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On Display at Clarkston - Deep Archive: 2008

This board features older display pages from the summer of 2006 to January of 2010

On Display -- December 2008

Featured Web Sites

The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
The Smithsonian Institution

To tell the story of the American presidency, the National Museum of American History, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will feature a range of new media and interactive experiences. The key storytellers, however, are the more than 900 artifacts on view in "The American Presidency," most drawn from the museum’s holdings of more than 3 million objects, by far the largest collection of its kind in the nation.
Source: http://americanhistory.

American Presidents' Blog
Lorenzen, Michael and Jenny Weber

This blog features links to and posts about assorted topics relating to the lives of past Presidents. Posts cover recipes, parties, life at the White House, and other fun facts pertinent to inauguruations past and present.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Barack Obama
Barack Obama for America

This site features Barack Obama's position papers, blog, info on the recent campaign, and two terms in office.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Documentary Photographs of Presidential Inaugurals
The Smithsonian Institution
This site features photos and sound files from Presidential inaugurations from 1881 to 1997. The navigation is straightforward though there is no video and not all the photos are of fantastic quality or particularly large and detailed. This is an archived page, and yes the images are broken.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

"I Do Solemnly Swear..."
Library of Congress

"I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to George W. Bush's inauguration of 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

"The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) plans and executes all Inaugural activities at the United States Capitol, including the Inaugural swearing-in ceremony of the President and Vice President of the United States and the traditional Inaugural luncheon that follows. " This site maintains a schedule of events with information on obtaining tickets to at least some of them.
Source: Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and Eileen H. Kramer

List of Presidents of the United States

An overview article and table with images that gives brief details on the lives of past United States Presidents. Note: Wikipedia has no paid fact checkers so please make sure a more standard source confirms the accuracy of any information. The site also has a link to a site on past presidents maintained by the United States White House.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Official Presidential Inaugural Medals
oin and Medal Collectors' Assylum

Though not quite photographs, inaugural medals have a bit more gravitas than the average souvenir. Besides seeing Presidential likenesses struck in metal offers a somewhat different and rather interesting set of illustrations. This web site includes Presidents from most past inaugurations, including some obscure ones. Barack Obama's medal is not yet available.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Schedule -- Presidential Inaugural Committee
Presidential Inaugural Committee

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has outlined a preliminary schedule of official inaugural events that underscores a commitment to organizing activities that are inclusive and open to the public. The following events will take place in the nation’s capital between Sunday, January 18th and Wednesday, January 21st.

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Change We Can Believe In

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Inauguration Day

This display celebrates Barack Obama's Inauguration on January 20, 2009 as well as all things inaugural and Presidential writings in general. The written material and web sites cover everything from Presiential pets to, policy statements, to memorabilia.


Aikman, David. A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush. Nashville, TN: W. Publishing Group, 2004.
Call Number: BR516 .A45 2004

More than any other world leader in recent times, George W. Bush is a man of faith? A conservative Christian who has brought the power of prayer and the search for God's will into the Oval Office. His faith has proven to be a bedrock of strength and resolve during two of the most tumultuous years in our nation's history.

Bush, George W. A Charge to Keep. New York: Morrow, 1999.
Call Number: F391.4.B87 A3 1999

The [then] governor of Texas and presidential candidate offers a political memoir addressing many of the issues that may decide the presidential election in 2000.

Carter, Jimmy. Always a Reckoning, and Other Poems. New York: Times Books, 1995.
Call Number: PS3553.A78144 .A79 1995

A handsome little thing it is, presenting 44 humble yet competent enough poems, each illustrated with a drawing by Carter's granddaughter. Disposed in four groups thematically entitled "People," "Places," "Politics," and "Private Lives," the 44 are about half lightly nostalgic, often keenly evocative, autobiographical narratives and half blunt and simple reflections of his famously charitable political and social convictions.

Carter, Jimmy. Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006.
Call Number: DS119.7 .C3583 2006

The former president draws on his understanding of Middle East history and his personal relationships with regional leaders to share an assessment of what he believes is necessary to bring lasting peace to Israel while preserving Palestinian dignity.

President George H. W. Bush being sworn in

Clinton, Bill and Al Gore. Putting People First: How We Can All Change America. New York: Times Books, 1992.
Call Number: E884 .C55 1992

Both voices on the Democratic ticket share their views on the state of American government and their proposals for implementing meaningful change.

Clinton, Hillary Rodham. Dear Socks, Dear Buddy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.
Call Number: E886.2 .D48 1998

irst pets have always been popular, including such notables as FDR's Scottish terrier, Fala; Caroline Kennedy's pony, Macaroni; and Amy Carter's cat, Misty. President Clinton's cat, Socks, and his chocolate Labrador, Buddy, have also managed to attract quite a few fans since landing in the White House, the majority being curious children who have lots of interesting questions and aren't shy about sharing! In Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton gathers together more than 80 full-color photographs of the dynamic duo and 50 letters to them from kids across the United States and offers answers to their most-often-asked questions.

Clinton, Hillary Rodham. It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
Call Number: HQ792.U5 C57 1996

The First Lady, a longtime child advocate, expresses her concerns for the children of today's world and offers her ideas for developing our society into one that values children's unique contributions.

Gore, Albert. An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming. New York: Viking, 2007.
Call Number: QC981.8 .G56 .G668 2007

In this adapted version of the recent documentary film’s companion, the former vice-president details the factors contributing to the growing climate crisis, describes changes to the environment caused by global warming, and discusses the shift in environmental policy that is needed to avert disaster.

Obama and Biden

George H. W. Bush again

Halperin, Mark. The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President: Where the Candidates Come from, What They Believe, and How to Make Your Choice. New York: Harper Perennial, 2007.
Call Number: E901 .H35 2007

A guide to the 2008 presidential candidates provides an overview of each candidate, covering their basics, which includes career, religion, and education; their stand on the war in Iraq, health care, taxes, the economy, and other significant issues; and their strengths and weaknesses.

Hiber, Amanda Ed. Is the U.S. Ready for a Minority President? Detroit, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2008.
Call Number: JK528 .I8 2008

Essays discuss whether minority candidates, including women, African Americans, Mormons, and Hispanics, have a fair chance of becoming president of the United States.

A Jimmy Carter Peanut   Bill and Hillary Clinton dancing together

Hoopes, Jame. Hail to the CEO: The Failure of George W. Bush and the Cult of Moral Leadership. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008.
Call Number: E903.3 .H66 2008

In this short of tightly argued work, Hoopes presents a clear thesis: George W. Bush has misunderstood and misused his moral authority as president....Hoopes argues that a misguided moral superiority animates decision making in the Bush White House, blinding them to the perils of abusing power...

Jones, Charles O. The American Presidency: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Call Number: JK516 .J636 2007

As America stands poised at the start of another electoral rollercoaster, this "Very Short Introduction" is a timely guide to the process from a professor of political science. It is a brief history, a friendly explanation and a reassurance that enough checks and balances exist to ensure that whoever we get next year can't do too much harm. Which is good to know, given the current guy.

Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage. Harper Perennial. 2006.
Call Number: E176 .K4 2006

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1956, Profiles in Courage resounds with timeless lessons on themost cherished of virtues and is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit. It is, as Robert Kennedy states in the foreword, "not just stories of the past but a book of hope and confidence for the future." What happens to the country, to the world, depends on what we do with what others have left us.

McCain, John. Faith of my Fathers. New York: Random House, 1999.
Call Number: E840.8.M467 .A3 1999

As the 2000 presidential campaign heats up, Republican hopeful McCain, the senior senator from Arizona, weighs in with the most engrossing book to appear in a long time from a presidential candidate. Writing with Salter, his administrative assistant, McCain carefully avoids the pitfalls of self-promotion, knowing that he has a larger, more interesting story to tell than merely why he wants to be president.

Obama, Barack. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. New York: Crown, 2006.
Call Number: E901.1 .O23 .A3 2006

The [then] junior senator from Illinois discusses how to transform U.S. politics, calling for a return to America’s original ideals and revealing how they can address such issues as globalization and the function of religion in public life.

Hail to the CEO    Very Short Guide to the Presidency

Obama, Barack. Change We Can Believe in: Barack Obama's Plan to Rnew America's Promise. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2008.
Call Number: E901.1 O23 .033 2008

At this defining moment in our history, Americans are hungry for change. After years of failed policies and failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has proven to be a new kind of leader–one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we face, and move this nation forward. Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America.

Washington, DC. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
Call Number: F192.3 .W3225 2003

Insight City Guides are the next generation in travel guides. Lively essays by local writers, hundreds of full-color photos, dozens of maps, a user-friendly format, and expert advice on the not-to-be-missed attractions all come together in the most portable, affordable, comprehensive travel guide on the market. KEY FEATURES *Magazine-style instant orientation such as money-saving tips, activities for kids, free attractions, website addresses, and insider advice.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child    Undecided Voter's Guide

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