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Obama!. And other presidents. The Presidency. President: one who is elected to lead a group. . 2012 Election. This year, Obama was the Democratic nominee, and Mitt Romney was the Republican nominee. (They represented the two major parties in the government.)

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And other presidents

The presidency
The Presidency

  • President: one who is elected to lead a group.

2012 election
2012 Election

  • This year, Obama was the Democratic nominee, and Mitt Romney was the Republican nominee. (They represented the two major parties in the government.)

  • In an election, the people vote for a candidate from one of the parties. You can choose to write-in a name on the ballot, but the race is mainly between the two major parties.

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2012 Election

  • Each state counts up its ‘popular vote’, and based on that, representatives of each state place their votes. These members are part of the electoral college.

  • The population of the state determines how many electoral college votes it will get.

  • California has the most with 55.

  • Tennessee has 11.

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2012 Election

  • In the election, there are key states, called the ‘swing states’ that really determine the outcome of the election. These states ‘swing’ back and forth between voting overall for a Democrat or Republican.

  • Tennessee always votes Republican.

  • California always votes Democratic.

  • Ohio swings back and forth.

  • Obama won 8/9 of the swing states.

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2012 Election

  • The popular vote was very close this year, but Obama swept the electoral college vote.

  • Popular vote

    • Obama: 50.1%

    • Romney: 48.4%

  • Electoral college votes (270 is a majority and a win)

    • Obama: 322

    • Romney: 206

Barack obama
Barack Obama

  • Each president is only allowed to serve two terms of four years. (8 years total.) This is to ensure no single person can rule the country for a long time.

  • This is Obama’s second term and will be his last.

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Barack Obama

  • Women’s rights.

  • Universal healthcare.

  • Gay rights.

  • Raise taxes on the top 1% to rebuild the middle class.

  • Slowing the spread of nuclear weapons.

  • Ending the war in Afghanistan/Iraq responsibly.

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Barack Obama

  • Passed the stimulus that revived the economy. (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act)

  • Health Care Reform. (32 million uninsured Americans)

  • Boosted fuel efficiency standards.

  • Race to the Top in education.

Notable presidents
Notable Presidents

  • George Washington

George washington
George Washington

  • He was the leader of the revolutionary army.

  • Washington helped build the American government.

  • He wanted to go home to Virginia, but the other leaders knew he would be a good leader for the country and voted him as president.

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Thomas Jefferson

  • Louisiana Purchase

  • Wrote the Declaration of Independence.

  • Sent Lewis and Clark out West.

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Abraham Lincoln

  • President during the civil war (when the country was divided North vs. South).

  • Emancipation Proclamation: declared the slaves as free people.

  • “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

  • Assassinated in a theater.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

  • He struggled with polio and pulled America out of the Great Depression.

  • He led America through WW2.

  • Established the New Deal Program (Includes the Social Security program and the FDA.)

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • Started the interstate system.

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John F. Kennedy

  • Eased tensions between the United States and Russia.

  • Interested in stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and slowing the arms race.

  • Handled the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Lyndon B. Johnson

  • Took office after JFK was assassinated.

  • Protected voters’ rights.

  • The Great Society program: aid to education, attack on disease, Medicare, urban renewal, fight against poverty, prevention of crime.


  • Tell us about an important character in your country’s history!