The Bush Administration

At the time when Bush took office, the economy was in good shape and the country was in peacetime. Only eight months after he took office, however, the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 occurred and forever changed Bush’s political path. Bush was ultimately able to take the horrible situation America had entered and “[frame] the war on terrorism and homeland security [which] provided political advantage at home and enabled him to reconstruct the basis of the nation’s relations abroad”.1

 

The SAP 500 stock market from 2000 to 2004. Source: marketvolume.com

Looking back on George W. Bush’s presidency, in which he “[denied] enemy combatants’ in Guantanamo Bay the protection of the international laws of war, [spied] on American citizens without judicial oversight, and [made] war in Iraq without reference to expert testimony”, it seems clear that there were either blind spots or immense errors in his time in office.2 The Bush II Administration left office with the country in worse shape than it began largely, though not fully, due to misguided decisions on their part.

 

1Campbell, D. E., and J. Q. Monson. “The Religion Card: Gay Marriage and the 2004 Presidential Election.” Public Opinion Quarterly72.3 (2008): 399-419. Web.

2Herbert, Jon, and Andrew Wroe. Assessing the George W. Bush presidency: a tale of two terms. Edinburgh: Edinburgh U Press, 2009. Print.