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On July 27, 2018

Bell Ringer: Comparing Trump & Obama Victory Speeches

Obama highlights challenges during Victory Speech

Obama highlights challenges facing the nation during his 2008 victory speech in Chicago


Barack Obama and Donald Trump are noted as being charismatic individuals. Compare the tone and delivery of their respective victory speeches on the nights of their elections. In both clips, candidates outline the challenges the nation must face going forward.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What are some similarities between the two speeches?
  • What are some differences between the two speeches?
  • What are problems or challenges that President Obama mentions that President Trump does not, and vice versa?
  • What, if any, are the challenges that both presidents cite?
  • What does President Obama say to Americans who did NOT vote for him?
  • What does President Trump say to Americans who did NOT vote for him?
  • What are the similarities and differences between the two presidents in reaching out to Americans who did not vote for them?



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