Presentation on theme: "Choosing America’s President"— Presentation transcript:
1 Choosing America’s President Election 2012Choosing America’s PresidentBy Kennedy’s Korner
2 What do you know ? True or False 1) Thomas Jefferson was the first U.S. President.2) You must be at least 35 years old to be President.3) Americans elect a President every 3 years.4) The President is in charge of the U.S. armed forces.5) The President is the leader of the United States.6) Presidents’ pet can live in the White House.
3 Meet the CandidatesCandidates Mitt Romney Barack ObamaPolitical Party Republican DemocratAgeWhere he was born Michigan HawaiiFamily Ann – wife, Tagg, Matt, Michelle- wife,Josh, Ben and Craig (sons) Malia and Sasha (daughters)Likes skiing, horseback riding playing basketball and cooking chili
4 Vocabulary ~ words to know Amendment: change to the U.S. constitutionarmed forces: groups of people who protect and fight for the countrybills: written plans for new lawsballot: a form that lists all the candidates you can vote forcandidates: the people running in an electionDebates: public discussions between candidates with different viewselect: to choose by votingmonuments: statues of buildings created to remind people of events or peoplePolitical party: a group of people who share similar ideas about how the country should be runRegister: to sign up on an official listU.S. Constitution- the plan for how our government works
5 Voting over the years…. 1920 1870 19th Amendment The 19th Amendent gave women the right to vote.187015th AmendmentGave African American men the right to VOTE.197126th AmendmentThe voting age was changed. The age when people could start voting used to be 21. The 26th Amendment changed the voting age to 181892Voting MachineThe first voting machine was used in Lockport, NY1965Voting Rights ActAlmost 100 years after the 15th Amendment, some states were still making it hard for African- Americans to vote. This law said that states couldn’t make it hard for people to vote anymore.
6 The President’s many jobs Job: Commander in Chief of the Armed ForcesThe President is in charge of all partsof the armed forces. The armed forces include the Army, Navy, Air force and Marines.12Job: Chief ExecutiveThe President signs bills passed by Congress making them laws. They are also in charge of every department of government.Job: Director of Foreign PolicyThe President will decide how the U.S. will work with other countries. They visit with leaders of other nations. The President also signs treaties, or agreements, and donates money to countries in need.4Job: Head of StateThe President represents the people of the United States. Getting an award or an invitation from the President ~ is just like getting an award or an invite from AMERICA3
7 United States of America WES1) Barack Obama was born in Hawaii – Circle Hawaii.2) Mitt Romney was born in Michigan- Put and X on Michigan.3) Which state is farther south, Florida or Illinois ? _______________4) Which state is farther west, Nevada or Colorado ? _____________
8 Important IssuesCandidates will campaign for months to try to get people to vote for them. They also tell people their ideas for solving problems and making the country better. These important problems are called issues.Here are some issues candidates talk about.EducationThe EnvironmentHealth CarePick an issue that you think is important. Write a letter to the next President about that issue. Be sure to include detail and explain why you think that issue is important, what problem do you see, and how he/she can solve that problem.
9 Who Can Be President ?To Serve as President of the United States, a person mustbe at least 35 years oldhave been born a citizen of the United Stateshave lived in the United States for 14 years or moreLook at these photographs below and read about each person. Then decide if that person could be U.S. President now.This woman is 32 years old. She was born in Hawaii and still lives there.This man lives in New York. He was born in China.He’s 27 years oldThis woman has lived in the U.S. for most of her life. She was born in Ireland and moved her when she was 3. She’s 54 years old.Justin Bieber is 18 years old. He was born in Canada.He is very famous.This woman is a U.S. citizen. She was born in Buffalo, NY. She lives in Orlando, Florida and has lived there for 20 years. She is 38 years old.
10 A Day in the Life of the President 7:00- 8:00 a.m.Goes jogging with Secret Service9:30- 10:30 a.m.Meets with the White House staff11:00-11:30 a.m.Talks to reporters11:30-12:30 p.m.Makes phone calls12:30-1:15 p.m.Has lunch with the Vice President2:00- 5:00 p.m.Meets with World Leaders5:45- 6:15 p.m.Goes for a walk with the dogTimeWhat the President Does7:00- 9:00 p.m.Attends a dinner partyUse this table to answer the questions that your teacher gives you.
11 Time to VOTE ! Choose ONE candidate After you have done some research and talked to your family about the election ~ It’s your chance to VOTE.Choose ONE candidateMitt Romney Barack ObamaExplain why you voted for that person.Use details in your explanation.
12 Election 2012After the election, write the name of America’s newly elected President here :___________________________________________.In late January of 2013, the winner of the election will become the next President of the United States of America. This special day is called Inauguration Day.The winner will take an oath. He will promise to protect and defend the laws and government of the United States.How long will this person be elected to term of office ?2 years years 12 yearsDoes the new President’s family get to move into the White House with him ? Or does he just work there?Turn and talk to you friend / partner and tell them why you would like to live in the White House.