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 ...

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 ...

Belt Tightening

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 29th, 2008

On the economy front, this week brought the Citigroup bailout and the addition of Paul Volker and Austan Goolsbee to Obama's new Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Meanwhile, across America, people and businesses are cinching their belts. Adrian Lai in NYC spotted this "Recession Sale" on the streets of the Big Apple: [thedrun ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Fighting for Medical Marijuana in Minnesota

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 15th, 2008

KK Forss is a photographer in Ely, Minnesota. He suffers from excruciating chronic spinal pain and has been trying to get the Minnesota House to pass a medical-marijuana bill (which never came up for a vote in the last session). KK says that when he could use medical marijuana, it ...

Alternative Terrorism

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

James Pence of Glendale, Kentucky, doesn't mince words. He explains here, in a calmly biting commentary on the Bush administration's handling of the economy, healthcare, civil liberties, and other issues central to the election, how he -- if he were a terrorist -- would undermine America: That rocking chair somehow takes ...

Neither McCain Nor Obama Means Change

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

PJ Chmiel from Louisville, Kentucky, is a vegan graphic/web designer who'd like to make his own clothes someday. He was rooting for Kucinich, but now he'd be happy with a choice of Ralph Nader or Cynthia McKinney. He thinks the two-party system is "bullshit" and has no love for McCain ...