It's Inauguration Day in the United States. This is the day when we swear in a new President at noon Eastern time. One president goes out and the next, comes in, peacefully. No matter where in the world you are*, and no matter if Obama was your choice for President, this day offers an opportunity to teach students how a democracy works.
Here are several links to educational sites or information on the 2009 inauguration:
Want to watch the inauguration on Facebook, tweet during it on Twitter, watch it streaming live online or on television? There are more options, including watching the inauguration via your iPhone, all listed in Lifehacker's Guide to Watching the Inauguration Anywhere
Here is an unusual look Inside the US Presidency, courtesy of National Geographic. The article includes many interesting tidbits such as this one: Did you know that most White House employees stay in their jobs from one president to another?
(photo by Lori Seaborg 2008 – The American flag over Mobile Bay, Alabama)
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*Please send me an email if there is something going on in your country that we could teach our students. We'd love links to educational material/sites about it! Email me at loriseaborg @ gmail.com (smoosh all that together – the spaces keep the spambots from finding my email address so easily).