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.
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.
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…
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.
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…”
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.
4 Historic Iran deal signed
As stated in this foreign media outlet: “Iran has struck a historic agreement with the U.S. and five other world powers, accepting strict constraints on its nuclear programme for the first time in a decade in exchange for partial relief from sanctions. The deal, signed at 4.30 a.m. on Sunday, marks arguably the most significant foreign policy achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency, amounting to the most significant agreement between Washington and Tehran since the 1979 Iranian revolution.”
Another gem which the media very carefully buries in their quest to falsely dub 2013 as PBO’s worst year.
3 President Obama Addresses the Nation on Syria
This address was simply a preview of PBO’s later, more comprehensive speech to the UN. This was PBO’s speech informing the American people of his potential limited military intervention in Syria. “The US military does not do pin pricks.” That’s right Mr. President! I guess Assad got the memo – and the rest is history…
2 President Obama’s speech at the Nelson Mandela Memorial in South Africa
This phenomenal tribute to one of the greatest, most courageous icons of our time was one for the history books and I had difficulty finding words, but I will simply repeat what I said back then right as I finished watching the speech live:
“DAMN….PBO’s speech seemed to have worked that crowed up and simultaneously calmed that crowd right on down…they got all fired up, and are now filled with inspiration, peace, etc….”
Many other TODers on that thread so eloquently expressed how deeply moved they were by our President’s address. At exactly 6:31AM ET, four TODers simultaneously posted “The crowd goes wild!!!…”
Twitter also exploded, with comments from the US and from the international community. It was hard to believe that this was at a time when most of us would normally be a asleep or just waking up. TOD, along with South Africa, was FIRED UP that morning!!
1 The Affordable Care Act
October 1st through the present time: The exchanges open on Oct 1 as scheduled – and in the following months, millions sign up for insurance coverage. This is my TOP moment of 2013. The media and ACA opponents have literally gotten completely bent out of shape trying to make the ACA Obama’s Katrina, Iraq, albatross, Achilles Heel – you name it. And they have a huge deal of financial backing and nefarious political interests from the Right AND the Left on this anti-ACA agenda. Despite this huge media/GOP effort, the ACA is here to stay and as more people sign up and derive the tremendous benefits of affordable health care coverage that is comprehensive and inclusive, it will become a losing battle for the media and their GOP friends to try to portray the ACA as a radioactive issue for PBO and the Dems in 2014 midterms.
See all of TOD’s Most Memorable Moments from 2013 here