My Neighborhood's Obamamobile

Obama in Manhattan, NYC.
Image: GrrlScientist 18 September 2008 [larger view].

I was working on some writing when this .. erm, vehicle .. pulled up in front of my coffee shop to pick up a volunteer who was selling Obama buttons from a small portable table on the street corner. This is not the first time I’ve seen this vehicle driving around while wearing Obama decorations, and this serves to draw attention to the fact that I have never seen enthusiasm for the McCain/Palin ticket that is even vaguely similar to that shown for Obama/Biden.

I live in a low-income, primarily Spanish-speaking, overwhelmingly catholic (Dominican immigrants) neighborhood. Most of the people here are primarily concerned about paying their rent and health care costs, making sure their kids are getting a decent education and are staying out of trouble. Realistically, McCain has nothing of value to say to me or my neighbors anyway, although I freely concede that neither candidate has a reasonable or workable solution to this nation’s health care crisis.


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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to My Neighborhood's Obamamobile

  1. Trin Tragula says:

    Hmmm, your neighborhood must be one of those anti-American big cities.

    Palin speaks“We believe, we believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans: those who are running our factories and teaching our kids and growing our food and are fighting our wars for us, those who are protecting us in uniform, those who are protecting the virtues of freedom.”

  2. Kevin says:

    I live in rural/rust belt Ohio. The economic downturn is old news here—the local economy has been on a downhill slide for several years. McCain/Palin signs still dominate in the area though. For reasons that are inexplicable to me, the gambling, adulterous husband of an ex-addict, alcohol heiress and the ethically challenged mother of an unwed pregnant teenage daughter have the support of the many christian conservatives in the area.

  3. well, conservative christians’ fondness for politicians who are, by their own example, more anti-family than most democrats, serves to reinforce my belief that conservative christians are nothing more than hypocritical loudmouths with the intellectual wattage of a christmas tree light.

  4. Trin Tragula says:

    Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech at the GOP convention

    We tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

  5. Trin Tragula says:

    when this .. erm, vehicle

    It’s a chopped bus.

  6. Love it. After living in some very politically-charged areas for previous elections, I must admit that it is a bit of a relief to be in a very mild (politically speaking) area for this one.

  7. Anon says:

    The favorite “erm…vehicle” in our neck of the woods was
    (apparently it gets around–the photo is not even from my state!)

  8. RM says:

    “conservative christians are nothing more than hypocritical loudmouths with the intellectual wattage of a christmas tree light. ”
    Can I use that? That will come in handy with all of the hypochrists down here.