Presidential Speeches: What the candidates said was just as important as where they say it. This map shows the most
commonly used words by McCain and Obama in their speeches nationwide. “Energy” and “oil” were two of the most
commonly-used words for both candidates in
The Vice-Presidential Picks: What does place say
about personality? Apparently a
lot. Arguably a crucial part of the 2008 election was the VP pick
for both candidates. With the strengths
and weaknesses of both picks examined tirelessly (and yes, sometimes unevenly)
by the media, we are reminded that geographic connections are a major
consideration for any Presidential candidate picking a running mate. Obama’s pick of Joe Biden gave the Democrats
a substantial lead in the swing state of
Global Economic Collapse and the Main Street vs. Wall Street Debate: Sick of that phrase yet? I’m sure you are. The Main Street versus Wall Street debate came up in the presidential and vice presidential debates ad nauseam, and showed the importance of each candidate’s knowledge of the strife of the middle class, again by relating their personal experiences to place.
The Great Schlep: So, this might not have been one of
the most “pivotal” moments in election history, but it’s a fun one
none-the-less. “The Great
Schlep” (TGS as some affectionately refer to it) was a movement by the
Jewish Council for Education and Research that encouraged Jewish youth to make
the “schlep” to
Obama’s Trip Abroad: Although initially the New York Times reported that Obama’s trip abroad did not boost the public’s confidence in his foreign affairs abilities, it seems that his trip resonated with the rest of the world in a very positive way. In our last MWW blog post, Sarah commented on Obama’s overwhelming acceptance abroad. Understanding the connections between places is an important quality that both candidates needed to have to legitimate their candidacy, not only in the U.S. but the world abroad.
What were you favorite geographic “facets” of the campaign? And what geographic issues will be most critical to the new President in the months ahead?
Bethany for My Wonderful World
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