You Lived It! Don't Forget It!
by: Leah Schwagerl
The Election of 2008
This election had the highest voter turnout rate in four decades. Barack Obama won the popular vote 69,297,997 to 59,597,520. He also won the electoral vote 365 to 173. The 2008 election was historical because Obama would become the United States first African American President. Joe Biden, Barack Obama's vice president, was the first Roman Catholic vice president in our presidential history. Obama
War in Afghanistan
Going into the Afghanistan War was a direct response to the 9/11 attacks. The Taliban, the ruling power in Afghanistan, were accused by the US of protecting Bin Laden. Barack Obama made the decision to delay withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan. In turn, this lengthened the US’s longest war. Obama felt that the Afghanistan security forces were not strong enough to manage the country's safety on their own.
Effects of 9/11 Since the Attacks
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"9/11 to Now: Ways We Have Changed." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 14 May 2016. <http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/911-to-now-ways-we-have-changed/>.