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1 THE UNITED STATES IN THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION

2 ELECTION OF 1992 REPUBLICAN: George H.W. Bush DEMOCRAT: Bill Clinton

3 PRESIDENT WILLIAM J. CLINTON - # 42 Democrat from Arkansas Commonly known just as Bill Clinton 3 rd youngest President to be elected (46 years old) Former Governor of Arkansas Accomplished saxophone player since high school As a teenager he remembers getting to meet and shake hands with John F. Kennedy 2 nd President to ever be impeached Andrew Johnson was the first

4 CLINTON S PRESIDENCY 1994 The United States, Mexico, and Canada sign an agreement to eliminate tariffs and open trade Agreement is known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (more commonly known as NAFTA)

5 CLINTON S PRESIDENCY 1998 Clinton is accused of having an affair with a 22 year old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky Clinton confessed under oath that he did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky. During an extensive investigation it was proven that Clinton was lying and indeed did have an affair with Lewinsky The House of Representatives voted to impeach the President for perjury. Perjury lying under oath The Senate however failed to vote for impeachment and Clinton was subsequently acquitted.

6 CLINTON S PRESIDENCY In 1995, Timothy McVeigh bombed the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. In 1999, two student gunmen opened fire in Columbine High School, Colorado, killing 12 students and a teacher.

7 THE CONTROVERSIAL 2000 ELECTION The 2000 Presidential Election became one of the most controversial in US history. Clinton s Vice-President, Al Gore, won the popular vote, but lost the electoral vote to Republican candidate George W. Bush A legal struggle broke out after accounts of voter fraud and intimidation left disputed results in the state of Florida. The Florida Supreme Court agreed to a recount of the state s votes. However the US Supreme Court stepped in, stopping the recount and awarding Florida s 27 electoral votes to Bush Questions remained as to whether or not the Electoral College was still relevant and if the system should stay.

8 ELECTION OF 2000 REPUBLICAN: George W. Bush DEMOCRAT: Al Gore

9 PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH - # 43 Republican from Texas After the September 11 attacks Bush held among the highest approval ratings in presidential history Former Governor of Texas First President to hold a Master s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) Only the second president to have also had his father served as president George H.W. Bush (41 st President) John Q. Adams (6 th President) John Adams (2 nd President) Presided over key events such as: September 11 attacks War on Terror Hurricane Katrina Iraq War

10 BUSH S PRESIDENCY September 11 th, 2001 World Trade Center (New York) and Pentagon (Washington, D.C.) are attacked by radical Muslim extremists using hijacked commercial airliners A fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers fought back against hijackers for control. This plane was thought to be heading for White House. The international terrorist organization Al Qaeda eventually claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al Qaeda headed by Osama bin Laden enemy to all Western, capitalist societies.

11 BUSH S PRESIDENCY In response to the 9/11 attacks, the US declares war on the terrorist group Al-Qaeda whose stronghold exists in Afghanistan and is allied with the Taliban. Bush declares an official War on Terror around the world in response the to 9/11 attacks October 2001 American troops invade Afghanistan to hunt down Al Qaeda and the Taliban #1 target was the Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden

12 BUSH S PRESIDENCY March 2003 President Bush asks Congress to declare war on Iraq for a 2 nd time due to Saddam Hussein s possession of weapons of mass destruction and its alliance with known terrorist groups. War in Iraq becomes a very divisive subject in the US Many feared US involvement in Iraq was for economic purposes and not part of the War on Terrorism but Saddam did have close ties to Al Qaeda and bin Laden May 2003 Bush delivers a speech on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln declaring Mission Accomplished in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam s regime However, due to uprisings throughout Iraq of Muslim extremists and terrorists fighting continued for almost 8 more years

13 Election of 2008 Democrat: Barack Obama (52.93% popular, 365 electoral) Republican: John McCain (45.65% popular, 173 electoral)

14 Election of 2008 First election since the 1950 s in which neither major party candidate had not previously served at either President of Vice- President Obama is first African-American President VP Biden is first Roman Catholic to serve as Vice-President Highest voter turnout since 1908 (64.1% turnout) One of the most expensive presidential races in history Record numbers of minority votes Both Presidential candidates were born outside the continental US No matter how the election ended up it would have been historic Barack Obama first major party African American candidate for President Sarah Palin first major party female candidate for Vice-President

15 President Barack H. Obama - #44 Former Civil Rights attorney, community organizer, and law professor from Illinois Only President born in Hawaii Named Time Magazine s Person of the Year in 2008 and 2012 Hates ice cream and doesn t drink coffee Presided over: End of War of Iraq Passage of the Affordable Care Act Death of Osama bin Laden Great Recession (economic) 1 st Presidential visit to Cuba since Cuban Revolution

16 Ticket Out the Door In three paragraphs, explain in your opinion what has been the most important event in US history from and why (Look back at your notes to remind yourself of the key events we have talked about)

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