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 — Part IV

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Julie Phillips is a writer and "aerial dancer" from Athens, Georgia. She's also the features/art-and-entertainment editor for the Athens Banner-Herald -- for which she shot some probutcool footage on her inauguration trip to DC. In this clip, a young woman and a girl from Atlanta explain what they liked about ...

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 -- ...

Rewind: This Vote’s for You

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

[We will occasionally be posting cool stuff (under the heading "Rewind") that dates back to the campaign itself -- things we didn't have enough time to write up before the election.] Renee, a reader and writer and "professional spacecraft driver" from Chicago, saw this sign in a shop window on Oak ...

Obama’s Election-Night Speech

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

In Grant Park, watching Obama's speech [Gregwar / Flickr] Reactions to Obama's election-night speech are still turning up as people recover from election hangovers and resume blogging. Although 46% of voters chose McCain last Tuesday, negative critiques of Obama's speech haven't been easy to find. So here are a few positive reviews. ...

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 ...

A Black Man Will Be President

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Obama speaking last night [super.heavy / Flickr] Cheryl started travelling the world in utero and has visited 22 countries. She's now based in Chicago and crammed herself into Grant Park last night with about 100,000 other cell-phone-checking supporters to hear Obama speak. This was her part of the history-making night: Every time ...

President-Elect Barack Obama

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Immense crowds are cheering. These two photographs tell the smaller stories that put Obama on the podium tonight. Phillyhappening saw these teenaged Muslim girls on a Philadelphia street last night. (Thanks, James Mills.) [phillyhappening / Flickr] David Smyth in Denver recorded this boy at a local Obama rally last week. (Hat tip ...

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 ...

Palin: Feminist Role Model or Not?

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[gaelx / Flickr] Since Sarah Palin joined the McCain campaign, there's been vociferous disagreement over her feminist cred. Is she blessing or blight to the cause? To catch up on the debate, here are a few recent strands. Wendy describes herself as a "conservative, home schooling mom" with a "smokin' hot, hard ...

Black Man Running

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

The undertones of race and racism in the campaign have gotten louder (subtly and not so subtly) in the last month or so, amplified, many believe, by Palin/McCain references to things like Obama's middle name and his "palling around with terrorists." A good moment, perhaps, for this picture, which affirms defiantly ...

Early Voter in North Carolina

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Thirty-year-old Jenifer from North Carolina stood in line at her local library a few days ago to vote early for Obama. Here she is in her car just after casting her ballot -- and explaining with visible emotion what that meant to her as a moment of history, an action ...

Obama Predicted Negative Attacks

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Jed Lewison is a ballotvoxregular (featured here and here). More importantly, he lives in Las Vegas, where he writes political thrillers, no doubt informed by his time as a Democratic Senate staffer. He bases this mashup on a July speech, in which Obama predicts that the McCain campaign will portray ...

The Culture Wars, Again

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[Aelle / Flickr] There's been lots of talk about Palin's candidacy dragging this campaign back into the culture wars. Pentimento, a musician, grad student, and "Catholic revert," plays a melancholy variation on that theme: Obama and Palin (let's face it, the election is really between them) personify the intense longing of those ...

The Tone of McCain/Palin

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

In the last few days, both Obama and Biden have accused the McCain/Palin campaign of dishonesty and nastiness in its attacks and ads. Many of their fellow Democrats feel similarly about the tone McCain and Palin have adopted. Jay Smooth is a hip-hop vlogger and ballotvoxregular who "leans left." You'll find ...

Bristol Palin’s Pregnancy

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Bristol Palin with family at VP announcement in Dayton [er3465 / Flickr] Elle is a Texas-based group blogger who thinks it's no one's "business" that 17-year-old Bristol Palin is five months pregnant. Elle was a pregnant teen herself, once. But she does take aim at the coverage of Bristol's pregnancy. Elle "can't ...

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 ...

Hillary Clinton’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[talkradionews / Flickr] The general consensus seems to be that Hillary Clinton delivered party unity in her convention speech. Here's some blogjuice about other aspects of the speech. Kyle E. Moore is "vehemently partisan, proudly democratic, and unapologetically liberal," and he felt Clinton met every "astronomical" expectation -- she stared down the ...

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 ...

Obama and Biden in Springfield

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

These two photographs show Obama and Biden onstage at their VP-announcement rally. Race has obviously been in the subtext and the overt conversation about Campaign 08, so what I like about this juxtaposition is the white hand waving at Barack and the black hand giving Joe a victory sign. The ...