The Wonder Years: Obama’s Presidency

By Nikasi Doorn On January 20 of 2009, we witnessed something amazing. You couldn’t drive past a street corner without seeing blue signs proudly promoting the Obama/Biden campaign. The cry of “YES WE CAN!” was on everybo...

Memories of October 2008

 By Lisa Coffman Back in October 2008, I walked into the Obama for America office near Lafayette Square in Indianapolis looking to volunteer. I was definitely late to the Obama party, supporting Hillary Clinton in the In...

Is Domestic Violence a Bipartisan Issue?

By Christopher Hall I’ve found comfort during several political seasons in remembering that as a society, we tend to be against domestic violence. We’ve reached a point in history where there are several diff...

Farewell, Mr. Obama

By Marta Wróbel Through the wire, to the limit, to the wall. I gladly took off all of my “cool” and expressed my excitement when I saw your speech in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, MA. Back &hellip...

Hangover IV: The Inauguration

By Allen Callaci The head spins. The mind rattles. The body aches as the daylight strikes like the tail of a Spitting Thicktail Black Scorpion. Your pores emit a steady stream of Little Caesars and Green Apple Vodka. You...

A Letter to Myself, the Night Before the Election

By Mandisa Tutt  I’m not quite sure how to start this, but that statement itself probably tells you the news isn’t good. No one has ever started a relationship conversation that didn’t end in a break-up...

A Farewell to President Obama

By Jessica Plair Sirmans Voting for Obama in 2008 was surprisingly easy in my then home of Houston, TX. No long lines, just in and out. Casting that vote was for me, as for so many Americans of every ethnicity … <...

How Obama the Candidate Became Obama, My President

By Charles K. Poole I’m tough on politicians. That’s because I’ve worked in politics and for politicians, so my perspective about what makes them tick is defined by having seen and heard too much while dealing with their...

Thank You, Mr. President: An Ambivalent Retrospective

By Mark Naison I campaigned hard for President Obama in 2008, cried tears of joy when he was elected, and yet found myself in almost immediate opposition to many of his policies–not all of which could be blamed on ...