Inauguration Headlines Abroad

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

On Tuesday (or Wednesday, depending on the time change), many eyes around the world were trained on Washington and Obama. People watched in town halls and in offices. They read on subways and at cafes. Mr Haydn was out in London on a night shoot and noticed late headlines advertising the ...

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: 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-liday Spirit

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

From Flickr to you: this Christmas Obama ornamentation. (There don't seem to be any Obama-Hanukkah pictures... yet.) Cory Doctorow is a freelance writer who knows or works on just about every corner of the web. (You've heard of BoingBoing? He's a co-editor.) He spotted this Shepard Fairey parody poster in London ...

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 ...

Sarko Says “Yes We Can”

Posted by Katherine | Friday, December 5th, 2008

Janelle Mentesana says she raises bunny rabbits for a living. True or not, she recently moved from Perth to Paris and has been documenting her new home in photographs. Last weekend, she caught these posters of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. They combine Obama's signature slogan and a takeoff of Shepard ...

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 ...

Do Iraqis Prefer McCain or Obama?

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

The blog Alive in Baghdad aims to "empower[...] Iraqi citizen journalists to share their stories with the world." We featured their work previously here. In this video, Iraqis talk about the US election: about who they think is likely to win and and who would make a difference for Iraq. ...

Venetian Gondoliers Belt It Out for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

If you believe the tallies at If the World Could Vote?, people outside the US are rooting for Obama. This is not a scientific survey, and the numbers are surely skewed (just look at the figures for America). But it is a noteworthy interactive site put together by three curious ...

In Memoriam to the Boom Economy

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 24th, 2008

The stock market dove again this morning. Earlier this month, nolionsinengland noticed this memorial in London near the Bank of England. It was created by the artist K Guy and, nolionsinengland said via email, "lasted less than a week." It seems pretty clear that most of the world -- not just ...

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 voilà -- it represents perfectly what's going on right now: [ocean.flynn / Flickr] Maureen lives in "nonlinear time," so maybe that's ...

Joe Lieberman’s GOP Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Speaking at the convention [Tom LeGro, NewsHour / Flickr] Some reactions to Joe Lieberman's speech last night at the GOP convention in St. Paul: Crystal Clear Conservative is a "Libertarian-leaning Republican" Yankees fan who writes mainly about Virginia and national politics. S/he thinks Liberman gave a "great speech" overall: Lieberman was a breath ...

McCain Picks Palin

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In Alaska [triciaward / Flickr] Impeccably timed to eclipse the Obama-convention-speech headlines, McCain has chosen Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin as the GOP's vice-presidential candidate. Archbishop Cranmer, who blogs about religion and politics with sixteenth-century wisdom, feels this spells "Barack who?": Governor Palin is a Protestant Evangelical Christian. Moreover, she is strongly ‘pro-life’, ...

Russia-Georgia Conflict

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Tbilisi, Georgia, at night [pazavi / Flickr] In the last week, long-festering animosity between Georgia and Russia turned into bombing and heavy fighting. Some say the US is peripherally implicated in the escalation due to the mixed messages it has been giving President Saakashvili. It's clear, in any case, that the ...

Obama in Berlin

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Rather behind the news on this one, but it seemed worth noting the huge number of Barack/Berlin photos that have shown up on Flickr since Obama's foreign-policy speech in Germany on July 24th. Here are a few of the ones we found last week. Gregory Donovan, "Educator, Agitator, Aggregator" from Brooklyn, ...

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 ...

Obama for Obama in Obama

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

In the town of Obama in Fukui Prefecture in Japan, there's a group called "Obama for Obama." And Obama for Obama in Obama has a special song, recorded here by undochu (thanks, Sarolta Cump): That little kid totally caught some air at the end.

Sorry, Earth

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Alexander Main lives in Germany. He says he put some effort into this creative video to express his feelings of responsibility for "what's happening to our world, to our planet, to all the people who is paying the consequences of our acts." It seems safe to assume he'd like to ...