Barack Obama

Instagram Roundup #15

by Jamie Sanford on November 14, 2012

Here are all of the other Instagram Roundups!

Catching up on these posts. Almost ready to get back to only posting these on Wednesday.

Fall is my favorite time of year to take pictures. I snapped this outside of my office. This was before the hurricane and then the nor’easter.

We watched a baby giraffe birth live online. The giraffe mom looked confused at first, and we were worried too since the baby looked like it might not be alive.

It all turned out OK.


Another fall picture, before the storms.

I did black nails with coppery glitter I found at a shady beauty store. It was the stinkiest polish ever. Results were pretty though.

In a bit of foreshadowing, I found this picture of me in a scrapbook I was looking at during the power outage. I’m wearing Ye Olde garb because I was going to be on public access to talk about Heritage Park. I then met these 2 drag queens who had a public access show, and I can’t remember their names, although they start with R.

In my baby book, which I also looked at while having no power, I found Cabbage Patch Kids party hats and napkins from one of my birthday parties.

Really hoping that this happens for Ben. I still need to see Argo.

Christmas porn!

Even though I hadn’t worked for the past 6 business days, I still took my scheduled vacation day on Election Day. We went to the Tick Tock Diner for brunch.

I know this isn’t surprising to anyone.

Congratulations Mr. President!

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Curious Tuesday 008

by Jamie Sanford on July 4, 2010

I am participating in Gala Darling’s Curious Tuesday project.

Curious Tuesday 008

1. Where do you find inspiration?

All over the place. Watching TV, reading blogs I subscribe to, Twitter, magazines.

2. Have you got any hobbies or interests you’ve let lapse & wish you would take up again?

I’ve been slacking with photography. I am really not a fan of being out in the heat/sun during the summer, so that’s a problem. I need to start making myself do some GOYA (Get Off Your Ass) photo excursions so that I don’t forget what shutter speed is.

Humpback Tail 6.

The last set of photos I took with my SLR was from our trip to Provincetown, and that was over a month ago.

3. One tea party. Ten invitations. Who do you invite?

  • My husband
  • Lady Gaga
  • Robert Pattinson
  • Barack Obama
  • Someone from Summit Entertainment with power (I need a contact to discuss a possible product connection for Breaking Dawn and I have no idea how to connect with someone!) (Also Robert Pattinson will be there to get me connected.)
  • My friend Alex
  • RuPaul
  • Bill Clinton
  • Daria Morgendorfer
  • Elton John

4. Who was your favourite teacher at school & why?

Ms G from 3rd and 5th grade was awesome, maybe because I was exposed to her in weird situations like when we ended up on the same Caribbean cruise and she got tipsy with my parents on a beach in St. Maarten.

5. Have you ever been in a long-distance relationship?

Yes, with my husband. We met online in March 2000, in person in July 2000, and didn’t live in the same place until June/July 2003. I think we lasted because we didn’t have any other experience with each other. We’ve lived together for 7 years now, I could never go back to being in a long-distance thing now, at least not for more than a short period of time.

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The website won it.

by Jamie Sanford on November 5, 2008

My presidential vote for Barack Obama 2.

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Obama’s website rated better than McCain’s.

by Jamie Sanford on October 17, 2008

I totally called it yesterday with my blog post about the merchandising differences between the Obama camp and the McCain camp. Now, judges from the Web Marketing Association’s WebAwards have also spoken, and Obama’s website was chosen by a landslide.

Check out the press release here.

Search Engine Watch is also declaring Obama the winner of “the Internet war”

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Comparing the Merchandise: Obama vs. McCain

by Jamie Sanford on October 17, 2008

(NOTE 9/5/12: I’m disappointed in myself that I linked to images directly and didn’t think to upload them to the blog. I’m leaving the post here anyway because I really liked it.)

Anyone who talks to me for more than a minute could probably figure out that I will be voting for Barack Obama in a few weeks.  I’ve voted Democratic since I could vote, but I find it unfortunate that in the times I have been able to vote for president, my vote was not just about really wanting my candidate to be the president, but really wanting the other candidate NOT TO BE PRESIDENT.

Anyway, so I made a donation to Obama’s campaign today. I know how much things cost and I did my little part to help them get their message out to voters.  I didn’t give a lot, but I do believe that my little bit mixed with the little bits from others adds up and that works for me.

In August, the Boston Globe ran a story about how Obama was already outselling McCain on the streets with non-official merchandise.

So, while on, I checked out the merchandise area. Examples of the items available:

Jay Z’s Obama T-shirt.

Obama Charm!

Diane von Furstenberg Obama tote bag.

There are many more, there’s a whole “Runway to Change” section where many designers have developed items to be sold in the store.  What I like about it is that there appears to have been thought put into these items – these are things that people definitely want to purchase because they relay a message and are also fun to wear.  This ranks highly with me, whether people like it or not, marketing is important in elections, especially ones of this magnitude.  If the Obama campaign can offer 35 different t-shirts with different looks and messages, I’m sure that more people will be wearing them and getting their message across.

However, am I surprised?  Not at all when I check out to search for merchandise.  First there’s this unfortunate-looking landing page telling us that the McCain products are being sold by for-profit companies and are not getting any money back to the campaign.  Even if the McCainians didn’t intend initially to have their own store, I would think they would see what the other side is doing and jump on it.  Either way, here is some of the available merchandise:

Palin Power magnet, complete with lipstick tube as the I.

The “country first” t-shirt.  Note that there are no shirts created in a ladies’ fit in the McCain shop,

Oh but they made men’s t-shirts in PINK for the women.  THANKS.

Also, here’s what’s on the home page of


Even if I was a moose-hunting Republican, I’m sure I would be able to see that McCain’s side is failing on the merchandising front.

Many people might dismiss candidate merchandise as a silly thing to focus on, but how many conversations are started by someone wearing a pin or a shirt or having a sticker on their car?  Obama’s camp sees the value in using their supporters as walking billboards, and also see that there will be many more billboards if they get to choose the message across their chest.

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