Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them — Part IV

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Julie Phillips is a writer and "aerial dancer" from Athens, Georgia. She's also the features/art-and-entertainment editor for the Athens Banner-Herald -- for which she shot some probutcool footage on her inauguration trip to DC. In this clip, a young woman and a girl from Atlanta explain what they liked about ...

Why Obama Tapped Sanjay Gupta

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 9th, 2009

Celebrity and transition-team gossip overlapped this week. Obama, it appears, offered the Surgeon General post to media-savvy neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta. There seems to be some dissent within the public-health community over this pick, and some commentators (like Paul Krugman) are disappointed. But if in fact it's true that Obama wants ...

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 ...

Standing in Line to Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Americans have been standing in line for hours all day. Some 100 million were expected at the polls today after twenty-nine-plus million voted early or absentee. From sandygbandy, a pre-7 am crowd on 18th Street in DC. [sandygbandy / Flickr] From Valerie, a student who likes scrapbooking and genealogy, a two-and-a-half-hour line in ...

Coffee Woke Her to Political Freedom

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

[19melissa68 / Flickr] Heather Whittaker goes all out: waterskiing, jumping out of airplanes, and generally being "different." She and her pastor husband Carlos live in Atlanta. Heather is proof that Starbucks's offer of free coffee for voters actually worked. It made her, sheepishly, decide to cast a ballot. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) What ...

Whatever You Do, Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Unconvinced by the chihuahua? Singer and rapper dilliot2k in Atlanta will motivate you to get yourself to the polls. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) Get up and vote.

Voting Early and Patiently for the Environment

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

A six-to-seven-hour early-voting line in Charlotte, NC, earlier today [Ted Abbott / Flickr] Yesterday, the last day of early voting in Georgia, MSNBC reported one polling-place line in Atlanta with a wait time of eight to ten hours. People stood in line for eight to ten hours to cast a ballot! Becky, ...

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 ...

Free Speech Cure for Racism

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 30th, 2008

Sexism isn't the only wart on the Democratic primary. Obama's blackness has of course come up in blatant and derogatory ways. Also in slipperier form from the Clinton campaign: after Hillary won in Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky and brandished her white support, she was accused by many of playing ...

McCain and Youth

Posted by Katherine | Friday, March 7th, 2008

Can Meghan reel in this generation? [dlemieux / Flickr] As the de facto Republican nominee, John McCain, unlike the Democrats, now gets to focus on the general election. One of the items on his to-do list: a vice presidential candidate. Which inevitably raises the question of McCain's age (he's 71), whether ...

Pro and Anti Immigration

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

[Mashuga / Flickr] [MikeSchinkel / Flickr] These pictures pretty much sum it up. It's a big issue this election -- especially in states like Texas, which votes and caucuses in primaries today. The photo of the little girl holding the sign was taken in Scranton, PA, by Gary Clark (aka Mashuga), a retired ...