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In graphic novel format, follows President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election campaign. (Description provided by publisher).


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In graphic novel format, follows President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election campaign. (Description provided by publisher).

17 review for Obama: the historic election of America's 44th president

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    Biskup recounts Barack Obama’s meteoric rise in politics from senator to president, in a graphic comic format that is sure to appeal to high-low and mainstream readers. Biographical information accompanied by several colorful photographs, follows the graphic comic section, along with a brief glossary, sources for more information, and a short index. In 2004, Barack Obama was a barely-known senator from Illinois. Five years later, he became the 44th president of the United States. He is the first Biskup recounts Barack Obama’s meteoric rise in politics from senator to president, in a graphic comic format that is sure to appeal to high-low and mainstream readers. Biographical information accompanied by several colorful photographs, follows the graphic comic section, along with a brief glossary, sources for more information, and a short index. In 2004, Barack Obama was a barely-known senator from Illinois. Five years later, he became the 44th president of the United States. He is the first African-American to hold that office. The focus is on Obama’s campaign as he campaigns for the Democratic Party nomination and the election that made history. There is pro-Obama bias, but there is no mud-raking of opponents or other parties. Seitu Hayde, the illustrator, is able to depict characters consistently. Readers will easily be able to identify Barack and Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. Joe Biden and John McCain are not as fortunate, and Palin’s daughter is a poorly drawn goose-necked figure. Bias is subtle, but evident, in crowd scenes, where broadly smiling and grinning figures people frames involving Democrats and smiling or reserved faces greet Republicans; colorful patriotic colors and brighter tones are assigned to Democratic frames. The most colorful element on the page introducing McCain, for instance, is a war scene of military vehicles in Iraq, with a looming cross-armed grim-faced figure of McCain filling most of the page. Very effective was the inclusion of realistic elements, such as campaign placards, magazine covers, and newspaper clippings throughout the story. Direct quotes were subtly identified in pale yellow text balloons. Despite the subtle bias, this is a readable, appealing summary of the 2008 presidential campaign.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    The use of a graphic novel format to depict the 2008 presidential campaign and the events preceding it is very effective, and allows readers to obtain information about the election and its significance quickly. The title describes the rapid rise to fame of Barack Obama who was running for the U. S. Senate in 2004 when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic Convention. Something about the way he spoke electrified listeners, and a political star was born. The book is divided into thre The use of a graphic novel format to depict the 2008 presidential campaign and the events preceding it is very effective, and allows readers to obtain information about the election and its significance quickly. The title describes the rapid rise to fame of Barack Obama who was running for the U. S. Senate in 2004 when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic Convention. Something about the way he spoke electrified listeners, and a political star was born. The book is divided into three chapters that explore his early years, his later nomination in 2008, and the campaign for the presidency. The fact that the author seems to admire her subject doesn't detract from the historic election results that brought an African American to the White House for the first time in the nation's history. Reading the title reminded me of the hope and promise that seemed to spread throughout the land during those months in 2008. Whether readers are supporters of the presidential incumbent or his opponent, the information about his fund-raising and outreach efforts through the Internet is quite intriguing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Wright

    Excellent, in-depth book about Obama's road to the White House. Includes other key people in the presidential races of 2004 and 2008 that were part of his story including John Kerry, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. Excellent, in-depth book about Obama's road to the White House. Includes other key people in the presidential races of 2004 and 2008 that were part of his story including John Kerry, John McCain, and Sarah Palin.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beth

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    Gabe

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    Sara Asendorf

  7. 4 out of 5

    18hanja

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather Rochon

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    Jessica Camacho

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. G

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

  12. 4 out of 5

    Russell Street School Library

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    Conquering Dinner

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    Valerie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rikkie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ardmore Elementary

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katie

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