Happy to Be at Inauguration

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Michael Foley hails from Dublin but currently lives in DC. He works in educational technology, travels frequently to South Asia, and likes virtually every kind of music. The point of taking pictures, he feels, is to let other people in on what he's seen. Last night, after the inauguration concert, ...

Rehearsing the Inauguration

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

DC primped for the inauguration with a full-blown dress rehearsal on Sunday. People swept the streets. Military personnel marched with flags. Portapotties were set up and sealed with zip ties. When faux Obamas and Bidens practiced the swearing-in at the Capitol, Army Staff Sergeant Derrick Brooks stood in for Barack. Two ...

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 ...

John McCain’s Concession Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 7th, 2008

Conceding [janeyhenning / Flickr] McCain was widely praised by mainstream media and political blogs for a gracious concession speech, though sometimes with a footnote that it contrasted in tone with his campaign. Those same two sentiments were largely reflected on regular blogs. Broodingcynyc at Brooding Cynyx voted for McCain and felt his ...

National Anthem on Election Night

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

From Julie Vaicius, here's a little girl with a patriotic election-night "serenade." It's not clear which candidate she was rooting for. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [Julie Vaicius / Vimeo] Somewhat later that night -- at 2:00 am -- melish99 filmed Obama supporters feeling that same American spirit. "Dawn's early light" might have been a ...

Former Illegal Immigrants Voted for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Sue Salinger found this video of an Obama-supporting family in California. They're talking about their votes on a moonlit night just after casting their ballots. Erick, a 30-year-old who likes Sade and Pablo Neruda, first films his giddy mom and slightly embarrassed teenaged brother (a first-time voter). Then he turns ...

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 ...

High-Tech Stars and Stripes

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this video made by tech-geek artist Evan Roth. Evan lives in Hong Kong and delights in violating copyright and vandalism laws. This video does neither -- it's simply some USB-powered flag waving for voting day. [fi5e / Vimeo] Something about this seems a bit tongue-in-cheek. Is the "made in ...

Peer Pressure to Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Seriously, all the cool kids are doing it. Nineteen-year-old TheMuffinShow says so. Vote. (Hat tip to Sue Salinger.) I'm going. Right now.

He Is Barack Obama

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Jeff is a fan of his wife and video games... and Barack Obama. This appears to be a self-portrait. [Jeff the Trojan / Flickr] Under the photograph, Jeff writes an impassioned political manifesto. [I am] ...a patriotic American. …the descendent of immigrants. [...] ...a person with a moral compass, based on the values my Christian ...

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 ...

Debate Drinking Game

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Kenn Christ from San Francisco watched the first presidential debate with a bunch of friends, and they played a drinking game. As with all good drinking games, the rules were simple. Each candidate had a list of phrases. Whenever either one said any of his phrases, it was time ...

First Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Weighing in [mrdorkesq / Flickr] OK, it's several days after the fact. You've probably heard all you care to about McCain refusing to look at Obama, Obama stumbling over the name of the soldier on his bracelet, or general cluelessness/mindfulness on the financial crisis and the middle class. (If you'd like ...

Louisiana Coast After Gustav and Ike

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Southern Louisiana after Ike [Karen Apricot New Orleans / Flickr] Maitri is a geoscientist and activist in New Orleans by way of India, Kuwait, and the Midwest. She's worried that the Louisiana coast and its United Houma Nation are being abandoned in the wake of hurricanes Gustav and Ike. (Thanks, Sarolta ...

Patriots, Arm Thyselves

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

Johanna feels she was "born in the wrong era" because she's "terribly addicted to abandoned properties" dating from the 1860s to the 1930s. She lives in Kansas, where she took this photo a week ago in Skidmore (thanks, Sue Salinger): [Moonlight Cocktail Photography / Flickr] The house may be a little ...

John McCain’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

A wordle word cloud of McCain's and Palin's speeches [mattlehrer / Flickr] It's been a long two weeks of conventioneering. And so without further ado, here are three reactions to the very last speech: John McCain's. Lori is a Republican "Army brat" who has settled into Arizona and its dating scene. The whole ...

Katrina-FEMA Trailer in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

New Orleans is evacuating ahead of Gustav, which is currently a Category Four storm moving towards Cuba. Less than a week ago in Denver during the convention, wan · der · lust (see more of her photos featured here and here) saw this FEMA-esque trailer drive by the convention hall. (Thanks, ...

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 ...

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, ...