The New Millenium
Election of 2000
• George W. Bush (Republican) vs. Al Gore
(Democrat)
• Gore:
• VP
• Lacked a strong personality
• Bush:
•...
Election of 2000
• What should gov’t do w/ surplus
• $237 Billion
• Bush==Tax Cut
• Democrats said tax cut would go to wea...
Election of 2000
• To close to call
• Florida would have a recount
• Did Nader (Green Party) stop Gore from winning FL?
• ...
Bush Presidency
• Approach was more “corporate” compared to
Clinton’s laid back style
• Strict schedule
• Woke up early & ...
Bush Presidency
• Major tax cut, largest in history
• Cuts favored the wealthy
• Most taxpayers received a rebate of $300
...
1st term
• 9/11/2001
• NYC, Washington DC
• Hijacked commercial planes
• Both towers of NYC’s World Trade Center
• Pentago...
1st term
• 180 died in Pentagon
• WTC buildings, 110 stories high, crumbled to the
ground
• Roughly 2,800 died
• Osama Bin...
1st term
• “War on Terrorism”
• Oct. 7, 2001—”Operation Enduring Freedom”
• Bombing campaign aimed at Taliban military & c...
1st term
• W/in month of 9/11 Bush created new executive
department: Homeland Security
• Beefed up presence at airports
• ...
1st term
• Jan. 2002, Bush speaks of an “axis of evil”
• Included Iraq, Iran, North Korea
• Bush administration started to...
• MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
SPEECH
• May 1, 2003
• Televised address onboard
the USS Abraham Lincoln
• “Mission Accomplished”
B...
1st term
• All American troops were
withdrawn from Iraq by the
end of 2011
• 4K+ Americans killed
• 30K+ wounded
WAR on terror--
controversy
• Surveillance
• Patriot Act, NSA
• Waterboarding
• Prosecution of unlawful enemy combatants b...
Election of 2004
• Bush, Republican
• “JOhn KErry”
• “Kerry is Scary”
• Bush called Kerry a
“Massachusetts liberal” &
a
“f...
Election of 2004
• High voter turnout, another
close election expected
• 12 million more than 2000
• Both Bush & Kerry
rec...
2nd term
• Hurricane Katrina, Aug.
2005
• Bush declared a state of
disaster in LA, MS, & AL
• FEMA’s response was slow
& f...
Etc.
• Entered White House w/
50% approval, 80-90%
after 9/11, fell to as low as
19% in 2nd term
• Final approval rating w...
Election of 2008
• Barack Obama & Joe
Biden, Democrats
• Obama defeats Clinton by
early June
• Obama=limited political
exp...
Election of 2008
• Issues
• Iraq War
• McCain supported it, Obama opposed it
• McCain commented that the U.S. could be Ira...
Election of 2008
• Popular vote
• Obama=52.9%
• McCain=45.7%
• 131.3 million voted, highest turnout ever, 60+%
• 62 votes ...
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  1. 1. The New Millenium
  2. 2. Election of 2000 • George W. Bush (Republican) vs. Al Gore (Democrat) • Gore: • VP • Lacked a strong personality • Bush: • Texas Governor • Son of a President • Hoped to return morality & respect to White House
  3. 3. Election of 2000 • What should gov’t do w/ surplus • $237 Billion • Bush==Tax Cut • Democrats said tax cut would go to wealthy • Democrats thought that surplus should be used to protect Social Security
  4. 4. Election of 2000 • To close to call • Florida would have a recount • Did Nader (Green Party) stop Gore from winning FL? • Hanging chads??? • Florida became a battleground filled w/ lawyers, politicians, media, etc. • 36 days later the SC settled it in Bush v. Gore • 5-4 they ruled to discontinue all recounts in FL • Bush had secured the presidency • 4th time candidate w/ most popular votes lost • 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000
  5. 5. Bush Presidency • Approach was more “corporate” compared to Clinton’s laid back style • Strict schedule • Woke up early & left office at the end of the workday • Clinton often worked long into the night, but had more casual style • Bush gave more power to his Cabinet, esp. VP Dick Cheney
  6. 6. Bush Presidency • Major tax cut, largest in history • Cuts favored the wealthy • Most taxpayers received a rebate of $300 • Hoped to jumpstart a faltering economy • Recession after dot-com bubble burst • Education reform---NCLB • Accountability, “high-stakes testing” • Federal funding tied to test scores
  7. 7. 1st term • 9/11/2001 • NYC, Washington DC • Hijacked commercial planes • Both towers of NYC’s World Trade Center • Pentagon • 4th plane outside of Pittsburgh • 266 passengers & crew died on planes
  8. 8. 1st term • 180 died in Pentagon • WTC buildings, 110 stories high, crumbled to the ground • Roughly 2,800 died • Osama Bin Laden, head of Al Qaeda • Taliban provided sanctuary for Bin Laden in Afghanistan • Taliban refused to turn over Bin Laden • Bush to Taliban, they will “pay a price”
  9. 9. 1st term • “War on Terrorism” • Oct. 7, 2001—”Operation Enduring Freedom” • Bombing campaign aimed at Taliban military & communication bases • W/in a few months an interim gov’t est. in Kabul (capital of Afghanistan) & Taliban was mostly wiped out • Many taken to prison at Guantanamo Bay , Cuba • Taliban/Ql Qaeda fighters fled Kabul for mountains • Bin Laden was in hiding • Taken out by Navy SEALs in May of 2011 • 2K+ Americans killed • American troops still present • Withdrawal under way
  10. 10. 1st term • W/in month of 9/11 Bush created new executive department: Homeland Security • Beefed up presence at airports • Headed by PA Governor, Tom Ridge • Anthrax scares (in mail) • News media, Senators, • 18 infected, 5 died
  11. 11. 1st term • Jan. 2002, Bush speaks of an “axis of evil” • Included Iraq, Iran, North Korea • Bush administration started to build a case for invading Iraq • Oct. 2002, Congress passes resolution allowing the President to use force against Iraq • War began on March 19, 2003 • “Coalition of the willing”—20 nations (most notable==UK) • “Operation Iraqi Freedom” • Reasoning=connections to terrorist groups & WMDs? • Additionally Hussein’s gov’t had major violations of human rights • Saddam Hussein was captured in Dec. of 2003 • Sentenced to death by Iraqi Special Tribunal • Executed in Dec. of 2006
  12. 12. • MISSION ACCOMPLISHED SPEECH • May 1, 2003 • Televised address onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln • “Mission Accomplished” Banner • “…the tyrant has fallen and Iraq is free.” • “The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September the 11th, 2001 and still goes on.”
  13. 13. 1st term • All American troops were withdrawn from Iraq by the end of 2011 • 4K+ Americans killed • 30K+ wounded
  14. 14. WAR on terror-- controversy • Surveillance • Patriot Act, NSA • Waterboarding • Prosecution of unlawful enemy combatants by military commission rather than a standard trial • Some held for months, even years, w/o access to lawyers • Intense interrogations, even torture • In 2008 Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay, but still open today (150+ detainees)
  15. 15. Election of 2004 • Bush, Republican • “JOhn KErry” • “Kerry is Scary” • Bush called Kerry a “Massachusetts liberal” & a “flip-flopper” • John Kerry, Democrat, long-time Senator from MA • “Kerry Bush Out” • “More Trees, Less Bush” • “Stronger at Home and More Respected in the World” • Kerry touted his Vietnam War experience
  16. 16. Election of 2004 • High voter turnout, another close election expected • 12 million more than 2000 • Both Bush & Kerry received more popular votes than any previous candidate
  17. 17. 2nd term • Hurricane Katrina, Aug. 2005 • Bush declared a state of disaster in LA, MS, & AL • FEMA’s response was slow & flawed • Some argued the response was limited due to the Iraq War • 2007, U.S. entered recession • Bush signed into a law a $170 billion stimulus package • 500,000 jobs lost in November, 2008 alone • GDP grew slower during Bush’s Presidency than the norm
  18. 18. Etc. • Entered White House w/ 50% approval, 80-90% after 9/11, fell to as low as 19% in 2nd term • Final approval rating was 34% according to Gallup • Similar to Jimmy Carter • 2000 & 2004, Time “Person of the Year” • Close to Tony Blair of UK & Vicente Fox of Mexico • Rising tensions w/ Putin by end of 2nd term
  19. 19. Election of 2008 • Barack Obama & Joe Biden, Democrats • Obama defeats Clinton by early June • Obama=limited political experience at national level • Senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 • Born in Hawaii, controversy over birth certificate • John McCain & Sarah Palin, Republicans • Palin, Governor of Alaska, was a surprise pick/controversial move • McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for 5.5 years • McCain=Long-time Senator from AZ
  20. 20. Election of 2008 • Issues • Iraq War • McCain supported it, Obama opposed it • McCain commented that the U.S. could be Iraq for the next “50 to 100” years • Bush’s unpopularity • Bush did no campaigning • Change vs. Experience • The economy • Health care
  21. 21. Election of 2008 • Popular vote • Obama=52.9% • McCain=45.7% • 131.3 million voted, highest turnout ever, 60+% • 62 votes for Santa Claus • 11 votes for Mickey Mouse

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