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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Housing and Financial Meltdown

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Maureen Flynn-Burhoe is an artist in Calgary, Canada. She made this mashup back in March but had the foresight to add the shadowy Wall Street bull to the houses -- and voilĂ  -- it represents perfectly what's going on right now: [ocean.flynn / Flickr] Maureen lives in "nonlinear time," so maybe that's ...

Homeland-Security Street Art

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Hat tip to Sarolta Cump for all of these Homeland-Security finds. Some of the photos were taken before the presidential race got going, but they present issues that have very much carried through into the campaign. First: John Ryan Brubaker from Portland, Oregon, captured this street commentary a couple of ...

Terror Helps McCain?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Foot in mouth [g-hat / Flickr] So Charlie Black, political advisor to McCain, recently said, rather impolitically, that a terror attack in the US would boost McCain in the campaign. This isn't a reaction roundup; just two snippets. Damian J. Penny, blogging from Halifax, Nova Scotia, questions whether there's any logic to ...

“Close-fisted high five”

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 6th, 2008

[FLC / Flickr] It must rank up there among over-scrutinized gestures: the Obamas' fist bump / pound / dap / respect knuckles leading up to Barack's victory speech on Tuesday night. Or, if you speak New York Times-ese, their "close-fisted high five" (this from a piece published a few days before ...

Obama and the Nomination

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Last night Obama secured enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination and Clinton didn't concede. It's not remotely possible to sum up the loud online talk, so here are just a few interesting reactions. Designer-doodler Chris Piascik in Cambridge, MA, went straight to his moleskine notebook to do one of his ...

Torture

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 23rd, 2008

If you type "torture" plus "election" into Google News today, nothing much comes up. "Interrogation" plus "election" doesn't yield much either. This is puzzling, since America's interrogation tactics arguably affect its reputation profoundly. You'd think this might be more of an issue on the campaign trail. Torture/interrogation plain and simple, though ...

Canadians for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Barack Obama has quite a worldwide following. He's got vocal supporters as far away as Gaza City and as close as Canada. From our northern neighbors, first a serious comment: these young Canadians say Obama's appeal is all about international relations: And next something silly: this old-timey song pays tribute with ...