Obama-liday Spirit

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

From Flickr to you: this Christmas Obama ornamentation. (There don't seem to be any Obama-Hanukkah pictures... yet.) Cory Doctorow is a freelance writer who knows or works on just about every corner of the web. (You've heard of BoingBoing? He's a co-editor.) He spotted this Shepard Fairey parody poster in London ...

Auto Bailout: That’s Not Amore

Posted by Katherine | Monday, December 8th, 2008

The Big Three must be perking up a bit at the now-promising bailout rumblings. [Update 9 Dec 08: I should have noted that Obama supports the loan and will inherit the Detroit problem come January.] Pat McDermott (aka coolgeek2751) calls himself a "rock climbing jazz piano playing programmer." He's pretty fervently ...

Sarko Says “Yes We Can”

Posted by Katherine | Friday, December 5th, 2008

Janelle Mentesana says she raises bunny rabbits for a living. True or not, she recently moved from Perth to Paris and has been documenting her new home in photographs. Last weekend, she caught these posters of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. They combine Obama's signature slogan and a takeoff of Shepard ...

Kisses For Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Active-duty Marine Jayel Aheram (a ballotvoxregular featured here) took this photo a few days ago. It shows an artist named TAG posing with her portrait of Obama, another tribute to Shepard Fairey's poster. She made it by kissing the canvas repeatedly -- a six-hour labor of love. [Jayel Aheram / Flickr] To ...

OMB’s Orszag Has Skillz

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Just before Thanksgiving, Obama nominated almost-40-year-old Peter Orszag as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Jason Burwen, for one, is "stoked" about this "best decision *evar*." Jason is finishing up a master's degree in public policy at Berkeley, and he'd be totally chuffed to get a job working for ...

McBritney: Oops, He Did It Again

Posted by Katherine | Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this rather clever Britney Spears parody. It pokes fun at McCain's "flip-flop" on mudslinging -- and lampoons the celebrity and McBush themes that have characterized the negative campaigning from both sides. Bay-Area video artist Bryan Boyce, aka DSquid1901, put it together. He likes satirizing US culture ...

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, ...

McCain: A 3:00 am Email

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Ballotvoxregular, former Democratic Senate staffer, and Nevada novelist Jed Lewison adds to the pile of spoofs of Hillary Clinton's 3:00 am ad -- in this case to chide McCain for his lack of web savvy (thanks, Ann Raber): Will McCain's staff pull this one up to show him?

Candidates as Marilyn Monroe

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

In some of the odder candidate street art, here are Obama, Clinton, and McCain as Marilyn Monroe, Warhol-style. Catherine from Hollywood, California, took the picture. [catheadsix / Flickr] What is this saying? That they're all actors? That they're all -- or aim be -- as American as the stars & stripes and ...

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 ...

McCain Vogues

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

Last month, on the June 3rd evening that Obama clinched the Democratic nomination, John McCain gave a speech that was panned for its delivery and for its horrible green backdrop. Stephen Colbert sent out a plea for help on McCain's behalf: take that speech, remix it, and make McCain more ...

Litter (aka Carbon) Offsets

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this one. It's a sendup of carbon offsets -- the idea that you can neutralize your CO2 footprint by purchasing an equivalent amount of renewable energy, reforestation, etc. Offsets are controversial, and they figure somewhat differently in the McCain and Obama climate plans. The video stars Remy ...

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.

Tributes to Clinton

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Keight hails from Portland, Oregon, but she apparently photographed this street art in New York City two days after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination. It seems safe to assume the drawing was intended as a tribute to Clinton's candidacy. (Thanks Ann Raber and James Mills.) [keight / Flickr] Across the country in ...

Obama’s Radical Ties

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

A hilarious send-up of the relevance of Obama's connection to former Weather Underground member William Ayers -- which both Clinton and McCain have tried to highlight. Found, for you, by Sarolta Cump: Could a candidate get away with wearing any of those?

Clinton “Sunset Boulevard” Parody

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Lisa Nova makes videos. A lot of videos. Some of them are about the campaign, and they're clever. Up first, via Sue Salinger, a sharp parody of the last scene of Sunset Boulevard, with Clinton in the Norma Desmond role: Nova plays lots of different characters in her videos; in this ...

Beatles Songs for the Candidates

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

These spoofs of Princeton professor Cornel West -- by Los Angeles filmmaker David McMillan, aka "Professor Clifton East" -- match up the presidential candidates with Beatles songs. McMillan created these in 2007, when the candidate pool was considerably larger. In Part I, the Democrats: And in Part II, the Republicans: When Sarolta ...