1 The Inauguration
Ah, the most magical of days, made all the more lovely by spending it in TOD’s company. And the updates and photos from the TOD meet-up in DC made it even better ….. although I heard VC was left behind in the room behind the main one, talking to herself
2 Gabby Giffords’ Statement at the Senate Hearing on Gun Violence
She’s just an inspirational woman, her courage is beyond description.
Mark Kelly’s pride in his extraordinary wife:
President Obama greets former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, in the Oval Office after they testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, Jan. 30, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)
3 The President and First Lady visiting the Fast for Families immigration protestors on the Mall
As SmartyPants put it, “when has a White House shown this kind of support to activists? The answer: Never.”
An incredibly powerful moment, the President of the United States and the First Lady departing the White House to show solidarity with immigration activists on the Mall.
Of the people, for the people.
The coalition of forces, $$ supported $$ by the MSM, that united against the Affordable Care Act, was a sight to behold, even so-called progressives – the privileged ones, need it be said? – like Ezra Klein did their level best to belittle and undermine the efforts to make health insurance affordable for all Americans.
They’re frothing at the mouth as those enrollment figures soar.
Obamacare is enriching people’s lives.
Thank you Barack Obama. What an amazing legacy.
5 A President Abroad
As if Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service wasn’t emotional enough, the outpouring of love from the South African people for the First Couple was a truly beautiful thing.
And needless to say, this image from June will live long in the memory:
This photo from Pete Souza: Respect.
Day after day we see efforts to diminish this President, to attach him to scandal, to demonize him, to smear him, lying shills like Jon Karl and Chuck Todd leading the MSM charge.
And I always smile when they gleefully report poor polling figures for the President.
Remember: Almost 46% of Americans voted for Sarah Palin (and John McCain) in 2008, and over 47% for Mitt Romney in 2012. No, seriously.
These people would have voted for Satan rather than a black man. But that’s never an ‘issue’ the MSM will address.
So, the President’s ‘ceiling’ is around 50% – his opponents are lost in a wilderness of hate, even though they benefit from his work.
The latest GOP/Rasmussen figure? 48% approval.
There you have it: the people who put their faith in him still believe in him – and respect him.
Like that man in the photo.
Because he knows Barack Obama is fighting for him.
Choosing Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow as part of the delegation to represent the White House at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
You brilliant rascal.
8 The Fun
I have no clue how he does it, but he remains cheerful through all this madness – and I love him for it.
9 The Blog Tyrants
On a personal bloggy note ….. the day UT agreed to run TOD with me was a bit fantabulous, at that stage I just couldn’t keep things going on my own, too much going on, and then this bundle of awesomeness teamed up and bloggy life has been a joy ever since.
Honestly, I can never ever thank UT enough, you have no idea how many ridicuously-short-notice messages I have sent her asking her to do, say, a R&S at two minutes notice, and not once has she said: “GO AWAY!”
So, I adore this brilliant woman, even if her taste in soccer teams is totally rubbish.
And I also too adore our regular blog tyrants, Liberal Librarian, Lovely Plains, Zizi and even Amk – you have all brought SO much to this place, thank you.
Too many memorable 2013 moments to mention, but ‘you people’ are the very, very best, you make me smile and think every single day, thank you for your company on this lovely trip – wishing you and your loved ones a healthy, happy, joyful 2014.