Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Twenty-two-year-old ThisAMThisPM (aka Travers) grew up in a small Texas town and now lives in NYC. He went to DC to watch Obama become president, and at 6:08 pm on inauguration day, he read a letter to his unborn children about the significance -- to him and to them -- ...

The Inaugural Parade

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Barry S says he might be the guy you see wandering around DC with "a camera the size of a Mini Cooper and lens that looks like a brass canon." That equipment could explain how he got this great shot of the inaugural parade. The men appear to be a ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[rklau / Flickr] If Twitter and swing states are anything to go by, Michelle Obama pretty much rocked her audience on Monday night with her convention speech. The blogosphere echoed with praise, too, but also with pointed analysis and critiques. Here's a taste of it all. John Klomp is a gay artist ...

The New Yorker Cover

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

This week's New Yorker cover shows Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim, Michelle outfitted as a Black Panther/terrorist, a flag burning in the fireplace, and Osama bin Laden in a gilt frame on the wall. It is, of course satire. Or it's supposed to be. It seems to be confusing ...

Praise for Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

In Prescott, AZ [PaisleyPitbull / Flickr] In Kalispell, MT [TiAmoComeSei / Flickr] Here's a quick antidote to the snark about drug addiction and baby mamas: some thoughtful accolades for Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama. RightwingSparkle lives in Texas. At 20, she was a Democratic feminist Baptist, and now she's a Republican pro-life ...

“Close-fisted high five”

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 6th, 2008

[FLC / Flickr] It must rank up there among over-scrutinized gestures: the Obamas' fist bump / pound / dap / respect knuckles leading up to Barack's victory speech on Tuesday night. Or, if you speak New York Times-ese, their "close-fisted high five" (this from a piece published a few days before ...