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

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Jim Karrels from the DC 'burbs interviewed his two-year-old son Matthew on inauguration day. Matthew and his mom -- who does a brief turn as Hillary Clinton (off camera) -- talk about the animals Matthew would bring to the White House if he were president. Matthew never lets go of ...

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

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Ted Laszuk is a mid-to-late-20s American living in Tokyo, where he works for a big tech firm. This is his post-inaugural video. He talks about digesting huge political change after spending all of his adult years under the Bush administration. It's a little late-night-rambly (again, time change!) but straight from ...

Farewell, President Bush

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Philly-loving Phil, now officially a ballotvoxregular (you've met him here and here), zoomed way in to record George and Laura Bush leaving the Capitol after the inauguration: [philliefan99 / Flickr] Justin Hamilton is a Texan public servant in DC. He likes reading and writing (and spinning records), but not arithmetic. From what ...

Last Days of the Bush Administration

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 16th, 2009

[**** j a z z z i *** / Flickr] Yesterday, President Bush bid farewell to a nation that apparently is largely glad to see him go yet mostly feels he's a good person. A few end-of-administration reflections on his speech, his legacy, and some burdens he passes to Obama: Miranda, a stay-at-home ...

Rewind: Election Day in 53 Seconds

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

[We will occasionally be posting cool stuff (under the heading "Rewind") that dates back to the campaign itself -- things we didn't have enough time to write up before the election.] One week until the inauguration. Maybe the right time to reminisce about election day with this brief video by mattymatt ...

Debate Drinking Game

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Kenn Christ from San Francisco watched the first presidential debate with a bunch of friends, and they played a drinking game. As with all good drinking games, the rules were simple. Each candidate had a list of phrases. Whenever either one said any of his phrases, it was time ...

McBritney: Oops, He Did It Again

Posted by Katherine | Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this rather clever Britney Spears parody. It pokes fun at McCain's "flip-flop" on mudslinging -- and lampoons the celebrity and McBush themes that have characterized the negative campaigning from both sides. Bay-Area video artist Bryan Boyce, aka DSquid1901, put it together. He likes satirizing US culture ...

Lady Liberty Wakes Up

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Anapaprika has made a quirky animated short starring Lady Liberty, who is waking up to her clock radio playing excerpts from the Republican convention. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) How do you read this one? Is it simply a "day in the life" of Lady Liberty aka average American? A commentary on wall-to-wall ...

Against Palin… Before He Was (Sort Of) For Her

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

On the fence [slavetothemusic / Flickr] Ann Raber just discovered an interesting new blogger. He writes anonymously at Black Men for McCain. He says he's a black Republican and a Christian who dislikes Obama and intended his month-old blog to support McCain. Until, at least, McCain picked Palin: I’m a Republican because this ...

Antiwar Activists in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Stephen Swofford, Denver resident, says it only occurred to him a year ago that he could translate his love of photography into a career. He now appears to be a photojournalism student at Metro State College of Denver. Last week during the convention he took to the streets to and ...

Biden Takes a Bite

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Biden speaking in Springfield [aka Kath / Flickr] McCain is now ahead of Obama in the national polls, and one of Joe Biden's new roles -- at least judging by his Springfield speech -- is to play bad cop to counter McCain's recent offensive. Mary, who lives "in a Blue State, in ...

McCain On the Attack

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

In the last month or so, to inject his campaign with new energy, John McCain promoted several staffers who were part of Karl Rove's hard-hitting re-election bid for Bush in 2004. Since then, McCain has accused Obama of wanting to lose the Iraq war, insinuated that he's a socialist, and juxtaposed ...

More on Church-Vote Separation

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 18th, 2008

[Garrettc / Flickr] This is a sidebar to Ann's post about evangelical Christians who think religion and politics may be oil and water. RDemocrat blogs at BlueGrassRoots with other Kentucky Democrats. A Christian who believes firmly that religion and politics shouldn't mix, s/he was upset to see -- in Jeremiah Wright ...

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 ...

Alternative Energy: Solar Power

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 10th, 2008

[kabl1992 / Flickr] Alternative energy occupies an unusually large piece of the stage in this presidential campaign because of gas prices, the Iraq war, and global warming, among other things. Just over a month ago, the government banned new solar-energy projects on public land. The reason: it needed two years to ...