US election: 10 oddities explained
"You've heard their policies, but what about the other questions? Like what's that jabbing gesture Obama makes with his thumb?
And why are "Mr President" and "Mr Speaker" titles kept for life?
We examine 10 of the lesser-spotted things about American presidential politics - and about this campaign."
MIDTERM ELECTION RESULTS :
- ELECTIONS 2008 :
- US elections has echoes in the past
"It's the most exciting US election campaign for decades but, as a historian, I'm also struck by deeper currents under the surface of events...
Empire and liberty have been recurrent and often conflicting themes
in America's development and I think they're also reflected
in this year's rival presidential candidates."
by Professor David Reynolds
Presenter of "America, Empire of Liberty" on BBC Radio 4.
He teaches 20th Century history at the University of Cambridge.
- Political Landscape 2008 - interactive campaign map
"Full state-by-state coverage of presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial races, including candidate profiles, past election results, demographics, campaign ads and the latest headlines."
States presidential election, 2008 (Wikipedia)
# 1 2008 presidential election characteristics
* 1.1 First election without incumbents in the primaries since
1928 * 1.2 Campaign costs * 1.3 Effect of the Internet
# 2 Timeline * 2.1 Early stages * 2.2 Official
primary and caucus dates * 2.3 Later events
# 3 Candidates and potential candidates
* 3.1 Major Parties o 3.1.1 Democratic Party o 3.1.2 Republican
* 3.2 Third parties o 3.2.1 Constitution Party o 3.2.2 Green
Party o 3.2.3 Libertarian Party o
3.2.4 Withdrawn candidates (Minor parties)
* 3.3 Independents
# 4 Opinion polling
# 5 Possible electoral college changes
* 5.1 DC Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act of 2007 *
5.2 Presidential Election Reform Act (California)
# 6 Potential battleground states...
- Barack Obama et John McCain, lors des cérémonies du 11-Septembre, à Ground Zero, à New York.
- Barack OBAMA :
- Learning English - Words in the News : Obama's infomercial - 29 October, 2008
Listen to the story and to the words.
- Obama and the media - a picture (20minutes.fr)
- QUOTES : Obama poked fun of McCain and Palin's new "change" mantra.
"You can put lipstick on a pig," he said as the crowd cheered. "It's still a pig."
"You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still gonna stink."
Lipstick on a pig (urbandictionary.com)
= "slang for when someone tries to dress something up, but is still that something. usually used on ugly broads, when they put on a skirt and some lipstick and well, they still look like the same digusting pig."
"You put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig"
- Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech - "The American Promise"
He spoke to an audience of 84,000 at Mile High Stadium, on August 28, 2008 in Denver, CO.
- with the script (my.barackobama.com)
Obama accepts nomination for US presidency
Audio + Transcript + Words explained
""Rock star" and "beach babe" are not labels normally
applied to United States senators.
But few senators have ever generated the kind of buzz
associated with Democrat Barack Obama of Illinois..."
Painful Past, Hushed Worry About Obama
"There is a hushed worry on the minds of many
supporters of Senator Barack Obama, echoing in conversations
from state to state, rally to rally:
Will he be safe?...
the assassination of Senator Kennedy in 1968 prompted
Congress to authorize protection of major presidential
and vice presidential candidates."
- Hillary CLINTON
Hillary Rodham Clinton
"Former First Lady and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
has battled hard to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2008, standing up and
fighting back every time she appeared to have been knocked
Nader (born 1934)
"is an American attorney, author, lecturer and
political activist in the areas of consumer rights, humanitarianism,
environmentalism and democratic
government. He is also a 2008 candidate for President.
ISSUE COMPARISONS :
Center 2008 : Meet the Candidates
+ Election Center Video
+ Path to the Presidency (with a map)
+ Presidential Pong (a game)
+ The Money
+ The Issues
Abortion " Immigration " Iraq
Same-sex marriage " Taxes
+ Latest Polls...
FAQ - Teaching Resources - 2008 Presidential Election -
How Electors Vote - Historical Election Results...
- The ROAD to the WHITE
- Step-by-Step on the Campaign Trail - How the President Gets Elected
"Don't know the difference between a caucus and a convention?
Unsure what the electoral college is?
Check out our handy guide to the seven steps of the presidential election."
- Quick guide: US presidential elections
"The road to the White House is long, complicated and expensive. BBC News explains the process."
- UNITED STATES
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS :
States presidential election (Wikipedia)
# 1 How elections are administered
# 2 Ballot candidates
# 3 The 1824 scenario
# 4 Presidential election trends
# 5 Results
# 6 Voter turnout...
- Questions & Answers: US
When is the vote?
Who is getting elected?
Who is running?
Which party has the best chance?
What are the main issues?
How does a candidate win his or her party's nomination?
What happens between the primaries and the vote?
Does the candidate who gets the most votes win the presidency?
Which are the key battleground states?
Could there be a strong third candidate this time?
About Electing a President of the United States - For
"Electronic voting technology can include punch cards, optical
scan voting systems and specialized voting kiosks (including self-contained
Direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting systems). It can also involve
transmission of ballots and votes via telephones, private computer
networks, or the Internet.
Electronic voting technology can speed the counting of ballots and
can provide improved accessibility for disabled voters. However,
there has been
controversy, especially in the United States, that electronic voting,
especially DRE voting, can facilitate electoral
Eco Vote - A field guide to the would-be
SUPER TUESDAY :
"In the United States, Super Tuesday commonly refers to
the Tuesday in early February or March of a presidential election
year when the greatest number of states hold primary elections to
select delegates to national conventions at which each party's presidential
candidates are officially nominated..."
is Super Tuesday?
"It's a day (a Tuesday!) when a lot of states hold primaries
or caucuses simultaneously...
On 5 February 2008, 24 states will take part in "Super-Duper Tuesday",
including California, New York, Illinois and New Jersey."
- CAUCUSES and PRIMARIES
Matters - A quick guide to how the major parties pick their
How Did The Primary System Come About?
How Do Primaries Work?
What About Caucuses?
What Happens at The Conventions?
Why Are Iowa and New Hampshire So Important?
Democratic National Convention : Aug. 25-28, Denver, Colorado
Republican National Convention : Sept. 1-4, Minneapolis-St.
2008 DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANDIDATES
2008 REPUBLICAN PARTY CANDIDATES
is your favorite President of the United States? (pocanticohills.org)
"Do you know how a president gets elected? It is not as simple
as you think.
Learn about the Electoral College. (No, it's not a real college.)
Read a brief biography of each of our past presidents..."
* The Job
* Meet the Presidents
* The White House
* The White House in Time
* How is a President Elected?
* Campaign Memorabilia
* Electing a President
* Did You Know?
* More Did You Know?
* Presidential Firsts
* Vote for your Favorite President
* Fun Things to do
* Links to more information about the Presidents
* Can a Woman be President?
for a day. (Présentation amusante) Qui peut
devenir Président des USA ? (pbskids.org)