The President and Presidency

Dear Mr. President Letter Writing All grades. Students can write letters to the new president. What are they hoping for? They can also write letter to outgoing President Obama.  For many of our students he has been president for their entire life, or at least as long as they are aware.

‘I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR’ Grades 6 and up. Study the Oath of Office and explore related vocabulary.

Inauguration Interview All grades.  Students develop questions that a reporter might ask during an interview with the new president.

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations:

How does Barack Obama’s first inauguration compare to this year’s inauguration?

First Inauguration – January 20, 2009


Largest attendance of any event in the history of Washington, D.C.

Largest attendance of any Presidential Inauguration in U.S. history.

First African-American to hold the office of President of the United States.

First citizen born in Hawaii to hold the office.

Highest viewership ever of the swearing-in ceremonies on the Internet.

First woman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, to emcee the ceremony.

First inaugural webcast to include captioning.

First swearing-in ceremony to include an audio description.