To be honest, TODobots, reflecting on meaningful 2013 moments in the Age of Obama takes me right back to the 2009 Inauguration which I watched on TV. Personally, I go backwards first because for me almost all momentous 2013 happenings are irrevocably intertwined with the ones started back then.
Remember this part of Pres O’s 2009 address?
“To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
“we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” ’09 PBO •►a man of his word! So what’s the problem? pic.twitter.com/2txz0AbmlV
— Vick C. (@sonamie) December 11, 2013
I wasn’t at all surprised President Obama did just that, on December 10, 2013.
(1) ••►President Barack H. Obama = A Man of his Word
He also said then ….
“…. as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) September 27, 2013
In seeking a new way forward, President Obama had a 15 minute conversation with Iranian President Rouhani
September 27, 2013:
(2) ••►President Barack H. Obama = A Man of Vision and of Action
Most everyone here would agree that PBO’s choice of Joe Biden as a presidential partner was, and is, a smart one. VP Joe has worked closely with Pres. O from the beginning …..
“Now, as the 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden has continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation. The Vice President was tasked with implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, helping to rebuild our economy and lay the foundation for a sustainable economic future. …
In addition, Vice President Biden has supported the Administration’s effort to re-establish leadership in the Asia Pacific, traveling to China, Japan, and Mongolia in August 2011 and completing an exchange of visits with China’s then-Vice President in February 2012, that country’s current leader. He has represented our country in every region of the world……. ”
…and in 2013 a memorable event for me was VP Biden’s December 2013 6-day trip to Asia.
► VP Biden = A Man who understands there’s no ‘I’ in team and whose inclusion in the O-Admin clearly shows me ……..
(3) ••►President Barack H. Obama = A Man of Wisdom
I was reminded several times this year that the president is a phenomenal leader, one who chooses qualified people, then allows them to do their jobs. In 2009 he chose AG Eric Holder who is doing a phenomenal job.
A few of his 2013 choices who are making their marks ►
SoS John Kerry (January 2013); Susan Rice (June 5, 2013); Samantha Power,(June 5, 2013)
*I* also was quite proud of the fact that as leader PBO stood behind Secretary Sebelius after the October #ACA rollout.
There sits a building, painted white
It glimmers in the bright sunlight
Built by strong, dark hands, without a choice
Built to house a leader, so we’d all have a voice
~ Jacqueline O’B: Sept 17/2013
— Vick C. (@sonamie) November 28, 2013
(4) ••►Pres. B. H. Obama = The LEADER millions chose TWICE for the WH
Pres. O and his Admin have definite plans to bring the nation ‘up-to-date’, and despite those blocking the way, they are making progress.
► “That’s why President Obama is unveiling a bold, new initiative called ConnectED, which will connect 99 percent of America’s students to the internet through high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless within 5 years.”
► President O proposes Executive Actions re gun violence:
(5) ••►President Barack H. Obama = A Man of the 21st Century
This year I continued to be touched by the Obamas’ interactions with, and obvious caring for, the next generation.
(6) ••►The Obamas = Comfortable with Youth & Children
In addition to him connecting well with today’s youth, I continue to be extremely proud to see how confidently PBO interacts among his peers on the world leadership stage …..every time!
(7) ••►Pres. Obama = A President comfortable on the World Stage
I of course cannot talk about memorable moments in 2013 and not mention the celebration we had in TOD village August 13! Lady Mayor Chips celebrated her 21st birthday again, before inadvertently admitting somewhere in the festivities that she really, maybe, ought to, should add another year. So ‘22’, slipped out somewhere! We should keep in the back of our minds however that the Lady Mayor very morally reiterates, from time to time, that her skills in mathematics are questionable. While we celebrate with her the number she provides, let’s keep in mind that she might have forgotten the multiplication factor – like x2 …. or x3.
I think I will call this point …
(8) ••►Pres. B. H. Obama = A Man who Unearths Jewels like Chips
To wrap up – In retracing ten of my 2013 ‘big’ memories, I want to end with the 2013 Inauguration.
(part of a report I wrote to TOD in January)
I left my hotel at 6:10am! Inauguration morning 2013 was fresh, cool, invigorating and pregnant with expectation and promise. I was in position about 8:30am and guests began to arrive about 11am. Did you get the fact that …………
*** I ***. WAS. THERE!!!!???
[Yeah, I know, along with hundreds of thousands of others, but *I* was there, and thanks to DonnaDem, I was up relatively close to the action. :grin: :grin: :grin: ]
FLOTUS’s arrival, just about did me in. I don’t handle public tears well, so I just started laughing instead. ;) One lady to my right gave me a (strange) look, probably wondering what I was laughing at, but it was just that THERE WAS SO MUCH JOY INSIDE OF ME I couldn’t keep it inside. I think I might have shouted ‘Yes!’ ‘Yessss!’ ‘Yessssss!’ in the midst of the laughter. FLOTUS is one beautiful lady inside and out, AND the majority of Americans were smart enough and aware enough to recognize that and keep her in the role she has performed so wonderfully well! I was ecstatic. I was proud of the Americans who made this choice. There was a tremendous sense of rightness, a sense that I couldn’t ask for more than this moment, a sense that my heart was full, so I laughed….body shaking laughter.
The Great Emancipator
Mocked and vilified in life
Stares down from his portrait
At the new President’s wife
My dear Mr. Lincoln
As you look down from on high
May we present Mrs. Obama
With tears of pride in our eyes
[JO’B - Sept. 19/2013]
►First Lady Michelle Obama = A Woman of real Substance (IMO) whose love of, and commitment to, her daughters and husband, and ……..
►….whose young American princesses remind me daily ……
(9) ••►President Barack H. Obama = A Man of Family Values
Being actually present at the 2013 Inauguration was a dual purpose ‘awesome’ for me!
i) I was THERE and the feeling was truly indescribable
ii) I met, and interacted with, some TODobots regulars [like Theo67, DonnaDem, Political Junkessa, Alycée, CollegeKayl]
In fact, PBO is the man behind our entire TOD village and the very reason we are still together after the 2012 election!
(10) ••►President B. H. Obama = A Man Who Brings People Together
So, finally 2013 has been a great year; not perfect, just great given the restrictions others chose to place upon it.
That they were unsuccessful in their attempts at destruction is testament to the moral strength, wisdom, caring, vision, love and determination of……
President Barack Hussein Obama
and his team
and his family!
What a year!
Signed – VC, The Quiet One