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George W. Bush

 

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George W. Bush - 07/26/2007: Congress passes the Antiterrorism Bill, which will…
Congress passes the Antiterrorism Bill, which will allow for the screening of air and sea cargo and will give more money in government antiterrorism grants to states with the greatest risk for terrorist attacks. July 26, 2007

George W. Bush - 09/17/2007: President Bush names Michael Mukasey as Attorney G…
President Bush names Michael Mukasey as Attorney General after Alberto Gonzalez announces his resignation. September 17, 2007

George W. Bush - 10/09/2007: The Dow Jones industrial average closes at 14,164,…
The Dow Jones industrial average closes at 14,164, its all-time high. Soon after, it begins a steep decline. October 09, 2007

George W. Bush - 11/27/2007: President Bush hosts a Middle East Peace Conferenc…
President Bush hosts a Middle East Peace Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. November 27, 2007

George W. Bush - 12/19/2007: Congress passes new energy legislation to increase…
Congress passes new energy legislation to increase automobile fuel efficiency standards and mandates increases in biofuel production. The bill passes the House and Senate, and President Bush signs it into law. December 19, 2007

George W. Bush - 01/18/2008: President Bush proposes a $145 billion stimulus pa…
President Bush proposes a $145 billion stimulus package in response to a housing crisis and rapidly increasing oil prices. The package gives individuals several hundred dollars to facilitate spending, as well as rebates for children and tax deductions for businesses in order to jump-start the slowing economy. January 18, 2008

George W. Bush - 01/31/2008: U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan kill a top al-Qae…
U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan kill a top al-Qaeda leader, Abu Laith al-Libi, who trained terror operatives in the region. January 31, 2008

George W. Bush - 02/01/2008: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the U.…
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the U.S. economy lost more than 15,000 jobs during the previous month. Such an elimination of jobs from the economy had not occurred for more than four years. February 01, 2008

George W. Bush - 02/07/2008: The Senate passes a $170-billion stimulus package …
The Senate passes a $170-billion stimulus package to give many Americans tax rebates as large as $600 or more, and to implement tax breaks for certain businesses in an effort to head-off impending economic slowdown. February 07, 2008

George W. Bush - 02/11/2008: Six detainees at Guantanamo Bay who were thought t…
Six detainees at Guantanamo Bay who were thought to have had roles in orchestrating the September 11 terrorist attacks are charged with conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, terrorism, and other charges. All six face the death penalty in military tribunals. February 11, 2008

George W. Bush - 03/23/2008: After a roadside bomb exploded in Baghdad, the U.S…
After a roadside bomb exploded in Baghdad, the U.S. death toll for the war in Iraq reached 4,000. March 23, 2008

George W. Bush - 05/09/2008: The State Department renews a deal with Blackwater…
The State Department renews a deal with Blackwater Worldwide, the private defense contractor whose guards killed 17 civilians in 2007, to provide defense for U.S. diplomats in the Middle East. May 09, 2008

George W. Bush - 05/22/2008: The House and Senate override President …
The House and Senate override President Bush’s veto of the Farm Bill, a $307 billion bill which will provide subsidies to farmers. More than $10 billion of the funds will go to expanding nutritional programs such as food stamps. Bush originally vetoed the bill, which he felt to be excessive. May 22, 2008

George W. Bush - 06/03/2008: Democratic candidate Barack Obama secures the part…
Democratic candidate Barack Obama secures the party’s nomination for the presidency. June 03, 2008

George W. Bush - 06/05/2008: The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence finds,…
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence finds, after a five-year study, that President Bush and other officials greatly exaggerated the evidence showing that Saddam Hussein held weapons of mass destruction. June 05, 2008

George W. Bush - 06/30/2008: In a new report issued on the situation in Iraq, t…
In a new report issued on the situation in Iraq, the U.S. Army admits that while it was able to adequately topple Hussein’s regime, it did not have the capability to rebuild Iraq into a fully-functioning new country. June 30, 2008

George W. Bush - 09/01/2008: U.S. forces hand over control of Anbar Province to…
U.S. forces hand over control of Anbar Province to the Iraqi military and police, who will now be responsible for maintaining order there. September 01, 2008

George W. Bush - 09/07/2008: The U.S. government places Fannie Mae and Freddie …
The U.S. government places Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under its control to prevent the institutions from going under and endangering more than half of the country’s mortgages. September 07, 2008

George W. Bush - 10/01/2008: Senate approves an end to the long-standing ban on…
Senate approves an end to the long-standing ban on trading nuclear fuels with India, who will be able to purchase fuel on the market as long as it is for civilian purposes. October 01, 2008

George W. Bush - 10/03/2008: At the onset of financial crisis, President Bush s…
At the onset of financial crisis, President Bush signs a $700 billion bailout plan for failing bank assets, the largest in U.S. history. October 03, 2008

George W. Bush - 10/30/2008: U.S. gross domestic product drops by 0.3 percent, …
U.S. gross domestic product drops by 0.3 percent, the first time GDP has shrunk in 17 years. October 30, 2008

George W. Bush - 10/31/2008: General David Petraeus takes over as Head of Centr…
General David Petraeus takes over as Head of Central Command, overseeing all U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and Iran. October 31, 2008

George W. Bush - 11/04/2008: Barack Obama is elected the next President of the …
Barack Obama is elected the next President of the United States in an historic election in which Democrats win in several traditionally Republican states and pick up seats in the House and Senate. Obama is the first African American elected President. November 04, 2008

George W. Bush - 11/25/2008: The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve ag…
The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve agree to provide another $800 billion in lending programs to buy debt insured by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and to provide more small loans to consumers. November 25, 2008

George W. Bush - 12/16/2008: Federal Reserve cuts interest rates to an all-time…
Federal Reserve cuts interest rates to an all-time low of zero percent, down from 1 percent and 0.25 percent earlier in the year as part of a plan to stimulate the economy. December 16, 2008

George W. Bush - 12/19/2008: President Bush issues a $17.4-billion auto bailout…
President Bush issues a $17.4-billion auto bailout to General Motors and Chrysler to keep the two American automotive giants from going bankrupt. December 19, 2008

George W. Bush - 01/20/2009: Barack Obama is inaugurated the 44th President of …
Barack Obama is inaugurated the 44th President of the United States. President Bush leaves Washington, D.C., and settles in Dallas, Texas. January 20, 2009

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