The 2000 United States presidential election included two major candidates Al Gore and George Bush. Another man by the name of Ralph Nader also played a major role in the outcome. Nader is a democratic member and he took away many votes from his fellow democrat, Al Gore, which could have really helped Gore win the election. As we stand now, George W. Bush will soon become our 43 rd president. On November 7, 2000 many voters were excited and ready to vote.
As votes were being cast, the public was expecting to wake up with a new president being announced. To our surprise America woke up with what they had slept with; a too close to call race between Bush and Gore. Two states had yet to be fully counted, which were Oregon and Florida. Oregon had no major affect on the outcome because the winner of Florida, with 25 electoral votes, would become our next president, no matter who won Oregon, with only 7 electoral votes. It was all up to Florida now; the peoples vote would soon affect the U. S.
presidency and our democracy's future. Some people in Florida were distraught at the way the ballots were presented to the public. On many counties ballots, Pat Buchanan was sandwiched between Bush and Gore, which many believed took precious votes away from Al Gore. The next few days go by and still no president. People watching the news and hear the people that are winning for senate, governor, Supreme Court and judge. But no one hears anything about the presidency.
This has only happened once before. Everyone was happy because they were living in history. Late at night people turn on the news only to hear that Bush had won president. Then Al Gore called George Bush and wished him good luck and said congratulations. Bush said thanks. As Bush was walking out to give his victory speed and Al Gore going to give his speech, they heard that George Bush did not win.
This of course got Al Gore happy he called up Bush and said nevermind you havent won yet, Bush said, well you dont have to be so snippet y about it they then hung up. Even more days have gone by and still no decision about who is the president. The overseas ballots were what the people had been waiting for. Some ballots were not poked in all the way through so the Supreme Court had decided to allow the votes to be counted. So you could imagine how long that took for them to count the votes.
Everytime someone went to turn on the television they would see talk shows impersonating Gore and Bush. I could remember this one show they had people impersonate Gore and Bush they had them have a Worm Eating Contest they had Bush win 68 to 62. They had Gore demanding a recount. After a couple days there was still no word and there would be many people protesting, holding signs such as Sore Loser man and Bush For Is President.
Days have now turned into weeks. People were now sick and tired of watching the news and waiting with anticipation to find out who had won. I would hear people who were frustrated with the fact that it had been weeks and still no word about president. Some people even thought that Bill Clinton was going to stay for another term. It was probably very nerve wrecking to be in the place of Gore and Bush. They had planned to have a decision about who was president a certain day.
But when Gore had heard Bush was going to win he wanted a recount. He got his recount so that took a couple more days. When they found out the decision that Bush was still going to win he wanted a recount because he now believed that Bush was filling in the absentee ballots. It went to the Supreme Court they had finally decided not to give Al Gore this recount. Which had all lead up to George W. Bush winning for president.
Finally people now know who the president is. On December 19, 2000 George W. Bush was to meet with the former vice president Al Gore. They had met each other at the separate sessions. It was a very busy day both because of the ceremony and the work.
Bush had later gone to Al Gores house, which is near the U. S. Naval Observatory in Washington. Bush had also met with the president Bill Clinton in the White House. December 18, 2000 Nevada's electoral cast their votes which had pushed Bush way past the 270 Electoral College votes he needed to win the presidency. The next few days people were worried to see if Bush had kept his promise to his tax-cut plan.
Bush assumed to be vice president Cheney had said that the economy was increasing. He said that tax-cuts were more important than ever. Cheney said, the reason was because the economy has been slowed significantly. Before Bill Clinton had left the White House the next month he had discussed issues such as visiting the communist North Korea. Their had been a rumor flowing around that had been floating around. It had said that Cheney was in battle with General Powell over who ought to be secretary of defense.
The 2000 presidential election was filled with recounts and meetings. People had gotten mad because Al Gore wanted all those recounts but I thought he deserved the first and second recounts because you may never know if Bush did or did not cheat. Al Gore had to do what he felt and he did. George Bush also the right to get angry (which he didnt) with all those recounts Gore had wanted. I thought Bush handled it in a nice manner. And Bush and Gore had no hard feelings..