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November, 2008:

Election Night Result: President-Elect Obama

Last night’s event will garner round the clock media attention for days to come. There are a number of important stories to follow: the historical significance of this election, how this election will change America’s status in the world, and what is in store for the President-elect. But for this post, I would like you to focus on how the two candidates transitioned from campaigning to transition/governing. Start by looking at video clips from Obama and McCain’s final campaign rallies:

Barack Obama in Manassas, VA, 11pm Monday night:

John McCain in Roswell, NM

Now watch their speeches on election night, given within 24 hours of the speeches above. Start with John McCain’s concession speech, given after the networks called the election for Obama, and after John McCain called Obama to concede the election:

Finally, watch President-Elect Obama’s victory speech in Grant Park, Chicago:

Now for the prompts:

1) How do the candidates shift from campaigning to a conclusion of the campaign in their two speeches?

2) Did John McCain meet your expectations for his concession speech? Did he exceed expectations? Would you have had the same expectations if Obama had lost?

3) Did Barack Obama meet your expectations for his victory speech? Did he exceed expectations? Would you have had the same expectations if McCain had won?

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