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2013: Liberal Librarian’s Most Memorable Moments

by Liberal Librarian

I’m against hierarchies, so these are in no particular order, in spite of the placement.

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The moment Barack Obama gave Congress back its testicles

Ah, remember when the Syrian drums of war were beating? When all the talk was about “red lines” and “consequences”? When the beltway media was sure, just sure, that the bombs would start flying soon and were ordering up snazzy new graphics? Fun times.

And then a weird thing happened. President Obama interrupted my Saturday morning Premier League football match (damn you, Obama!) and did something no president since Franklin Roosevelt had done. He averred that on his own he had the authority to strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its civilian population; but then he pivoted, and gave the braying Congress what it said it wanted: a voice in the decision. There would be no strike against Syria unless approved by Congress. In one press conference, he moved to undo the Imperial Presidency, where presidents could send the legions anywhere by fiat.

Suddenly the cries were of “weak” and “Neville Chamberlain” and “leading from behind”. But, another funny thing happened: it worked. It spooked Vladimir “The Impaler” Putin enough to push legacy hire Bashar al-Assad to join him in a rousing rendition of “Uncle”. Syria joined the convention against chemical weapons. Inspectors went in. And in the new year, all of the regime’s chemical stockpiles will be destroyed. All because, as Ride or Die Joe would say, Obama waved his big stick. No trillions spent, no dead Americans, no new quagmire in the Middle East. And the sight of emoprog dudebros licking authoritarian Putin’s nethers served for signal entertainment and revealing psychology.

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The spy who went into the cold

He’s one of Barbara Walter’s “Most Fascinating People of 2013″. He was short-listed for Time’s “Person of the Year”. (Instead the Marxist Pope won. More on that anon.) Bus ads thanking him have been taken on Washington D.C.’s Metro. He’s Edward “I spilled state secrets and all I got was exile in Moscow” Snowden!

The NSA revelations which have dripped out in a steady stream since the summer rank among the top ten political stories of 2013 if only because said revelations expose a rather dark seam of Obama Derangement Syndrome. I’m old enough to remember when US intelligence agencies were doing much worse under G.W. Bush—and doing it without writ of warrant or law—and the media, at first, ignored said malefactions. Eventually the crimes were covered, in the manner of pulling hen’s teeth, with the attitude that “Yes, we should have some safeguards, but it IS a dangerous world in which we live, remember.”

The same policies, now under firm legal strictures under Obama, were leaked by, well let’s not mince words, the spy Edward Snowden. Emotarian dudebros who routinely divulge the most secret of their personal information to multinational conglomerates in order to get the shiniest new toy were suddenly aghast that the government was doing much less in the name of, yes, securing the country in a world which is still every bit as dangerous as before Barack Obama took office in 2009. And as someone who’s worked with millions of metadata records in a past life, metadata will reveal that you called a phone sex line; it won’t reveal if your kink tends towards sheep love.

But, 0f course, the black president is an autocratic shredder of the Constitution eleventy billion times worse than Bush because Stop and Frisk now applies to libertarian dudebros. Except, of course, it doesn’t, as communications originating within the US aren’t monitored.

And grand poobah of all things emotarian Glenn Greenwald dialed his Obama hatred to 11, to the point where he became even more of a parody of himself. The likes of Charles Johnson of LGF and Bob Cesca and Joshua Foust had detailed refutations of Greenwald’s screeds within minutes of him posting them. But, beating up on Obama was good for Greenwald’s bottom line; he was able to parlay his outrage into securing a billionaire sugar daddy into funding his new project. Which leads one to wonder if all this wasn’t just some snowjob by Greenwald, using a dupe like Snowden, in order jump charge a career which had quite frankly stalled. I’m sure Snowden is wondering what he’s getting out of the deal as the winter freeze sets in Moscow and he struggles with Russian lessons.

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Dec
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2013: Hopefruit’s Most Memorable Moments

by Hopefruit

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10 The Second Inauguration

The ENTIRE inauguration celebrations featuring PBO’s being sworn in for the 2nd time, with a crowd of over 800K – and an electric atmosphere in D.C. all weekend long thru the official church service on Wednesday, defying media’s silly predictions of “lack of enthusiasm” this time around.

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9 President Obama’s turning back to look at the crowd during his 2nd inaugural ceremony

As many TODers have beautifully articulated, this was a sort of bittersweet moment. Many of us felt the something similar – that this would be our last time witnessing PBO take his inaugural oath, or run a campaign, etc. And so his taking a special moment to look over the crowd, with the full support and encouragement of his daughters, family, and photographer extraordinaire, Pete Souza, resonated fully with us.  Indeed, we are going to savor each and every minute of the remaining time that he is President.

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8 President Obama’s speech at the “Let Freedom Ring” 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech

This was a great commemoration of a historic speech by a great civil rights leader and it was only fitting that the final event of the day in the week-long tribute was a speech by PBO, and what an excellent speech it was. PBO had the crowd riveted – you could have heard a pin drop. Martin Luther King would have been applauding…

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7 “There’s an Endless Supply of Paint.”

The Obama mural and the determination of  its artist, Marcus Davis is emblematic of the kind of person that PBO is, when you consider what he faces each and every day from the media, GOP and even some in his own party. No matter how hard his opponents try to destroy him, he simply perseveres and we, the people will continue to stand by him as long we know that he stands up for us to do right by us. We have your back Sir, there’s an endless supply of paint.

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6 Here’s Sunny!

The new WH pup generated as much excitement on Twitter as she did on TOD and elsewhere! And what a fiesty lil’ pup she is.  The new WH Christmas/Holiday card featured the new addition along with her big brother Bo, and we look forward to the remaining three years watching Sunny grow from a spunky pup into a refined mature “dogress…”

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5 President Obama giving a personal show of support via telephone call to NBA player Jason Collins who came out as being gay

We get excited about his big speeches, legislation passed, policy announcements, but it’s also the little, personal displays of kindness, and tolerance for fellow humans that further reinforce our connection with him, and our trust that his concern for this country is based on his concern for each and everyone of its citizens.

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Chat Away

On This Day: President Obama takes a break from his golf game at the Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, to give a child a golf ball, Dec. 28, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Morning/afternoon/evening everyone!

Okay, just got home – five hours late – from my Christmas travels and next door’s tree has crashed through the garden wall :???: Danny’s sitting here with a WTF look on his face, half his garden is covered in branches. Back in a bit with some more 2013 Memorable Moments, gotta gently ask next door when they plan on, you know, fixing this.

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