Notes from the transition – Diff’rent strokes on the economy

The election of Barack Obama means change is coming. But what kind of change? In this series we check in with individuals and communities across America, and ask them: What has already changed since November 4? What changes are you still looking forward to, and how are you getting ready?

Part 3 in a series

Was first Cylon to gain U.S. citizenship
Coleman was first Cylon to gain U.S. citizenship
(Washington, DC) Laurie Coleman says she and her husband Norm feel very lucky despite the economic downturn. The couple didn’t have anything invested in the stock market, she explains. Instead they rely on the goodwill of friends and friends of friends. “Checks just show up in the mailbox, we’re ever so grateful,” she said.
      At the moment Coleman’s attention is devoted to what she’ll get her husband for Christmas. But it’s a challenge — “It’s not like he really needs anything. He has people who give him suits, out of the blue.”
      One possibility is a Senate seat from Illinois, which she found out has just become available. “He already has one, but hey — you never know.”

Coleman as Obama - Whatchou talkin bout, John McCain?
Coleman as Obama - Whatchou talkin bout, John McCain?
(Los Angeles) Actor Gary Coleman, 39, says the inner creativity he feels is the greatest he has experienced since the release of his 1999 film, “Shafted.”
      “I owe it all to the sense of possibilities, of hope that Barack Obama’s election has imparted to the entire country,” said Coleman.
      “Starting the night of November 4, I began seeing hope on the faces of everyone I saw, of every race, creed, color, and representation. That hope, it was contagious,” he said. Coleman is with TGMD.
      Coleman is planning an audacious project that is a step up from his most recent work, a 2008 performance art piece called “Court Appearance in Payson, Utah.”
“I’m writing a screenplay called “BHO44,” it’s going to be the first biopic about our new president,” Coleman said.
      “I, of course, will play the title role. It’ll be a huge hit!” he said.

One thing team will never trade
One thing team will never trade, Coleman says
(Seattle) Otto “Clutch” Coleman is hoping the economy will rebound quickly under Barack Obama. Coleman, 72, is the oldest staff member of the Seattle Mariners baseball club, working as the transaction driver since the team’s founding in 1977.
      “When the team trades or releases a player, I’m the one who drives him to the nearest airport,” he says, claiming to have logged more than 2,900,000 miles behind the wheel of the Mariners’ 1976 Ford Econoline.
      Coleman’s proudest possessions are the autographs he gets from his major league passengers — “Mark Langston, Randy Johnson, Dave Ortiz, Jason Varitek, Alex Rodriguez, both Griffeys, Omar Vizquel, Tino Martinez, Derek Lowe, Mike Cameron, Freddy Garcia, Jamie Moyer, Gil Meche, Adam Jones, J.J. Putz, Raul Ibanez — if the Mariners got rid of them, I’ve got their signature.”
      He had been planning to retire after the 2009 season, but his 401k took a big hit in this year’s Wall Street financial crisis. “Hopefully Obama can fix the mess Bush caused, because I’d hate to sell my autograph book,” Coleman said.

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