Posts Tagged ‘barack obama’

23rd January
2009
written by Tony
Obama's campaign website

Obama's campaign website

The new White House website

The new White House website

I discovered today that there is a new whitehouse.gov, so I decided to check it out. You can see the screen shots above (click on the right side of the  expanded image to go to the next and the left to go to the previous to make a quick comparison between the two).  I have to say I am very pleasantly surprised by the continued outpouring of good design from Obama. As you recall, I was very impressed by Obama's first site and certainly like to attribute the use of best practices, design-wise, to some of (actually a lot of) his success. As I browsed through the new White House site several things struck me. (more…)
20th January
2009
written by Steph
Yes you can (watch history happen)!

Yes you can (watch history happen)!

Remember back on November 4th, when there was that historic election in which Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States?  Well, that decision is finally paying its dividends today, as he gets sworn in at 11:30 am EST on Capitol Hill (where America happens, and which Tony and I saw the inchoate beginnings of the inauguration stage and hoo ha, all the way back in November).  Everyone knows that Tuesday is a slack day, so even if you aren't out in Washington, D.C., (and who could blame you when a single night in a hotel in the area is setting people back my month's rent (and that's just for the cheap seats)!), you can still watch the festivities online; I'll be tuning in to CNN's coverage.  I suppose that every day, history happens, it's just that some parts of history will be better remembered than others, and I promise you this will be one of them.  I mean, come on!  He's gonna get sworn in using the same bible the Abraham Lincoln used... No one's ever done that before!  That's what all this hubub is about, right? And if you are in D.C., let Obamania reign supreme!  Head over to Asia Nine, won't you, and have the Lame Duck sushi roll in honor of Dubya.  Apparently George W has never been so sweet... or spicy!  Personally, all the way out here in Nashville, I think I'm gonna celebrate with an Inauguration Partini (recipe below)... has American politics ever tasted so sweet?

Inaugural Partini

1 part Grey Goose Le Citron flavored vodka

Sweet taste of liberty!  Hope it doesn't taste like pennies...

Sweet taste of liberty! Hope it doesn't taste like pennies...

½ part Mandarin Napoleon ½ part honey ¾ part hot water ½ part lemon ½ part orange juice Pinch of star anise powder 1 star anise

In a cocktail shaker, place the honey and hot water; stir to dissolve. Add Le Citron, Mandarin Napoleon, lemon juice, orange juice and star anise powder. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with star anise and relish with pride.

5th November
2008
written by Steph
News flash: Obama won! Tony & I stayed up watching various news feeds on the internet, switching between MSNBC, PBS, and yes, even, occasionally FOX (who seemed to be calling states in favor of each candidate well before all the other networks did). I don’t know when exactly it became obvious to us that Barack had it in the bag, but it was pretty fantastic when the west coast polls closed and all of a sudden his tallies skyrocketed well past the magic 270 and the screen flashed that Barack Obama would be the next president. Of course, then we had to wait for another hour so that we could hear his speech, because we all know the man knows how to give a speech. And speaking of speeches, I thought McCain gave a good concession speech, and only wish it had connected with his target audience more than it clearly did with those squarely in the Obama camp. I don’t believe that his speech makes up for the campaign that he ran, which was fractured at best, and well, far worse than that if I’m not being so charitable. I do not believe that McCain is a bad man, but I do think he ran an atrocious campaign, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say his atrocious campaign ran him. I think it was a regrettable way to essentially conclude his political service to his country, as I can’t see his remaining time in the Senate as anything more than a quiet denouement. But hopefully the ideological threads that were woven throughout both McCain’s and Obama’s speeches will ring true, and the first step towards a united America has been taken. I must admit that I do take some issue with the idea that the victory here is that people wanted a black president to show how much America has grown. If we take the stance that the election of Obama shows America saying “No!” to racism, does that mean then that a failure to elect him would have been evidence that Americans felt they were not ready for a black leader? I think we all lose with that type of reasoning. I would find it far more satisfying to hear people say that they voted irrespective of skin color, and that they chose the best person for the job (and just to be clear, I am sure that most people surely did this). Affirmative action has its place, but I do not believe that a presidential race is one of them. Do we celebrate that the black man’s time has come, or that the best man’s time has come? I respect that it can be both, as the two are certainly not mutually exclusive, but let us hope that America can reach a place where superficial qualities are not used to define a man, a nation, and a moment. I believe that Obama has a kind of political verve and acumen that few people possess. I am confident that his accomplishments will be many and great, and when he is remembered in the annals of American history, the color of his skin will merely be a footnote. I believe Obama restores faith in America to her citizens proper as well as the denizens of the world; he provides a new face to the country, one that instills respect and dignity. He reminds all of us, regardless of nationality, that America united really does have the capacity to rise to greatness, that the human spirit when inspired can soar to incredible heights. And so I say: congratulations to Americans everywhere. You didn’t just do good; no, you’ve done something truly great.
4th November
2008
written by Steph
I am completely riveted by the 2008 Election, which if you haven’t heard already, is an election of historic proportions, since either a really old dude (the oldest first-term Commander in Chief ever!) or a black man (the darkest Commander in Chief ever!) will be named the 44th president of the United States. In the past I have been somewhat disdainful of U.S. politics, the Canadian in me recoiling from the smear tactics and aggressive campaigning (we’re so gosh darn polite in Canada), not to mention the fervent religious undercurrent that frequently becomes an overtone. In those respects, this election has had its fair share of alienating this non-voter, but I’ve also seen a lot to admire and respect as well. It has been inspiring to see just how deeply people (on both sides of the ticket) care about their country and its future. I marvel at stories of people volunteering to drive strangers to the polls, just so that everyone gets the opportunity to exercise his or her vote. When Tony & I went out for dinner on Saturday night, our dining companions wore matching Obama swag, and toted along a purse covered in "Yes We Can" pins. [Aside: I have never seen a Steven Harper (American readers: who?) t-shirt, or even a Jack Layton (American readers: huh?) button for that matter (no one wonders why there's no Stéphane Dion (American AND Canadian readers: ???) merch). This might be because as Canadians we only indirectly vote for our national leader, but I would like to attribute it, at least in part, to the lack of catchy slogans.] Granted, if you live in Tennessee as I do, a vote for change will likely not change anything as this state is a burning crimson red, but still! [Another Aside: For the record, while I fully admit that the Canadian election system is not perfect, I really don’t get the Electoral College system… don’t try to explain it to me... it just seems dumb. Why not just have every person’s individual vote count? Tony keeps trying to explain how you win the popular vote but lose at the Electoral College level (this happened to Gore…), which I sort of understand, but doesn’t this outcome seem like a huge flaw in the system if the MAJORITY voice is being sidestepped? Just do away with the Electoral College already, I say!] I hope Obama wins this. He has been slammed for his rhetoric (amongst other things, of course), but he is a great orator, and I applaud his use of inspiration and hope as a means of motivation rather than hatred and fear. When people are weary and apathetic, hope is perhaps the most difficult thing to offer, and yet it is the most vital. I think Obama has the potential to be a great leader, not because he has the wherewithal and the intelligence to deliver the tangible goods the country needs, but because of all of the intangibles he offers. If you have not watched the “Yes We Can” video put together by will.i.am, do yourself a favor and do so, and you will see what I am talking about. Today, not just America, but the entire world, waits with bated breath. Talk about uniting people.