20 February, 2016

U.S. Presidents’ Day and elections

Today’s session of the Gabfest Club (Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) was dedicated to the Presidents’ Day.
Presidents’ Day, also known as Washington's Birthday, is on the third Monday of February. It not only honors George Washington, the first President of the United States, and Abraham Lincoln whose both birthdays are in February, but honors all the presidents. It is a federal holiday in the USA.
The group was presented the information about the iconic American Monument – Mount Rushmore. The monument depicts the faces of four former U.S. Presidents blasted and carved from the white rock. Mount Rushmore is a project of colossal proportion, colossal ambition and colossal achievement. From 1927 to 1941 the 400 workers at Mount Rushmore physically sculpted, through the rock and soil, a landmark that people from across the nation and around the world would travel to see for generations to come. The illustrative videos presented to the group the striking facts about the monument and its secrets.
The second part of the session was dedicated to the explanations about the U.S. Presidential election system. The videos illustrated this complicated topic and introduced several important political terms – to run for presidency, caucus, elector, swing state, primary elections, etc. The other videos offered to the group covered the topics of ideal presidential candidates for campaign 2016 and candidates’ background. Each video was commented by our American volunteer Mr. Jason who attended the session and helped the Gabfest Club members to understand the implications that were clear only to American citizens.
The complicated topic made us focus on auditing, but it provided an insight into the Presidential elections for the learners of American English at WOA.
The topic was interesting and the session was enjoyed by all the participants.
Number of participants – 27 persons.

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