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 — Part II

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Ted Laszuk is a mid-to-late-20s American living in Tokyo, where he works for a big tech firm. This is his post-inaugural video. He talks about digesting huge political change after spending all of his adult years under the Bush administration. It's a little late-night-rambly (again, time change!) but straight from ...

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 -- ...

Two Girls at “We Are One”

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

These two girls stood out in the images from yesterday's concert on the Mall. In his Flickr mugshot, ae! from Arlington (presumably Virginia) gives himself a blindfold, yet clearly he has a sharp eye: [ae! / Flickr] Mike Lynch, also from Arlington (definitely Virginia), works in radio marketing and production. His lens caught ...

Rehearsing the Inauguration

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

DC primped for the inauguration with a full-blown dress rehearsal on Sunday. People swept the streets. Military personnel marched with flags. Portapotties were set up and sealed with zip ties. When faux Obamas and Bidens practiced the swearing-in at the Capitol, Army Staff Sergeant Derrick Brooks stood in for Barack. Two ...

Democracy in Action

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Thirteen-year-old Page Traeger is a student in San Jose who likes William Steig, going to the beach, and Led Zeppelin. She also confesses an addiction to photography; she takes her camera everywhere and says, "It it like my child." This picture marks her reaction to November 4th. And yes, ...

Message for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 21st, 2008

The post-election Flickr phenomenon is A Message for Obama. (Thanks, James Mills, for the heads-up.) It's sort of like old-skool Twitter. You take a pen and a piece of paper and write Obama a short note. (A lot of people use post-its.) Then you take a photo of the ...

Echo of Iraqi Election

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Nineteen-year-old Ashley Adcox, who counts the Bible and The Bell Jar among her favorite books, voted for the first time last week. She says, of this self-portrait, "I've wanted to take this photo on my first election ever since I saw the STUNNING photographic coverage of the first election in ...

Jumping Around Because Obama Won

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Emily Podwoiski was, oh, moderately excited that Obama won. (Hat tip to Sue Salinger.) [Emily Podwoiski / Vimeo] Sorry, should have warned you about the volume.

National Anthem on Election Night

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

From Julie Vaicius, here's a little girl with a patriotic election-night "serenade." It's not clear which candidate she was rooting for. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [Julie Vaicius / Vimeo] Somewhat later that night -- at 2:00 am -- melish99 filmed Obama supporters feeling that same American spirit. "Dawn's early light" might have been a ...

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 ...

They Danced

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

And while they were out in the streets, the Obama fans danced. Coeur-sang saw this couple in the East Village in New York. [coeur-sang / Flickr] Ryan Carver likes to photograph "the calm and the isolated," which gives him "a reason to explore." This street party in San Francisco was neither calm nor ...

President-Elect Barack Obama

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Immense crowds are cheering. These two photographs tell the smaller stories that put Obama on the podium tonight. Phillyhappening saw these teenaged Muslim girls on a Philadelphia street last night. (Thanks, James Mills.) [phillyhappening / Flickr] David Smyth in Denver recorded this boy at a local Obama rally last week. (Hat tip ...

American Democracy, Picasso-Style

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

I've been saving this one for today: Lady Liberty, à la Picasso, wanting to ask a question -- while a Democratic and a Republican bird tussle over the POTUS seal. American democracy in action! The artist is TMNK ("the me nobody knows") from New York City, who believes that "each ...

Peer Pressure to Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Seriously, all the cool kids are doing it. Nineteen-year-old TheMuffinShow says so. Vote. (Hat tip to Sue Salinger.) I'm going. Right now.

Whipper Snapper Phone Banking for Obama

Posted by Ann | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] Have you guys met Henry? No? Well, allow me the pleasure of introducing you. Henry lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He loves comedy, bowling, Barack Obama, and walleye fishing, but we're thinking he has a future in speech writing. Henry blogs about fishing, contributes to wikiHow, ...

Rallying for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

And now a companion series of pictures from recent Obama/Biden rallies. Also a fun fact for the day: When I typed "mccain rally" into Flickr earlier this afternoon, 6,357 photos surfaced. For "obama rally," 53,353 popped up. This obviously doesn't reflect the respective popularity of the two candidates, but maybe it ...

Iraq Veterans Arrested at Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Several Iraq veterans were arrested and injured at Hofstra University during the third presidential debate. They were part of a crowd protesting the Iraq war and wanted to ask each candidate a question. (You can hear them voicing the questions here -- hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) John J Hagan, an ...

Obama: Hip Hop and Hustle in Detroit

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 15th, 2008

Some youth and some senior citizens performing for Obama in Detroit. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) Lady Te is a young Motor City rapper. In this music video, she appeals to her peers to dig into important issues and go vote for Barack: If you're a Detroiter on the senior end of the ...

South Asian American Youth

Posted by Katherine | Monday, August 11th, 2008

Bobby Jindal on Fox [Maitri Venkat-Ramani / Flickr] Ravi is an 18-year-old guest blogger at the South Asian American group blog Sepia Mutiny. He'll be at the Democratic convention and is gearing up for it by thinking about the healthy desi youth interest in this election (hat tip to volunteer curator ...