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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

First-Time Voter in Florida

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Twenty-six-year-old Shantell Yvonne Kight, a "mama for Obama," filmed 45-year-old Mr. Caldwell, an early and first-time voter, outside the Regency Square Public Library in Jacksonville, Florida. He says he was blessed to vote and make a piece of history. Shantell made the video for a cool4pro project called Video the ...

Obama Street Art Keeps Happening

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The Obama street-art phenomenon isn't slowing down. Tracy Clayton is an "avid reader" and a "hip hop purist" who grew up in Miami. His mother is Filipina and his father is African American, which gives him an outlook that he wants to "share [...] with the world." Tracy is a "wannabe ...

Halloween Election Humor

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

The pumpkins are impressive. But now a little Halloween irreverence. Steven Martin is a "fortysomething" Fort Worth resident (via Chicago and Florida). He saw this Texas yard art several weeks ago and editorialized: A McCain-Palin sign by a scary ghost and smaller ghosts taking flight above the sign. The homeowner should realize ...

They Voted Early

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 27th, 2008

Christine Hennessey is a New Yorker transplanted to Nacogdoches in East Texas, where she's a librarian and "aspiring author." Last week, she voted for Obama during a lunchbreak (thanks, Sue Salinger): [madame.furie / Flickr] RCKM ©®™, a "down to earth" photographer, likes "to see people share their lives" on Flickr. Here's a ...

Rallying for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

And now a companion series of pictures from recent Obama/Biden rallies. Also a fun fact for the day: When I typed "mccain rally" into Flickr earlier this afternoon, 6,357 photos surfaced. For "obama rally," 53,353 popped up. This obviously doesn't reflect the respective popularity of the two candidates, but maybe it ...

Rallying for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

An assortment of pictures from recent McCain/Palin rallies. Linnette Vasquez would like to live in Disney World. At the moment, though, she resides in Miami, where she attended a McCain rally last Friday and spotted this shy supporter: [linnette alissa. / Flickr] The same day, togross saw McCain holding up a "Joe the ...

A Mile High in Denver Stadium

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In the stadium [zenobia_joy / Flickr] We'll circle back to the Biden and Bill Clinton speeches shortly, but first, the largely giddy aftermath of last night's Mile-High Moment. (Please help us find good sharp critiques.) Skinny Black Girl, a self-described "walking paradox" who appears to be from Cleveland, Ohio, disdained the pre-speech ...

Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[rklau / Flickr] If Twitter and swing states are anything to go by, Michelle Obama pretty much rocked her audience on Monday night with her convention speech. The blogosphere echoed with praise, too, but also with pointed analysis and critiques. Here's a taste of it all. John Klomp is a gay artist ...

McCain Graffiti in Florida

Posted by Katherine | Monday, August 11th, 2008

Seen by Orlando-based Cavale in a Florida campground she wasn't fond of, this car-window graffiti (thanks, James Mills): [Cavale / Flickr] Cavale ended up leaving the campground even though she had a new tent and couldn't get her money back. It seems this car wasn't directly to blame.

Arab Perspectives on Obama

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Is he working for peace? [Our Enchanted Garden / Flickr] As a coda to Obama's whirlwind tour of the Middle East, two Arab angles on what he offers that part of the world: Twenty-eight-year-old Wassim, a Syrian Arab, describes himself as "awakening in a modern and bewildering world gone insane." He feels ...

GOP VP Buzz

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Romney on a cookie [David Reeves / Flickr] There's lots of chatter that McCain might announce a VP pick this week. Whether or not that's likely, the vice presidential betting steamed up recently, centering on Mitt Romney or Bobby Jindal. Jindal backers will be sad to know that he just announced ...

Racism is a Factor

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

[Steve Rhodes / Flickr] We've posted several times about the racism Obama faces in his campaign. (Here, here, and here.) This story, found by Sue Salinger, is the rawest example so far. Frank lives in Tuscon, Arizona, and he's a "blue collar-type fella." His interests range from lifting heavy stuff to ...

How Will Clinton Supporters Vote in November?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Manny from Orlando, Florida, might be a film student or an ob-gyn, depending on how you read his profile. He is without question, though, a fiery Clinton supporter, and he's pissed off at Barack Obama. So pissed off that he's going to vote for McCain in the general election (hat ...

Howard Dean the Fish

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 11th, 2008

Look like anyone? [Jason Michael / Flickr] With thanks to Ann Raber, an amusement for Friday evening. This is admittedly only tangentially related to Campaign 08, but as Ann points out, Howard Dean is in the pre-convention news these days. And so here, from Emily Oliver, a pastor at Christ Church in ...

Clinton or Obama: Who Cares More?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Another find from Ann Raber. This card was sent with apparent fondness from a Republican dad in Florida to a Democratic daughter in Texas. The daughter's note below the photo describes previous teasing in which dad sold daughter his truck and delivered it outfitted it with Bush memorabilia. [cmt2779 / Flickr] The ...

Farewell, Fair Tax

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

[trialkat / Flickr] This picture by trialkat was taken at a Fair Tax rally in Jacksonville, FL, where Mike Huckabee played his bass. The boy is holding a dollar bill autographed by Huckabee, and the photo seemed a fitting adieu to the candidate, who, after last night's primaries, conceded the GOP ...