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

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 -- ...

Obama’s Senate Seat

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

[Leo Reynolds / Flickr] You're familiar with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, yes? And the corruption charges resulting from the way he tried to fill Obama's Senate seat? And the ensuing hoopla surrounding his Senate appointee, Roland Burris? Good. So a new Gallup poll says 51% of Americans favor blocking Burris from the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Veterans Day

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Madison Guy (who may be probutcool -- hard to tell) is an editor, writer, and photographer in Madison, Wisconsin. Yesterday, on Veterans Day, he took the long way to work. Via a memorial to those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. "[T]he markers seemed to go on forever," he said, "stretching ...

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. ...

Rogue Voting Machines

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Some voters have been expressing skepticism that their ballots will be counted or that voting machines work correctly. In West Virginia, for example, three early voters reported that touch-screen machines switched their votes from Democrats to Republicans. Raymond Gilford from Austin, Texas, likes being outside, at church, and in hole-in-the-wall restaurants. ...

Halloween Election Humor

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

The pumpkins are impressive. But now a little Halloween irreverence. Steven Martin is a "fortysomething" Fort Worth resident (via Chicago and Florida). He saw this Texas yard art several weeks ago and editorialized: A McCain-Palin sign by a scary ghost and smaller ghosts taking flight above the sign. The homeowner should realize ...

They Voted Early

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 27th, 2008

Christine Hennessey is a New Yorker transplanted to Nacogdoches in East Texas, where she's a librarian and "aspiring author." Last week, she voted for Obama during a lunchbreak (thanks, Sue Salinger): [madame.furie / Flickr] RCKM ©®™, a "down to earth" photographer, likes "to see people share their lives" on Flickr. Here's a ...

Vice Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, October 5th, 2008

[Bright_Star / Flickr] If you weren't among the 70 million or so who watched the blockbuster VP debate live (not counting those who streamed it), you can see or read it here. By all accounts the night was primarily a referendum on Sarah Palin, so these comments focus largely on her: The ...

Media and Gas Shortages After Gustav and Ike

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 26th, 2008

Refinery problems due to hurricanes Gustav and Ike caused significant gas shortages across the southeast earlier this week. AMPinto0123 recorded the gas line at a Costco in Nashville -- the only station of eight in the vicinity that had any fuel for sale. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) Houtopia of ...

Thinking About Iraq

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Home [Jayel Aheram / Flickr] The economy, Sarah Palin, and, well, the economy have largely replaced Iraq in campaign-related headlines. For many voters, the war may resurface during the first presidential debate (in theory happening on Friday), which will focus on foreign-policy issues. For veterans, the war never went away. Alex ...

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 ...

Leaping for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Monday, August 11th, 2008

On the Leap Day of this Leap Year, Paul McRae, well, leapt. For Obama. Outside the "Hope" mural (inspired by Shepard Fairey's poster) on the wall of the Obama headquarters in Houston, Texas. (Thanks, Ann Raber.) [Delta Niner / Flickr] Click here to see Paul reclining after the leaping.

Miles Apart on Immigration

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 17th, 2008

On the Texas-Mexico border [Broken Piggy Bank / Flickr] Nationally, immigration takes a backseat to a bunch of other issues in this election, but in border states that may not be the case. Here are two bloggers with Texas roots who feel passionately about it. Their perspectives couldn't be much farther ...

Webb Out, Edwards Maybe In

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

[-John-- / Flickr] The Democratic VP territory shifted this week. On Monday, Jim Webb declared he didn't want to be Obama's running mate. The next day, John Edwards changed his tune and said he'd consider a VP slot if asked. Kevin O'Meara, Army officer turned business executive, must be very disappointed that ...

Bake Sale for Barack

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The very day that Moveon.org expressed some alarm at Obama's support of the FISA bill, it also persevered with a "Hungry for Change" Obama bake sale. Cookies were made and sold across the country, from New York City to Missoula, Montana. (Thanks, Sue Salinger and Ann Raber.) In Austin, Texas, Cara ...

Obama and the Nomination

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Last night Obama secured enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination and Clinton didn't concede. It's not remotely possible to sum up the loud online talk, so here are just a few interesting reactions. Designer-doodler Chris Piascik in Cambridge, MA, went straight to his moleskine notebook to do one of his ...