George W. Bush's Vision

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George W. Bush's Vision

"Terrorists attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."-Brainy Quotes

A P R E S I D E N T ' S V I S I O N

George W. Bush

During Bush’s campaign, he had made many promises and stated that many acts would be enabled in his first months of his presidency; however, most of his vision for our country was turned upside down on September 11th, 2001. The War on Terror had begun, and President George W. Bush promised the American people that he would do all he could to prevent another terrorist attack. Bush stated, on the morning of 911, that “freedom itself was attacked…by a faceless coward” and he promised, “freedom will be defended.” A comprehensive strategy was formed with the creation of the Homeland Security Department, the Patriot. The Bush administration also built international alliances to seek out and destroy Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Afghanistan. This had become Bush’s new vision; protect American from the War on Terror.In September 2002, the Bush administration announced that the United States would use military force, if necessary, to prevent threats from terrorists and/or rogue states" especially any that possessed weapons of mass destruction. Based on incorrect reports, the Bush administration successfully obtained a UN Security Council resolution to return weapons inspectors to Iraq; subsequently, Bush declared that Iraq didn’t comply with inspections, and the United States quickly defeated the Iraqi military. Bush promised to evoke fear in the nations enemies, “Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear’” and that’s exactly what he did.Though the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not going well, and his efforts in the Social Security reform hadn’t pleased the people, Bush's political core remained supportive, and he reelected in 2004. In 2008, as George W. Bush entered the final year of his presidency, the country faced massive challenges. The United States was fighting two foreign wars, and the budget surplus left by the Clinton administration had transformed into a multi trillion dollar debt caused by the effects of military spending, tax cuts, and slow economic growth. In the early fall of 2008, the country was hit with a severe credit crisis that sent the stock market into free fall and led to massive layoffs. The Bush administration scrambled and encouraged Congress to enact a controversial $700 billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Act to bail out the housing and banking industries. Needless to say, Bush’s presidency started and ended with a bang.

6:20 p.m., September 11: President Bush and his staff look out the windows of Air Force One at the F-16 fighter jets escorting them back to Washington. (Photo: Eric Draper/George W. Bush Presidential Library)

September 11, 2001.

10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in Shanksville, Pennsylvania September 10, 2011

Sensitive but unclassified document discussing the attack on Al Queda

Bush''s spending on US defenses during his presidency.

Political cartoon that depicts Bush's idea for taxes in a way that is negatively impacting the economy.

Bush adressing the press about the War on Terrorism

A cartoon depicting the after math of Bush's presidency.


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