What's Happening in the U.S.?

Let's explore the 2000's, Modern America

Election of 2008

- Barack Obama ran on the Democratic ticket

- John McCain ran on the opposite Republican ticket

- Obama aimed to raise taxes on the rich and provide insurance to America's workforce

- McCain was a conservative who aimed to balance the nation's budget and make abortion illegal.

- Obama won and became the U.S.'s 44th and first African American president.

Effects of the 9/11 Attacks

- The Patriot Act was promptly passed to increase national security

- U.S. invaded Afghanistan and Iraq in attempt to take down Al Qaeda

- Self-Defense budgets for the U.S. skyrocketed

- Deportations majorly increased

- Foreign surveillance increased

War in Afghanistan

- Troops were sent to Afghanistan to dismantle Al Qaeda and the Taliban, the terrorist groups believed to be responsible for the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.

- Longest running war in U.S. history

- Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, was finally assassinated in 2011 in Pakistan

- Obama made it part of his main goals to get troops out of Afghanistan, and in 2011 they started to move out

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