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 ...

Why Obama Tapped Sanjay Gupta

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 9th, 2009

Celebrity and transition-team gossip overlapped this week. Obama, it appears, offered the Surgeon General post to media-savvy neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta. There seems to be some dissent within the public-health community over this pick, and some commentators (like Paul Krugman) are disappointed. But if in fact it's true that Obama wants ...

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 ...

Obama’s Science Picks

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A Message for Obama [ideonexus / Flickr] Before the holidays, Obama picked his science and science-related team. The nominees include Tom Vilsack for Agriculture, Steven Chu for Energy, Ken Salazar for Interior, Jane Lubchenco for NOAA, and Lisa Jackson for EPA. Also John Holdren, Harold Varmus, Eric Lander, and Carol Browner as ...

Obama Visits Marines on Christmas

Posted by Katherine | Monday, December 29th, 2008

[mtfrazier / Flickr] There's actually a blog dedicated to the Obama-and-food niche. It's called Obama Foodorama: A Daily Diary of The Obama Foodscape, One Byte At A Time. So when Obama visited the mess hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Christmas dinner, Obama Foodorama "parsed" the significance and tried to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Arne Duncan: Secretary of Education

Posted by Katherine | Friday, December 19th, 2008

Building up education [kokeshi / Flickr] Obama announced this week that he'd picked Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education. The battle over education policy seems to be fought between two main camps: accountability/achievement and unions/funding. The president-elect apparently kept a toe in each one during the campaign, and conventional wisdom says ...

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 ...

Message for Obama: Specific Requests

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 11th, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] Some of the Message for Obama pictures get really really specific: Please visit Gaza. Forget about the puppy talk, get a chicken for the White House! Please don't take my "assault weapon." Please do support science. Never stop podcasting. And, of ...

Democracy in Action

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Thirteen-year-old Page Traeger is a student in San Jose who likes William Steig, going to the beach, and Led Zeppelin. She also confesses an addiction to photography; she takes her camera everywhere and says, "It it like my child." This picture marks her reaction to November 4th. And yes, ...

Obama’s Public-Works Plan

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

[woodleywonderworks / Flickr] Over the weekend, Obama outlined his vision for a large, job-boosting investment in public infrastructure. Andrew Samwick is a Dartmouth economics prof who studies retirement and was chief economist of the President's Council of Economic Advisors in 2003-2004. He likes Obama's plan even though he doesn't see job creation ...

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 ...

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 ...

Obama’s National Security Team

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

[scriptingnews / Flickr] On Monday, Obama introduced his national security nominees. These include a Republican (Robert Gates) and a retired Marine general (James Jones) whose politics are opaque -- as well as Democrats like Susan Rice and Eric Holder. The early reactions from the blogosphere were largely positive, even from some ...

Belt Tightening

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 29th, 2008

On the economy front, this week brought the Citigroup bailout and the addition of Paul Volker and Austan Goolsbee to Obama's new Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Meanwhile, across America, people and businesses are cinching their belts. Adrian Lai in NYC spotted this "Recession Sale" on the streets of the Big Apple: [thedrun ...

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 ...

Message for Obama: Not So Happy

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] It's not all a love-in in Message-for-Obama-land. Some people are telling Barack they didn't vote for him and are downright scared. JamieFace claims her "only passion" is photography, but she seemed pretty enthusiastic about John McCain, too. She doesn't like Obama, ...