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 ...

Change at Justice?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 8th, 2009

[thephotoholic / Flickr] Obama fleshed out his Justice Department team on Monday: David Ogden for deputy AG, Elena Kagan for solicitor general, Thomas Perrelli for associate AG, and Dawn Johnsen for head of OLC. They suggest a sharp turn away from President Bush's view of executive power and the kinds of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Recently, On the Campaign Trail

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

Three shots from three rallies in three states this month. University of Dayton political science major Emily says she likes photographing Disney World, but she seems to be documenting the campaign enthusiastically as well. (See another of her election pics here.) This photo was from a Palin rally in Wilmington, Ohio, ...

Drilling as Wedge Issue

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Drilling ninja [TheAlieness GiselaGiardino23 / Flickr] Steve from Toledo, Ohio, calls himself (possibly facetiously?) a "circus plate spinner." Steve is unconvinced that new domestic oil drilling would have any measurable effect on gas prices. So for a while he thought it would be fun to see the Republicans go through with ...

Advice for Palin from a Fan

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

[andrewjking87 / Flickr] Barb is a grandmother, homemaker, and former teacher in Toledo, Ohio. She describes herself as a "disciple of Jesus's" and a socially conservative Republican. She supports Palin, and after Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson, Barb had some advice and encouragement for her. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump): Sarah, you just relax ...

Citizens Protest the Bailout Plan

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Last week, citizens everywhere from New York to Albuquerque to Burbank protested the $700B bailout proposal (thanks, Sue Salinger and James Mills). The common theme: how does this help us? Ryan in Fargo would much rather, thank you very much, have a personal assist from the Fed/Treasury. So he made ...

McCain-Palin Announcement Rally

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Emily is a political-science major at the University of Dayton. She spent last autumn in DC, and it seems to have cemented her political bug; she was on hand at the McCain-Palin announcement rally in Dayton, Ohio, last Friday. Emily caught the candidates here in a flurry of flags: [er3465 / ...

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 ...

Jesse Jackson and a Hot Mic

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Last week, Jesse Jackson said he'd like to "cut [Obama's] nuts off" for "talking down to black people" in speeches about moral responsibility. Unfortunately he said it into a hot microphone at Fox News. Mmby2k is a 27-year-old single mom in Alabama who thinks Jackson is a hater -- possibly because ...

How Obama Lost a Vote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Sticking with the FISA story for one more post, here's a video (found by Sarolta Cump) from an angry former Obama supporter. Jim is from Columbus, Ohio, and he explains how Obama gained and then lost his vote: Notice how he left a little loophole at the end?

Obama Declines Public Financing

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, June 21st, 2008

[freshelectrons / Flickr] On Thursday, Barack Obama declined public financing for the general election. There was a slight lag before citizen talk revved up online -- maybe everyone needed to brush up on campaign finance laws? -- but it was in full swing yesterday. The common camps: 1) Obama lied; he's ...

Hillary: Buzz or Buzzkill?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

[Litandmore / Flickr] [Litandmore / Flickr] John McCain clinched the Republican nomination last night, but the buzz belonged to Hillary Clinton for winning Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island. Ohio blogger The Critic explains the vote he cast for Clinton yesterday: Today I was up by six thirty, dressed by six forty, and out the ...