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2013: CollegeKay’s Most Memorable Moments

by CollegeKay

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10. President Obama explains the lipstick on his collar at a White House reception for Asian American Heritage Month. Don’t worry Mrs O, the culprit was auntie of Jessica Sanchez.

“Look at this!”

“Look at this!”

“I do not want to be in trouble with Michelle. That’s why I’m calling you out right in front of everybody.”

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9. The adorable Kid President receives a personal tour of the Oval office from President Obama.

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8. Malia photobombs Sasha trying to get a picture of their mom and dad kissing because she’s awesome.

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7. Sunny Obama, the diva puppy, is welcomed into the Obama family! I’m sure she is the source of much of President Obama’s new gray hairs.

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6. President Obama speaks directly with Iranian President Rouhani. It was the first direct contact between U.S. and Iranian presidents since 1979. Yeah, I’d say that was a BFD.

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5. During his commencement speech at Morehouse College, President Obama went off-script to acknowledge gay Morehouse men. As a recent graduate of a prominent HBCU, I found this moment to be of great significance.

Full speech:

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4. After George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” for murdering Trayvon Martin, many of us in the African-American community expressed pain, doubt, and an overall sense of hopelessness.

Again, many of us questioned the justness of the justice system. Though we may never know President Obama’s personal reaction to the verdict until after he leaves office (perhaps in a memoir?), I believe that his 17 minute statement on the aftermath of the Zimmerman trial represents and conveys the dismay felt by many African Americans.

//…”You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son.  Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.  And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”

Full text of remarks here

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3. President and Mrs. Obama visit Goree Island in Senegal.

Just the fact the first African American First Family stood at the “Door of No Return” is too overwhelming for me to even put into words. Mrs. Obama is a descendent of slaves and now she is First Lady of the United States. Let that sink in.

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2. Being that my father is incarcerated on a non-violent drug charge, this recent action is particularly close to my heart.

There is no doubt in my mind that President Obama realizes the problem of mass incarceration in this country. The fact that he signed the Fair Sentencing Act into law in 2010 is evidence of that; however, for him to expand retroactive relief for inmates impacted by the unjust crack-powder cocaine disparity is huge and it does wonders for the families who are impacted by it.

Not only did he commute 8 sentences this month, but in August of this year he directed Attorney General Eric Holder to expand sentencing relief for inmates on the federal level who were subject to inequitable mandatory minimums.

NY Times  – Obama Commutes Sentences for 8 in Crack Cocaine Cases

TIME – Obama Expands Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Relief

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1. Perhaps this is a little cliched, but it is important to me: President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration.

For you all to understand the significance of the 2nd inauguration, allow me to give some background.

When PBO was first elected, I was a senior in high school. I never paid attention to politics and definitely was not sure of where my life was headed. I do, however, remember the magnitude of election night as well as the first inauguration.

My mother and I watched on our small television that sat on the floor in the living room of our apartment. We did not have any furniture — just a year before we were nearly homeless after she lost her job at the beginning of the recession. I had no idea where I would be in four years, but I knew I was blessed just to see the moment.

Little did I know that I would be working as a college fellow on the second campaign. What? Little Kay Kay who hates politics and just wants to be a ball player? It is actually funny thinking about it.

Nevertheless, President Obama gave me hope in the future. He had accomplished so much in the first term that I was delighted to work nearly 30 hours per week, in addition to going to school, as an OFA fellow.

The days were long. The nights were cold as we walked with our clipboards in hand door-to-door in the Northern Virginia suburbs. At times, we were frustrated, tired, and weary. Every day we were reading new reports essentially describing President Obama as a lame duck. Contrary to the narratives, our folks were mobilized on the ground. Admittedly, however, some were discouraged.

It was my job to remind them of everything PBO had accomplished and how much was at stake. Even if I only convinced one person to vote in a whole canvassing shift, it was worth it.

I believed in this President. I believed that we needed him at this time and in this moment in history. As such, Inauguration Day 2013 was not only a day for President Obama but also a day for his dedicated supporters.

Conventional wisdom counted us out. The fire is no longer there, they would say; but, boy did we show them!

We made this happen, and all of you should feel proud.

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CollegeKay, what a completely beautiful collection of memories, from the fun and quirky, to the moving and powerful. Thank you, so so much.

This is the first in a series of TODers’ ‘Memorable Moments’ from 2013 which we’ll feature over the next two-ish weeks.

If you’d like to join in and offer your memories for posting, that would be blissful! Just email me them – theobamadiary@gmail.com – and I’ll add the photos/videos.

I looooooove this community, with a passion! Thank you again CollegeKay.


179 Responses to “2013: CollegeKay’s Most Memorable Moments”


  1. 1 cookemom
    December 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    A man had an unusual dental problem recently. About a month ago he had to have a small steel plate inserted in his mouth. A week later he noticed the plate was starting to rust. The dentist asked him if he had a change in his eating or drinking habits that may have caused the problem. The man explained that he had tried hollandaise sauce for the first time recently and liked it so much he put it on everything. The dentist advised that the solution was to remove the steel plate and replace it with a chrome plate. When the man asked why chrome the dentist replied…..

    “There is no plate like chrome for the hollandaise!”

  2. 5 MightyPamela
    December 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Our Brilliant CK! :)

  3. December 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you again CollegeKay, your ‘top 3′, especially, is just incredibly moving, I wish your Dad only the best.

  4. December 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Check out Donna Dems TL for photos of her WH tour today!!

    https://twitter.com/NoShock

  5. 13 amk for obama
    December 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    The Door of No Return was the most poignant, nay most haunting, 2013 moment for me.

    Man’s vile ugliness and nature’s beauty in one picture.

    • 14 theo67
      December 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Really disturbing. We can’t ever forget such horror.

    • December 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Same for me Amk, so stunningly poignant and heart-wrenching, beautiful choice by CK.

      • 16 amk for obama
        December 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

        The finality of the words No Return is so shocking.

        • December 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm

          And the cruelty of it too, beyond comprehension. As CK said:

          “Just the fact the first African American First Family stood at the “Door of No Return” is too overwhelming for me to even put into words. Mrs. Obama is a descendent of slaves and now she is First Lady of the United States. Let that sink in.”

          I’m flattened.

    • 18 99ts
      December 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      The worst of man’s inhumanity to man – not comparable to anything else – but there are still those that would excuse such events – and continue to blame the victim for what happened.

  6. 19 cookemom
    December 22, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    great thread chips! I’m happy to know that CK and others like her of that generation will have us baby boomer’s back in our old age. Couldn’t leave us in better hands. I’m a proud parent of a ‘millennial’ and imo, they are a most impressive bunch.

  7. 21 donna dem 4 obama
    December 22, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    My family had the wonderful experience of visiting the White House Holiday Decorations of the East Wing. It is a sight to be seen by all. TV does not do the decorations justice. From the Christmas Tree Books to the display of Bo and Sunny to the State Dining Room, The East Room, The Red Room, The Green Room and the magnificent Blue Room Christmas Tree it is an experience of a lifetime.

  8. 33 a4alice
    December 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    BTW, what a great idea Chips and College Kay’s journey has been so challenging but look how she’s gone ahead and made it all happen for herself. She’s a role model for young and old alike. Good for her. Way to go CK! :D

  9. 38 amk for obama
    December 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I have stuck by the kenyan muslin since 2006. The proverbial seven year itch will happen after eleven years ? … Nah.

  10. 39 cookemom
    December 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    In case you didn’t gag on my 1st three puns, here’s another to set off your groan-o-meter:

    A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. “But why?” they asked, as they moved off. “Because,” he said……

    “I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.”

  11. 42 donna dem 4 obama
    December 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    These are all fabulous moments for 2013!!!!

  12. December 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you so much, College Kay. A great collection. I’m grateful for your thoughts and memories. You’ve made so much of your life and we are all so proud of your work. BRAVA!

  13. 45 yardarm756
    December 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    ICYMI from the end of the last thread.

    • 46 nathkatun7
      December 22, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Excellent piece! Thank you so much, yardarm, for sharing it! It needs to be read by every one, but especially some Black idiots who still claim that Republicans are not anti-black rights.

      • 47 yardarm756
        December 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm

        We know who those ” Uncle Tom’s and Aunt Tomisina’s” are. Talk about crumbs from the Massa’s table.

      • 48 yardarm756
        December 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm

        BTW. I hope you got to get in on the tunes on the previous thread. It’s a keeper.

        • 49 nathkatun7
          December 23, 2013 at 4:00 am

          I am always late to the meeting! I started with the latest post, and then stepped away. I am now going to listen to those fabulous tunes you and others shared that bring back so much past memories. By the time I finish listening it will probably be Christmas eve in your neck of the woods. There so many things I love about TOD, but high on my list is finding you, Dudette, and others who love music so much. I have so many LP’s of Christmas music (Nat king Cole, Harry Belafonte, The Temptations, Eartha Kitts, etc., etc,.) Since my antique turn table no longer works, friends have been urging me to sell the records. But I think I should keep them and pass them on to my daughter,

  14. 53 africa
    December 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Bravo Collegekay!!!

  15. 55 africa
    December 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Calling out MSM Lies:

    • December 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      When there are successes the media plays them down or doesn’t even mention them. Part of how the MSM paints successes failures is to find a so called expert report predicting a certain economic achievement into the future then when the numbers do not match the prediction Obama failed. Fair only if it goes both ways, but it does not. My thoughts are any improvement is a success.

  16. 57 africa
    December 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

  17. 60 dotster3
    December 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    60 Minutes doing an interview with Susan Rice. Setting up a real negative preview—–everything’s bad! We’ll see how this turns out. Rice is pushing back on the negative, accusatory spin by Lesley Stahl. 1 minute in—-Snowden.

    • 61 Vicki
      December 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Hideous interview. Leslie Stahl is a graduate of the Barbara Walters school of insult propaganda.

      Among other offensive remarks Leslie called Susan Rice’s National Security Advisor job a booby prize or something because she blew her big chance on dream job SOS with her interviews on Benghazi.
      To Ms. Rice’s great credit she advised Leslie that there were real things that they could be talking about instead of stale talking points on Benghazi.
      Also, when Leslie tried to paint our foreign policy this year as some kind of epic failure Susan Rice advised the CBS nincompoop to “learn some history.”
      Bravo Susan Rice.

      • 62 0388jojothecat
        December 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        Susan Rice is wicked smart the messed up media can’t shake this administration and this President. GTH Leslie Smalls.

      • 63 HZ
        December 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        Thanks Vicki, I will see it in 23 minutes. However, I am sure about one of the many things in my memory and that is Dr. Susan Rice will hold her own and will be known to the future students of history as one of the great minds and doers of great things in our nation and all around the world. Yet, Leslie Stahl, will be remembered as ???????????????????? Who? Oh, never heard of her. HZl

        • 64 HZ
          December 22, 2013 at 10:40 pm

          I just finished watching the segment with Dr. Susan Rice and Leslie. Ms. Stahl really is out of her league. Dr. Rice nailed this interview. It really is sad when a highly intelligent person who has great knowledge in her line of work like Dr. Susan Rice does and has to sit down with the likes of Leslie Stahl and Barbara Waters, is an insult to Dr. Susan Rice and the American people and the world. Waste of precious time for Dr. Susan Rice IMO. Now for those of us who would like to know the true workings of having such an intelligent, and very hard working National Security Advisor as Dr. Susan Rice for the President of the United States, POB, I am cool with that. Leslie can GSTH as far as I am concerned. HZ

  18. 65 africa
    December 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm

  19. 66 dotster3
    December 22, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Asking ck—–do you think the reason PBO felt the need to go off script at Morehouse to mention their gay men was because of the teachings of the black church? To give another—updated—-perspective?

    • 67 collegekay
      December 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Perhaps. It’s hard to say. I do know that there was a lot of shift in the black community after he expressed his support.

  20. 68 dotster3
    December 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Susan Rice certainly held her own in the 60 Minutes interview—-a tough cookie, as she should be and thankfully. Stahl jammed everything into that interview. The questioning was what we’ve become used to from the media——seeing only problems, seeing no good anywhere. Everything is an attempt at ‘gotcha’. Rice’s husband joined the interview at one point, who is now a stay at home dad with their 2 kids due to Rice’s hyper busy schedule. They all went to her daughter’s soccer game, Rice cheered loudly when her daughter scored a goal, made sure that was captured by the vid camera guy who was filming. And then Stahl tried to make Rice answer for Hillary, said she could have been Secy of State but for the interview when she filled in for her re. Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi! which was the wrap up subject to the interview.

    • 69 carolyn
      December 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      I watched that interview too. Lesley never gave the source for that quote she read at the beginning calling everything a “fiasco”…..”Some foreign policy expert” was all she said. To have any validity she should have cited the source. Susan Rice was clear and accepted no guff. At the end after the stupid Benghazi stuff, Lesley said if it weren’t for that hearing, we could probably be calling you Madam Secretary…….Susan Rice smiled and said “You can call me Susan.” I thought she really put Lesley in her place.
      Lesley pushed the press-generated notion as fact that the president was going to appoint Rice as SOS until the Sunday morning show. I disagree with that for reasons I’ve explained on previous posts. Frankly, I don’t think the president is mightily influenced by Sunday morning talk shows.
      Anyway, with Susan’s answers, Lesley could not pursue some of her avenues of questioning. She tried “gotcha questions” but they didn’t work.

  21. 71 JER
    December 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  22. 74 JER
    December 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  23. 77 amk for obama
    December 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Heh bt, e-mailed mine.

  24. 79 JER
    December 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

  25. December 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    These are all such VERY memorable moments of 2013 – thanks collegekay for sharing with us!!!

  26. 81 amk for obama
    December 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    A top Afghan general has said his country may be dangerously exposed if a security pact with the US on its military withdrawal is not signed soon.

    Washington insists on a 31 December deadline for President Hamid Karzai to sign the pact, which sets the terms for US troops to stay on past 2014.

    Mr Karzai wants to wait until after he leaves office next year.

    But the head of ground forces, Lt Gen Murad Ali Murad, told the BBC the army would struggle without US support.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25486080

  27. 82 anniebella
    December 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    The First Family is at the Oregon St.- Akron basketball game. Anyone know what the score is?

  28. 84 GGail
    December 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    CollegeKay, this compliation is wonderful. I smiled and I cried, then I beamed with PRIDE. You are our Future and you have us behind you every step of the way!

    Chipsticks, thank you!

  29. 85 JER
    December 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    /large

    • 86 dotster3
      December 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      I have a sneaky suspicion that that photo is going to get a lot of attention.

      • 87 anniebella
        December 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        What because FLOTUS has on shorts. The way I look at it those on the right complain regardless what the Obamas do, or what this First Lady wears. There is no pleasing those haters, so FLOTUS can wear what she likes, the shorts doesn’t bother me one bit, like she said she is on vacation.

        • 88 HZ
          December 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm

          Thanks anniebella. FLOTUS is in Hawaii, on vacation with her husband, the president and daughters, and she still is the First Lady and he still I the President of the United States. Now please do not get me on some of these old dried up outfits that the other First Lady have bored the hell out of us in. And FLOTUS is looking fine and fit and appropriate. Case closed. HZ

        • 95 nathkatun7
          December 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm

          “There is no pleasing those haters, so FLOTUS can wear what she likes, the shorts doesn’t bother me one bit, like she said she is on vacation.”

          Anniebella, I am with you 100%! Let the people with no lives, and consumed with hatred, dwell on this type of nonsense! I see nothing wrong with FLOTUS wearing shorts while on vacation in Hawaii! To day in San Diego, the temp was in in the 70s and people were out shopping, wearing shorts and sandals.

        • 96 yardarm756
          December 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

          Besides she some nice “git-away” sticks. Not a ounce of flab on ‘em. Yowsa, yowsa!

          • 97 anniebella
            December 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

            Clam down yardarm756. :)

          • 100 nathkatun7
            December 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm

            Do not pass go! Straight to the naughty mat with that comment!
            Kidding aside, I completely agree with you, Yardarm. FLOTUS reminds me of the old saying: “If you got it flaunt it!” To hell with envious/jealousy people who don’t got it

          • 104 HZ
            December 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm

            Nath and yardarm have spoken, and that bout does it. Let the choir sang, Amen, Amen, and Amen. Leave our First Lady the hell alone. Tired of these stop up on how she dresses and what and where. Hell, weather permits on tomorrow, I will have on short; and for my age and long legs, No One Will Say A Word. No One. Now, I am retiring with my glass of red. Love you all.HZ

            • 105 HZ
              December 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm

              Meant to say….let the choir sing Amen, Amen, Amen. Hell, I have not even touched the red wine yet. Now I am moving with the spirit. Oh, I have a nice supply of cocoa butter ready to polish the legs. HZ

              • 106 nathkatun7
                December 22, 2013 at 11:57 pm

                Yes Indeed HZ! And as long as you approve of what Yardarm and I said, I know we are in righteous company. Good gracious, FLOTUS can’t do anything without being dragged in the mud! Let’s face it, the First Lady looks good! She also exudes so much energy and youthfulness because she is still young and she takes care of herself. Believe me, her “let’s move campaign” has inspired me to start moving. May be in a year or so I may be able get rid of this permanent pregnancy of mine that makes me compete with all the pregnant women who are busy bringing new lives to this world. All my belly does is make it impossible to fit in my clothes or tie my shoes.

                • 107 HZ
                  December 23, 2013 at 12:10 am

                  (((((((((((((( Love nath. I am honored to be in the company of you and yardarm anyday. )))))))))))))HZ

                  • 108 nathkatun7
                    December 23, 2013 at 1:43 am

                    Hugs and love to you too, HZ! Being in your company, and yardarm’s company, is indeed an honor for me! I love and respect both of you so much.

                    I also have the greatest respect and love for our fabulous First Lady, Michelle Obama. Consequently, I have no use for small minded, jealousy/envious, people who try to tear her down over nonsense. Lately, I’ve come to appreciate the Christian (Catholic) theologians who came up with the notion that of all the sins, there are “SEVEN DEADLY SINS,” and “ENVY” (along with Pride, Greed, Lust, Gluttony, Anger, and Sloth) was one of the most deadly sins. At the same time, the Christian theologians classified “SEVEN HEAVENLY VIRTUES” that would overcome the deadly sins. Among the seven “cardinal virtues” are ” Prudence, Temperance, Justice, Fortitude, Faith, Hope, and Charity,” most of which are embraced and practiced by the Obamas.

              • 109 jacquelineoboomer
                December 23, 2013 at 1:10 am

                You are on fire tonight, as usual, HZ! Lovin’ it! Already had my wine, and I might have a little more, just so I can toast you and your antics!

                • 110 nathkatun7
                  December 23, 2013 at 2:07 am

                  JOB, HZ has indeed been great, as usual! I hope she had a nice glass of CA red wine. I happy you already had some wine. I may be biased, but I am absolutely convinced that a glass, or two, or three, of a good red wine, is good for the soul and may even stimulate the brain cells. Obviously, if I am not making any sense it may be because I have overindulged! I am not working tomorrow, so I’ve practically consumed one whole bottle of wine. I am now sipping on the last glass of this amazing and absolutely delicious bottle of CA Zinfandel (called ZYNTHESIS). This relatively very affordable wine (I paid $8 plus tax for a bottle) is absolutely sublime! Once you take a sip it’s hard to stop. I wish I could share a bottle with you and HZ because I love both of your writings and your spirits so much!

                  I raise my last glass for both of you! I also think it’s time to hit the bed.

            • 111 yardarm756
              December 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm

              Enjoy iy HZ. :-)

  30. 114 JER
    December 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm

  31. 118 jackiegrumbacher
    December 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    College Kay, this was such a beautiful integration of the year’s events with your personal story that it left me really touched and humbled that you shared it with us. Your mother must be so proud of you and all that you’ve achieved despite the kind of obstacles that would have defeated a less courageous person. What a remarkably, strong, caring, sensitive young woman you are. You’ve given us a great gift today. Thank you.

    • 119 amk for obama
      December 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Yup, nice to see yunguns’ shaping up nicely to take over.

    • 120 collegekay
      December 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      This is beautiful. Thank you!

      I’m grateful to Chips for this wonderful community. It honestly was the only thing that saved my sanity during the campaign.

      • 121 jacquelineoboomer
        December 23, 2013 at 1:13 am

        collegekay – I so very much enjoyed what you wrote for us! Beautiful, beautiful tribute not only to the President, but also to you and your family. And, by the way, hearing some of the things you were doing for our country also helped save OUR sanity during the campaign!

        • 122 Dudette
          December 23, 2013 at 1:39 am

          Amen to everything jackieg and jacquelineoboomer both said.
          We’re all very proud of you, collegekay. You are a part of what makes TOD so very special! Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

  32. 123 JER
    December 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Wonderful post, College Kay.

  33. December 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    College Kay – thanks for the memories.

    DonnaDem – fabulous pics from the WH

    Chips – thank you for another year of TOD – for being that port in a storm when the media was trying to tear down this President and everything he’s been working towards for the American people.

  34. 125 vcprezofan2
    December 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Hi! One ½ of me is here now – and don’t anyone mention the word ‘cho….’, cause I’m nowhere near done the basics.

    OTH, ColleKay’s memories look very …..memorable! :lol: :lol: Off I go to enjoy this portion of my day!

    Chips, this memories thing is a lovely idea!

  35. 128 HZ
    December 22, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Collegekay, you are a TOD beautiful gem. Thanks for your thoughtful memories. I will always remember you making all of us so proud of all that you participated in during this presidency. It is a lovely path to your beautiful future. (((((( Lots of beautiful goodness for your journey))))))HZ

  36. December 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

  37. 134 amk for obama
    December 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm

  38. 136 hopefruit2
    December 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm

  39. 137 amk for obama
    December 22, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    :). scorps are always portrayed so unfairly.

  40. 146 amk for obama
    December 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

  41. 151 carolyn
    December 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Collegekay, you have a remarkable story. Thank you for these ten wonderful moments…..you reminded me of a few I had forgotten, but as soon as I saw the picture…boom! I remembered. Never have I followed a president so assiduously as this one, and I know I’m not alone.
    Also, Donna, so glad you got to tour the White House Christmas. I know that was wonderful. I SO love the way the Obamas have opened it up for every day people like us. This didn’t happen in times past.

  42. 152 anniebella
    December 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Oregon St. lost the basketball game 83-71. Yuke.

  43. December 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Beautiful memories, CK, The past five years are filled with beautiful memories that crowd out the difficult, ugly moments.
    On a somewhat unrelated topic, I found this post on the ‘slacktivist’blog. Poignant – the destination of the people who left from the ‘door of no return’.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/12/22/the-cost-of-reading-every-book-we-know-their-names/

  44. 154 amk for obama
    December 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

  45. December 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing your quite touching personal reflections, CK.

    #FORWARD Together

  46. 157 99ts
    December 22, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Thank you for your 10 moments of 2013 CollegeKay – they are so memorable.

    At this time of the year, my memory goes back a long way – and for better or worse I love the Christmas songs that have been around for as long as myself. So this is what my computer is playing at the minute

  47. 158 carolyn
    December 22, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    OT here……but was reading at Politicususa about Gregory losing his slot at MTP, and several people here had commented on it. We may like that, but I’m afraid whoever they hire to take his place will be worse. NBC is in a terrific downward spiral.

    However, I’ve decided who I want for that place, someone who will shake up everyone, every Sunday, who I know is egotistical, etc., but he can write, and he asks the questions no one else will: Keith Olbermann.

    I’ve heard him on the Sports show when my husband tunes in to it…..and he can even ALMOST make sports interesting to me, but he’s wasted there. Bring him back to news and politics!!! And let him do one of his famous editorials at the end of each show. THAT would bring the audience back.

    • 159 theo67
      December 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Personally, I don’t watch those shows anymore, so they can put Rush Limbaugh in that slot, as far as I’m concerned. Won’t be watching anyway…

      • 160 anniebella
        December 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

        theo67, I don’t watch MTP, Face the Nation, This Week, any of those Sunday trash either. I’m sure if Gregory is dump, he will end up on Fox.

      • 161 carolyn
        December 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm

        I don’t watch them either, never have, but would like for them to do something worthwhile for those who watch, and because those programs do have an influence.

    • 162 jacquelineoboomer
      December 23, 2013 at 1:18 am

      Great idea, carolyn!

  48. 163 nathkatun7
    December 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you so much College Kay for sharing these “Memorable Moments.” Your reflections were both touching and inspiring. I am so thankful that young people like you, UT, LovelyPlains and others contribute so much to TOD. Heck, I am not only thankful, I am very proud of you. You are the future leaders of our beloved country!

  49. December 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    New post in 18 minutes, 27 seconds, just back from a Danny walk that largely involved me unwrapping myself from a lamp-post – he thought it was a hoot, I have now put him up for sale on eBay.

  50. 166 amk for obama
    December 22, 2013 at 11:47 pm

  51. 169 vcprezofan2
    December 23, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Okay folks, tomorrow will be another busy day so I’m going to turn in now. Will probably peek in here before pretending to be responsible. GN.

  52. December 23, 2013 at 12:10 am

    • 171 anniebella
      December 23, 2013 at 12:13 am

      This is the reason why the wacko Republicans fought so hard to get rid of AG Holder. But I’m so glad they didn’t succeed.

    • 173 HZ
      December 23, 2013 at 12:23 am

      And believe me with Pamela Karlan coming on board, things are going to really get into some prime time for sure for the best AG we have ever had. I love my AG Eric Holder. HZ

    • 178 nathkatun7
      December 23, 2013 at 12:33 am

      We must all join the AG in fighting against these “Voter-Suppression Laws.” Some of us older folks who had first hand knowledge of the Jim Crow laws and practices that denied Black folks the right to vote have a solemn obligation to rise up and say “Never Again!” So many people (young and old) sacrificed their lives to ensure that every American has the right to vote. We must never allow these right wing, anti-Democracy fascists, bank-rolled by billionaires, to turn the clock backwards to when only “legitimate” white males were guaranteed the right to vote.


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