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  •  Okay folks, these photo essays were cute during (2+ / 0-)
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    the campaign. They made sense, which is to soften the image of the candidate and help him getting elected.

    However, now, these photo essays are creeping me out a bit. Candidate Obama is President-elect Obama and pretty soon president Obama. And as such, these pictures and kind of diaries are borderline cultist.

    Don't give a damn a/t each & every politician currently alive in the US. Last time i voted for the top part of the ballot was 1972. Never missed SB election

    by Mutual Assured Destruction on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 12:46:35 PM PST

    •  Well - these came from his Campaign's Flickr (18+ / 0-)

      account... and are not marked as private, obviously. When they quit posting, we will quit looking.

    •  What's cultist about seeing history being made? (25+ / 0-)

      I'm sorry, but I disagree. This was a historic election, and it's fascinating to see these photos. We don't have Life Magazine anymore, but they are the kind of thing that would have ended up in their anthology of the most significant photos in American history.

    •  These photos (25+ / 0-)

      are a part of history. Think about Caroline and John Kennedy Jr. dancing in the oval office, John, Jr. hiding beneath his father's desk.

      Those pictures are priceless for what they show about president Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy wanted to protect the kids from the public and John wanted to
      show the children off a bit. As a kind of compromise, it all worked out fine.

      I recall how many times I have pored over photos of
      Lincoln, taking in every detail of that incredible face. I only wish we had more of his children with him. There are a few and they are priceless.

      People want to know as much as they can about their leaders. There is nothing cultish about it.

      Be a hope monger.

      by kpardue on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 01:34:40 PM PST

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    •  I couldn't disagree with you more (14+ / 0-)

      There are some of us still in a bit of shock - we did it.  Maybe it's just us old war horses who have known very different outcomes time and time again. Not only did we take back the WH, but we took it back with a man we firmly believe will be a leader not a unitary executive.

      Hope is a precious commodity.  We've not had a lot of it these past 8 years, and we've had the politics of personality and meaness since the first days of the Reagan administration.

      There is a new civility in the air, a new hope, a new courage to believe in a better day, and  Barack and Michelle Obama, and their young daughters are a fitting, and eloquent, image for it.

      I, for one, love every single one of the pics folks have been sharing.  It is a new day in America - let's use techology to share it with each other.

      If you're tired of these diaries don't read them.  But, if you insist on reading them, don't try to belittle the interest others in the community have in them.


    •  They've done this for every President for as (4+ / 0-)
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      long as I can remember.  The nightmare pics were the Bush family in 2000.  
       So this is not at all unusual. And we can rejoice with this winner's behind the scenes photos.

    •  obviously not interested in photojournalism (2+ / 0-)
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      Nobody's suggesting you print these for your bedroom wall.

      At least, i don't think anyone has.

      "They're telling us something we don't understand"
      General Charles de Gaulle, Mai '68

      by subtropolis on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 05:37:43 PM PST

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    •  It's time for a shift of roles (1+ / 0-)
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      from being supporters of Obama to being independent, objective, thinking citizens prepared to challenge him, if we must, in his new role. And we will criticize some of his decisions. His role has changed, and so have ours, in an instant.

      Expectations are very high, and the emotional attachment is great. For the very idealistic, disappointment is inevitably at hand.

      We will learn the necessity of boundaries, and will find strength within ourselves much like what we see in Barack and Michelle Obama.

      •  nope (0+ / 0-)

        We will switch to being critical if and when we don't agree with his policies, which is inevitable at least some of the time with any politician.  I have no doubt we won't always agree with him and no doubt that we will be here writing about it when that happens and strategizing how to put the pressure on.  This is not a docile group here.  Remember, during the FISA law vote (the telecomm immunity thing), people at set up a petition ON HIS OWN WEBSITE to pressure him to vote against it.

        But for god's sake, the man hasn't even been sworn in yet.  We can enjoy this transition time.  We all deserve it.  There's time to just enjoy - every photo, every interview, every press conference.

        When Clinton was sworn in after I'd volunteered for his campaign, my emotional attachment was very high and I was very idealistic.  Yes, disappointment DID happen with Bill Clinton, but I survived and I wouldn't change a THING as far as my passionate support.  All in all, the passion and the letdown were STILL a million times better than the last eight years.

        As for strength, um, we ALREADY proved our own strength.  It's how WE got the relatively unknown Obama past the Clinton machine, the Republican attack machine, and into the people's house on Pennsylvania Avenue.  We KNOW that was our strength, that we did that, and that has much to do with where the emotion is coming from...I don't know how hard you worked on the campaign, but I worked hard.  During the primaries, I knocked on doors in parts of New Orleans where half the homes were still wrecked inside and no one was home.  Then I drove over for the Mississippi primary and walked many miles there too, knocking on doors.  And last week I spent canvassing in Florida.  My hotel room bill came to $400, which I can't afford, $400 which represents almost half of my husband's military disability money for November.  I'll be carefully budgeting around that hole for many weeks.  I don't need pseudo-spiritual lectures about finding my own strength, having boundaries, limiting expectations, and holding politicians accountable.  Nope - just for now, all I need is my Obama / Biden transition information, interviews, and photos to enjoy and maybe an occassional Jack on the rocks and maybe a foot massage.  I've earned it.  We all have.  

        I try REALLY, REALLY hard not to ever be rude on these boards, because I want to treat them as a community even though we can't see each other's faces...but, really, if you can't enjoy the high with us right now, why say anything?  Just don't.

    •  I like these kinds of photodiaries... (0+ / 0-)

      and they too serve a purpose.

      Show Americans what a supportive and normal family is.  Obamas - role models for American families.

    •  huh? (0+ / 0-)

      We have an interesting, exciting, smart, serious new president who will take this country is an entirely new direction.  You're saying we shouldn't be into seeing historic photos of his new journey - and ours?

      That's like saying that after eight years in the desert we should, you know, take a couple quick sips of Evian once we get some and then quit being interested in having more or reading and then rereading the label or anything.

      Cultlike?  No way.  We deserve this - because we lived through and worked to chronicle the last miserable eight years, because we worked to persuade family and friends, because we made calls and canvassed and wrote letters and blogged and worried and cried.  I want photos and interviews - LOTS and LOTS of them, and I'm apologizing to no one for it.

      Cult indeed.

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