His presidency began January 20, 2001. He was the 43rd president of the United States of America. Florida's 25 electoral votes gave Bush, 271 electoral vote, enough to win. Bush pushed through a $1.3 trillion Tax Cut program and the No Child Left Behind Act, and also pushed for socially conservative efforts such as the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and faith-based welfare initiative. Bush declared a global War on Terrorism, after the 9/11 attacks .Running as a self-styled "war president" in the midst of the Iraq War. Bush won re-election in 2004. Second term highlighted by several free trade agreements.Upon leaving office the final poll recorded his approval rating as 19%, a record low for any U.S. President

First term

after a contentious series of primary elections, he won the Republican presidential nomination. ran against Al Gore. As Election Day unfolded, there was no clear winner.

Florida's Votes

Florida’s 25 electoral votes were held in the balance where some counties said there was problems with balloting. After more than a month of recounting and legal maneuvering, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that Bush won the election.


The war had begun, and President George W. Bush promised the American people that he would do all he could to prevent another terrorist attack.

Iraq War

The Bush administration successfully obtained a UN Security Council resolution to return weapons inspectors to Iraq. Bush declared that Iraq hadn’t complied with inspections. So in March of 2002 the United States launched a successful invasion of Iraq, quickly defeating there military.

Second Term

Bush's political core remained supportive. Even thought the wars were not going well and his efforts in Social Security reform had met with great resistance.