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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)

(7) President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia look in on Mac, one of two turkeys spared this year from the Thanksgiving dinner table by presidential pardon, in the East Room of the White House prior to the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey pardon ceremony (Photo by Pete Souza)

(8) President Obama turns to the press pool after seeing Chuck Todd’s new book on him (Photo by Pete Souza)

(9) The President and First Lady meet with the Jackie Robinson West Little League Baseball team in the Oval Office (Photo by Doug Mills)

(10) President Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Meryl Streep during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

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December

(1) President Obama walks through the Ground Floor Corridor following a White House holiday reception (Photo by Pete Souza)

(2) President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, Marian Robinson and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell participate in the National Christmas Tree lighting (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice hugs Ricardo Zuniga, National Security Council’s Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, following President Obama’s call with President Raúl Castro of Cuba, in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) President Obama takes over “The Word” segment of “The Colbert Report”

(5) The ‘Women Only’ end-of-year press conference

(6) ‘End of the year task. Signing bills.’ (Photo by Pete Souza)

(7) In front of a sign that says “Gracias”, President Obama receives a hug from the owners of “La Hacienda” restaurant, Lilia Yepez, left, and Carlos Yepez, after speaking earlier in Nashville about his executive actions on immigration (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin)

(8) First Lady Michelle Obama introduces her new helper, President Obama, at an event supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (Photo by EJ Hersom)

(9) President Obama reacts as First Lady Michelle Obama doubts his ability to accurately sort Toys for Tots at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (Photo by Chip Somodevilla)

(10) The First Family at ‘Christmas in Washington’ (Photo by Theo Wargo)

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We might need a ‘wildcard’ section now that Pete Souza is releasing not-seen-before 2014 pics 😕


197 Responses to “Photo Of The Year: November & December”


  1. 1 MightyPamela
    December 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    November!! 🙂

  2. 6 nospin
    December 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Congrats MP.

    Hello TOD

  3. 7 Linda
    December 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Nov. # 8 for mocking Chuck Todd

    Dec. # 1 because I have one of those tables…..

  4. December 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    There there, petal.

    Ok, now that I got that out of the way, morning all.

  5. 15 japa21
    December 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    GM again.

    Again tough, but I made my choices and I am sticking with them.

    Chips, my home computer decided to die yesterday, so I didn’t hear about you unfortunate encounter with your desk until this morning.

    I was always told by my father, as I was growing up, and I know he would never mislead me, that the best thing to do in situations like that, unless bones are sticking through the skin, is to put some dirt in your hand, spit in the dirt and then rub it wherever the pains are.

    Give it a try.

  6. December 29, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    #10(december) is awesome…The President’s family is just lovely…I am filled with pride each and every time I see them!!!!

  7. 23 carla4obama
    December 29, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    For dog lovers- an inspirational story of the bond between a boy and his dog. “Friends don’t judge.” Watch and feel “awesome!”

  8. 25 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Au ⭐ for MightyPamela…..Yes!

  9. 26 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  10. 27 mtmarilyn
    December 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Good morning everyone. It is cold and windy here in Montana. 11 with a wind chill of -11. So many accidents on the interstate. They are telling everyone to stay home if possible. The choice of pictures is so hard. I’ll take them all.

  11. 28 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm

  12. December 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Is THIS a possibility??

    • December 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Wow, there’s talk of it??

    • 31 Nena20409
      December 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Nope.
      MSNBC is Not looking FORWARD for a True Functioning and Thriving Left Leaning Station. Muddle the Waters at a Profitable Margin is all these Corporate Magnates want……where Liberal…..pretentious at that are concerned.

      This is why I was so happy when CurrenTV was trying, even when Al Jazeera took over…….but it Never materialized.

  13. 32 JER
    December 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  14. 35 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Their First Female Bishop at an Episcopalian Diocese. Take about a hard tough break.

  15. 36 Linda
    December 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    During Holiday Season, City Erects Cages To Keep Homeless People Off Benches

    A city in southwest France is welcoming in the holiday season by putting up cages around its public benches so homeless people can’t use them.

    Angoulême, about 75 miles from Bordeaux, installed the cages on Christmas Eve. A city official told RFI that the timing was just a coincidence.

    However, the Mirror reports that after a harsh public backlash, the city council reversed course and removed the cages, at least temporarily. Still, Mayor Xavier Bonnefont said that they will make a final decision on the matter next month.

    The city is run by the conservative UMP political party, home to former President Nicolas Sarkozy, among others.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/12/28/3607101/homeless-bench-cage-france/

    Why are conservatives mean, regardless of what country they are from ???? Is meanness part of the initiation process ?

  16. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    December 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm

  17. 39 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

  18. December 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I have a new special friend!1!1!

  19. 55 yardarm756
    December 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Holidays

    Feast Day of St. Thomas Becket

    Events

    1992 Todd Bridges The actor who played Willis in TV’s Diff’rent Strokes is arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a loaded gun. He was sentenced to year in a live-in drug treatment program and five years probation.

    1992 Home Alone An Illinois couple is arrested as they arrived home after a nine-day vacation in Acapulco. They had left their two daughters – ages 9 and 4 – home alone during the trip. Police discovered the girls when they called 911 after setting off a smoke detector.

    1972 Life magazine The 36-year-old pioneer in photojournalism suspends publication.

    1967 First use of the term “Black Hole” to describe a collapsed star, by Prof. John Archibald Wheeler.

    1965 James Bond Thunderball premiers in the U.S., 4th in the James Bond series, it starred Sean Connery as 007.

    1890 Battle of Wounded Knee Creek Last major battle between U.S. troops and Indians. More than 200 Sioux Indian men, women, and children are killed in South Dakota.

    1851 First Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in the U.S. is established, by Thomas V. Sullivan in Boston, Massachusetts.

    1845 Texas becomes the 28th state.

    Births

    1947 Ted Danson American Emmy-winning actor. Film: Three Men and a Baby (1987). TV: Cheers (Sam).

    1946 Marianne Faithful British singer, actor. Music: As Tears Go By (1964) and Summer Nights (1965).

    1938 Jon Voight American Oscar-winning actor. Film: Deliverance (1972) and Coming Home (1978, Oscar).

    1936 Mary Tyler Moore American actress. TV: The Dick Van Dyke Show (Laura Petrie) and Mary Tyler Moore Show (Mary Richards). Her first TV job was as the pixie in the Hotpoint commercials.

    1934 Ed Flanders American Emmy-winning actor. TV: St. Elsewhere (Dr. Westphall).

    1932 Inga Swenson American actress. TV: Bonanza (Hoss’ mother Inga) and Benson (Gretchen Krauss).

    1920 Viveca Lindfors Swedish Emmy-winning actress. Film: Four in a Jeep (1951) and The Sure Thing (1985). TV: Life Goes On (1990, Won an Emmy for a guest appearance as a dance instructor.).

    1879 William “Billy” Mitchell d. 1936 American brigadier general. His persistent lobbying for a strong air force was ridiculed by military leaders and led to his being busted to private.

    1808 Andrew Johnson d. 1875 17th U.S. President (1865-69) and the 16th U.S. Vice-President (1865). He was almost impeached (1868), with the Senate only one vote short of the required two-thirds majority.

    1800 Charles Goodyear d. 1860 American inventor. He patented the process of vulcanization (1844), which made the rubber industry possible.

    1766 Charles Macintosh d. 1843 Scottish chemist, invented waterproof fabrics used for raincoats (1823).

    Deaths

    1975 Euell Gibbons b. 1911 American naturalist. Writings: Stalking the Wild Asparagus (1962). He was the spokesman for Post Grape-Nuts.

    1170 Saint Thomas Becket b. circa 1118 English ecclesiastic, murdered at the altar by four knights of King Henry II.

  20. December 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm

  21. 58 Linda
    December 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Texas Is Throwing People In Jail For Failing To Pay Back Predatory Loans

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/29/texas-payday-lending_n_6355602.html

    This is actually against the law in Tx…..yet…the courts allow it.

    It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Using criminal courts as debt collection agencies is against federal law, the Texas constitution and the state’s penal code. To clarify the state law, in 2012 the Texas legislature passed legislation that explicitly describes the circumstances under which lenders are prohibited from pursuing criminal charges against borrowers.

    It’s quite simple: In Texas, failure to repay a loan is a civil, not a criminal, matter. Payday lenders cannot pursue criminal charges against borrowers unless fraud or another crime is clearly established.

    In 2013, a devastating Texas Observer investigation documented widespread use of criminal charges against borrowers before the clarification to state law was passed.

  22. December 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Our new GOP Congress.

  23. 65 sherijr
    December 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Love the Sept/Oct winners ~ very well done on all these photos, they’re just amazing, all of them.

    • December 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      There were so many gems this year sherijr, we could have chosen another 500!!

      • 67 sherijr
        December 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

        I believe you Chips, the most photogenic and interesting man/family on the planet 🙂

      • 68 arapaho415
        December 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm

        All the choices, every month was *hard*, but I managed to vote without wavering.

        But, but… December was especially hard because my heart wanted to go with #2 — everyone looks so lovely, and it’s great to have a family photo that includes the person who is there for the girls every day — Marian Robinson. PBO and FLOTUS both have jam-packed schedules in far-flung cities and do their best to be home for dinner by 6:30 pm, but some nights that’s not possible. So glad that the girls have Grandma Robinson, since sadly they have never knew their Grandma Dunham.

        But I voted for history, #4, because there will never be another “The Decree” on The Colbert Report. 😦

  24. 73 sherijr
    December 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Haaha, just voted for November, thinking oh yes that photo is so perfect a reaction to all things Chuck Todd.. and then saw the results 🙂 🙂 I see others agree~

  25. December 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    OHHHH my Goodness…as if the trash in the morning is not enough….MSNBC is launching MoJo in the Afternoon..

    http://www.msnbc.com/afternoonmojoe

    Your exclusive look behind the scenes of Morning Joe with insights from innovators who are making things happen.

    looks like online programming

  26. 75 Linda
    December 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Joy Reie just predicted the Supreme Court will rule AGAINST the ACA and eliminate the subsidies.

    I think she is wrong…..The country will erupt if they take Health Insurance away from millions of people who finally just got coverage.

    She disappoints.

    • 76 Don
      December 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      We can only hope that they rule in favor of the ACA, if Justice Roberts cares anything about his legacy he will rule in the same fashion as he did the last time.

  27. 77 PrayerWarriorforObama
    December 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Picture #10 for December symbolizes triumph for the Obama family; resilience and victory emanates from each of them. The body language seems to say to their haters, “You tried to knock us down, but we are still standing strong. You will never control us.” It’s the photograph to end a most intriguing year for the first family.

  28. 78 GGail
    December 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    My choices don’t become winners, but it won’t stop me 😀

  29. 79 Linda
    December 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Barack H. Obama is the Greatest President of Modern Times

    His list of accomplishments, even minus any opposition, would be staggering. Considering the odds against him, they are truly monumental. In all these areas, he has made life better for Americans. Not just for the rich, but for all Americans.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/12/29/barack-h-obama-greatest-president-modern-times.html

    • 80 Vicki
      December 29, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      This article is such a wonderful tribute to Our President! Every word of it is true.
      Heartwarming, just lovely.
      Thank you, Linda.

    • December 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      things were kool with this article till he smacked the President by calling him a Republican of old….

      “In many respects, Obama is a Republican out of the past, embracing many policies once embraced by the GOP. These make him much more of a centrist than someone to the far left of the political spectrum. But that might have been exactly what we needed in 2008.”

      SIGH!

  30. 82 arapaho415
    December 29, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Warning… rant ahead.

    Just heard a report on CBS radio network news that has me seething.

    It was about PBO interrupting a wedding at a golf course on the military base he plays while in Hawaii. The “news” report blamed the golf course manager who didn’t consult with the military brass. A WH spokesman says the President is “dismayed.”

    What ticks me off is that these are two Captains — not enlisted personnel. Officers get so many damn perks — they are not entitled to use military facilities for their frigging wedding. Personally I’m glad their plans were disrupted — they were presumption to begin with to schedule their wedding on military soil. I really am biased against Officer elitism — they get perks that enlisted personnel have no chance to ever enjoy, and their pensions are ridiculously generous too.

    • 83 Linda
      December 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Bloomberg reported that Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr., who are both Army captains, learned after their wedding rehearsal Saturday at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii that they would need to move the ceremony scheduled for the next day so that the President could play.

      Heimel and Mallue had previously invited Obama to the ceremony since they knew he traditionally spends Christmas in Hawaii, according to Bloomberg. They had received a letter from the President earlier Saturday that wished them well but declined their invitation.

      Obama later phoned Heimel and apologized for the scheduling conflict, her sister Jamie McCarthy told Bloomberg.

      It’s unclear if the White House would have been aware of the planned wedding. But the woman who handled logistics for Heimel’s wedding, Naile Brennan, told the news outlet that anyone planning an event at the golf course when Obama is expected to be in town is warned in advance that his travel may move things around.

      http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-golf-game-forced-military-couple-relocate-wedding

      Our media is disgraceful…..I am sure Fox will run some sort of outrage segment on this.

      • 84 Linda
        December 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        from the comment section:

        Another article on this event noted that the wedding was relocated to a “prettier” site on the base and the bride was happy about it.

        and this

        “anyone planning an event at the course when the president may be in town is warned about the potential for last-minute shuffling, said Naile Brennan, manager of K Bay Catering, which was handling logistics for the wedding. Brennan said they had other sites ready to go, and the couple ended up choosing the lush, green lawn near the home of Colonel Eric Schaefer, the commanding officer of the base, which offers an elevated view near the 16th hole.” Dis-missed!

    • 85 japa21
      December 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      As the father of a career officer who is currently a major and about to be promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, I just want to say that the golf courses on military bases are open to all military and even non-officers can request and be allowed to have a wedding there. Yes there are perks that officers get, just like in regular businesses where the higher up a person is, the more perks they get.
      Yes, they get a good pension, but only if they stay in the full 20 years. Like all government employees, if they leave 1 day before their 20 years ends, they don’t get a pension at all unless they are let go dut to downsizing, at which time their pension is significantly reduced.

      In this case, the course manager definitely was at fault. Maybe he thought the wedding would be done or something. But I am not going to blame the wedding participants.

      • 86 arapaho415
        December 29, 2014 at 3:42 pm

        Japa, you’re right, and I know about the 20-year lifer rule, since I grew up in the Queen of Navy towns, San Diego. 90% of my student teachers were retired military, and we knew the ex-Colonels didn’t need their teachers’ salaries. Also about 90% of my friends’ fathers were lifers and got military pensions in addition to their careers later in life. This is one of the big reasons that the middle-class thrived in the 1950s and 1960s, especially in San Diego, whose economy at that time was mostly military and tourism. Its economy has since diversified, but is still one of the most provincial cities on the west coast.

        I know I shouldn’t post when I’m pissed off, but this is just another example of uncalled-for ODS.

        There is no way this should have been part of a three-minute segment radio segment at noon on the west coast, since there’s lots of global news going on (i.e., not a slow news day).

        I know people outside of LA probably wonder why I mention radio so often, but we’re in our cars a lot, and I hear @knx1070 from other cars all the time, either on the road or in parking lots.

        • 87 japa21
          December 29, 2014 at 3:57 pm

          Well, I think it being a story at all is ridiculous, so I agree with you there.

          • 88 MightyPamela
            December 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm

            Ditto. It’s not as if the CIC hasn’t vacationed AT HOME every Christmas since who knows when, and the entire town is aware. It is very kind of him to call, as if an apology was necessary. He is astonishing. To those who are on the wrong side of history – you have had your chance, how will you explain your ODS to your grandchildren?

  31. 89 JER
    December 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    An administration spokesman referred questions about the day to the military base, and it’s not clear the White House would have been informed about the wedding in advance. After Bloomberg Politics inquired about the scheduling conflict, Obama put in a personal call to the bride.

    “He apologized and congratulated them,” McCarthy said, adding that it was a “wonderful talk.”

    “We were all there, it was perfect,” she said. “Made their day.” http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-12-29/soldiers-relocate-wedding-to-accommodate-obamas-golf-game

    • 90 arapaho415
      December 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      This is also THE TOP “news” stories on Microsoft — I don’t understand how their news feed works, but I get alerts and headlines appear on my non-desktop “start/metro” screen — it’s the first thing that shows up on that screen on my computer.

      The headline reads “Obama’s golf game disrupts soldiers’ wedding.”

      More ODS, another opportunity for MSM/GOP/Comcast/Kochs to bash the President at every opportunity, even while misleading and presenting half-truths.

      • 91 EricFive
        December 29, 2014 at 5:37 pm

        PBO’s poll numbers have been steadily improving, so the MSM/GOP are duty bound to promote any negativity they can find about the President. The MSM/GOP are the “disloyal opposition” and have a policy of 24/7 negativity when PBO is concerned. This latest nonsense is par for the course (pun intended).

  32. 95 JER
    December 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  33. 96 Linda
    December 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Another Repugnant to be indicted just months after he got re-elected.

    Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to Be Indicted On Federal Charges In January

    Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will be indicted by a federal grand jury by no later than January 15, 2015, according to a source close to the investigation of the embattled former member of Congress. A second independent source confirmed that Deal will indeed be indicted, but could not verify when the indictment will be handed down.

    The current investigation by the U.S. Justice Department is believed to be focused on both the campaign-finance charges and the improper use of staff while Deal was still in Congress. A source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that Deal will be indicted on multiple charges and that the case against him is “airtight.”

    http://www.liberalamerica.org/2014/12/29/georgia-governor-nathan-deal-to-be-indicted-on-federal-charges-in-january/

    I remember when he resigned from Congress but stayed 2 extra days so he could vote NO on the ACA.

    • 97 Jeff
      December 29, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      What else do you expect from the republicans? Actual morals?

    • December 29, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      This is the same gov. who obstructed medicaid expansion and wanted to allow hospitals to deny treatment to the indigent. There’s a special place in hell for this guy.

      • 99 MightyPamela
        December 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm

        But what’s great about it, BillR, that special place in hell is getting very crowded, with all his same types who will NOT enjoy burning for eternity together!! Sweet, sweet Karma, she never misses. Ever! It is the Law of the Universe.

  34. 100 Linda
    December 29, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Officer Pedro Serrano began taping his superior officer Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack after he was given a poor performance review. Serrano alleges it was the result of him not meeting his summonses quotas and he wanted evidence to show he was being unfairly treated.

    Stop “the right people, the right time, the right location,” Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack is heard saying on the recording.
    […]
    “So what am I supposed to do: Stop every black and Hispanic?” Serrano was heard saying on the tape, which was recorded last month at the 40th Precinct in the Bronx.
    […]
    “I have no problem telling you this,” the inspector said on the tape. “Male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem [to] tell you this, male blacks 14 to 21.”

    The tape and testimony are a part of a class-action lawsuit against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. The NYPD’s defense was able to get Serrano to admit that McCormack didn’t say “all blacks and latinos.” So there’s a victory for people who still want to believe that the policy wasn’t out and out racist.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/29/1354616/-Whistleblowing-officer-makes-tape-of-top-cop-ordering-stop-and-frisks-of-black-males

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  36. 102 desertflower
    December 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Can someone post this? Understand that these are their words, (Republicans) not ours….

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026017323

  37. December 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm

  38. 108 Nerdy Wonka
    December 29, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    • 109 desertflower
      December 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Others on list of most admired men, include Dr. Ben Carson, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Bill O’Reilly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

      REALLY?????

    • December 29, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      I agree with Barack Obama, but my choice as most admired woman is Michelle Obama.

    • 116 MightyPamela
      December 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Make. Me. Puke. #tiredofhillary. Sorry everyone. Ludicrous. They are all desperate for anything Obama while the man is trying to have the first quiet holiday with his family in freaking YEARS!! Sheesh.

  39. 117 Nerdy Wonka
    December 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    • December 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Congressman Walter B. Jones (R.-NC) also went to appear on a white supremacists radio show in Tennessee several years ago. He never explain to the people why he was on such a show either.

  40. 119 99ts
    December 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    OK – a few folks didn’t vote for PBO and the Koala – you need to be reconsidering your vote

  41. December 29, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    New post in 16 minutes, 26 seconds.

  42. December 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  43. December 29, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I think they felt some kind of way about PBO beating the Pope… 🙂

  44. December 29, 2014 at 6:25 pm

  45. December 29, 2014 at 6:28 pm

  46. 132 sherijr
    December 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Just in case you all didn’t get this, or if it hasn’t been posted, a one question survey from POTUS & OFA asking what you want to see accomplished in 2015: https://www.barackobama.com/ofa-2015-survey/?source=em14_x_ofa_20141227_x_x_ofa_ar&utm_medium=email&utm_source=obama&utm_campaign=em14_x_ofa_20141227_x_x_ofa_ar

    • 133 idon
      December 29, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      I got it and responded to survey. Immigration, STEM education with emphasis students of color, and climate change

      • 134 sherijr
        December 29, 2014 at 10:19 pm

        good on you, love the STEM idea. I also put Immigration, roads & bridges, gun control and something toward race relations- particularly between cops and citizens.

  47. December 29, 2014 at 6:53 pm

  48. December 29, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Sorry, I just cannot stomach the media hype.

  49. 143 Nerdy Wonka
    December 29, 2014 at 7:12 pm

  50. 145 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Good Evening TOD.

  51. December 29, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Will Scalise be held accountable for his comments of racist ideology the way that Todd Atkins was for his “legitimate rape” comments?

  52. December 29, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Still trying to finish that post I promised, oh, 15 hours ago. Hang in there 😕

    • 148 99ts
      December 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Was but an hour ago – you have another five hours to get it here before you have to celebrate my birthday – which is partways over in my time zone

  53. December 29, 2014 at 7:22 pm

  54. December 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

  55. 151 yardarm756
    December 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    How it really works.

  56. 152 99ts
    December 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I’m not going to link to the article – but I did like this comment

    “A parsnip is morally superior to Rush Limbaugh” – in response to a GOPer being considered a good guy because he is/was morally superior to Limbaugh.
    .

  57. 153 99ts
    December 29, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Wake up over there – the President and our koala needs just 3 more votes – vote like it is Christmas all over again. Where is MightyP when I need her – some campaigning needed here for November Number 6

    • 154 carolyn
      December 29, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Sorry…….that picture is cute, but I prefer PBO and his daughters in the bookstore…he with a big smile on his face, giving Chuck Todd exactly the attention he deserves…….or, the picture of him with the Little League team.

    • 155 MadameSoph
      December 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      I picked the Koala photo 99ts 🙂 PBO’s Australia trip was so historic and made such an impact re Climate Change, Australian politics, etc. and his speech there was one for the ages.

      And, this also gives me a chance to thank you for your photos and Most Memorable Moments of the Australia trip!

      How is your summer going? 🙂

      • 156 99ts
        December 29, 2014 at 9:11 pm

        Thank you – rather a cop out for me to have one memorial moment – but lots happened in 2 days.

        Your moments were a treat – it is so hard to pick the best of the best with PBO. There has not been any negatives during his time in office – the GOP has had to make things up – and find willing journalists (#chucktodd) to repeat the lies

      • 157 99ts
        December 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm

        Forgot to add – our summer is hot! back to high nineties after 2 days respite!

        • 158 MadameSoph
          December 29, 2014 at 9:28 pm

          Having been born and raised in SoCal, I can remember more than one 90°F Xmas day! But summertime for Christmas and New Years would take getting used to.

          I just had a flash image of Santa pulling his shirt off as he is flying over the equator (yikes! unless, of course, the Idris Elba Santa gets a chance… 🙂

  58. 160 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 8:03 pm

  59. 161 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 8:04 pm

  60. 162 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm

  61. 163 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 8:09 pm

  62. 164 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

  63. 165 desertflower
    December 29, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I love my President:) 🙂 I hope he kicks ass and takes names for the next 2 years…and the entirety of America wakes the hell up!

    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-12-29/five-ways-obama-can-mess-with-republicans-in-2015

  64. 167 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    It is worth posting part of KAJ’s words once again

  65. December 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you, Mr. President.
    We love you.

  66. 170 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 8:16 pm

  67. 171 Nena20409
    December 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

  68. December 29, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Shaquille and Charles can go to hell. Sorry those girls have to stand next to them.
    Every since Shaquille endorsed, Chris Christy I cannot look at him(it helped to get him a movie theatre in NJ)….
    Charles Barkley…….well, he is just pathetic.

  69. 176 amk for obama
    December 29, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    That bad, huh? Confirms my view that seth rogen is overrated.

  70. 178 arapaho415
    December 29, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Did Danny-boy tackle Chips???

    She said “new post in 16 minutes-ish,” and that was 3 hours ago!

    Tick-tock until the LA KKK rep does the same…

    • 179 99ts
      December 29, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      GOPers really have to be convinced that representation by convicted felons is not the thing to do. I believe all people convicted of a crime should have the right to vote and to be elected AFTER they have served their sentence – but while serving!!

    • 180 Jeff
      December 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      YES! Some good news for once!

  71. December 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    • 185 arapaho415
      December 29, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Isn’t this the first movie by a major Hollywood studio that was released online at the same time it was released to (only independent) theaters?

      If “The Hobbit” final installment had been released online when it opened last week, then Sony wouldn’t be able to make that claim.

  72. December 29, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Hello TODVille!

    • 187 Jeff
      December 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Reading the article on HP boy us Americans are looking more racist by the minute to the world at large, I’m thinking.

    • 188 MadameSoph
      December 29, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Inorite? I mean, I was no fan of Anthony Weiner, but the actions and views of Scalise (and the Pauls, etc.) are examples of true obscenity.

  73. December 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm

  74. 190 donna dem 4 obama
    December 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I have 90 twitter followers who are still following this jerk. Please consider unfollowing this fool please.

    https://twitter.com/20committee

    • December 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      A-Men Donna. He’s a jerk alright. A hot, cold mess. And for someone who is a PUTIN fanboi, he has the audacity to call PBO supporters “fanbois.”

      Meanwhile, his “Dear Leader” trope is quite revealing about his right-wing assholery….

    • December 29, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Dude knows his history, but he’s a total, racist jerk.

  75. December 29, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    “Republican donor Ric Cooper had a straight line to Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and days after Hurricane Katrina used the access to help secure a $236 million deal that Democrats later called a “boondoggle contract,” according to a trove of e-mails released last week by the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge.

    The chummy exchange began with a previously unreported direct appeal from Cooper on behalf of Carnival Cruise Line two days after Katrina smashed into the Gulf Coast. “None of us have any idea how to reach out to FEMA or whoever is appropriate,” wrote Cooper in an Aug. 31, 2005, e-mail to Bush. “I decided to do my usual ‘I’ll give Jeb a heads-up.’” The Miami-based company wanted a federal contract for “two or three” of their ships to be used in the response effort, he wrote.

    Cooper, who at the time was working in Miami at an advertising agency that Carnival used, said in his e-mail that the ships could provide housing for between 6,000 and 10,000 people and “could feed if needed as well.” Once in place, the ships could stay for weeks or months, he offered. “They would minimize costs involved,” pledged Cooper, who during the 2004 election cycle had donated $50,000 to the Republican National Committee to help re-elect the governor’s brother, President George W. Bush.”

  76. 196 Dakota
    December 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Good Eveningg TOD Family!

    Have been back from Cali for two days and been in bed for most of the time. There’d been a lot of rain when we arrived even though the temperature was in the upper 60’s, it was kinda 00damp. Thirty minutes after we arrived at our daughter’s, we were on our way to a Raider game, totally unexpected! I haven’t been to a raider game in years! I used to work at the Coliseum as an usher when I was in college and saw most of the A’s and Raider home games. The game was great, but it’s a madhouse! They really do need to move or seriously renovate. They’re talking about moving…I hope they don’t. Anyway, I’d borrowed a stadium jacket from my daughter, so I was properly dressed out there. BTW: the Raiders won! You have never seen such fan support for a losing team (2-22 or some such).

    I think it was the next day we when spent the day with my 94 year old dear friend that I started to catch cold. Such a blessing to have her in my life. She is so ecstatic about having the opportunity, if it’s the Lord’s will to see Cuba, the country of her birth.

    My daughter, who has turned into a germaphobe since getting pneumonia a few months ago was driving us nuts insisting we take Emergency C, Airborne, gallons orange juice, tea, ginger and so on.

    Anyway, we had a great time shopping and seeing friends and family. We also made A big pot of gumbo for Christmas, which was delicious, if I do say so myself.

    I fought off the cold pretty well, but on the flight back, it was FREEZING! OMG! Thank goodness I had a sweatshirt hoodie in my carry-on. I put that on and a leather jacket on top of that. The house was freezing when we arrived, took a half hour to warm up…never took our jackets off. When I finally did, I quickly put on PJ,s, spa sox, bathrobe, night bonnet, knit cap that has a gold and black embroidered emblem on the side. I’m not kidding you. Hubby wanted to take photo and post it, but I would’nt allow it. After, piling an extra quilt 2 extra, blankets, I got into bed. I finally got the chill off my bones but alas to no avail, because I had a relapse.

    I send my healing thoughts blessings to everyone who went through medical issues during the holidays. Don’t think I will catch up on everything, but know that I love you all!

    • 197 MightyPamela
      December 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      You just keep on with that resting, Dakota, it is all that will make a difference, and you don’t want that cold hanging on all winter! Fun trip!! 🙂


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