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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Kisses For Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Active-duty Marine Jayel Aheram (a ballotvoxregular featured here) took this photo a few days ago. It shows an artist named TAG posing with her portrait of Obama, another tribute to Shepard Fairey's poster. She made it by kissing the canvas repeatedly -- a six-hour labor of love. [Jayel Aheram / Flickr] To ...

A Nerd He Can Believe In

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

New York hip-hop vlogger Jay Smooth -- a ballotvoxregular featured here and here -- usually has something to say about whatever the rest of us are talking about. Only he's better at it. This is Jay on the confusion of the economy. He'd like to have "the annoying smart guy" at ...

Obama Predicted Negative Attacks

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Jed Lewison is a ballotvoxregular (featured here and here). More importantly, he lives in Las Vegas, where he writes political thrillers, no doubt informed by his time as a Democratic Senate staffer. He bases this mashup on a July speech, in which Obama predicts that the McCain campaign will portray ...

Why Doesn’t Palin Think Global Warming is Man-Made?

Posted by Katherine | Monday, September 22nd, 2008

PoliticalOverload is the snyde guy we featured on McCain's proposed gas-tax holiday. He likes to keep you guessing on his politics, and he likes digging through the logic of things. Here he takes on Palin's reluctance to acknowledge that global warming is influenced by humans. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) It's not ...

The Tone of McCain/Palin

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

In the last few days, both Obama and Biden have accused the McCain/Palin campaign of dishonesty and nastiness in its attacks and ads. Many of their fellow Democrats feel similarly about the tone McCain and Palin have adopted. Jay Smooth is a hip-hop vlogger and ballotvoxregular who "leans left." You'll find ...

McCain: A 3:00 am Email

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Ballotvoxregular, former Democratic Senate staffer, and Nevada novelist Jed Lewison adds to the pile of spoofs of Hillary Clinton's 3:00 am ad -- in this case to chide McCain for his lack of web savvy (thanks, Ann Raber): Will McCain's staff pull this one up to show him?

Ludacris’s Endorsement Backfires

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Obama praised rapper Ludacris as a great talent recently (though he wished he didn't have to worry about his daughters "getting bad images of themselves" should they listen to his music). Last week, Ludacris presumably thought he returned the favor with Politics As Usual, his endorsement of Barack. The ...

Charging McCain as Elitist

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Jed Lewison, a former Democratic Senate staffer turned Nevada novelist, apparently decided to counter charges that Obama is "elitist" with this video. He says he was "inspired by the McCains' recent tax default...to go on a little Google Earth tour of their many homes across the nation." It's difficult to ...

Say No to Diplomacy with Iran

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Here, again, is satirist Paul from the DC area. He works in business and finance and considers himself a blessed man. In this video he explains -- keeping a poker face -- that we don't want to make the same mistake with Iran that Nixon made with China; we don't ...

Immigration: Minutemen v. Kindergarteners

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 17th, 2008

In California, immigration was a top concern for Republican primary voters. It's a top concern, too, for 30-year-old Naui, who documents the state's border issues tirelessly. He appears to consider himself part of the Mexica movement, which aims to reclaim North and Central America for indigenous people. In this clip ...

Gas-Tax Math for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 2nd, 2008

This sarcastic engineer is armed with a calculator, and he's no fool. He tells John McCain that his proposed summer "gas-tax holiday" (which Clinton supports and Obama opposes) is ridiculous. The engineer figures it will save each American a grand total of 30 dollars. Which, compared to what we'll be ...