Election Central 2008

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Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States
Obama image by Ozzie Dhramapitaksook



The Inauguration of Barack Obama
the 44th President of the United States
took place on January 20, 2009.

First-hand descriptions, photos, video, commentaries, and lesson plans
will appear on this website.

Lesson Plan: The Inauguration of Barack Obama

New: Try Our Inauguration Quiz: 25 Questions and growing

Inauguration Resources

The Inaugural Classroom
The 53rd Inauguration (Clinton's Second) Through the Eyes of an Average American
Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States
I Do Solemnly Swear
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

National Geographic: Guide to the Inauguration and Washington, DC

Inauguration Lessons from Education World
Online NewsHour: Inauguration 2001: For Teachers
The 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural ceremonies
The Big Picture (Boston Globe): The Inauguration of Barack Obama in Pictures

Tune into CNN's Live Feed to stay up on the issues.
(You'll need to disable your pop-up blocker).

Check out C-SPAN's free classroom resources.
Visit C-Span's Inauguration Hub

Official Campaign Websites:

Democratic Candidates
For President
Barack Obama
Democratic Nominee for president

President Obama

Joe Biden
Nominee for Vice President

Hillary Clinton
Mike Gravel
John Edwards
Bill Richardson
Chris Dodd
Dennis Kucinich

Republican Candidates
For President

John McCain
Republican Nominee

Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin
Nominee for Vice President


Ron Paul
Mike Huckabee
Sam Brownback
Rudy Giuliani
Mitt Romney
Tom Tancredo
Fred Thompson 
Duncan Hunter
Tommy Thompson



Christopher Walken
(No appropriate website has yet to emerge)


Frequently Asked Election Questions

 Election-Related Lesson Plans

Election 2008 Worksheets

The Election of 2008

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The Electoral Process

Path to the White House

Path to the White House Resources:


Election Discussion or Essay Questions

Post Election Questions:

1. What does the election of Barack Obama mean to you? What is the historic significance of this election?

2. What are the possibilities for change in the United States now that the election has been decided?

3. What problems do you believe should be at the top of the Obama administration's agenda?

4. How will you participate in the civic life of this nation to help President-elect Obama make the United States a better place to live and work?

Questions Leading Up to Election Day, 2008

1. The US election season is almost two years long. Is this a positive or negative aspect of American democracy?

2. Should the dates for primary elections be changed? Why or why not?

3. Should the Electoral College be altered or abolished?
Why or why not?

4. What do you think is the most important issue in this election?

5. Which candidate do you think will receive the nomination of his or her party? Who should that candidate choose as their running mate?

6. What is more important in a candidate: charisma or experience? Why?

7. Could a third party candidate have an impact on the outcome of the general election in November the way Ralph Nader spoiled the popular vote victory of Al Gore in 2000?

8. Should individuals and groups be limited in the amount of money that each can contribute to a candidate's campaign? Is it fair that large contributors can give to Political Action Committees (PACs) that develop "issue ads" that support a candidate without mentioning him or her directly? How is financial support of a candidate equated with freedom of speech under the First Amendment?

9. Should the "superdelegates" of the Democratic Party Convention decide who will become the party's nominee based on the popular votes, the number of pledged delegates each candidate brings to the convention, or by their own conscience?

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Really Cool
Election Resources

Select Smart: Comparing the Candidates. This site outlines positions for each candidate on the major issues and includes a presidential candidate selector, where your opinions lead you to the candidates that most closely resemble your views.

Electoral-Vote.com. This site has interactive maps on the results of the 2006 the presidential, gubernatorial, senate, and house races for each state.

Issue Dictionary Select your candidates and your issues and see where they stand.

Project Vote-Smart This website might be the most exhaustive election and voting website on the WWW today. It contains information on every candidate and every race in the nation.
Presidential election coverage is just one of the site's features.
It has a complete list of announced and potential candidates.

http://www.presidential-candidates.net/ This site is a very simple overview of the candidates, their biographies, and their views on the issues. It also contains "quick links" (ads) to information on the American political system.

CNN's Election Center 2008 Stay up to date on all the news, issues, and candidates with CNN. Video clips and interactive polls make the website interesting. The site comes equipped with a campaign calendar for both parties that marks the dates of primaries, debates, and the general election.

C-SPAN's American Politics and Road to the White House are two television shows that describe the electoral process and democracy in America. You can follow C-SPAN's Campaign Bus 2008 and request its arrival at your school.

RealClearPolitics.com maintains tables of head-to-head polls of the major candidates in both primary and general election races. Use it to track public opinion on the candidates.

Ron Gunzberger's Politics1.com The site has a complete list of who is and who is not running along with additional information on the American presidency.

Weekly Reader's Election Fun. A great site for younger kids. Oodles of interactive games and pages that teach the basics of American elections.

National Public Radio For those who like to listen to their politics.

The BBC See the American election through the eyes of our friends "across the pond" in the UK.

Politics1 Get the 411 on third parties and they might influence who wins the Oval Office and who has an impact on US public policy.

USPolitics.gov The United States State Department has its own website to "tell America's story" to the world. Question: Can the US government tell its story to the world objectively?

Here is a practice test based on
chapters 1, 9, 10, and 11 of  Civics Today
this test covers:

  • American Democracy

  • Political Parties

  • Elections

  • Special Interest Groups

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