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 ...

The First 100 Days

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Obama has one of the highest initial job-approval ratings (68%) of any post-WWII president. The flip side of it: The Expectations. Dave Rex Wood is a software engineer and enthusiastic amateur photographer in Colorado. On inauguration day, he revived the post-election Message for Obama phenomenon and sent six more requests to ...

Lincoln Memorial Looking Pretty

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Since Abraham Lincoln's "new birth of freedom" was the official theme of the inauguration, and since Obama looks to the former president from Illinois for insight, it seemed fitting to wrap up our inauguration posts with these two photographs of the Lincoln Memorial. They were taken by Bay-area TV "graphics ...

Underneath the Bleachers

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

You've met Phil before. A bunch of times: here, here, here, here, here, and here. He lives just outside DC and over the last few weeks walked the city, documenting inaugural preparations as well as the ceremony itself. He created one of the most remarkable inauguration photo collections out there ...

Inauguration Memorabilia

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

You've seen the t-shirts and hats and buttons. But the inaugural memorabilia went waaaaay beyond that. Blogger/site producer Karon Flage from Arlington, Virginia, (featured also here) spotted Obama water in tidy rows at the inauguration concert: [Karon Flage / Flickr] Phil, fellow Arlington resident and ballotvoxregular extraordinare, (check him out here, here, here, ...

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

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Make your own version here. [patriotworld / Flickr] Babychaser is a lawyer living in Maryland near DC. She's 36 years old and has been struggling since 2005 to conceive a child with her husband/partner(?). On inauguration day, they walked and walked to get to the ceremony, and in the end it was ...

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 ...

Under New Management

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

President Obama has had a busy first few days in office. He's made some changes. Oakland resident Stephen Coles, a typography enthusiast, celebrated a day early: he took this self-portrait on Monday's MLK Day of Service. [Stewf / Flickr] Try this on for size: our full archive of Campaign '08 t-shirts.

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

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Julie Phillips is a writer and "aerial dancer" from Athens, Georgia. She's also the features/art-and-entertainment editor for the Athens Banner-Herald -- for which she shot some probutcool footage on her inauguration trip to DC. In this clip, a young woman and a girl from Atlanta explain what they liked about ...

Inauguration Street Food

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

There are tons of Flickr photos of DC street vendors selling inauguration memorabilia; but surprisingly few of food vendors. Ryan Guthridge -- fan of Davids Lynch and Sedaris -- took a good one. (We featured him previously here.) [mister r / Flickr] Ryan doesn't indicate what they were cooking -- but it ...

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 ...

Behind the Scenes at the Inauguration

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Imagine the inauguration logistics. The signs and chairs and bleachers and other construction that had to go up. The seat heaters and lights that had to go in. The careful rehearsals. Here are a few scenes from the underbelly. Hugh Grew, a TV producer from Oakland, California, worked on the inaugural ...

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 ...

Inauguration Security

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Fifty-eight federal, state, and local agencies lent the Secret Service a hand with security during the inauguration. There were DC Homeland Security mobile command units. Mounted police on the Mall. Snipers on roofs. Large camouflaged vehicles. And military on patrol and lining the parade route. Occasionally the security forces appeared slightly ...

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 -- ...

Inauguration Headlines Abroad

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

On Tuesday (or Wednesday, depending on the time change), many eyes around the world were trained on Washington and Obama. People watched in town halls and in offices. They read on subways and at cafes. Mr Haydn was out in London on a night shoot and noticed late headlines advertising the ...

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.

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 ...

Farewell, President Bush

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Philly-loving Phil, now officially a ballotvoxregular (you've met him here and here), zoomed way in to record George and Laura Bush leaving the Capitol after the inauguration: [philliefan99 / Flickr] Justin Hamilton is a Texan public servant in DC. He likes reading and writing (and spinning records), but not arithmetic. From what ...

Inauguration Emotion

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Sylvie, a Los Angeles pharmacist (or maybe homecook, or maybe both), was on the Mall for the inaugural ceremony. She filmed Obama's swearing-in and then a 360-degree view of the crazy mad flag waving, cheering, and chanting that ensued. My favorite moment: the chuckles during the bumpy oath. ...