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." (BBC)
"Les candidats à l'investiture républicaine, de gauche à droite et de haut en bas:
Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman.
Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul et Herman Cain.
Les candidats grisés ont abandonné." - 4 janvier 2012. (20minutes.fr)
Which candidate should be US president in 2012?
"ProCon.org has researched the US presidential candidates and their views on 61 issues including abortion, bailouts, education, medical marijuana, and taxes.
Read our simple, nonpartisan, pro-con presentations and decide for yourself: "Which candidate should be US president in 2012?" (procon.org)
US election: Battleground states
"Most states have a history of voting for a particular party and the presidential candidates will count on their votes again.
This leaves a handful of states where the election will be decided. These are the election battlegrounds..." See 'party strongholds' + interactive map (BBC)
Mitt Romney clinches nomination in Texas primary- 30 May 2012
"Mitt Romney has secured his place as the Republican challenger to Barack Obama in November's US presidential election, following a primary in Texas...
Mr Romney said he was "humbled". He is the first Mormon from a major party to contest the presidential election.
He is set to be officially anointed as the Republican nominee at the party convention in Florida in late August." (BBC)
US election: Battleground states- interactive "Most states have a history of voting for a particular party and the presidential candidates will count on their votes again.
This leaves a handful of states where the election will be decided. These are the election battlegrounds..." (BBC)
US Elections : Latest news - Features and Analysis - Election guides - Videos (BBC)
South Carolina poll: Gingrich triumphs over Romney - 22 January 2012
"Newt Gingrich has convincingly beaten Mitt Romney in South Carolina's primary election, the latest leg in the battle to be the Republican candidate in November's US presidential poll." + a video (BBC)
"The first test for the field of Republican candidates hoping to challenge Barack Obama for the US presidency
ended in a virtual tie between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney (pictured, kissing wife Ann),
as Republicans in Iowa chose their favourite at some 1,700 caucus meetings."
At the Democratic Convention, the Words Being Used - interactive
"A look at how often speakers at the Democratic National Convention have used certain words and phrases so far,
based on an analysis of transcripts from the Federal News Service." (nytimes.com)
At the Republican Convention, the Words Being Used - interactive
"A look at how often speakers at the Republican National Convention have used certain words and phrases so far,
based on an analysis of transcripts from the Federal News Service." (nytimes.com)
Tight Security in Tampa
"The U.S. Secret Service is leading the charge on securing the convention hall and a hardened perimeter around it...
The Secret Service will also be getting assists from a host of federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies, from the FBI to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the U.S. Coast Guard..." (nationaljournal.com)
Conventional Wisdom - interactive graphics
"Since the two major modern political parties were founded, delegates have met at national conventions to officially nominate candidates for president and vice president and to present platforms. Major issues have included slavery, desegregation, polygamy, Imperialism, tariffs, Chinese immigration, Prohibition, suffrage, wars, welfare and other hot topics of the day..." (online.wsj.com)
America re-elects President Barack Obama (November 8, 2012) - a lesson plan with AUDIO.
"Americans voted to re-elect incumbent president Barack Obama on Tuesday in one of the closest contests in U.S. history.
President Obama saw off the challenge of Republican opponent Mitt Romney, who asked the nation to pray for Mr Obama in his goal to re-ignite the American economy." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Spin it! Create your own lines from Romney and Obama's second debate - interactive
"Can you spin it? Mitt Romney and Barack Obama squared off in their second face-to-face meeting, but can you use what they said to create something
completely new? Select key words from our generator below to create your own 'spin' soundbite, then feel free to share your creation using the hashtag #MySpin." (guardian.co.uk)
US Elections 2012 - une séquence préparée par Mathilde Serhan (Ac. Marseille)
"Le but est de faire découvrir les candidats et les "issues" aux élèves, puis de les faire analyser quelques publicités de campagne (vidéos).
Ils doivent ensuite créer un (ou des) poster(s) pour présenter ces informations à leurs camarades." (docs.google.com)
US Election Quiz 2012- A quiz byJeffrey Hill
"I produced this quiz to use with my EM Normandie students as part of a lesson on the U.S. election. There are 15 multiple choice questions.
You can find a version with answers after the initial quiz on slides 17-52." (englishblog.com)
Cartoon: The Best Is Yet To Come
"Following his victory over Mitt Romney
in the U.S. presidential election,
Barack Obama gave an acceptance speech
in which he promised Americans that 'the best is yet to come'..." + COMMENT + GRAMMAR + LINKS (englishblog.com)
Cartoon: Republican Bloodbath
"This rather gruesome cartoon by Dave Brown
from The Independent is a comment on the race
for the Republican presidential nomination, which has
turned into something resembling a civil war..." + COMMENT + LINKS (englishblog.com)
"You Don't Own Me" PSA "Women constitute more than half of the population. In 2008, 60% of voters were women.
It is estimated that 10 million more women than men will vote in this election. Despite this, women make up only 16% of Congress....
Women, let's rise up. Our vote alone can win this election. A vote for Obama is a vote for your health and your right to choose.
It is a vote for equal pay and equal rights... " (YouTube)
How to Become President
"Your momma always said you'd grow up to be president of the United States - but beyond that, she was a little vague? Here’s the parts she skipped." + TRANSCRIPT below the video on YouTube. (YouTube)
Video: Why Obama Now
"An animated short about the big choice in 2012's presidential election, by Simpsons/Family Guy animator Lucas Gray.
The video is based on extracts from President Obama's keynote address at the annual Associated Press luncheon on April 3rd 2012.
You can watch the whole speech and view a transcript here."
+ COMMENT (englishblog.com)
President Obama’s Girls: "Jodi Kantor of The New York Times talks about the vital role that President Obama’s daughters, Malia (14) and Sasha (11), have played in his political life...
Here are just a few of the household rules that she (Mrs Obama) has mentioned in interviews and other appearances..."
Images, Themes and Props in Presidential Campaign Ads
"In the past few weeks, some media markets have been swamped with election advertising.
Below, a New York Times analysis of all the campaign ads that ran between October 4 and 21 — including those produced by outside groups." (nytimes.com)
Mad Money: TV ads in the 2012 presidential campaign
"Team Obama and Team Romney have spent millions flooding the airwaves in key battleground states with (mostly negative) TV ads aimed at converting voters to their side. This page shows where each side is focusing its message and how spending has changed over time." (washingtonpost.com)
Battle of the TV ads in US primary elections - 1 February 2012
"Opponents have criticised the money spent by Mitt Romney on the Republican primary elections in Florida, where he had a resounding victory.
He polled 46% of the vote, with his closest rival Newt Gingrich on 32%. Mr Romney spent more than US$15m in the last month alone, funding 13,000 television advertisements. Mark Mardell reports from Florida." (BBC)