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The Bush II and Obama Years: The New Millennium Use the packet given to you and the last few subsections in the Enduring Vision for additional info (p. 1056-1082).
The 2000 Election Bush/Cheney vs. Gore/Lieberman vs. Ralph Nader Bush eventually wins by 537 votes in Florida 36 days without a President while recounts went on http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecou rt/future/landmark_bush.html http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecou rt/future/landmark_bush.html http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2 013/04/29/17971531-ex-supreme- court-justice-has-second-thoughts-on- bush-v-gore?lite http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2 013/04/29/17971531-ex-supreme- court-justice-has-second-thoughts-on- bush-v-gore?lite
George W. Bush (2001-2009) Former oil executive, part owner of the Texas Rangers TX Governor “Compassionate conservatism”
The economy and domestic affairs $1.35 trillion tax cut $300 or $600 refund checks from the surplus Education reform: No Child Left Behind (standardized tests, all kids in the US will be proficient by 2014, etc.) 2001 recession Stories of corporate corruption: Enron, Tyco, Worldcom, etc.
The War on Terrorism Taliban in Afghanistan overthrown in late 2001; US forces remained to stabilize the government and pursue Bin Laden and Al Qaeda (and we are still there in 2013) Reorganization of the federal government: Dept of Homeland Security; Director of National Intelligence The emphasis on the war on terrorism leads to large gains for Republicans in 2002 (Republicans controlled all branches of government)
Iraq War No link between Al Qaeda/9/11 and Iraq Threat of WMD Bush Doctrine: preemptive war March, 2003: attack launched without UN Security Council approval In 1 month of fighting, Baghdad was captured Occupation went on; insurgency against US forces exploded
Bush’s second term The two wars continue Hurricane Katrina, August 2005 2008 financial collapse: the worst since The Great Depression “The Great Recession” Exploding national debt (the US debt doubled between 2001-2009 after Bush inherited a surplus)