A Case Study of Presidential Inaugurations: Kennedy and Obama

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How do the inauguration ceremonies of a president-elect reflect the values of that president? This is the question presented to government students as they research and compare the inaugurations of John F. Kennedy in 1961 and President Barack H. Obama.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Although the exercise can be used any time during the course, the experience would be of particular value during an election year just prior to the inauguration ceremony
  • Ask groups to research the ceremonies of other presidents
Pros

  • A brilliantly crafted plan designed to cause learners to examine and reflect on the ways that presidents, from Washington to Obama, craft their image
  • A wealth of resources are included in the packet
Cons

  • None