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 ...

Message for Obama: Michelle is Cool

Posted by Katherine | Monday, January 5th, 2009

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] On Saturday, Michelle Obama flew early to DC with Malia and Sasha so that the girls could get ready for their first day at Sidwell Friends School; Barack followed yesterday on a presidential Air Force plane. In his election-night speech, Obama ...

Message for Obama: No Pressure or Anything

Posted by Katherine | Monday, December 22nd, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] It's the season for wishes (from citizens) and gift giving (by Obama). Certain demanding people aren't just asking for stocking stuffers. They'd like the big toys, gift wrapped, thank you very much. Something like freedom from fear. Or no regrets for ...

Message for Obama: Patriotism

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] Judging by the Messages for Obama, Campaign '08 and Obama's victory elicited feelings of patriotism in a whole new group of Americans. Praecepitum (aka Leah) is inspired by superheroes, Greek sculpture, and mythology -- and now, apparently, by the president-elect: [praecepitum / Flickr] Surely ...

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 ...

Democracy in Action

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Thirteen-year-old Page Traeger is a student in San Jose who likes William Steig, going to the beach, and Led Zeppelin. She also confesses an addiction to photography; she takes her camera everywhere and says, "It it like my child." This picture marks her reaction to November 4th. And yes, ...

Message for Obama: Ready to Serve

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] There's a strong thread of volunteerism running through the Message for Obama photographs. Some Americans, possibly inspired by working in Obama's citizen corps during the campaign, are actively ready to serve their country. They want Barack to ask a lot of ...

Message for Obama: Not So Happy

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] It's not all a love-in in Message-for-Obama-land. Some people are telling Barack they didn't vote for him and are downright scared. JamieFace claims her "only passion" is photography, but she seemed pretty enthusiastic about John McCain, too. She doesn't like Obama, ...

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 ...