Although there was a first Bush Administration under the guidance of his father, most scholars point to the presidency of George W. Bush as the general heir to this title. Beginning on January 20, 2001 and lasting the next eight years, the Bush Administration oversaw the executive branch of the U.S. federal government during one of the most tumultuous and eventful eras in American history. Overseeing the nation's entrance into the 21st century, Bush and his officials were faced with terrorism, war, natural disasters and social upheaval in such a short period of time, historians scarcely have examples to rival its legacy. From the controversial No Child Left Behind and tax cut programs to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, the administration's choices and policy were the center of a storm that provided breaks from a two-front War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Coming to power in one if the most decisive elections in American history with an unprecedented recount and Supreme Court case, by 2008 the nation had changed dramatically from what it had been in 2000. As the Bush Administration left office, it was standing at the precipice with the largest financial collapse since the Great Depression rippling through the world and the election of Barack Obama a direct result of the era. This Bright Hub guide is designed to help shed light on the various policies and historic events with which this presidency dealt and faced during its reign of power.
Official Painting of President George W. Bush. (Supplied by the Executive Office of the President of the United States; Public Domain; http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Official_painting_of_George_W._Bush.jpg)
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