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 ...

A Few Reasons for the Economic Stimulus Package

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 9th, 2009

Yesterday, in his first big policy speech since November 4th, Obama waded in forcefully on the economy, pressing Congress to hop to it on economic-stimulus legislation. The context is grim. The holiday shopping season was dismal-to-possibly-bankrupting for many retailers. Obama will inherit a record-breaking $1.2 trillion budget deficit for the year ...

Obama’s Public-Works Plan

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

[woodleywonderworks / Flickr] Over the weekend, Obama outlined his vision for a large, job-boosting investment in public infrastructure. Andrew Samwick is a Dartmouth economics prof who studies retirement and was chief economist of the President's Council of Economic Advisors in 2003-2004. He likes Obama's plan even though he doesn't see job creation ...

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 ...

High-Tech Stars and Stripes

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this video made by tech-geek artist Evan Roth. Evan lives in Hong Kong and delights in violating copyright and vandalism laws. This video does neither -- it's simply some USB-powered flag waving for voting day. [fi5e / Vimeo] Something about this seems a bit tongue-in-cheek. Is the "made in ...

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 ...