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Barack OBAMA

 

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(Updated on 03/02/2016)

 


Related pages :

The Presidential Election of 2012

 

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Biography :

 

Facts :

  • Michelle Obama Surprises Supporters on 'Tonight Show' - Text + Audio + Videos - 12 January 2017
    "Michelle Obama made an appearance on the “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.
    During one segment she surprised supporters who were thanking her for what she did as First Lady."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Obama Appeals for Unity, Warns of Threats to Democracy - Text + Audio - 11 January 2017
    "In his farewell speech, President Barack Obama said he was more hopeful about the country now than when he took office.
    But he also called on Americans to stay involved in the democratic process which can be hurt by fear."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • President Obama Reads 'Mean Tweets' - Text + Audio + Videos - 26 October 2016
    "President Barack Obama’s eight years in office will come to an end in January. The president is celebrating the last time he will get to do many things. He hosted his final state dinner recently. He also appeared on a late-night talk show and read “Mean Tweets” for the last time."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • STATE OF THE UNION 2012 :
  • The Inauguration of President Barack Obama
    "On January 20th, 2009, Barack H. Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America - the first African-American ever to hold the office of U.S. Commander-in-Chief. The event was witnessed by well over one million attendees in chilly Washington D.C., and by many millions more through coverage on television and the Internet.
    Collected here are photographs of the event, the participants, and some of the witnesses around the world (48 photos)."

    (boston.com)

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  • Inaugural invites for the disadvantaged
    Earl W. Stafford : Philanthropist and businessman

    "Virginia businessman Earl Stafford has paid $1 million for more than 300 rooms and an array of amenities to create opportunities for
    less-fortunate guests to take part in the inauguration of Barack Obama."

    (washingtonpost.com)
  • The speech of Barack Obama (lemonde.fr) + the VIDEO
    'Hope over fear' 1:44 - President Barack Obama says Americans have "chosen hope over fear".
    (CNN)

  • Moment of history as Obama sworn in - with a VIDEO
    "Barack Obama has taken the oath of office and been sworn in as America's 44th president - and the country's first African-American leader.
    More than one million people gathered in the National Mall in a wintry Washington DC, to see Mr Obama take the oath shortly after 1200 (1700 GMT).
    He used his inaugural address to vow to begin the work of "remaking America"...

    (BBC)

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  • Live Inauguration Webcast
    "Visit washingtonpost.com now and throughout the day for Live Video Coverage of the Inauguration of Barack Obama.
    Anchors Dana Priest, Lois Romano and Chris Cillizza will bring you reports from the Mall, interviews with guests and live video of the swearing-in, inaugural parade and more.
    Plus live blogging, news, analysis, photos, video and more on washingtonpost.com."

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  • INAUGURATION DAY 2009
    "At 12:00 noon on Inauguration Day 2009 (Tuesday, January 20, 2009, as set by the Twentieth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution),
    Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States.
    The Inauguration Day 2009 Schedule will keep you informed about what is happening and when on this important day..."

    (inaugurationday2009.com)
  • NEWSEUM - Wednesday, January 21, 2009: 664 front pages from 70 countries. (newseum.org)


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  • Overview of the Inauguration
    "The presidential inauguration is the official day that the President of the United States is sworn into office.
    The purpose of this inauguration is to honor the incoming president with formal ceremonies, including:
    a Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, an Inaugural Address, and an Inaugural Parade..."

    (change.gov)

  • Obama family moves to Washington - 5 January 2009
    "US President-elect Barack Obama and his family have officially arrived in Washington DC in preparation for taking up residence at the White House... The Obamas will move to the official presidential guest home on 15 January."

    (BBC)

  • Barack Obama's Hotel Has A White House View
    "Barack Obama may not be able to move into the White House but at least he has a view of his new home.
    President-elect Barack Obama and his family will be moving to Washington D.C. this weekend and will be staying at the Hay-Adams Hotel through January 15. After that they will move to Blair House, the traditional pre-inaugural home."

    (luxist.com)

    Address of the Hay-Adams Hotel :
    800 16th Street NW; Washington, DC

     

    Blair House

     

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Vocabulary :

 

Listening :

  • Michelle Obama Surprises Supporters on 'Tonight Show' - Text + Audio + Videos - 12 January 2017
    "Michelle Obama made an appearance on the “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.
    During one segment she surprised supporters who were thanking her for what she did as First Lady."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Obama Appeals for Unity, Warns of Threats to Democracy - Text + Audio - 11 January 2017
    "In his farewell speech, President Barack Obama said he was more hopeful about the country now than when he took office.
    But he also called on Americans to stay involved in the democratic process which can be hurt by fear."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • President Obama Reads 'Mean Tweets' - Text + Audio + Videos - 26 October 2016
    "President Barack Obama’s eight years in office will come to an end in January. The president is celebrating the last time he will get to do many things. He hosted his final state dinner recently. He also appeared on a late-night talk show and read “Mean Tweets” for the last time."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Obama, Castro Disagree on Human Rights - Text + Audio - 21 March 2016
    "American President Barack Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro disagreed over questions on human rights and Guantanamo Bay
    in a rare and, at times, tension-filled press conference in Havana. The two presidents met at the Revolutionary Palace before facing the media."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Activities TO PRINT :

  • "Taking the oath ceremony". DOC / PDF
    Préparation pour élèves de LP (bep - bac pro)
    envoyée par Sylviane Vialaneix (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

    "La fiche est prévue pour être présentée en deux parties :
    - 1ère partie :  EO et EE à partir de l'image, puis courte CO sur 'the taking of the oath' (téléchargeable en un clic) à partir du site de la fiche
    - 2ème partie : CE article de presse"

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Lesson plans :

  • Inauguration Day Lessons
    "Every four years on January 20, an important event occurs in the United States:
    A president takes the Oath of Office during an inauguration ceremony.
    This week, Education World offers ten super activities to help your students learn about and commemorate the inauguration.
    Included: Activities in which students write letters to the president, create presidential portraits, complete an inauguration trivia hunt, and much more."

    (Education World)


Poem :

  • Praise Song for the Day : A Poem for Barack Obama's presidential inauguration
    "Elizabeth Alexander performs her specially commissioned poem at yesterday's inauguration in Washington DC."

    (guardian.co.uk)
    + the TEXT (newsweek.com)
    SEE THE VIDEO

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Songs :

 

 

Videos :

  • The legacy of Barack Obama, in seven drawings – video
    "It is not easy to measure the impact of Barack Obama’s eight years as president of the United States.
    But here are seven numbers that illustrate what he did – for better and for worse – during his time in the White House."

    (theguardian.com)

 

  • Michelle Obama Surprises Supporters on 'Tonight Show' - Text + Audio + Videos - 12 January 2017
    "Michelle Obama made an appearance on the “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.
    During one segment she surprised supporters who were thanking her for what she did as First Lady."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • President Obama's Farewell Address - VIDEO - 11 January 2017
    "Barack Obama spoke to the nation as president for the last time on Tuesday. He reflects on some of the successes and frustrations of his presidency. And he says the work of democracy has always been hard. Here are the highlights."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • President Obama’s Farewell Address: Full Video and Text - 10 January 2017
    (nytimes.com)

 

 

 

  • President Obama Reads 'Mean Tweets' - Text + Audio + Videos - 26 October 2016
    "President Barack Obama’s eight years in office will come to an end in January. The president is celebrating the last time he will get to do many things. He hosted his final state dinner recently. He also appeared on a late-night talk show and read “Mean Tweets” for the last time."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • President Obama's Last Speech to the United Nations General Assembly - VIDEO - 20 September 2016
    "Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly at their annual meeting in New York.
    It was his last time as President of the United States. Here, he reflects on war, the next generation and his beliefs."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Michelle Obama Appears on 'Carpool Karaoke' - Text + Audio + Video - 21 July 2016
    "Even days before it aired Wednesday evening in the United States, Michelle Obama’s appearance on “Carpool Karaoke” was a trending topic on social media. And, after the episode aired, people could not stop talking about it. “Carpool Karaoke” trended Thursday on Google, Twitter and Facebook."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

 

 

 

  • Video: President Obama Joins Facebook + TRANSCRIPT - 12 November 2015
    "Click in the window below the video to access a textivate ordering activity based on the transcript."

    (englishblog.com)
    "President of the United States joins facebook to enable "real conversations," and uploads his first video about global warming." 

 

 

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  • The full State of the Union address - 25 January 2012
    "President Barack Obama has outlined plans to revive the US economy, and set out the ground on which he'll fight for re-election to the White House in November.
    In his annual State of the Union address, he highlighted signs of recovery, and said he wanted an economy where everyone got a fair shot, and which attracted hi-tech jobs.
    Mr Obama also reaffirmed his belief that the current American system needs reform."

    (BBC)
  • Praise Song for the Day : A Poem for Barack Obama's presidential inauguration
    ""Praise Song for the Day", written and recited by Elizabeth Alexander, at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009."

    (YouTube)
    + the TEXT (newsweek.com)


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  • Crowds celebrate Obama oath
    "More than one million people gathered in the US capital to see Barack Obama sworn in as America's 44th president
    - and its first African-American leader."

    (BBC)

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  • Obama's speech : the VIDEO
    'Hope over fear' 1:44 - President Barack Obama says Americans have "chosen hope over fear".
    (CNN)
  • Lego Obama is inaugurated - 17 January 2009
    "Legoland California has unveiled a miniature model of Barack Obama taking the oath of office as the 44th US president.
    The scaled-down version of the ceremony contains more than 1,000 Lego figurines, representing celebrities, officials and other guests."

    (BBC)

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  • Cashing in on Obama's inauguration - 14 January 2009
    "Philippa Thomas looks at some of the merchandise on sale to commemorate Barack Obama's inauguration, including "Change" chocolate and "Yes We Can" mints."
    (BBC)

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Cartoons :

  • Cartoon: Cuba Libre - BACKGROUND + CARTOON + EXPLANATION + HISTORICAL NOTE + ALSO SEE + Related articles
    (englishblog.com)

 

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U.S. First Family (2011; from L-R): 
Michelle Obama
, Malia Obama, Barack Obama, and Sasha Obama.