2012: An image or two …. January


I have my calculator out, so I think I have eleven 2012 months to go after this video  …  😕 ….  (#arithmetic) …… it could be, then, that the December 2012 effort will arrive in or around October 2013. But you’ll forgive me, right. Right?!

Any way, just an image or two from January 2012.


The Gabby Giffords hug at the State of the Union almost rivals the moment I knew President Obama was re-elected as the one that left me most teary in 2012.

How about you? Your most-loved moment from 2012? Apart from, well, obviously, the re-election moment.

153 Responses to “2012: An image or two …. January”

  1. 1 COS
    December 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks Chips.

  2. 2 globalcitizenlinda
    December 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    A min late

  3. 3 amk for obama
    December 18, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    • December 19, 2012 at 12:19 am

      Oh that’s hilarious!

    • 5 utaustinliberal
      December 19, 2012 at 5:54 am

      That’s funny.

    • 6 jackiegrumbacher
      December 19, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Love it, amk.

    • 7 anniebella
      December 19, 2012 at 8:49 am

      amk for obama, that is so true, when people use to think of John McCain they thought of a war hero, someone who not anymore. A real man would not attack a woman’s character the way he did Amb. Susan Rice on such phony B.S. McCain is a bitter old fool who have not gotten over losing to Barack Obama in 08. People used to say McCain had a mean temper, he does. He will forever be remember for introducing the world to that Palin woman. Something I will never forgive him for.

  4. 8 amk for obama
    December 18, 2012 at 11:47 pm

  5. 13 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    That’s a sweet video. I can’t believe these scenes are from almost a year ago. Time does fly.

  6. December 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you for yet another wonderful tribute, Chips!!!

    Two messages that am compelled to repeat ….

    Proceed, Speaker Boehner ….

    Proceed, all ye emoticons of very short memories and incapacity to trust ….


    • December 19, 2012 at 1:53 am

      As to ‘best’ Chips – we’ve not yet seen it, but we will, sometime in the next several decades of Barack Hussein Obama’s empathetic life.

      • December 19, 2012 at 1:59 am

        But, for 2012, it was when Sasha gently informed he needed to turn around and acknowledge all the wonderful folk because that confirmed that his and Michelle’s intrinsic goodness has definitely been passed to the next generation of Obamas 🙂

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      December 19, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Thank you, Bob. The doubters expose themselves every time they open their mouths. They have no memories, no patience, no faith.

  7. December 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    What a lovely good night…he makes my heart smile.

  8. 20 amk for obama
    December 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm

  9. 21 hopefruit2
    December 18, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Oh My…I have so many loved moments of 2012 – I will have to go back and look! 🙂 🙂 Here are just a few not necessarily in that order.

    1. PBO’s comforting and resolute eulogy at the Newton vigil on Sunday
    2.. PBO graduation speech at Barnard college
    3. When PBO affirmed his support for same-sex marriage
    4. FLOTUS DNC speech
    5. PBO’s 2nd and 3rd debates

    More later!

    • 22 hopefruit2
      December 19, 2012 at 12:00 am

      I forgot to add that the moment with Gabby at the SOTU is also among my favorite 2012 moments!!

      7. PBO singing Al Green at the Apollo

      • 23 TrumpDog
        December 19, 2012 at 6:50 am

        PBO singing Al Green at the Apollo

        YEP! I’ll never forget that, it was awesome.
        I have that as one of my ringtones. A week or so ago, Randi Rhodes played the clip on the radio and I started frantically digging in my purse to grab my phone.

  10. 24 globalcitizenlinda
    December 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Tough to choose the best.

    Two photos of kids saluting PBO stand out (amongst a whole late of great ones).

    I do not specifically know if they were taken within this year but given the mutual love of POTUS and the kids (when compared to the disrespectful behavior of adults) those two should make the cut.

    Consider the photo of :

    (i) a young lady (of about 7 yrs or so) who had a face painted and was part of the Millitary Families greeting PBO on the rope-line the lawn of the White House ;

    (ii) a young boy in the hands of an adult (can’t tell if grandpa or dad) who salutes PBO with such intensity

    • 25 hopefruit2
      December 19, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Oh yes – PBO with kids is always definitely among the best moments.

      • 26 HZ
        December 19, 2012 at 12:34 am

        Good Nite my beautiful Chips and all of my TOD Family. Just need to be quiet tonight and think while listening to my favorite opera singer, Ms. Leontyne Price.

        Singing such wonderful and glorious ones: Aida; Puccini Madama Butterfly;
        I love listening to opera when I want to get deep within my being. I thought of the beautiful principal who will be laid to her final resting place tomorrow and all of the children who will never have her in their lives at Newtown or any wonderful school. I hope her grandbaby loves words like her grandmother did and will write letters to her mother. What a beautiful story.

        Hug, call, text, or email someone you love tonight. Listen to a song you love. Write a letter or note on a lovely piece of your favorite stationery.

        Sip a glass of your favorite wine, or drink a cup of your favorite tea.

        Hug your mate a little tighter tonight as you go to bed.

        Dream or think about when you really fell in love with that one person in your life.

        Pray and ask for God’s grace to flow within the good and gentle spirits of love, compassion, peace, and joyful souls.

        Ask God to kiss all 20 of the beautiful little precious angels we just had leave us. Goodnight all()(HZ

        • December 19, 2012 at 2:03 am

          HZ, you radiate total goodness and comfort. Just want you to know how much I appreciate it.

          Thank you.

        • 29 jackiegrumbacher
          December 19, 2012 at 7:55 am

          HZ, I can’t imagine a more magnificent way of finding peace than listening to Leontyne Price, probably one of the greatest voices of all time. To me, her voice is as close to hearing an angel sing as anything on earth. And I do so love the idea of thinking about when you really fell in love with that one person. Will share that with my husband. You are a very special and beloved person, HZ, and I feel very blessed to know you here.

  11. 30 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 19, 2012 at 12:15 am

    “I’m so in love with you” is high on the list. And “kiss-cam”. And all the pictures where people present their babies to him. And whenever someone yells “I love you!” and he goes “I love you back!”

  12. December 19, 2012 at 12:19 am

    When PBO said “Please Proceed, Governor” I squealed in delight. I have a huge grin plastered on my face anytime I remember the lethal coolness with which he said it during that debate. Masterpiece deadpan for the ages..

  13. December 19, 2012 at 12:20 am

    I can’t even begin to list my favourite moments – his trips are always lovely for me, because he gets away from the nonsense here at home. But here are some that I can quickly recall:
    1. I loved the DNC Convention – it was so positive and joyful.
    2. Gabby’s return to Washington and that hug.
    3. The summit in Hawaii – especially the live discussion he participated in (which got taken out of context when he said we were lazy about promoting American business and tourism) – it was such an intelligent discussion, that nobody got to hear outside of the out-of-context sound bite. And I liked the press conference after that in Hawaii, too. The setting was beautiful.
    4. The Olympics! I know the President wasn’t there, but the complete mess made by that fool, Mitt, and then the stunningly awesome job done by First Lady Michelle – priceless.
    5. The kissing at the basketball game. That was fun!

    Thank you for the lovely video, Chips, and the walk down memory lane tonight. 🙂

  14. December 19, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Chips, I think that EVERY picture you’ve featured this year of PBO on TOD could be depicted as a collective collage representing “The Most Memorable Presidential Moments in Time in 2012.”

  15. December 19, 2012 at 12:21 am

    5 Nov 2012 Last campaign stop ever…in Iowa…tears running down his face.
    Aug 2012 where he’s holding the Sun in his hands.
    ANY pic of him in the rain. Ahem.
    Pic of Joe in a tux and Jill in a red gown…maybe it’s at the Convention.
    Was him sitting in Rosa Parks’ seat on the bus this year?
    Signing the beam for the WTC in NYC.
    There’s one of him holding an umbrella in the rain on the tarmac in Seattle (Feb?)
    This Seat’s Still Taken (cartoon image)
    Didn’t he go to the DMZ this year? March?
    Oh, you know, any pic with him and George Clooney. Or Bo.

  16. 41 amk for obama
    December 19, 2012 at 12:24 am

  17. 43 desertflower
    December 19, 2012 at 12:28 am


    Earlier this year, the Rev. Greg Brown had a troubling conversation with two members of his youth group from the northwest side of South Bend, Indiana. “They were honor roll students and little young folks that love the Lord,” Brown recounted. “One of the kids came up to me and said, ‘Rev, you ain’t gonna believe what happened the other day at Walmart.’” The kids went on to describe how, on a recent visit to the big-box store, a man asked them to fill up a gym bag with ammunition and sneak it out of the store for him. 
They declined.

    Walmart’s ammunition sales have troubled Brown since at least 2009, when two teenagers shoplifted bullets from the local Walmart, shot at an employee who tried to stop them in the parking lot, and then embarked on a citywide robbery spree in which one man was seriously injured. When Brown headed down to the store to see how easy it would be to steal ammunition, he was shocked. Not only were there bullets arrayed on the unlocked shelves; there were rows of guns as well, including assault rifles.

    Walmart needs to pay for this.

  18. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    December 19, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Chips – My most-loved moment, in addition to knowing Pres. Obama was re-elected, was when he sang Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together (I’m so in love with you). Oh, my. (At least I think that was in 2012!)

    • 51 theo67
      December 19, 2012 at 12:34 am

      Oh my goodness, that’s absolutely terrifying! The eagle actually lifted the baby from the ground and then dropped him – luckily not too far from the ground and he seemed well padded in his winter gear. Yikes – I don’t think I ever want to see something like that again. The eagle came in so fast! Frightening!

      • 52 veryslowwriter
        December 19, 2012 at 1:11 am

        I have my doubts about this video. It is probably faked. Why was the camera following the eagle in the first place? The snatch is not shown. The kid is way too heavy to be picked up by a golden. It MAY be real, but I wouldn’t panic about taking kids to the park just yet.

        • 53 theo67
          December 19, 2012 at 1:17 am

          They showed the baby lifting off in slow motion at the end- I certainly hope this is a fake video. This would be very terrifying, if it were real.

    • December 19, 2012 at 1:50 am

      I don’t see anything ‘great’ about it.

      And, I don’t see any point in posting it here.


  19. December 19, 2012 at 12:38 am

    By the way thanks for fixing my login Chipsticks, I am having trouble picking a single favorite moment. I’m going to to go outside the box and say when he was standing at the porch of An San Suu Kyi with all those thousands of Burmese people lining the streets on the way there.

  20. December 19, 2012 at 12:44 am

    1. 11/05/12 in IOWA with tears running down his cheeks knowing those white Iowans voted for him as a future president due to the content of his policies rather than the color of his skin.
    2. a little girl in a blue dress flirting with the president
    3. BO riding with PBO in the car.
    4. PBO with Aun sung su chi, full cycle knowing that his grandfather had lived there in Burma and that their independance is what gave the Kenyans courage to want independance from the british.

  21. 65 sabreen60
    December 19, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I agree with Tien Le – Love POTUS wet. 🙂 Love many of the same as everyone else. Loved him at music concert with BB King, Mick Jagger, etc. singing a line from “Sweet Home Chicago”.

    • 68 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      December 19, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Good. The president is determined. But Manchin is wishy washy.

      • 69 Rain
        December 19, 2012 at 1:40 am

        Hopefully Manchin will stick with it. I’m glad they are looking at mental health too. My brother was severely bipolar and struggled all his life, in and out of thrapy and on and off so many powerful drugs. But ultimately the system failed him, one doctor even said to him “I’m sorry but I can’t help you anymore.” My brother, who was such a talented artist, and such a wonderful, kind person, took his own life this year, and that was so hard for my family, because we felt that ultimately he never really got all the help that he could have.

        • 70 theo67
          December 19, 2012 at 2:13 am

          That’s a heartbreaking story, Rain. I feel for you. How could the doctors say they couldn’t help him? Who did they think was going to help him? How sad – so sorry.

        • December 19, 2012 at 2:21 am

          No words … just sadness at your family’s and our human family’s loss.

        • December 19, 2012 at 2:48 am

          Rain, I am so sorry to hear about your lost.

        • 73 Rain
          December 19, 2012 at 2:54 am

          Thanks for the kind words. This is our first Christmas without him, and that’s hard. I was thinking about talking with my Mom to see if she would be willing to write something about his struggles to our reps, since they will be lookung at the country’s mental health system. I’m not sure how she’d feel about it.

          • December 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

            Rain, my heart goes out to you. This is just so sad but please know that you will be in my thoughts this Christmas, your first without your precious brother. I am so very sorry that you are going through this pain and I feel for your brother’s suffering also.

        • 75 desertflower
          December 19, 2012 at 7:55 am

          I’m so, so sorry, Rain.The Dr. knows that we have failed people like your brother. So sad

        • 76 jackiegrumbacher
          December 19, 2012 at 8:01 am

          Oh Rain, I’m so sorry. It’s heartbreaking to know a loved family member is suffering and you can’t find the help he/she needs. My heart goes out to your family–what a tragic, terrible thing to have happen.

          • 77 Rain
            December 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm

            Thank you again, my friends. All your kind words do mean a lot to me and I passed them on to my family, who all appreciated them a great deal. I spoke with my mom about possible telling my brother’s story in a letter to our reps and she agreed to consider it. I hope she will, as I think our leaders need to know what’s really going on in American families, so they can make more meaningful changes.

            • December 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

              Rain, it’s only now I saw your comment from last night. I am so sorry about your brother and all the pain you and your family must have suffered, I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like. Thinking of you, so sorry again.

              • 79 Rain
                December 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

                Thank you, Chips. It wasn’t all bad. He was a great man and a talented artist and he inspired us all in many ways. He lives on in the beautiful panitings that hang in all our homes, and we see him in our childrens’ love of art and all things creative. At least I know that this Christmas, he will not suffer but will rejoice like never before. 🙂

        • 80 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          December 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm

          I am so sorry Rain. We can only treasure the ones we love while they are with us. I hope there will be more research on what works and what doesn’t and better identification of mental illnesses. We can do so much better in this regard. My heart goes out to you and your family. Your brother lives on in your memories of the good times and in the works of art he left behind. God bless you and your family.

  22. 81 carolmaewy
    December 19, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Hello, just testing. Having computer issues.

  23. December 19, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Also this image may be the most poignant Eight-year old Make-A-Wish child Janiya Penny reacts after meeting President Obama as he welcomes her family to the Oval Office under a picture of Lincoln. https://theobamadiary.com/2012/09/21/pete-souza-genius-3/

    • 83 lovingandlaughing
      December 19, 2012 at 4:55 am

      Isn’t there a similar pic too of PBO holding and hugging a cute little girl with her hair in bunches on the sides of her head and we see the President’s back, not his face and the portrait of Lincoln is in the scene?? That one is my very favorite.

    • 84 jackiegrumbacher
      December 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

      Oh yes, thank you for remember that. It was such a beautiful, touching moment. Such a tiny girl. Such a big-hearted president.

  24. 85 Judith Fardig
    December 19, 2012 at 1:08 am

    All of the moments you have shared with us, Chips via video, photo, or whatever have been treasured ways to start or end my day and kept me sane through a long and nasty campaign, but my personal favorite is PBO getting choked up thanking his OFA volunteers after our victory. He always speaks from the heart.

    • 86 Rain
      December 19, 2012 at 1:15 am

      That’s another of my favorites too. Watching it I was thinking, he really believes in what he’s doing and wants to continue, and I respect that so much.

    • 87 theo67
      December 19, 2012 at 1:37 am

      Absolutely one of my favourites, but it’s almost too painful to watch.

  25. December 19, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Concerning the GOP’s unfair smear campaign against AMB Susan Rice, my favorite moment was when the president responded to those bullies, without revocation, “If you wanna come after someone, COME AFTER ME !”

  26. 89 Obamaperson
    December 19, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I was scared. I was so afraid we would somehow end up with Romney, and it was not first off a partisan feeling that scared me. It was a thing that said that Romney would be really, really bad for this country. Once I realized the President had been reelected, I sighed. I did not dance, because I knew he had hard times ahead. I sighed selfishly for myself. It was a vast sense of relief. That was a high moment. Relief.

  27. December 19, 2012 at 2:08 am

    It is many wonderful memories, I’ll just name a few not in any particular order:
    1) The embracing of Gabby Gifford
    2) The last campaign stop in Iowa with tears flowing. That stop represented the very beginning and end of a wonderful, majestic and historical presidential run.
    3) The “Please proceed governor” – to walk your ass into that bottomless pit that leads to Benghazi. ROFL

  28. December 19, 2012 at 2:10 am

    • 95 theo67
      December 19, 2012 at 2:11 am

      Please proceed, indeed.

    • 96 jackiegrumbacher
      December 19, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Bob, they are working so hard to tick off people, that it almost seems to be their goal. I read this morning that there’s no “appetite” on the Republican caucus for any gun control in the House and some anonymous senator put a hold on a bill that would allow the FBI to respond more quickly to mass killings? There are no words for the loathing I feel for these people. They are beyond despicable and I know longer know what country that they think they’re representing, certainly not one that belongs in a brotherhood of man.

  29. December 19, 2012 at 2:19 am

    TOD family, If you have 401k’s, mutual funds, ETF’s, stocks & any other investment instruments, please consider divesting from gun manufactures and re-invest in something safer. You can contact your broker(s), mutual fund managers, financial advisers, ect. This will definitely hurt those who make dangerous weapons as well as that sleaze-ball organization NRA.

  30. 98 amk for obama
    December 19, 2012 at 2:34 am

  31. 99 susanne
    December 19, 2012 at 3:42 am

    aloha chips and tods
    what a fun question to propose–favorite moments of 2012. this has been such a full year, with frightening moments, sad times, giggles and happy shouts, and downright ecstasy (election night of course!).

    some of my favorites:
    1. pbo singing sweet home chicago
    2. pbo at the final campaign rally
    3. flotus and jimmy fallon in fitness contest at the white house
    4. 47% video (also known as myth is f-cked video)
    5. pbo comforts the crying baby
    6. joe biden does his christmas shopping at costco
    7. pbo tours the buddhist temple barefooted
    8. gabby giffords leads the pledge of allegiance with debbie wasserman schultz at the dnc
    9. flotus’ amazing speech at the dnc (and the terrific pink dress)
    10. bo leading a tour of the white house christmas decorations

    • 100 susanne
      December 19, 2012 at 4:07 am

      oh, can’t leave out the supremes confirm obamacare is constitutional!

      and pbo’s speech at the university of yangon was one for the history books–beautiful speech, perfect moment in history for those words, and only he could do it.

      yikes, and cain’s reply to the question about libya!

  32. 102 lovingandlaughing
    December 19, 2012 at 4:57 am

    I love the image of PBO on a couch with his two daughters as they watched Michelle’s DNC convention speech.

  33. 103 lovingandlaughing
    December 19, 2012 at 5:00 am

    The images from the outdoor basketball game on the naval ship that POTUS and FLOTUS attended are gorgeous. She had on that great sweater and the sky was so beautiful.

  34. 104 lovingandlaughing
    December 19, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Oh Chips, love that video above! Yes, it will take you a long while to compile a full year, if that is only one month! Can’t wait for more though!

  35. December 19, 2012 at 6:01 am

    I’ve been on a break since the election, but now the phony progressives have their panties in a bunch again. As a history major back in college, I would like to share an article from 2010. This is dedicated to all those “liberal” armchair presidents out there:


    • 107 carla4obama
      December 19, 2012 at 6:31 am

      “So here’s what you need to know, right now: Barack Obama is, and will continue to be, a bit of goddamn miracle. He’s simply as good as we’re going get for an articulate, thoughtful, integrity-rich Democratic prez in your lifetime. Period. To hamstring his administration out of spite and laziness is childish and sad. Check the accomplishments. Understand the process. Deal with the messiness.
      It will never be perfect. It will never be giddy liberal nirvana, because it doesn’t work that way. Politics is corrosive and infuriating, de facto and by definition, even with someone as thoughtful as Obama in the Big Chair. Understand it. Deal with it. Get back in the game. If you don’t, we all lose.”

      • 108 jackiegrumbacher
        December 19, 2012 at 8:09 am

        Carla, you can’t see it, but I’ standing up and applauding your brilliant statement. Our president surely is, as you say, a “goddamn miracle” and people had better understand it and deal with it or we all loose. Bravo!!!!

    • 109 susanne
      December 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      this is so great–thanks for finding and posting it again.

  36. 110 carla4obama
    December 19, 2012 at 6:33 am

    To add to the Best Pics of the year:
    -This Chair Is Taken
    -The Shirt

  37. 111 vcprezofan2
    December 19, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Good Morning, everyone! The phone hasn’t rung yet, so I think I’m free today. 😆

    • 112 vcprezofan2
      December 19, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Off to see what’s on this thread that I missed by signing off early last night.

      • 113 vcprezofan2
        December 19, 2012 at 7:27 am

        I just read Chips’ commentary in the post – she can’t possibly be asking us to CHOOSE a best 2012 moment, can she? Please, Chips, be merciful; you know how hard it is for me to ‘choose’ to move on when I’m reading a post with lots of comments, how could I make a choice like this one before the end of the year?!!! 😆

  38. 114 KJ
    December 19, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Chipstick, when I turn my computer on each morning, your site is the first on g my screen. your video this morning madede my day. thanks for keeping me and my family inform gred on all of the great things our president is doing. I really enjoy the jokes by Amk and the clear logic of Bobr

  39. 115 CEB
    December 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Depending on how you look at it< I am either very late or very early. Thanks, Chips ,for giving us a reason to smile with this lovely video.

  40. 116 dotster3
    December 19, 2012 at 7:50 am

    • 117 CEB
      December 19, 2012 at 7:57 am

      That’s what I’m talking about! Woot, woot! And I’ll bet it is killing them to announce it. The people have spoken once again; go us!

    • 118 jackiegrumbacher
      December 19, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Dotster, well it’s about time. What the heck else could they choose. There is no one in the world like him.

  41. 119 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2012 at 7:52 am


  42. December 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

    • 124 jackiegrumbacher
      December 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Wow! And that’s an incredible statement, especially coming from a Kentucky rep. I hope whatever he has rubs off on his colleagues. This is a true patriot.

    • December 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

      OMG, what a true patriot!! Let’s do everything we can to support Rep. John Yarmuth!!

    • 126 desertflower
      December 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Yes, and if you go to WaPo today and scroll down a bit, there is a featured video with him speaking about this very thing. Good interview.

  43. December 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

  44. December 19, 2012 at 8:01 am

    In case you can’t read the words, it says, “I decorated the tree for my ultra conservative dad before he gets home from work.” 😉

  45. 133 jackiegrumbacher
    December 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

    It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite moment in a year filled with so many emotional highs, but our first grandchild was born within hours of Michelle’s speech at the convention. I was exhausted and didn’t think I could stay up that late, but she just blew me away. I found myself crying and shaking at the magnificence of her presence and the light and passion that came from her when she talked about the presidency “revealing” a person’s character. She took away all traces of exhaustion and left me feeling awed and thankful that such a great first lady was granted to us in these difficult times.

    • 134 anniebella
      December 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Now I agree with you jackie, 100%.

    • 135 Chi
      December 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

      This was so lovely to read Jackie…

      Congratulations Grandma, and a very happy first Christmas to the little one…

      We will continue to work hard alongside our spectacular President and magnificent First Lady to ensure a nation and world worthy of your dreams for this precious child and others…

  46. 136 CEB
    December 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

    There is a lovely commentary and more pictures by Callie Shell in the Time article that features PBO as Person of the Year. I do not care for the lighting/shading that the other photographer (whose name I forgot) used for the cover photo. IMO that dark shading is morbid. What do you guys think? I would have provided a link if I knew how, but as I have mentioned many times, my tech skills leave a lot to be desired.

  47. 140 dotster3
    December 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Michelle Obama being interviewed on the Today Show by Jenna Bush Hager.

  48. 141 isonprize
    December 19, 2012 at 8:30 am

    TIME chose President Barack Obama as “Person of the Year”

  49. 142 Sweetpeg
    December 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Good Morning TOD!, Woohoo Wednesday, President Obama Is ‘Time’ Magazine’s ‘Person Of The Year’

  50. 143 Don
    December 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Somebody wake me up when an Emoprog is named anything.

  51. December 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Finally the media & beltway realize how special Prez Obama is? What took them so long? They could have come here to TOD and we would have told them that a long time ago. Time Magazine would have done well to hire our very own Chips and gotten the most accurate narrative about PBO centuries ago. Ugh, Johnny come latelys Stengel et al!

    Person of the Year! He’s the fringing Person of this Century! He’ll shape this 21st century like no other person. A Lincoln of our times!

  52. 147 amk for obama
    December 19, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Money quote from the time piece

    Few experts predicted two years ago that Obama would be busy writing his second Inaugural Address. Pre-election polling showed depressed enthusiasm among young people and Latinos, for example, amid soaring interest among white evangelicals and the elderly. But the poll questions did not account for Obama’s secret weapon: the people who don’t much care for politics. A sizable chunk of the President’s most ardent backers don’t admire either party yet think Obama is somehow above it all, immune to all the horse trading and favor mongering that politics entails. These voters aren’t political in the cable-TV sense of the word. But in 2012, they stuck by Obama. In the last month of the Obama campaign’s voter registration, 70% of those signed up were women, minorities or people under 30.

    But Obama doesn’t see his legacy in terms of an ideological imprint, like Ronald Reagan’s claim that “government is the problem” or Bill Clinton’s admonition that the “era of Big Government is over.” He says he just wants smarter government and a set of results that he can claim as he leaves office in early 2017: “That we had steered this ship of state so that we once again had an economy that worked for everybody, that we had laid the foundation for broad-based prosperity and that internationally we had created the framework for continued American leadership in the world throughout the 21st century.” Recent history and current headlines suggest he will fall short of achieving all those goals. But if he succeeds, it wouldn’t be the first time this leader beat expectations.

    In an age of lost authority, Obama had managed to maintain his. In group after group, the voters told the researchers they believed the President was honest, lived an admirable personal life and was trying to do the right thing. “Here’s what I heard for 18 months,” Simas says. “‘I trust his values. I think he walked into the worst situation of any President in 50 years. And you know what? I am disappointed that things haven’t turned around.’ But there was always that feeling of ‘I am willing to give this guy a second shot.’”

    Read more: http://poy.time.com/2012/12/19/person-of-the-year-barack-obama/#ixzz2FVMYkrFM

    • 148 amk for obama
      December 19, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Of his $1 billion campaign-cash haul, Obama was able to raise $690 million online in 2012, up from about $500 million in 2008. More than $200 million of that came in donations of $200 or less, a 10% increase over the history-making frenzy of 2008. In a campaign that big super-PAC money was supposed to dominate, Obama’s operation proved that many small efforts were more powerful than a few big ones. No one in either party thinks campaign finance will ever be the same.

      Read more: http://poy.time.com/2012/12/19/person-of-the-year-barack-obama/#ixzz2FVO2aAgG

    • 149 Chi
      December 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

      This was important amk…

      They finally get to acknowledge that in the end it is the man and not the operation…

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