Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them — Part V

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Osvaldo Padilla has a background in journalism and now runs a commercial/corporate video-production company in Florida. He went to DC for the inauguration hoping to secure footage he could sell to news outlets. In this clip, New York mental-health counselor Carolyn Jenkins talks about her childhood experience of segregated buses. [Osvaldo ...

Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them — Part III

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Jim Karrels from the DC 'burbs interviewed his two-year-old son Matthew on inauguration day. Matthew and his mom -- who does a brief turn as Hillary Clinton (off camera) -- talk about the animals Matthew would bring to the White House if he were president. Matthew never lets go of ...

Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Twenty-two-year-old ThisAMThisPM (aka Travers) grew up in a small Texas town and now lives in NYC. He went to DC to watch Obama become president, and at 6:08 pm on inauguration day, he read a letter to his unborn children about the significance -- to him and to them -- ...

The Inaugural Parade

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Barry S says he might be the guy you see wandering around DC with "a camera the size of a Mini Cooper and lens that looks like a brass canon." That equipment could explain how he got this great shot of the inaugural parade. The men appear to be a ...

Obamas Visit Lincoln Memorial

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Obama named Abraham Lincoln as a source of inspiration throughout the campaign, and as his cabinet took shape after November 4th, the "Team of Rivals" meme became hard to escape. The senators-from-Illinois connection continues: The president-elect has been reading Lincoln to prepare for his inaugural address, and he'll be taking ...

Message for Obama: Michelle is Cool

Posted by Katherine | Monday, January 5th, 2009

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] On Saturday, Michelle Obama flew early to DC with Malia and Sasha so that the girls could get ready for their first day at Sidwell Friends School; Barack followed yesterday on a presidential Air Force plane. In his election-night speech, Obama ...

Message for Obama: Specific Requests

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 11th, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] Some of the Message for Obama pictures get really really specific: Please visit Gaza. Forget about the puppy talk, get a chicken for the White House! Please don't take my "assault weapon." Please do support science. Never stop podcasting. And, of ...

Rewind: This Vote’s for You

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

[We will occasionally be posting cool stuff (under the heading "Rewind") that dates back to the campaign itself -- things we didn't have enough time to write up before the election.] Renee, a reader and writer and "professional spacecraft driver" from Chicago, saw this sign in a shop window on Oak ...

Belt Tightening

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 29th, 2008

On the economy front, this week brought the Citigroup bailout and the addition of Paul Volker and Austan Goolsbee to Obama's new Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Meanwhile, across America, people and businesses are cinching their belts. Adrian Lai in NYC spotted this "Recession Sale" on the streets of the Big Apple: [thedrun ...

Former Illegal Immigrants Voted for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Sue Salinger found this video of an Obama-supporting family in California. They're talking about their votes on a moonlit night just after casting their ballots. Erick, a 30-year-old who likes Sade and Pablo Neruda, first films his giddy mom and slightly embarrassed teenaged brother (a first-time voter). Then he turns ...

Condolences to Obama on His Grandmother’s Death

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Obama's grandmother -- Madelyn Dunham -- died yesterday in Hawaii. One day before the election. RedneckCabbie, a 27-year taxicab veteran now living and working in Minneapolis, offers his simple, heartfelt condolences. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) RedneckCabbie says it as well as anyone.

Voting Early and Patiently for the Environment

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

A six-to-seven-hour early-voting line in Charlotte, NC, earlier today [Ted Abbott / Flickr] Yesterday, the last day of early voting in Georgia, MSNBC reported one polling-place line in Atlanta with a wait time of eight to ten hours. People stood in line for eight to ten hours to cast a ballot! Becky, ...

Vice Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, October 5th, 2008

[Bright_Star / Flickr] If you weren't among the 70 million or so who watched the blockbuster VP debate live (not counting those who streamed it), you can see or read it here. By all accounts the night was primarily a referendum on Sarah Palin, so these comments focus largely on her: The ...

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

DeHoll is a grandfather in the DC area who likes to tell stories. This one is visual: in the bread-line statue from FDR's memorial in Washington, DeHoll recalls FDR's Depression-era "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" -- and he mixes it up with current financial-crisis headlines. ...

Campaign Issues: A Family Affair

Posted by Ann | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[Lapsklaus / Flickr] [Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] If our politics is genetic, then how come it's (often) so difficult to talk to our parents about campaign issues? If they don't share our views, we revert to our 15-year-old selves, petulant and hysterical over the very notion that we share DNA ...

Piper for President

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

WomenState appears to be a Hillary-supporting, anti-Obama PUMA who has transferred allegiance to Sarah Palin. Or perhaps to Piper Palin (thanks, Sarolta Cump): Piper is "clean," "loved," "tough," and "she listens." A good start.

McCain-Palin Announcement Rally

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Emily is a political-science major at the University of Dayton. She spent last autumn in DC, and it seems to have cemented her political bug; she was on hand at the McCain-Palin announcement rally in Dayton, Ohio, last Friday. Emily caught the candidates here in a flurry of flags: [er3465 / ...

Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[rklau / Flickr] If Twitter and swing states are anything to go by, Michelle Obama pretty much rocked her audience on Monday night with her convention speech. The blogosphere echoed with praise, too, but also with pointed analysis and critiques. Here's a taste of it all. John Klomp is a gay artist ...