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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Message for Obama: No Pressure or Anything

Posted by Katherine | Monday, December 22nd, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] It's the season for wishes (from citizens) and gift giving (by Obama). Certain demanding people aren't just asking for stocking stuffers. They'd like the big toys, gift wrapped, thank you very much. Something like freedom from fear. Or no regrets for ...

Message for Obama: Specific Requests

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 11th, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] Some of the Message for Obama pictures get really really specific: Please visit Gaza. Forget about the puppy talk, get a chicken for the White House! Please don't take my "assault weapon." Please do support science. Never stop podcasting. And, of ...

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, ...

Rewind: Shepard Fairey’s Street Art

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, December 6th, 2008

[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.] To wrap up the Shepard Fairey theme of the last few posts (for now, anyway): three street-art shots of his ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...