I’m beginning to think that my theme of the year will be transition.
I’d have to say that it started with President Obama. Eight years that have marked some of the worst years in American politics came to an end with the transition from George W. Bush to Barack Hussein Obama as President of the United States. I had worked a bit on the campaign and contributed as much time and money as I could manage — having been an Obama supporter from the very beginning, it meant a lot to me to see his transition into the White House, as I’m sure it did for many Americans.
It still amazes me that we have a man like Obama in the White House. It’s absolutely incredible.
However, more personally, I’m transitioning into a more independent life. I am working on building the means to becoming completely financially independent, and I’m transitioning out of school and into the so-called working world. I know it’s a tough time right now to get into the ‘working world’, but it’s time for me to make that jump. I’m hoping that, by August, I will be living on my own, paying everything on my own, and working in a job that can support me. I’m trying to be optimistic, but I’m not really getting my hopes up — it’s a horrible economy out there, and I’m not necessarily in a field that will allow a solid job.
This guy knows his game. I’m definitely with him on the healthcare issue; I’ve been looking at Hillary’s plan, and although it looks like a good deal on the surface, it really looks like it’ll feed the insurance companies and let them push costs higher if they wish. Props to the guy in this video, whose name is Derrick Ashong.
Whatever the interviewer was trying to accomplish, I’m rather certain it wasn’t in good nature. But Derrick held his own and did a damn good job of it.
When I first heard this phrase, I was sitting at the desk in the UMC and the awesome New Era Colorado kids were arranging their materials in the glass display case across the hallway. “That’s foul,” a passerby said, laughing heartily. “But it’s still funny.”
I have been psyched about the caucuses since long before December 5. As a longtime Barack Obama follower, my position in support of Obama has only solidified in past months; Senator Clinton, bless her heart, has just not been able to win over my vote. Part of this is the fact that she could possibly continue the line of Clintons and Bushes to be in the White House during my entire lifetime. I just can’t stomach the thought.
However, tonight promised to give Hillary a run for her money. I headed up from Boulder this afternoon, Barack posters and voting rights information in tow, sitting in some grand traffic while blasting will.i.am’s “Yes We Can.”
Ah, delightful Diagonal driving.
Earlier this week, I was made a precinct co-captain for the Obama campaign and worked with a very nice older man in my precinct who was excited to have me on board.
It was a pleasant environment as soon as I arrived at my caucus location, which happened to be my old high school. I began handing out stickers and voters’ rights sheets right away. The voters’ rights sheets were gone within moments, and the stickers were very close to finished by the time we gathered by precinct in the cafeteria. A whopping 65 people turned out from my precinct, and roughly half a dozen precincts gathered at my location. I later heard that only twice that amount showed up at another location, with roughly the same amount of precincts assigned to the location. I am still not disappointed with my county’s turnout.
CU-Boulder attracted a little celebrity today.
After a brief caucus training with the Boulder for Obama staffers at the UMC Ballroom on the CU campus, we were treated to a short speech and a Q&A with Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Phone Booth, The Crying Game). Not being the type to ask for autographs, I simply thanked him for visiting and shook his hand (it was still very awesome!). I also managed to snap a shot with my Crackberry while he spoke.
Darin McGregor, a photographer I remember from the Greeley Tribune,was at the event, now shooting for the Rocky Mountain News. (The information is a bit dated, obviously, but you can see some of his work in that link.) My friend and former classmate Trevor, now working for MTV, was also at the event. I think I knew more journalists in the room than I did students (and probably more Obama staffers at that), but I enjoyed it quite a bit and it was really neat to see Mr. Whitaker up close and hear his argument for Obama. Hopefully Darin shot some good photos that I might also be in, so I guess I’ll have to bug him about his results.
As I was watching the coverage of Hillary Clinton’s three-percentage-point victory over Barack Obama in today’s New Hampshire primary, I have to admit that I was not terribly impressed by the media’s insistence upon this being such a huge victory. In fact, some anchors, pundits and other politicos were ready to declare this one of the biggest upsets in history.
Although polling seemed to indicate that Obama would win by a rather notable margin, Hillary took a three-point victory over the Illinois senator as around 50% of the precincts had reported. Why I keep repeating this three-percentage-point difference should be rather clear; however, television media were incredibly excited to overlook this point and declare Hillary’s win as if it were some kind of slaughter. This was by far no huge victory for the admirable yet over-politicized, mechanized New York senator.
I’ve got to run a little disclaimer before I continue: it’s not that I hate Hillary. I was on the Hillary boat between the time she began indicating her candidacy for the Oval Office and more than weeks after Obama declared his candidacy. I believed that Obama’s limited experience in politics was a huge disadvantage and that Hillary was primed and ready for the presidency. I no longer view the experience issue in this manner, and I now truly believe that Obama’s fresh face is rather preferable compared to Hillary’s over-saturation in politics. As a fellow blogger pointed out to me through Twitter: shouldn’t we be concerned that two families will have run this country for the entire lifetime of a young generation?