Posts Tagged ‘2014

31
Dec
14

Ringing Out The Year

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Various TODers have done such a good job remembering 2014’s highlights that I feel no need to add to that. So allow me to pen a tribute.

And the tribute is to all of you.

I’ve had many homes online since the long ago days of the 90s. (And you’d be shocked at some of the places I called “home”. I’ll leave that to your imaginations.)

I thought DailyKos would be my political home in the darkness of the Bush regime. But after Barack Obama’s election, it was soon apparent that rage was all Markos trafficked in. Rage at Mr. Bush for destroying the country. Rage at Pres. Obama for not magically making everything right. And as I’ve written before, rage gets tiring, and rage fixes nothing. Rage is the cheap drug which keeps you sated for a bit. But you have to increase the dosage every time to get the same high, until your mind is addled and clear thought is banished.

I first found BWD, and her site was wonderful. But it was shortlived, as people as lofty as Glenn Greenwald called her a Leni Riefenstahl for daring to defend a just-elected president who had barely gotten his feet in the door. I don’t blame her for saying “fuck it” and sticking to Twitter.

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Many of us found our way here by the same path, from DKos and BWD’s blog. It took me a while to start posting. I observed for a while. But you magnificent bastards pulled me in, and suddenly I realized that I had found like minds. It’s thrilling when one finds a group of people who have the same general outlook on life. Not just about politics, but on how to live one’s life, in kindness, consideration, and empathy. It was something I’d been looking for for a long time, never finding it. It was, quite simply, revelatory.

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And as I spent more time here, the more I came to consider this an extended family. From Mama Chips to little sister Nerdy to crazy uncle amk to wise uncle Bob, I could share my troubles, my joys, my frustrations. We all could. We knew when someone was sick, or soul-hurt, or ecstatic. Donna’s grandbabies, Chips’ Danny, Carolyn’s husband’s medical issues: we knew them all, sorrowed, commiserated, or grew joyful, shared in the highs and lows. And there just aren’t that many places where one can say that online. Definitely not on a blog ostensibly dedicated to politics.

But that’s the thing; sure this is “The Obama Diary”, but it’s become more than just about this president or his policies. The blog embodies his humanity, his empathy, his genuine concern. We have become a family in large part because a man like Barack Obama attracts a certain type of person. He speaks to the quintessentially human, to the genuinely kind. And because we support him, for the most part we take after him. But if we weren’t already on that path, we wouldn’t be here.

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January 1 starts a new year, and new battles. But, for now, sit, quietly, and wonder at the different points which brought us here. This little community, where injustice is condemned, where good is sought. This little community which is only as strong as its weakest member, and cherishes that member. This little family.

I thank you all. I’d be lost without this place. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2015.

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31
Dec
14

Photo of the Year: Vote!

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Click to see your Photo of the Year choices – then vote!

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30
Dec
14

Pete Souza The Great: 2014 In Photos

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January 28, 2014

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“At the annual State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, Chuck Kennedy captured this poignant moment between the First Lady and U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg. Cory first met the President in 2009 at a D-Day ceremony in Normandy. Four months later, Cory was badly injured in Afghanistan and in a coma for three months. In early 2010, shortly after Cory came out of his coma, the President happened to be visiting patients at Walter Reed Hospital. As he walked into one of the patient’s rooms, hanging on the wall was a photo I had taken of the President and Cory in Normandy. The President then realized that he had met this badly injured Army Ranger at Normandy. Two years later, we were visiting Arizona, where Cory had gone home to further recuperate. The President asked if Cory would be able to greet him backstage. Amazingly, Cory was able to salute the President and walk across the room aided by a walker to shake hands with the President.” (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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February 4, 2014

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“Members of Congress vie for the President’s attention following a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus in the East Room of the White House.”  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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March 1, 2014

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“The President talks with some of his national security advisors before a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine. I’m sure there will be people quick to comment about his wearing casual clothes and having his feet on his coffee table. Let’s keep perspective in mind: it was a Saturday, and a President is the President whether he’s wearing a suit on a weekday or casual clothes on a weekend. And a President, any President, isn’t disrespecting the office if he puts his feet on a table or a desk; he’s just being relaxed.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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March 18, 2014

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29
Dec
14

2014: 50 Most Memorable Moments

Mainly a smile or two – 50 to 11 in no particular order, but top 10 = top 10!

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50 TODers All Through 2014

Too many Memorable Moments to mention. The Muhammad Ali of bloggy people: The Greatest :-)

(Although, Amk’s wimmin jokes float like a bee, and sting like a butterfly)

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49 Dead

Doug Mills’ photo prompted a gazillion captions, but some pics just say it all :-)

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48 Making Special New Friends on Twitter

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47 The President Making New Friends Around The World

‘Welcome Mr. President – PS In Netherlands, we give three kisses’

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46 Genius Gifs

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45 Babies

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44 Joy

President Obama greets patrons at Canter’s Delicatessen in Los Angeles, Calif., July 24, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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43 Beauty

Carolina Garcia Delfin, 94, a Filipina nurse who fought in the resistance against Japanese forces during World War II, kisses President Obama after he mentioned her in his remarks to American and Philippine troops at Fort Bonifacio in Manila, Philippines (Photo by Pete Souza)

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42 ‘Gov. Christie Traffic Jam’

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41 OMG! It’s him!1!1!

First Lady Michelle Obama and student performers react to seeing President Obama as he drops by the White House Talent Show (Photo by Pete Souza)

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40 The New White House Videographer

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39 Danny Hating On His Attention-Rival: TOD

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38 Funniest. Vine. Ever.

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37 Cracking Up The President

Still have no clue what Lily Tomlin said, but it must have been a complete hoot :-)

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36 Turnip For What?

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29
Dec
14

Photo Of The Year: November & December

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Your September Winner:

President Obama hugs Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. who is resigning from his post (Photo by Doug Mills)

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Your October Winner:

President Obama greets Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola after caring for an infected patient in Texas, in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

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November

(1) President Obama with his Attorney General nominee Loretta E. Lynch (Photo by Doug Mills)

(2) Arriving at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw (AP Photo)

(3) At the gala dinner at the 25th ASEAN Summit in Myanmar International Convention Centre in Naypyitaw (Photo by Christophe Archambault)

(4) President Obama walks with Aung San Suu Kyi back into her residence following their joint press conference in Yangon, Burma (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) Boarding Air Force One prior to his departure at Yangon International Airport (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(6) President Obama holds a koala prior to the G20 Welcome to Country Ceremony at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center (Photo by Pete Souza)

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