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 ...

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 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 ...

Obama Visits Marines on Christmas

Posted by Katherine | Monday, December 29th, 2008

[mtfrazier / Flickr] There's actually a blog dedicated to the Obama-and-food niche. It's called Obama Foodorama: A Daily Diary of The Obama Foodscape, One Byte At A Time. So when Obama visited the mess hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Christmas dinner, Obama Foodorama "parsed" the significance and tried to ...

Obama on Food Policy

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Amber, and waving [Micah A. Ponce / Flickr] In a recent interview with Joe Klein, Obama mentioned an article about food policy by journalist Michael Pollan. Pollan was calling on the next president to consider food critical to national security, global warming, energy independence, and health care. Shane, a recent grad of ...

Pissed Off at Stimulus Checks

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

Munchdiggy is a bartender who depends on tips. Those tips are pretty sparse right now because gas and food prices are keeping customers away. So when Uncle Sam promised him a stimulus check and then applied it to his defaulted student loans instead, the only thing it stimulated was munchdiggy's ...

Midwest Floods

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The devastating midwest floods point to a bunch of election issues. Global warming, for one. Whether or not these particular floods are a direct result, they're a preview of the kind of extreme weather predicted by climate models. Then there are the rising corn prices due to flooded cropland, which ...