Friday, November 7, 2008

Gone fishin'

This blog is now officially closed to new posts...but not to comments! Please leave comments here, or anywhere else on the blog.

It's been an honor, and an education, to have been a citizen blogger throughout this campaign. I will continue to stay involved with my government, and I hope you will as well.

I hope to be at the inaugural, singing my heart out in a glee club of 500 long-time Obama supporters. Hopefully it will come to pass!

THANK YOU, everyone!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

So proud and grateful... have been even a small part of the NH Obama volunteer force. I haven't worked huge amounts lately (I just started a new small business) but I've been working on and off for over a year, particularly leading up to the NH primary. During that time, I've been so honored to work with and learn from so many extraordinary Americans:

The 17 year olds who won't be quite old enough to vote (or who voted in the general, but weren't yet 18 in time for the primary) --- but who worked harder than just about anyone (thank you, Theo and Co.)...

The previously disheartened JFK voters who came back to active politics for the first time in 40 years (thank you, Mickey)...

The 2000 Bush voter, a down-the-middle independent, who came around slowly but surely, eventually won over by Barack's reason and calm integrity --- enough to rally a bunch of his Massachusetts co-workers to come to Nashua and work on visibility, send in a few donations, and even plant a yard sign out by our mailbox. I'm so proud of my husband (thank you, Rob [pictured, left, doing election day visibility in Nashua, NH])...

The inner-city Massachusetts public school teacher who came north to NH to canvass and who made more calls, more patiently and effectively, than I'd previously thought possible (thank you, Michelle).

The Web 2.0 Warriors who showed me how to help them fight smears, unbalanced media coverage, and downright misinformation at every turn (thank you, Obama Rapid Response Group and related folks!)

The local HQ staffers who handled so much, so well, and whose big-picture focus, energy, flexibility, and sense of humor never flagged (thank you, Matthew, Gerad, and Richard).

To the folks in Lowell, Groton, and Greenfield, MA, as well as Peterborough, Nashua, Hollis, and Merrimack, NH, who chanted "OBAMA '08...BE A PART OF SOMETHING GREAT" with me at town transfer stations, on city street corners, and at snow-covered rural intersections last winter (sometimes in 10-degree temperatures at 7 am while holding signs with hands wrapped in three layers of gloves)...or who so generously opened their lovely homes for debate-watch parties (too many to name...): thank you.

To my old friends and new Obama cronies all over New England and much farther afield, from Peterborough to Paris, who've cheered me on when I was feeling low and sent me great information to share with others (far too many to name): thank you.

It's been the experience of a lifetime. Win or lose, my faith in American politics is back --- a pretty tall order for someone who first came to political awareness during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 and who worked for Dukakis, Bradley, and Dean, who never made it this far.

Thank you, Barack.


The website of the President-Elect!

The final week of the two minutes

from Slate V...

One final silly online poll!

What breed should the Obamas' new puppy be?

VOTE FOR THE MUTT!!! Rescuing dogs from the pound is the greatest!

Following Obama...

Photographer Callie Shell travelled with Obama for years, taking some of the most iconic pictures of him of anyone. Here is a collection of these photos...from the splash page, navigate from the menu on the right-hand side.

Photographer Steve Simon was on hand in Harlem during election night. Here is his work.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


11 pm EST:

NPR calls it for Obama.

This. Is. History.

The Global Electoral College

As the results are coming in, it seems that American values may be coming into better alignment with global values...

Make it count!

Got five minutes? PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO and be armed with good information to protect your vote and others', too!

Any questions about (or problems with) voting? Call 1-877-US-4-OBAMA (877-874-6226).

Spread the word...

Monday, November 3, 2008

In The Air Tonight...

Contemporary a capella group Naturally 7 sums up much of the national mood tonight:

A closing 30-second ad from the campaign:

And a video of Barack, paying tribute to his grandmother Madelyn earlier today in Charlotte, NC (she passed on early in the day on Monday, November 3):

Tweet the Vote

Use Twitter? Let us know how your vote went tomorrow.

Here's an article form about this new Twitter feature.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Bring it home!

12:01 EST, 11/3/08

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Look at NV, OH, PA and FL here on's most recent map!


Friday, October 31, 2008


The Final Four Days...

One final task...

You know all about phone-banking and canvassing and visibility and hosting out-of-state volunteers. Hopefully you're doing, and have done, as many of these wonderful things as you can.

But here's something that needs to be done, yet is probably a little too warm-and-fuzzy for Obama's website to come right out and ask for:

If you're not one of the troops during these final four days...then FEED 'EM.

They're working very hard, it's getting cold out there throughout much of the country, and there's only so much pizza you can eat in a weekend. Besides, many canvassers and other volunteers are cash-strapped college students, some of whom come from out of state and spent their limited funds to get here.

Please make up a crock of chili or stew and put it in a Tupperware container (that you're not terribly attached to. You can put your name on it and try to get it back, but don't bank on it). Add a batch of brownies or a bag of apples. Pack up some paper plates or bowls, some napkins, and picnic flatware too, if you can.

Take the homemade nosh over to your nearest Obama HQ, the faces light up!!!

John McCain: The Musical

The Closer

A little confused...

CNN Quick vote

Do you agree with Obama's policies as laid out in the 30-minute ad this week?

Scroll down, on the right.

Maybe I was the only one...

...who missed this when it originally aired. But here it is again: the 30-minute infomercial!

Olbermann on Palin

Helmets must be worn...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Colbert: it's Obama!

Inspiration... keep your energy up for these final days of work! Here's a shot from the DNC convention in Denver a few months ago:

Many, many more similarly wonderful photos can be found here on Daily Kos.

McCain/Palin, Dr. Seuss style