This Exhibit is Closed
Location: Level 6
WASHINGTON — Every four years, Americans elect a president. And every four years, battle lines are drawn as presidential candidates and reporters face off in the conflict zone known as "the campaign trail."
The Newseum's new election-year exhibit, "Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press," explores how media coverage of presidential campaigns has evolved from William McKinley's 1896 front porch campaign to Barack Obama's 2008 Internet campaign, as candidates and reporters tangle over issues, images and control of the story.
The exhibit features interactive activities and an original video on televised campaign ads, shown on a 100-foot-wide video screen in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater.
Among the campaign artifacts on display:
- A microphone used by Franklin D. Roosevelt to deliver his famous "fireside chats"
- Handwritten notes taken by John F. Kennedy during a 1960 presidential debate with Richard Nixon
- The "Florida, Florida, Florida" white board used by NBC's Tim Russert on election night 2000 to predict the key role the state would play in the outcome
- The gold-plated Electro-Voice microphone used by conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh.
- A quilt signed by reporters who traveled with John McCain on the "Straight Talk Express" during McCain's unsuccessful 2000 bid for the Republican nomination.
- The jacket worn by Hillary Rodham Clinton when she became the first person to use her own website to declare her candidacy for the presidency
- The suit, flag lapel pin and eyeglasses worn by Tina Fey as Sarah Palin in a 2008 "Saturday Night Live" sketch, and the blue suit with a Barack Obama pin worn by Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton.
"Every Four Years" will also feature an interactive area where Newseum visitors can create their own campaign photo ops by mixing various backgrounds and candidates. Visitors also can "vote" for their picks in the 2012 presidential election in a special Newseum voting booth.
"Every Four Years" was made possible through generous premier sponsorship from the American Association of University Women.
Contributing sponsorship support is provided by The Washington Examiner.