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 ...

Obama’s National Security Team

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

[scriptingnews / Flickr] On Monday, Obama introduced his national security nominees. These include a Republican (Robert Gates) and a retired Marine general (James Jones) whose politics are opaque -- as well as Democrats like Susan Rice and Eric Holder. The early reactions from the blogosphere were largely positive, even from some ...

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 ...

Vice Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, October 5th, 2008

[Bright_Star / Flickr] If you weren't among the 70 million or so who watched the blockbuster VP debate live (not counting those who streamed it), you can see or read it here. By all accounts the night was primarily a referendum on Sarah Palin, so these comments focus largely on her: The ...

First Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Weighing in [mrdorkesq / Flickr] OK, it's several days after the fact. You've probably heard all you care to about McCain refusing to look at Obama, Obama stumbling over the name of the soldier on his bracelet, or general cluelessness/mindfulness on the financial crisis and the middle class. (If you'd like ...

Thinking About Iraq

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Home [Jayel Aheram / Flickr] The economy, Sarah Palin, and, well, the economy have largely replaced Iraq in campaign-related headlines. For many voters, the war may resurface during the first presidential debate (in theory happening on Friday), which will focus on foreign-policy issues. For veterans, the war never went away. Alex ...

Was Charlie Gibson Unfair to Palin?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Before his glasses went on [matthewnstoller / Flickr] Sarah Palin did her first big network interview last week with ABC's Charlie Gibson. Here's one blogger's take on the way Gibson conducted the interview. John Orlando is an evangelical Christian and a student at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. Before returning to school, he ...

Lipstick on a Map

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

OK one more lipstick thing. Aroma Cucina slyly combined the lipstick smears with her skepticism about Sarah Palin's mastery of foreign policy. Aroma says, "Had to look at a map so that I could understand the depth of Palin's knowledge about Russia." (Thanks, James Mills.) [Aroma Cucina / Flickr] It looks ...

The Tone of McCain/Palin

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

In the last few days, both Obama and Biden have accused the McCain/Palin campaign of dishonesty and nastiness in its attacks and ads. Many of their fellow Democrats feel similarly about the tone McCain and Palin have adopted. Jay Smooth is a hip-hop vlogger and ballotvoxregular who "leans left." You'll find ...

John McCain’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

A wordle word cloud of McCain's and Palin's speeches [mattlehrer / Flickr] It's been a long two weeks of conventioneering. And so without further ado, here are three reactions to the very last speech: John McCain's. Lori is a Republican "Army brat" who has settled into Arizona and its dating scene. The whole ...

Russia-Georgia Conflict — Part II

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 15th, 2008

Boxing gloves [Addictive Picasso / Flickr] There seems to have been no fighting in Georgia so far today, but the new US-Polish missile-defense agreement -- apparently a result of the conflict -- has infuriated Russia. This is a quick follow-up post on the way the hostilities are playing out in the ...

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 ...

Middle-East Peace: Israel and Palestine

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

The stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process is one piece of the Middle-East dynamic that McCain or Obama will inherit. Obama got a small taste of its complexity on his visits to Israel and the West Bank last week. Eddie Vassallo recorded this sentiment in Er Ram, on the West Bank side ...

Say No to Diplomacy with Iran

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Here, again, is satirist Paul from the DC area. He works in business and finance and considers himself a blessed man. In this video he explains -- keeping a poker face -- that we don't want to make the same mistake with Iran that Nixon made with China; we don't ...

McCain, Iran, Cigarettes

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Cigarette seller in Tehran [kamshots / Flickr] The US currently exports over ten times more to Iran than at the start of the Bush administration. At the top of the pile: cigarettes. Somewhat suprising, no? John McCain seemed to think so last week when he responded by saying, "Maybe that's a ...

Dallas Students Evaluate Democrats

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Via co-curator Ann Raber, a largely conservative student perspective -- from the University of Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas -- on the Democratic candiates: Sirmontag, who made the video, grew up in Dayton, OH, and currently lives in Dallas. He is a man of many hobbies, from blacksmithing ...