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

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Osvaldo Padilla has a background in journalism and now runs a commercial/corporate video-production company in Florida. He went to DC for the inauguration hoping to secure footage he could sell to news outlets. In this clip, New York mental-health counselor Carolyn Jenkins talks about her childhood experience of segregated buses. [Osvaldo ...

Two Girls at “We Are One”

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

These two girls stood out in the images from yesterday's concert on the Mall. In his Flickr mugshot, ae! from Arlington (presumably Virginia) gives himself a blindfold, yet clearly he has a sharp eye: [ae! / Flickr] Mike Lynch, also from Arlington (definitely Virginia), works in radio marketing and production. His lens caught ...

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 ...

Obamas Visit Lincoln Memorial

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Obama named Abraham Lincoln as a source of inspiration throughout the campaign, and as his cabinet took shape after November 4th, the "Team of Rivals" meme became hard to escape. The senators-from-Illinois connection continues: The president-elect has been reading Lincoln to prepare for his inaugural address, and he'll be taking ...

Rewind: This Vote’s for You

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

[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.] Renee, a reader and writer and "professional spacecraft driver" from Chicago, saw this sign in a shop window on Oak ...

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. ...

A Black Man Will Be President

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Obama speaking last night [super.heavy / Flickr] Cheryl started travelling the world in utero and has visited 22 countries. She's now based in Chicago and crammed herself into Grant Park last night with about 100,000 other cell-phone-checking supporters to hear Obama speak. This was her part of the history-making night: Every time ...

Early Voter in North Carolina

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Thirty-year-old Jenifer from North Carolina stood in line at her local library a few days ago to vote early for Obama. Here she is in her car just after casting her ballot -- and explaining with visible emotion what that meant to her as a moment of history, an action ...

Obscure Presidential Candidates: Never Ever EVER Give Up (Ever)

Posted by Ann | Thursday, October 9th, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] Mary Asbach of Ashland, Wisconsin, uses Flickr to engage in occasional political discourse, which she lists as one of her interests along with Mystery Science Theater 3000 and giant fiberglass monuments. Asbach's parents seem to share her taste for the irreverent. Every presidential election they ...

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

DeHoll is a grandfather in the DC area who likes to tell stories. This one is visual: in the bread-line statue from FDR's memorial in Washington, DeHoll recalls FDR's Depression-era "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" -- and he mixes it up with current financial-crisis headlines. ...

A Mile High in Denver Stadium

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In the stadium [zenobia_joy / Flickr] We'll circle back to the Biden and Bill Clinton speeches shortly, but first, the largely giddy aftermath of last night's Mile-High Moment. (Please help us find good sharp critiques.) Skinny Black Girl, a self-described "walking paradox" who appears to be from Cleveland, Ohio, disdained the pre-speech ...

Traditionalists v. Progressives

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Paul is a Christian from the DC area. He was born in small-town China and emigrated after Tiananmen. Somewhere along the way he became a master of satire. Here he poses as a "traditionalist" to explain what distinguishes him from progressives. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) He didn't break character ...

2008 or 1964?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 10th, 2008

In the crowd at a John McCain rally in Prescott, Arizona (via Misa Dayson). It's not clear whether the man is lost in time or sending McCain some kind of message... [PaisleyPitbull / Flickr] In another picture from the same rally, you can see people dressed in what appear to be pioneer-era ...