Archive for November, 2008

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 ...

Message for Obama: Ready to Serve

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] There's a strong thread of volunteerism running through the Message for Obama photographs. Some Americans, possibly inspired by working in Obama's citizen corps during the campaign, are actively ready to serve their country. They want Barack to ask a lot of ...

Message for Obama: Not So Happy

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] It's not all a love-in in Message-for-Obama-land. Some people are telling Barack they didn't vote for him and are downright scared. JamieFace claims her "only passion" is photography, but she seemed pretty enthusiastic about John McCain, too. She doesn't like Obama, ...

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 ...

Detroit Bailout

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Things are not looking good on the bailout front for GM, Chrysler, and Ford. Economist Paul Krugman argues that we should put aside gripes about private jets and multi-million-dollar CEO pay because a $25B "bridge loan" to Detroit would protect 1-3 million jobs. Twenty-four-year-old Lennon just got a degree in ...

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 20th, 2008

The wildfire rumor of the transition so far: whether Obama will pick Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Political junkies are speculating about Machiavellian strategizing in the Clinton and Obama camps, about the possible effect on Clinton's chances in 2012 or 2016, and, oh yeah, even about whether the choice ...

Baby Baracks

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 17th, 2008

The campaign trend of naming babies after Obama has proven fertile. Meet Lawrence Barack Adams, who came into the world on election day. Here he is snoozing on his very own commemorative copy of the Washington Post. Photo taken by Richard from DC, presumably proud voter and proud father. [dipfan / ...

California’s Prop 8

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 14th, 2008

California's Prop 8, probably the most scrutinized ballot measure of 2008, was one of three same-sex marriage bans that passed last Tuesday. (The others were in Florida and Arizona.) Gay-rights advocates are questioning its legality and planning nation-wide protests tomorrow. Several anti-Prop 8 marches have already taken place since the ...

Veterans Day

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Madison Guy (who may be probutcool -- hard to tell) is an editor, writer, and photographer in Madison, Wisconsin. Yesterday, on Veterans Day, he took the long way to work. Via a memorial to those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. "[T]he markers seemed to go on forever," he said, "stretching ...

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 ...

Obama’s Election-Night Speech

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

In Grant Park, watching Obama's speech [Gregwar / Flickr] Reactions to Obama's election-night speech are still turning up as people recover from election hangovers and resume blogging. Although 46% of voters chose McCain last Tuesday, negative critiques of Obama's speech haven't been easy to find. So here are a few positive reviews. ...

Bye from Sarolta

Posted by Sarolta | Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

[Sarolta Cump is a BallotVox co-curator.] Wahoo! This election has been quite the ride -- hard to believe it's over! With BallotVox, I spent over two hundred and twenty-five hours in this peculiar land known as the internet. It's been amazing to come across the many musings from hip-hop bloggers and ...

The World Was Watching Closely

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 7th, 2008

People around the world have been following this American election very closely. Many felt they had a lot invested in it's outcome, and it seems they were largely elated about Obama's win. James Njuguna is a photojournalist in Nairobi who covers crime. He took this shot in Nairobi's Kibera slum on ...

John McCain’s Concession Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 7th, 2008

Conceding [janeyhenning / Flickr] McCain was widely praised by mainstream media and political blogs for a gracious concession speech, though sometimes with a footnote that it contrasted in tone with his campaign. Those same two sentiments were largely reflected on regular blogs. Broodingcynyc at Brooding Cynyx voted for McCain and felt his ...

What’s Next for BallotVox?

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 7th, 2008

[amuk2006 / Flickr] We're going to stick around for a little while. Through the inauguration at the end of January. To ease you through any post-election blues. Of course without the full team, things will be somewhat different around here. I'll be working part-time to continue bookmarking the tsumani of election-day content, ...

Farewell, Co-Curators

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 7th, 2008

Inside joke here: when the co-curators introduced themselves, Jake asked them to talk about their favorite Beatle. [Mark Sardella / Flickr] BallotVox bids a sad goodbye today to its remarkable co-curators. Sarolta Cump, Misa Dayson, James Mills, Ann Raber, Sue Salinger, and volunteer curator Roshan Abraham have been the fiery engine of ...

4:00 am Thumbs Up for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

New Englander PB&J gives a rather mellower signal that he's happy with the outcome of the election. He says, "I went to bed early and confident on election night but I got up at 4 AM with a "what if" on my mind, so I checked the news to make ...

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 ...

The Sound of Election Night

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The still photos of election night have a magic of their own, but adding a layer of sound fills in the picture, so to speak. Here's a rash of videos that document the whooping and honking across the country. They're mostly bumpy, out of focus, on the fly -- but ...