Also for this week, as I mentioned today, I'd like you all to investigate the presidents that you chose during today's meeting. You should all have two, except for the person who chose Clinton/Bush/Obama. You will need to answer, on the blog, whatever questions I asked for your particular president. Some presidents have many questions under their names, some do not -- it was the luck of the draw. I'd like you to post your answers by Tuesday night (and obviously read what one another write), so that when we talk about the rest of the presidents on Wednesday, you'll all have a better idea about them. You answers should be concise but answer the question. I understand that you could write a book on some of the answers, but do your best to be brief (while fully answering the question). Please also write the questions before your answers, so we won't have to keep flipping back to this blog post to see the question you were answering. Here are your questions:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt ("FDR"):
1. How many terms did he serve?
2. What was the Great Depression?
3. What is social security?
4. What happened during WWII? Who was fighting against whom? What were a few highlights?
Harry S Truman:
1. What 2 cities did he drop atomic bombs on? What was the rationale for dropping them?
2. What was the Berlin Airlift?
3. What happened in the Korean War?
4. What was the Cold War?
5. What does "The Buck Stops Here" mean?
Dwight D. Eisenhower ("Ike"):
1. What was his career before he was President?
2. Who were the members of the Allied Forces during WWII?
3. What was the result of Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas?
4. Who were the "Little Rock 9?" Why are they famous?
5. What was Levittown?
John F. Kennedy ("JFK"):
1. What religion was he? Why was this a big deal when he ran for President?
2. What was the Bay of Pigs?
3. What was the Cuban Missile Crisis?
4. What does "Ich bin ein Berliner" mean and why did JFK say it?
5. In what city was JFK assassinated? What was the date?
Lyndon Baines Johnson ("LBJ"):
1. What is the "War on Poverty?"
2. Explain Johnson's role in Vietnam - did he support it?
Richard M. Nixon:
1. What is the "silent majority?"
2. Tell us what happened at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.
3. What was Watergate?
4. How did Nixon's presidency end?
1. How long was he president?
2. How did he become president without ever being elected either Vice President or President?
1. Explain the Egyptian/Israeli Peace Accords.
2. Explain the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
1. What did Reagan do for a living during most of his life before running for President?
2. Where was he and what was the significance of his saying, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" What wall? Who is Gorbachev?
George H.W. Bush (the elder):
1. What was the Persian Gulf War? Why was it fought?
2. Who is Ross Perot and why was he important to the 1992 election?
1. What happened during the first bombing of the World Trade Center? Who bombed it?
2. Who was Monica Lewinsky? Why did she become famous?
George W. Bush (junior):
1. Who is Al Qaeda?
2. What happened on September 11, 2001? Who was responsible?
3. Briefly explain the war in Iraq. Who was Saddam Hussein? What were our rationale for going to war?
1. Who did he defeat in the Democratic Primary?
2. What are his accomplishments thus far as president?