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President Obama

President Obama

Date: Nov 07 2008

Themes: History, News

Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives

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Earlier this week, in cities all across America and the world, people poured into the streets to dance and celebrate the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.

Although he was favored to win, you never know what will happen on election day. Sometimes the person who is behind in the polls wins. But Tuesday went better than expected for Obama. He won in a landslide victory.

Mason and Marni are big Obama supporters, and they’re still excited that he won.

Dialog

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Mason

Mason

Marni

Marni

Mason:  I can’t get the smile off my face.

Marni:  I know! It’s like a new day. I feel like the sun is up even though it’s pouring rain out. It just doesn’t matter.

Mason:  So I’m kind of hoping that the cloud of happiness sticks around for the next four or eight years.

Marni:  Right, yeah. Well, I think that there was so much…This election really did feel vital to a lot of people, whatever party affiliation you signed up with. There was a huge effort to register new voters and get out the vote, more so than, I think, in previous elections because it really did feel like a do or die situation.

Mason:  Well, and I was totally struck by the cultural influence, even on both sides, but particularly Obama just spurred this wealth of creative movement about people doing…

Marni:  Yeah.

Mason:  I’ve seen more different kinds of posters and stickers and t-shirts, just people making things to express their enthusiasm, their passion for him and for this particular election.

Marni:  He’s one of the younger presidents we’ve had in a long time, so I think there’s sort of that renewed spirit of youth in the White House and also just with younger voters. He gets pop culture more so than McCain.

 

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Discussion

Marni and Mason hope the excitement so many people feel over Obama’s victory lasts throughout his presidency. And it just might because it was a particularly inspired campaign. People found ways to express their enthusiasm through arts and crafts.

But without a doubt, Obama appealed to younger voters like Mason and Marni because his campaign made use of technologies like social networks and email to stay in touch with America’s tech-savvy youth. It also didn’t hurt that he had the support of many celebrities.

Did you expect Obama to win? Were people excited about it where you live? What do you think Obama’s victory will mean for the world?
Hey! Check out the lessons we recorded for other possible outcomes of the election on our blog!

 

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Thyphuong

Thyphuong

Viet Nam

Obama is a good President because he always thinks about how to help young people have chance to advance in their learning, so they can make a good career in their life.

10:38 PM Jun 26 2015 |

rezasalimi

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Mr. Obama has been the best president in US so far.

07:24 PM Aug 30 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Hopes were up when president  Obama  won the election, but the reality is that  in spite of his efforts  the GOP party  oppose  the laws  that  will be  necessary  to improve  the social economic  status in the US.   

02:53 PM Nov 18 2011 |

1 person likes this

southern_star

Mexico

Obama is the bext Cool

02:51 AM Aug 13 2010 |

1 person likes this

angelina790608

Tunisia

Smile

08:06 PM Jun 25 2009 |

elystar

Peru

  Hi!

I think that he is going to be an excellent president, he'll show the world that you can do good things for people.  All the world want PEACE and I hope he will do it with his actions.

01:26 AM Jan 25 2009 |

mapenghuanghao

China

may change come , everyone who seek for peace and security  hopes!

08:07 AM Dec 05 2008 |

mapenghuanghao

China

Chang has come to America,it’s a long time comeing

08:04 AM Dec 05 2008 |

2000shezilong

China

       I think he will be better than Bush.

08:01 AM Dec 04 2008 |

Veniel Calixte

Haiti

Well, i think this is the best victory ever,not for America but for the whole world.I hope with him ,the change we  can believe in,God bless and protect him.hope

09:58 PM Nov 19 2008 |

Bexo

Bexo

Ecuador

Ecuador!! =)

08:41 PM Nov 19 2008 |

maggielodge

China

Hello! Yes,I am living in socialism country,but I don not think I live on detention.Do you know the democracy is dependent on the finance?I hope one day there would be real democray!

05:20 AM Nov 19 2008 |

renj

China

i think he is able man! hope he will do mach better than last .Laughing

03:06 AM Nov 19 2008 |

weiniland

weiniland

China

Just like Obama said in his campaign,"change",Obama's being elected as the next president of the United States itself is a sign of chaning,'cause at this do or die situation,American people  give a chance to a young and colored president,which may can't be imagined years before.

America is on the edge of the economy,as well as of the world.Let's wait and see,what Obama's gonna bring to America,and also,the world.

01:15 PM Nov 17 2008 |

lifeconfident

China

   we can say nothing now.let us see where the US will go.

08:29 AM Nov 16 2008 |

vtxu

China

Wish him keep the promise and bring us changes

03:10 AM Nov 14 2008 |

Bexo

Bexo

Ecuador

love Obama!! I really love him!! he's smart… I believe he'll be able to make change possible…

11:41 PM Nov 13 2008 |

DricaBr

DricaBr

Brazil

I'm  happy, because the election is finally over.

For the last two years, the only thing on the news is about that election, it was making me sick and tired of it.

And yes, Obama will have a different aproach for the problems that Americans are facing now. But don't expect to much, because these are not easy problems to solve and will take more than  one man to do so.

04:49 AM Nov 13 2008 |

wingman

wingman

Turkey

i hope he won't go after Bush

08:29 PM Nov 12 2008 |

waite pearl

Saudi Arabia

Congratulation Obama.
I hope the world become better with u.

04:22 PM Nov 12 2008 |

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