Archive of Campaign 2008’s Hopes

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 29th, 2009

[WildebeestEyes / Flickr] After almost twelve months, it is time to put this blog to bed. The picture above seemed a good finale for BallotVox. Jonathan Wood -- a "Chicago-based human and sometimes photographer" -- took it in his hometown last month. It features pluma*'s street art inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem ...

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 ...

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 -- ...

Why Obama Tapped Sanjay Gupta

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 9th, 2009

Celebrity and transition-team gossip overlapped this week. Obama, it appears, offered the Surgeon General post to media-savvy neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta. There seems to be some dissent within the public-health community over this pick, and some commentators (like Paul Krugman) are disappointed. But if in fact it's true that Obama wants ...

Obama’s Senate Seat

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

[Leo Reynolds / Flickr] You're familiar with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, yes? And the corruption charges resulting from the way he tried to fill Obama's Senate seat? And the ensuing hoopla surrounding his Senate appointee, Roland Burris? Good. So a new Gallup poll says 51% of Americans favor blocking Burris from the ...

Rick Warren to Give Inauguration Invocation

Posted by Katherine | Friday, December 19th, 2008

Pastor Rick Warren -- a vocal opponent of homosexuality and gay marriage -- will be giving the invocation on January 20th. For many on the left: not a popular move by their man Barack. Thirty-year-old trevorkiel is an Obama devotee willing to grant the president-elect lots of wiggle room. But not ...

Obama’s National Security Team

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

[scriptingnews / Flickr] On Monday, Obama introduced his national security nominees. These include a Republican (Robert Gates) and a retired Marine general (James Jones) whose politics are opaque -- as well as Democrats like Susan Rice and Eric Holder. The early reactions from the blogosphere were largely positive, even from some ...

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 ...

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 20th, 2008

The wildfire rumor of the transition so far: whether Obama will pick Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Political junkies are speculating about Machiavellian strategizing in the Clinton and Obama camps, about the possible effect on Clinton's chances in 2012 or 2016, and, oh yeah, even about whether the choice ...

California’s Prop 8

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 14th, 2008

California's Prop 8, probably the most scrutinized ballot measure of 2008, was one of three same-sex marriage bans that passed last Tuesday. (The others were in Florida and Arizona.) Gay-rights advocates are questioning its legality and planning nation-wide protests tomorrow. Several anti-Prop 8 marches have already taken place since the ...

The Sound of Election Night

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The still photos of election night have a magic of their own, but adding a layer of sound fills in the picture, so to speak. Here's a rash of videos that document the whooping and honking across the country. They're mostly bumpy, out of focus, on the fly -- but ...

They Danced

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

And while they were out in the streets, the Obama fans danced. Coeur-sang saw this couple in the East Village in New York. [coeur-sang / Flickr] Ryan Carver likes to photograph "the calm and the isolated," which gives him "a reason to explore." This street party in San Francisco was neither calm nor ...

They Took to the Streets

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Grant Park in Chicago, the official site of Obama's victory rally, hosted an enormous crowd, but Obama supporters also took to the streets spontaneously all across the country. Thirty-one-year-old Steve Goldenberg admits that he's "completely addicted to taking pictures." He lives in DC and was out last night mingling with the ...

McCain Voter, Obama Voter

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Beth Lucey describes herself as a "happily married woman with a beautiful daughter." She lives in Southbridge, Massachusetts, where she took this photo today. It's not clear whether the truck and dog are hers or a neighbor's, but the owner clearly voted for McCain. [Update 5 Nov 2008: Beth explained ...

Standing in Line to Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Americans have been standing in line for hours all day. Some 100 million were expected at the polls today after twenty-nine-plus million voted early or absentee. From sandygbandy, a pre-7 am crowd on 18th Street in DC. [sandygbandy / Flickr] From Valerie, a student who likes scrapbooking and genealogy, a two-and-a-half-hour line in ...

American Democracy, Picasso-Style

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

I've been saving this one for today: Lady Liberty, à la Picasso, wanting to ask a question -- while a Democratic and a Republican bird tussle over the POTUS seal. American democracy in action! The artist is TMNK ("the me nobody knows") from New York City, who believes that "each ...

Obama Street Art Keeps Happening

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The Obama street-art phenomenon isn't slowing down. Tracy Clayton is an "avid reader" and a "hip hop purist" who grew up in Miami. His mother is Filipina and his father is African American, which gives him an outlook that he wants to "share [...] with the world." Tracy is a "wannabe ...

Get Out There and Vote

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 27th, 2008

Digital animator and recent college grad Andre Mercier from San Diego took this skyscraper shot in New York City (thanks, Ann Raber). [Andre Mercier / Flickr] Just go and do it.

Iraq Veterans Arrested at Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Several Iraq veterans were arrested and injured at Hofstra University during the third presidential debate. They were part of a crowd protesting the Iraq war and wanted to ask each candidate a question. (You can hear them voicing the questions here -- hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) John J Hagan, an ...

Alternate Universe: Al Smith Dinner Roasts

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Disconnected? Or not? [Life As Art / Flickr] So one night McCain and Obama are arguing tensely over Joe the plumber's tax future, and the very next they're needling each other in high humor at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner -- each laughing genuinely at the zingers launched in ...