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Joseph Waldman's Life in Politics

    • SEP

      Joe shows his patriotism at an early age

    1996
    • Joseph Waldman of Washington DC

    • Remember the Alamo

    1999
    • NOV

      Joe fights the power

    2000
    • The King Harold Godwinson Phase

    2002
    • DEC

      Early lessons in political communication

    2004
    • The Monkey Saga

    2005
    • The Presidents

    2006
    • A big game of chess

    2007
    • Joebama

    2008
    • Master debater

    2010
    • Joe works incredibly hard

    2011
    • Joe becomes a badger!

    • The Mary Burke crusade

    2012
    • Communications Director of College Democrats of Wisconsin

    2013
    • A bipartisan spirit

    • College Democrats of America -- Communications Director!

    2015
    • MAY

      Graduated From University of Wisconsin

    2016
  • Joe shows his patriotism at an early age

    Washington, District of Columbia
    At age two, Joe was already belting out patriotic songs
    By Steven Waldman
    Jonathan Zimmerman
    I'll admit it: I've had some doubts recently about the future of our Republic. But Joe has put my mind at ease. With young Waldman at the helm, the Dems (and, by extension, the nation) will be OK. I am sure of it.

    Masel Tov to you, and to your family. Susan/Sarah/Becca join in sending congrats, and love

    JZ
    Kathryn Janus
    Joe - there never was a more adorable, wonderful child as you. You gave your Uncle Jeff and me so much joy. The night you "read" Stella Luna was miraculous. Jeff and I were looking at each other over your head, with our eyes popping out. That was the night when you yelled at us and called us "hatchlings." You didn't want us to leave, and it just showed us how much you loved us, so we didn't take offense. You were so energetic and engaged and interested in the world. One time, in DC, there was a big thunder storm and I held you on my lap on your front porch and we watched the rain and the thunder and lightening. It never occured to you to be frightened - you were simply watching and taking it in. All these qualities are still with you - intelligence, passionate feelings, engagement, interest in learning new things. We are thrilled to know you and it has been great watching you grow up.
    Joseph Waldman
    Thanks Booba! It was great seeing you at graduation, thanks for coming! I'll make sure to visit Chicago
    Amy Cunningham
    He didn't mind wearing neckties as an infant!
  • Joseph Waldman of Washington DC

    After moving to New York, Joe would sometimes introduce himself as "Joseph Waldman of Washington DC." He loved the natural history museum there (especially the dinosaurs) but also seemed fascinated by the political symbols.
    By Steven Waldman
    Amy Cunningham
    He seized any opportunity for photos at the various Washington monuments.
  • 3

    Remember the Alamo

    Joe's favorite thing to do as a kid was to make elaborate scenes -- at first with dinosaurs and later with toy soldiers.
    By Steven Waldman
    Kathryn Janus
    Always had an artistic sense. His scenes were well thought out and he could explain what was going on. Now that he's entering the world of political scenes, maybe he could explain to me, yet again, what's going on!
    Amy Cunningham
    Went from Battle of Hastings to the Alamo.
  • Joe fights the power

    United States
    He identified strongly with the Pilgrims' fight against the politically oppressive monarchy.
    By Steven Waldman
    Kathryn Janus
    Joe was expecially interested in a baby who crossed over on the Mayflower. As i recall, the child's name was Oceanous. When on a tour about the Pilgrams, Joe inquired after Oceanous, and at first, the tour guide didn't want to tell Joe that dear little Oceanous had perished. Joe took the news with good grace, though. Joe is a realist.
  • The King Harold Godwinson Phase

    Joe becomes obsessed with the Battle of Hastings and the story of King Harold Godwinson. At Joe's urging, the family decamps to England, and makes a pilgrimage to Hastings -- where Joe was able to re-enact the moment when King Harold was killed by an arrow to the eye.
    By Steven Waldman
    Kathryn Janus
    One Halloween, Joe's costume (which I did makeup and hair for) was "A Union Soldier who had been killed in 1863." He was quite clear on his vision for the costume, and while many outside observers might not have known EXACTLY what Joe was, they knew it was scary.
  • Early lessons in political communication

    At age 10, he showed a canny understanding of how politicians manipulate the media. His character in the Brooklyn Heights Montessori production of "Stop the Presses" here tries to convince the local newspaper to support his campaign for mayor.
    Kathryn Janus
    Joe took a road less traveled when he decided against High School for Performing Arts, which had accepted him. He said to me, after his audition, "They called me back. That's good, right?" Anyway, who knows. He might have been the next Joseph Gorden Levitt by now.
    Steven Waldman
  • 14

    The Monkey Saga

    Before Game of Thrones, there was the Monkey Saga. For about a year, at age 11, Joe crafted an alternative universe where monkey warriors and maidens jockeyed for power. He spun out elaborate plot twists, and drew and drew and drew. Here is a small sampling of the key characters.
    By Steven Waldman
  • The Presidents

    As a tyke, Joe memorized all the presidents by their number in line. Here, he visits FDR and Eleanor at Hyde Park
    Lauren Zalaznick
    I could make this observation on any of the amazing posts/notations on your LifePost: Joe-- many parents will not like you-- you make us realize that our own kids, while generally adorable and fairly clever, do mostly nothing, while you are busy setting out to conquer the world!
  • 4

    A big game of chess

    For his senior project in middle school, Joe made a political chess set.
    By Steven Waldman
    Kathryn Janus
    Joe once made a clay sculpture of Cave People that I would have no problem believing came from a fine art gallery. He's a multi-talented guy.
  • Joebama

    Joe becomes fond of the junior senator from Illinois and, while campaigning for the future president in 2008, Joe caught the eye of a local news photographer.
    By Steven Waldman
  • Master debater

    In high school, Joe became an excellent debater in the Congress-style debate. He whipped out speeches with incredible speed and took home many trophies. Topics included: containing North Korea, protecting ANWR, and changing relations with Cuba. But perhaps his most famous speech was this one arguing that dangerous senior citizens shouldnt be allowed to drive. Get those oldsters off the road, Joe!
    Kathryn Janus
    I'm with Joe on that one! Joe's keen mind will serve him well in all his endeavors. He has only lost one debate that I know of, and that's trying to convince me to get a smart phone!
    Steven Waldman
  • Joe works incredibly hard

    By Amy Cunningham
  • 3

    Joe becomes a badger!

    And from then on, Joe throws himself in to College Democrats.
    By Steven Waldman
  • 3

    The Mary Burke crusade

    Although the campaign was ultimately not successful, much fun and learning was had in working as an intern for the Mary Burke for Wisconsin governor campaign
    Amy Cunningham
    Here's Joe working for Mary Burke while we're on vacation.
  • 6

    Communications Director of College Democrats of Wisconsin

    After serving as communications director of College Democrats in Madison, Joe has the tremendous honor of being elected Communications Director of College Democrats of Wisconsin. And he's even chosen as executive board member of the year because of his great work on social media. Lesson to parents: Facebook pays off!
    Amy Cunningham
  • 3

    A bipartisan spirit

    Despite the intense political atmosphere in Wisconsin, Joe always tried to make friends with the other side.
    By Steven Waldman
  • 10

    College Democrats of America -- Communications Director!

    After an uneventful and non-controversial election, Joe is elected by College Democrat leaders from around the country to be Communications Director of the whole College Democrats of America. He turbo charges their social media operations with graphics and tweets galore
    Amy Cunningham
  • Graduated From University of Wisconsin

    By Steven Waldman
    Kathryn Janus
    Joe - it was so fabulous being there and seeing you graduate! We wouldn't have missed it for anything. Mazel Tov!
    Amy Cunningham
    Martin Waldman
    FROM JOE'S GRANDPARENTS

    To: Joe Waldman, Bachelor of Arts

    Congratulations, Joe, on your great accomplishments -- getting through the University of Wisconsin, while at the same time managing to be an amazing political operator. You have demonstrated your skills not only in political communications but also in inspiring your fellow students and so many others so that you were elected to be Communications Director of the College Democrats of Wisconsin and then Communications Director of the College Democrats of the whole United States! Being an intern at the Democratic National Committee wasn’t chopped liver either (an old grandparents saying) . We were so impressed with how you maintained your dignity and common sense through all the complicated situations you faced.

    .We remember when you were younger how you taught yourself all about graphics and that digital stuff that your grandparents try to understand. You were so right to want to be at the kind of school where you would have an opportunity to meet people with similar interests who would appreciate your talents as well what a wonderful person you are. You have made so many friends there, some of whom you will surely keep up with through the years.

    As you finish college, there is a time for adjustment until you find a situation that you really want, and where you will be fully appreciated. With your many talents, intelligence and wonderful personality we know that you will go on to even greater accomplishments in the future. We are so proud of you and love you so much.

    --Grandma Sandy and Pop Pop
    Joseph Waldman
    Thanks Grandma Sandy and Pop Pop! Love you!