your second born VC!!! And thank you for all your help with the pix, HUUUUUUUGELY appreciated!!

      • 83 vcprezofan2
        January 1, 2016 at 9:57 pm

        You are more than welcome, CeeCeeee!

        /frowning – BTW, being a person who pays attention to word choice (most of the time), I notice you did not *accept* my offer. /

    • January 1, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      vcprezofan2 thank you for all you have done on the pictorial recap sweepstakes adventures marathon. So much time, so much thought, so much work, to make it so easy for us to zoom in and feast our eyes and STRUGGLE to decide and choose and Pick Just ONE?????!!! Meant the world to me, and still does. What a huge gift to TOD family. Happy New Year VC!

    • 88 amk for obama
      January 1, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      I would offer you my second born…..

      #panderer …. or #carly ?

  17. 90 amk for obama
    January 1, 2016 at 9:37 pm

  18. January 1, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    What a glorious gift this contest has been. Thank you times 10,000, Mighty and Magnanimous Chipsticks, for this powerful, sweet, and energizing review of this magnificent, emotional, tumultuous and glorious year in the Great Days that are the Obama Presidency. I don’t believe the hooey and hatred, but it has the power to wear me down and sour things unless I am aware and intentional about returning my attention to the beautiful truths of PBO’s Presidency. TOD is the place to do that, daily, time after time, and this ongoing review has revived my spirits and nourished my heart and confidence in the power and strength of President Obama and his team, family, and legacy. You bless us greatly, daily.

  19. 92 amk for obama
    January 1, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign had good news to announce as it rang in the New Year — the campaign said Friday it raised $55 million in the final fundraising quarter of 2015, and $112 million in total for the year.

    About $37 million of the year’s final haul was in hard primary dollars, and $18 million was raised for the Democratic National Committee and state parties through the Hillary Victory Fund. The final quarter of the year put the campaign over its goal of raising $100 million for the year. The campaign has spent $74 million so far, and now enters the election year with about $38 million in cash on hand.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/hillary-clinton-fundraising-totals-2015-217284#ixzz3w3FzcLrM

    74 mil already? On what? With zero competition? Hope it is for some serious ground org and gotv and not on some stupid tv ads.

  20. 93 amk for obama
    January 1, 2016 at 10:03 pm

  21. 94 nathkatun7
    January 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Happy New Year, Chipsticks and all the incredible people of TOD!

  22. 96 amk for obama
    January 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    aaand I am outta here.

  23. 99 99ts
    January 1, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I love these photos – the only one I ever remember of GWB was the “mission accomplished” lie

    It has been a delight to have an honest, NO scandals, wonderful family man, friend to the world man in the white house – he is a scientist, historian, naturalist and environmentalist.

    I cannot imagine the white house without him.

    And I voted for the winner – says everything about the President, his family, Rep Lewis and the continual struggle for equality.

  24. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I was always taught to be careful what you do on New Year’s Day, because it may be an indicator of how the rest of the year will go.

    Sounds good to me. I shall now go and carefully slice an apple to eat with the remainder of my 2015 caramel dip. Carefully.

    Yummy. Been eatin’ small containers of caramel dip since Halloween. For the value in the apples, of course.

    • January 2, 2016 at 2:33 am

      I hope this is true! I spent mine hanging out with my daughter all day 🙂 And we saw the new Star Wars movie, came home and watched a Dr. Who episode, and got some knitting in before she went back to Ann Arbor.

  25. 105 globalcitizenlinda
    January 1, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I really wanted to read the full article in Foreign Affairs, that a number of people here have referenced/recommended entitled “Obama’s Way”.

    I was able to read just the little bit of opening chapters when I noticed that to read farther, I would need to register on the site.

    I guess registration is not too much to ask in exchange for a free access to someone’s hard work, but ….., I am just cranky about registrations.

    Well, as they say, no pain no gain. hope to get to read the rest of the article

  26. 107 andogriff
    January 2, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Fantastic photos, Ms Chips!! I love them all! 😀❤️😘👍

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