10. President Obama explains the lipstick on his collar at a White House reception for Asian American Heritage Month. Don’t worry Mrs O, the culprit was auntie of Jessica Sanchez.
“Look at this!”
“Look at this!”
“I do not want to be in trouble with Michelle. That’s why I’m calling you out right in front of everybody.”
9. The adorable Kid President receives a personal tour of the Oval office from President Obama.
8. Malia photobombs Sasha trying to get a picture of their mom and dad kissing because she’s awesome.
7. Sunny Obama, the diva puppy, is welcomed into the Obama family! I’m sure she is the source of much of President Obama’s new gray hairs.
6. President Obama speaks directly with Iranian President Rouhani. It was the first direct contact between U.S. and Iranian presidents since 1979. Yeah, I’d say that was a BFD.
5. During his commencement speech at Morehouse College, President Obama went off-script to acknowledge gay Morehouse men. As a recent graduate of a prominent HBCU, I found this moment to be of great significance.
4. After George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” for murdering Trayvon Martin, many of us in the African-American community expressed pain, doubt, and an overall sense of hopelessness.
Again, many of us questioned the justness of the justice system. Though we may never know President Obama’s personal reaction to the verdict until after he leaves office (perhaps in a memoir?), I believe that his 17 minute statement on the aftermath of the Zimmerman trial represents and conveys the dismay felt by many African Americans.
//…”You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”
Full text of remarks here
3. President and Mrs. Obama visit Goree Island in Senegal.
Just the fact the first African American First Family stood at the “Door of No Return” is too overwhelming for me to even put into words. Mrs. Obama is a descendent of slaves and now she is First Lady of the United States. Let that sink in.
2. Being that my father is incarcerated on a non-violent drug charge, this recent action is particularly close to my heart.
There is no doubt in my mind that President Obama realizes the problem of mass incarceration in this country. The fact that he signed the Fair Sentencing Act into law in 2010 is evidence of that; however, for him to expand retroactive relief for inmates impacted by the unjust crack-powder cocaine disparity is huge and it does wonders for the families who are impacted by it.
Not only did he commute 8 sentences this month, but in August of this year he directed Attorney General Eric Holder to expand sentencing relief for inmates on the federal level who were subject to inequitable mandatory minimums.
NY Times – Obama Commutes Sentences for 8 in Crack Cocaine Cases
TIME – Obama Expands Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Relief
1. Perhaps this is a little cliched, but it is important to me: President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration.
For you all to understand the significance of the 2nd inauguration, allow me to give some background.
When PBO was first elected, I was a senior in high school. I never paid attention to politics and definitely was not sure of where my life was headed. I do, however, remember the magnitude of election night as well as the first inauguration.
My mother and I watched on our small television that sat on the floor in the living room of our apartment. We did not have any furniture — just a year before we were nearly homeless after she lost her job at the beginning of the recession. I had no idea where I would be in four years, but I knew I was blessed just to see the moment.
Little did I know that I would be working as a college fellow on the second campaign. What? Little Kay Kay who hates politics and just wants to be a ball player? It is actually funny thinking about it.
Nevertheless, President Obama gave me hope in the future. He had accomplished so much in the first term that I was delighted to work nearly 30 hours per week, in addition to going to school, as an OFA fellow.
The days were long. The nights were cold as we walked with our clipboards in hand door-to-door in the Northern Virginia suburbs. At times, we were frustrated, tired, and weary. Every day we were reading new reports essentially describing President Obama as a lame duck. Contrary to the narratives, our folks were mobilized on the ground. Admittedly, however, some were discouraged.
It was my job to remind them of everything PBO had accomplished and how much was at stake. Even if I only convinced one person to vote in a whole canvassing shift, it was worth it.
I believed in this President. I believed that we needed him at this time and in this moment in history. As such, Inauguration Day 2013 was not only a day for President Obama but also a day for his dedicated supporters.
Conventional wisdom counted us out. The fire is no longer there, they would say; but, boy did we show them!
We made this happen, and all of you should feel proud.
CollegeKay, what a completely beautiful collection of memories, from the fun and quirky, to the moving and powerful. Thank you, so so much.
This is the first in a series of TODers’ ‘Memorable Moments’ from 2013 which we’ll feature over the next two-ish weeks.
If you’d like to join in and offer your memories for posting, that would be blissful! Just email me them – email@example.com – and I’ll add the photos/videos.
I looooooove this community, with a passion! Thank you again CollegeKay.