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Getting To and From the Inauguration

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

People walked, biked, and took the metro to the inauguration. Very slowly. Some were out and about at 5:00 am or earlier. Some inched slowly for hours on foot through tunnels. Some got to the Mall early and took a nap. Cheerful volunteers in red hats were directing the flow of ...

Check Out the Whole Inauguration Collection

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Our inauguration archive is piling up on delicious. Check it out! It's easy to scroll through or search using tags. I'll feature a bunch of selections on the blog over the next several days (just as soon as I untangle myself from Flickr, etc.), so stay tuned.

Two Million Strong

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

If you were anywhere near DC or a TV or the web yesterday, you couldn't have missed the monumental inaugural crowd. (One of the coolest shots from the MSM: this 360 from the NYT.) If for some reason you had your head in a paper bag, here's a hint of ...

US Marine Reacts to Obama’s Inaugural Address

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Jayel Aheram (a ballotvoxregular featured here and here) just filmed Isaac, a friend and fellow Marine, reacting to his new Commander-in-Chief's inaugural speech. Isaac's favorite line: "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals." Bknittingagain gives Isaac a ...

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 ...

MLK Day of Service

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

[rhondawinter / Flickr] The homemade sign above inspired volunteers at a neighborhood work party in the Bayview District of San Francisco -- photographed by rhondawinter. Since the election, Obama has been trying to figure out how to transform the volunteerism that propelled his campaign into national service to "rebuild America." And, as ...

Happy to Be at Inauguration

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Michael Foley hails from Dublin but currently lives in DC. He works in educational technology, travels frequently to South Asia, and likes virtually every kind of music. The point of taking pictures, he feels, is to let other people in on what he's seen. Last night, after the inauguration concert, ...

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 ...

Lincoln Was at the Concert, Too

Posted by Katherine | Monday, January 19th, 2009

Jqblue, just featured here, saw at least one familiar face among the masses at the inauguration concert yesterday: Abe Lincoln. [jqblue / Flickr] He looks bemused.

The Crowd at the Inauguration Concert

Posted by Katherine | Monday, January 19th, 2009

Some 400,000+ people squeezed onto the Mall for yesterday's inauguration-kick-off concert. They stretched close to a mile from the base of the Washington Monument all the way to the president-elect's VIP box at the Lincoln Memorial. By this morning, those many people had put up roughly a gazillion photos of ...

Last Days of the Bush Administration

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 16th, 2009

[**** j a z z z i *** / Flickr] Yesterday, President Bush bid farewell to a nation that apparently is largely glad to see him go yet mostly feels he's a good person. A few end-of-administration reflections on his speech, his legacy, and some burdens he passes to Obama: Miranda, a stay-at-home ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rewind: Election Day in 53 Seconds

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

[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.] One week until the inauguration. Maybe the right time to reminisce about election day with this brief video by mattymatt ...

A Few Reasons for the Economic Stimulus Package

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 9th, 2009

Yesterday, in his first big policy speech since November 4th, Obama waded in forcefully on the economy, pressing Congress to hop to it on economic-stimulus legislation. The context is grim. The holiday shopping season was dismal-to-possibly-bankrupting for many retailers. Obama will inherit a record-breaking $1.2 trillion budget deficit for the year ...

Why Obama Tapped Sanjay Gupta

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 9th, 2009

Celebrity and transition-team gossip overlapped this week. Obama, it appears, offered the Surgeon General post to media-savvy neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta. There seems to be some dissent within the public-health community over this pick, and some commentators (like Paul Krugman) are disappointed. But if in fact it's true that Obama wants ...

Change at Justice?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 8th, 2009

[thephotoholic / Flickr] Obama fleshed out his Justice Department team on Monday: David Ogden for deputy AG, Elena Kagan for solicitor general, Thomas Perrelli for associate AG, and Dawn Johnsen for head of OLC. They suggest a sharp turn away from President Bush's view of executive power and the kinds of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...