Inauguration Memorabilia

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

You've seen the t-shirts and hats and buttons. But the inaugural memorabilia went waaaaay beyond that. Blogger/site producer Karon Flage from Arlington, Virginia, (featured also here) spotted Obama water in tidy rows at the inauguration concert: [Karon Flage / Flickr] Phil, fellow Arlington resident and ballotvoxregular extraordinare, (check him out here, here, here, ...

Under New Management

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

President Obama has had a busy first few days in office. He's made some changes. Oakland resident Stephen Coles, a typography enthusiast, celebrated a day early: he took this self-portrait on Monday's MLK Day of Service. [Stewf / Flickr] Try this on for size: our full archive of Campaign '08 t-shirts.

Happy to Be at Inauguration

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Michael Foley hails from Dublin but currently lives in DC. He works in educational technology, travels frequently to South Asia, and likes virtually every kind of music. The point of taking pictures, he feels, is to let other people in on what he's seen. Last night, after the inauguration concert, ...

Message for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 21st, 2008

The post-election Flickr phenomenon is A Message for Obama. (Thanks, James Mills, for the heads-up.) It's sort of like old-skool Twitter. You take a pen and a piece of paper and write Obama a short note. (A lot of people use post-its.) Then you take a photo of the ...

They Voted Today

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

First you vote. David Markland recorded what appears to be a voter and a poll worker in Culver City, California. [David Markland / Flickr] Then you get a certificate. Amy from Chicago draws inspiration from a "blank piece of lined paper" and "portable coffee mugs." She says, "I cannot describe how good it felt ...

McCain Cookie

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Matthias Orfield from Moorhead, Minnesota, takes wedding photographs from the Twin Cities to Fargo. Also more whimsical shots. Here he is in a self-portrait with a McCain cookie. [Orfield Photography / Flickr] Matthias doesn't indicate who he's voting for but mentions that Obama must be "ahead in the cookie polls too" because ...

Halloween Election Humor

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

The pumpkins are impressive. But now a little Halloween irreverence. Steven Martin is a "fortysomething" Fort Worth resident (via Chicago and Florida). He saw this Texas yard art several weeks ago and editorialized: A McCain-Palin sign by a scary ghost and smaller ghosts taking flight above the sign. The homeowner should realize ...

Happy Campaign-08 Halloween!

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

Is there always this much pumpkin art during campaign years? Mechanical engineer Gabriel Edwards took this photo -- and presumably was involved in the carving: [glxedwards / Flickr] For this pumpkin, origamidoc used a template created by Aidenag, which was in turn based on Shepard Fairey's now-famous poster. (You can see Aidenag's orignal ...

Black Man Running

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

The undertones of race and racism in the campaign have gotten louder (subtly and not so subtly) in the last month or so, amplified, many believe, by Palin/McCain references to things like Obama's middle name and his "palling around with terrorists." A good moment, perhaps, for this picture, which affirms defiantly ...

An Undecided Voter

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

They're mysterious, the undecideds. It all seems to come down to them, but it's not so clear who they are, demographically speaking, or what they're thinking. Google hasn't helped, though most likely I'm not being creative enough with search terms. In any event, we now know that Sharon B12 is ...

Voting Bitterly for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Theres no way home saw this bumper sticker in Gary, Indiana (thanks, Sue Salinger): [theres no way home / Flickr] It could be about guns and religion. Or about FISA and campaign finance.

Protesters and Activists at Saddleback

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 21st, 2008

There may not have been many people protesting the fact of the Saddleback Church forum, but activists outside the church were certainly fired up about the candidates and issues. From stirnaman.photo (hat tip to Sue Salinger), here's a Bush (and, in smaller print, McCain) supporter: [stirnaman.photo / Flickr] Stirnaman.photo also captured this Obama-masked, ...

Obama in Berlin

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Rather behind the news on this one, but it seemed worth noting the huge number of Barack/Berlin photos that have shown up on Flickr since Obama's foreign-policy speech in Germany on July 24th. Here are a few of the ones we found last week. Gregory Donovan, "Educator, Agitator, Aggregator" from Brooklyn, ...

McCain and Obama Bumper Stickers

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 21st, 2008

James Mills just turned up these two bumper stickers. The first, from Moltron 3030, was taken on a farewell tour of Eugene (Oregon?), where she and her friend Lizz (featured here) have lived since 2004: [Moltron 3030 / Flickr] DottComments lives in Louisville, Kentucky, likes the Rolling Stones, and apparently needs ...

Candidate Cutouts

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Eighteen-year-old Heather from Alexandria, Virginia, just graduated from 12th grade home schooling. She isn't sure yet what her occupation will be, but she knows she likes John McCain (also her church, Starbucks coffee, and reading). On a post-primaries jaunt into DC, she spotted this cutout. (Thanks, Ann Raber). [Rag Muffin ...

McCain on the Web

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

It's harder to find good pro-McCain stuff out in webland. It just is. We resisted admitting that for a while, and we search diligently, but it simply seems to be true. Especially when it comes to creative art, citizen ads, and funny videos. Whether this has something to do with ...

Bake Sale for Barack

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The very day that Moveon.org expressed some alarm at Obama's support of the FISA bill, it also persevered with a "Hungry for Change" Obama bake sale. Cookies were made and sold across the country, from New York City to Missoula, Montana. (Thanks, Sue Salinger and Ann Raber.) In Austin, Texas, Cara ...

Democratic Gothic

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

Back to the Democrats for a second for an amusement found by James Mills. San Francisco-based web designer Wayne Bremser discovered this t-shirt on Haight Street: [wayne bremser / Flickr] Read into it what you will.

Obama and the Nomination

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Last night Obama secured enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination and Clinton didn't concede. It's not remotely possible to sum up the loud online talk, so here are just a few interesting reactions. Designer-doodler Chris Piascik in Cambridge, MA, went straight to his moleskine notebook to do one of his ...

Obama Peeps

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 30th, 2008

This genius composition by victoriabernal needs minimal introduction: There are some pink rabbit peeps who live in Los Angeles. They like Obama. (James Mills found them.) [victoriabernal / Flickr] You may disagree with the peeps's politics, but in most ways they're just like you and me: They make coffee. (Sometimes it turns ...