Archive of Campaign 2008’s Hopes

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 29th, 2009

[WildebeestEyes / Flickr] After almost twelve months, it is time to put this blog to bed. The picture above seemed a good finale for BallotVox. Jonathan Wood -- a "Chicago-based human and sometimes photographer" -- took it in his hometown last month. It features pluma*'s street art inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem ...

Back in Chicago and Watching

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Chicagoans were out on the streets, too, watching their senator become president. Matt Maldre, a Christian artist, designer, and self-described goofball, took a picture of them decorated by snowflakes. [spudart / Flickr] It looks almost like confetti.

President Barack Obama

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States. About two million people watched the inauguration from the Mall, and just as soon as they unfreeze their fingers, they'll surely be posting their photos and videos and thoughts. Those watching at home or work are already uploading. Mmmmarshall of Evanston, Illinois, watched ...

Obama’s Senate Seat

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

[Leo Reynolds / Flickr] You're familiar with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, yes? And the corruption charges resulting from the way he tried to fill Obama's Senate seat? And the ensuing hoopla surrounding his Senate appointee, Roland Burris? Good. So a new Gallup poll says 51% of Americans favor blocking Burris from the ...

Obama’s Science Picks

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A Message for Obama [ideonexus / Flickr] Before the holidays, Obama picked his science and science-related team. The nominees include Tom Vilsack for Agriculture, Steven Chu for Energy, Ken Salazar for Interior, Jane Lubchenco for NOAA, and Lisa Jackson for EPA. Also John Holdren, Harold Varmus, Eric Lander, and Carol Browner as ...

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 ...

They Took to the Streets

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Grant Park in Chicago, the official site of Obama's victory rally, hosted an enormous crowd, but Obama supporters also took to the streets spontaneously all across the country. Thirty-one-year-old Steve Goldenberg admits that he's "completely addicted to taking pictures." He lives in DC and was out last night mingling with the ...

A Black Man Will Be President

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Obama speaking last night [super.heavy / Flickr] Cheryl started travelling the world in utero and has visited 22 countries. She's now based in Chicago and crammed herself into Grant Park last night with about 100,000 other cell-phone-checking supporters to hear Obama speak. This was her part of the history-making night: Every time ...

They Voted Today

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

First you vote. David Markland recorded what appears to be a voter and a poll worker in Culver City, California. [David Markland / Flickr] Then you get a certificate. Amy from Chicago draws inspiration from a "blank piece of lined paper" and "portable coffee mugs." She says, "I cannot describe how good it felt ...

Obama Street Art Keeps Happening

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The Obama street-art phenomenon isn't slowing down. Tracy Clayton is an "avid reader" and a "hip hop purist" who grew up in Miami. His mother is Filipina and his father is African American, which gives him an outlook that he wants to "share [...] with the world." Tracy is a "wannabe ...

Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Mccain, Joe the plumber, Obama [Mike Licht, / Flickr] Watch or read the third presidential debate here, if you missed it on Wednesday night. A lot of bloggers seemed relieved -- to put it mildly -- that debate season is now over. Here, with equal relief, is a last post-debate roundup. On the ...

Doodling During the Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Doug Jennings, a graphic artist in West Dundee, Illinois, did some "caricature practice" during the debate: [Doug Jennings / Flickr] Pseudopop draws a lot. He sketched out some of each candidate's favorite debate lines and tropes: [pseudopop / Flickr] Not quite sure what pseudopop thinks of Jim Lehrer's hairstyle.

Obama’s No-Frills Economy Ad

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

Foreclosed [shootamins (tags alot!) / Flickr] Feminist Melissa McEwan from the Chicago area (just featured here) really likes Obama's unflashy new two-minute ad about the economy -- though she sees its risks: [A] political ad for adults. I love it. I love the tone of it, I love the content (aside from the ...

Feminist Progressives Defend Palin Against Sexism

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[quinn.anya / Flickr] The feminist, progressive group blog Shakesville is rolling out a growing series called "Sarah Palin Sexism Watch." Each Palin/sexism post comes with the caveat that "we defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we endorse her or her politics, but because that's how feminism works." In other ...

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 ...

Tear Gas and Mace in St. Paul

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Flickr turned up lots of pictures of tear gas and its effects in St. Paul last week. Hat tip to Sue Salinger for all of the photos in this post. From Chad Davis again (featured previously in this post), here's the tear gas itself. He says it was being used on ...

Biden Takes a Bite

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Biden speaking in Springfield [aka Kath / Flickr] McCain is now ahead of Obama in the national polls, and one of Joe Biden's new roles -- at least judging by his Springfield speech -- is to play bad cop to counter McCain's recent offensive. Mary, who lives "in a Blue State, in ...

Obama and Lincoln

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Obama introduced Joe Biden as his running mate at Springfield's Old State Capitol, the same place he declared his candidacy in February 2007 -- the spot where Abraham Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech. Obama referred to Lincoln liberally during his 07 announcement and counts him as a political hero. ...

Springfield’s Old State Capitol

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Just because it's a cool photo. It's a reflection of Springfield's Old State Capitol, where Obama introduced Biden as his running mate over the weekend. John Kannenberg took it. He's a visual and sound artist who "creates quietly reflective works [...] that blur the boundaries between intention and accident" -- ...

Springfield Security

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

A surprising number of people documented the rooftop and ground-level security at Springfield's Obama-Biden rally. From aspiring photographer Erin, who lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, here's what looks like the spotter half of a sniper team: [Eyes Azure / Flickr] Ariana de Chicago recorded a security checkpoint: [Ariana de Chicago / Flickr] What do you ...