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 -- ...

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 ...

Racism is a Factor

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

[Steve Rhodes / Flickr] We've posted several times about the racism Obama faces in his campaign. (Here, here, and here.) This story, found by Sue Salinger, is the rawest example so far. Frank lives in Tuscon, Arizona, and he's a "blue collar-type fella." His interests range from lifting heavy stuff to ...

Self-Portrait: A “Bitter” American

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Kurt Womack from Prescott, AZ, describes himself as a "proud 'typical white person' NRA member and talk radio listener." He was not happy about Obama's remark about bitter small towners clinging to religion and guns. This self-portrait (found by James Mills) is his response: [89AKurt / Flickr] In describing the photo, he ...

Small-Town Bitterness

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Billionaires' Row in CA: where it all went down [zombietime] Barack Obama's remarks in CA about small-town bitterness are in their umpteenth news cycle. It's hard to know how they'll affect next Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary. One recent poll shows Obama plummeting in PA; another shows him holding steady nationally. The blogosphere, of course, ...