Yesterday’s choice was entirely too easy; over 82% of you chose Barack Obama’s decision to leave Bill Clinton in charge of a presidential press conference.  During the year, we saw runaway OOTW polls, too, but we also saw a few that were almost too close to call.  In our OOTY tradition (which means I did it last year too), we’ll give a few of the oh-so-close second choices from the weekly polls one last chance to get into the semifinals.  Each of these choices came within a whisker of winning the OOTW, and who knows?   Perhaps one lucky winner can compete for the OOTY, too:

Tomorrow, we start with the playoffs — the first semifinal flight.  It only gets tougher from here!  Also, I’ll still be looking for fresh OOTD candidates, even though I’ll likely hold off publishing them until after the first of the year.

Got an  Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me with the quote and the link to the  Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

Illustrations by Chris Muir of Day by Day. Be sure to read the adventures of Sam, Zed, Damon, and Jan every day!