Underneath the Bleachers

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

You've met Phil before. A bunch of times: here, here, here, here, here, and here. He lives just outside DC and over the last few weeks walked the city, documenting inaugural preparations as well as the ceremony itself. He created one of the most remarkable inauguration photo collections out there ...

Inauguration Memorabilia

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

You've seen the t-shirts and hats and buttons. But the inaugural memorabilia went waaaaay beyond that. Blogger/site producer Karon Flage from Arlington, Virginia, (featured also here) spotted Obama water in tidy rows at the inauguration concert: [Karon Flage / Flickr] Phil, fellow Arlington resident and ballotvoxregular extraordinare, (check him out here, here, here, ...

Behind the Scenes at the Inauguration

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Imagine the inauguration logistics. The signs and chairs and bleachers and other construction that had to go up. The seat heaters and lights that had to go in. The careful rehearsals. Here are a few scenes from the underbelly. Hugh Grew, a TV producer from Oakland, California, worked on the inaugural ...

The Inaugural Parade

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Barry S says he might be the guy you see wandering around DC with "a camera the size of a Mini Cooper and lens that looks like a brass canon." That equipment could explain how he got this great shot of the inaugural parade. The men appear to be a ...

Inauguration Emotion

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Sylvie, a Los Angeles pharmacist (or maybe homecook, or maybe both), was on the Mall for the inaugural ceremony. She filmed Obama's swearing-in and then a 360-degree view of the crazy mad flag waving, cheering, and chanting that ensued. My favorite moment: the chuckles during the bumpy oath. ...

Two Girls at “We Are One”

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

These two girls stood out in the images from yesterday's concert on the Mall. In his Flickr mugshot, ae! from Arlington (presumably Virginia) gives himself a blindfold, yet clearly he has a sharp eye: [ae! / Flickr] Mike Lynch, also from Arlington (definitely Virginia), works in radio marketing and production. His lens caught ...

The Crowd at the Inauguration Concert

Posted by Katherine | Monday, January 19th, 2009

Some 400,000+ people squeezed onto the Mall for yesterday's inauguration-kick-off concert. They stretched close to a mile from the base of the Washington Monument all the way to the president-elect's VIP box at the Lincoln Memorial. By this morning, those many people had put up roughly a gazillion photos of ...

Message for Obama: Michelle is Cool

Posted by Katherine | Monday, January 5th, 2009

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] On Saturday, Michelle Obama flew early to DC with Malia and Sasha so that the girls could get ready for their first day at Sidwell Friends School; Barack followed yesterday on a presidential Air Force plane. In his election-night speech, Obama ...

Rallying for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

And now a companion series of pictures from recent Obama/Biden rallies. Also a fun fact for the day: When I typed "mccain rally" into Flickr earlier this afternoon, 6,357 photos surfaced. For "obama rally," 53,353 popped up. This obviously doesn't reflect the respective popularity of the two candidates, but maybe it ...

Rallying for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

An assortment of pictures from recent McCain/Palin rallies. Linnette Vasquez would like to live in Disney World. At the moment, though, she resides in Miami, where she attended a McCain rally last Friday and spotted this shy supporter: [linnette alissa. / Flickr] The same day, togross saw McCain holding up a "Joe the ...

Joe Lieberman’s GOP Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Speaking at the convention [Tom LeGro, NewsHour / Flickr] Some reactions to Joe Lieberman's speech last night at the GOP convention in St. Paul: Crystal Clear Conservative is a "Libertarian-leaning Republican" Yankees fan who writes mainly about Virginia and national politics. S/he thinks Liberman gave a "great speech" overall: Lieberman was a breath ...

Ted Kennedy’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[rklau / Flickr] Lots of emotion out there surrounding Kennedy's determination to speak at the convention despite his illness. Carrie from Reston, Virginia, was also moved by his commitment to service that was highlighted in the tribute video: One of the parts that hit me from this video was the statement that ...

VP Predictions

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

DrBombay1559 from the US Virgin Islands wants to start a political blog, and this video is a test run. Don't let the blurry scratchy quality deter you -- his commentary/prediction about VP candidates is interesting. (Hat tip to James Mills.) And just in time, too, because it looks like ...

Don’t “Vote Stupid”

Posted by Katherine | Monday, August 11th, 2008

McCain's dubious new attack mode seems a good intro to several pieces lamenting false rumors and negative campaigning. Two Chicago comedian bloggers -- John T. Kramer and Aaron Sjoholm -- have created a small video series called "Don't Vote Stupid!" Their aim: disuading people from "voting on stupid stuff (like how ...

The Republican Youth Vote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Many young Republicans appear concerned that their ranks are thinning. Not so Ian Gallagher, UVA student and intern at the university's Center for Politics. He rallied support for McCain during the Virgina primary, and he's not giving up on his generation. He thinks Republican values and votes are there among ...

GOP VP Buzz

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Romney on a cookie [David Reeves / Flickr] There's lots of chatter that McCain might announce a VP pick this week. Whether or not that's likely, the vice presidential betting steamed up recently, centering on Mitt Romney or Bobby Jindal. Jindal backers will be sad to know that he just announced ...

McCain, Iran, Cigarettes

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Cigarette seller in Tehran [kamshots / Flickr] The US currently exports over ten times more to Iran than at the start of the Bush administration. At the top of the pile: cigarettes. Somewhat suprising, no? John McCain seemed to think so last week when he responded by saying, "Maybe that's a ...

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 ...

Litter (aka Carbon) Offsets

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this one. It's a sendup of carbon offsets -- the idea that you can neutralize your CO2 footprint by purchasing an equivalent amount of renewable energy, reforestation, etc. Offsets are controversial, and they figure somewhat differently in the McCain and Obama climate plans. The video stars Remy ...

Candidate Cutouts

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Eighteen-year-old Heather from Alexandria, Virginia, just graduated from 12th grade home schooling. She isn't sure yet what her occupation will be, but she knows she likes John McCain (also her church, Starbucks coffee, and reading). On a post-primaries jaunt into DC, she spotted this cutout. (Thanks, Ann Raber). [Rag Muffin ...