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President George H.W. Bush January 20, 1989 January 20, 1993 Created & edited by Steve Armstrong SHS, 1994-2006.

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1 President George H.W. Bush January 20, 1989 January 20, 1993 Created & edited by Steve Armstrong SHS,

2 President Bush Inaugural

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4 Bush’s promises & dilemma  “I want a kinder, gentler nation”  “Read my lips, no new taxes.”  Bush had to push through a tax increase in 1990, something for which he blamed Democrats This would come back to haunt him in 1992 This would come back to haunt him in 1992  Voter turnout declined even more 50% of registered voters cast ballots 50% of registered voters cast ballots

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6 War on illegal drugs  Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign expanded into a new executive office of a Drug Czar Worked to create programs to rid the nation of the nation’s illegal drug problem Worked to create programs to rid the nation of the nation’s illegal drug problem

7 President Bush meets press

8 China Rebellion, June 1989  Chinese students staged a rebellion against communism  Chinese government responded harshly  President Bush only gave a muted response

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12 Berlin Wall fell, Nov 1989

13 Predicted since 1940s  Eastern and western Germany were united after the collapse of the Berlin Wall  Several eastern European nations gained their freedom  The USSR split into Russia and other free nations

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15 Bush & Gorbachev

16 Panama Revolt, 1989  Gen. Noriega of Panama was involved in drug smuggling Noriega had been a CIA informant  American federal courts indicted Noriega for drug trafficking  Noriega was arrested

17 Bush & Pope John Paul II

18 Bush & Nelson Mandela

19 Clean Air Act, 1989  The updated law would reduce acid rain by 50%  Pushed for more emissions controls  Both Democrats and Republicans supported this law

20 Americans with Disabilities  Bush signed the ADA in July 1989  The ADA mandated that states make more aggressive steps to provide accommodation to provide aid to those with disabilities

21 Bush came to Montana!!!

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23 A new Air Force One

24 Iraq invaded Kuwait

25 Bush & Kuwait Amir

26 Bush with Joint Chiefs

27 Bush and Gen. Colin Powell

28 Bush ordered American forces to Saudi Arabia

29 Mobilizing for War  Bush sent nearly 500,000 troops and support personnel to Saudi Arabia  Bush gave Iraqi President Saddam Hussein a deadline to leave Iraq

30 Bush visited troops

31 War Plan

32 Bush announced the war  Bush announced that USA air forces attacked Bagdad and other military sites  War started on January 16, 1991

33 War ended February 23

34 Los Angeles, 1991  Rodney King was beaten by L.A. police  Police officers were acquitted of police brutality  This set of days of rioting in Los Angeles

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36 Trucker Reginald Denny was nearly beaten to death

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38 Businesses were looted

39 Rodney King’s request  Rodney King asked that the riots cease  “Can’t we just get along?”  The riots ended  America’s racial divide showed its ugly scar once again

40 Clarence Thomas  President Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court  Thomas was accused of sexual harassment by a former co-worker  The hearings delved into Thomas’s sex life

41 Thomas was sworn in

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43 Thomas nomination and hearing galvanized women  More women ran for state and national office as a result of the Thomas hearings  Women were offended at the harsh treatment of women by the men on the Senate confirmation panel

44 Illegal immigration issues,

45 And the debate


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