Category:EnglishPaper Title:Election 2000Text:The 2000 United States presidential election included two major candidates AlGore and George Bush. Another man by the name of Ralph Nader also played a majorrole in the outcome. Nader is a democratic member and he took away many votesfrom his fellow democrat, Al Gore, which could have really helped Gore win theelection. As we stand now, George W. Bush will soon become our 43rd president.On November 7, 2000 many voters were excited and ready to vote. As votes werebeing cast, the public was expecting to wake up with a new president beingannounced.
To our surprise America woke up with what they had slept with; a tooclose to call race between Bush and Gore. Two states had yet to be fullycounted, which were Oregon and Florida. Oregon had no major affect on theoutcome because the winner of Florida, with 25 electoral votes, would become ournext president, no matter who won Oregon, with only 7 electoral votes. It wasall up to Florida now; the peoples vote would soon affect the U.S. presidencyand our democracys future.
Some people in Florida were distraught at the waythe ballots were presented to the public. On many counties ballots, PatBuchanan was sandwiched between Bush and Gore, which many believed took preciousvotes away from Al Gore. The next few days go by and still no president. Peoplewatching the news and hear the people that are winning for senate, governor,Supreme Court and judge. But no one hears anything about the presidency. Thishas only happened once before. Everyone was happy because they were living inhistory.
Late at night people turn on the news only to hear that Bush had wonpresident. Then Al Gore called George Bush and wished him good luck and saidcongratulations. Bush said thanks. As Bush was walking out to give his victoryspeech and Al Gore going to give his speech, they heard that George Bush did notwin. This of course got Al Gore happy he called up Bush and said nevermindyou havent won yet, Bush said, well you dont have to be so snippetyabout it they then hung up. Even more days have gone by and still no decisionabout who is the president.
The overseas ballots were what the people had been waiting for. Some ballotswere not poked in all the way through so the Supreme Court had decided to allowthe votes to be counted. So you could imagine how long that took for them tocount the votes.
Everytime someone went to turn on the television they would seetalk shows impersonating Gore and Bush. I could remember this one show they hadpeople 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 peopleprotesting, holding signs such as Sore Loserman and Bush For Is President. Dayshave now turned into weeks. People were now sick and tired of watching the newsand waiting with anticipation to find out who had won.
I would hear people whowere frustrated with the fact that it had been weeks and still no word aboutpresident. Some people even thought that Bill Clinton was going to stay foranother term. It was probably very nerve wrecking to be in the place of Gore andBush.
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 hisrecount so that took a couple more days. When they found out the decision thatBush was still going to win he wanted a recount because he now believed thatBush was filling in the absentee ballots. It went to the Supreme Court they hadfinally decided not to give Al Gore this recount.
Which had all lead up toGeorge W. Bush winning for president. Finally people now know who the presidentis.On December 19,2000 George W. Bush was to meet with the former vice presidentAl Gore.
They had met each other at the separate sessions. It was a very busyday both because of the ceremony and the work. Bush had later gone to Al Goreshouse, which is near the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington. Bush had also metwith the president Bill Clinton in the White House.
December 18, 2000 Nevadaselectoral cast their votes which had pushed Bush way past the 270 ElectoralCollege votes he needed to win the presidency. The next few days people wereworried to see if Bush had kept his promise to his tax-cut plan. Bushsassumed to be vice president Cheney had said that the economy was increasing. Hesaid that tax-cuts were more important than ever. Cheney said, thereason was because the economy has been slowed significantly.Before Bill Clinton had left the White House the next month he had discussedissues such as visiting the communist North Korea. Their had been a rumorflowing around that had been floating around.
It had said that Cheney was inbattle with General Powell over who ought to be secretary of defense.The 2000 presidential election was filled with recounts and meetings. Peoplehad gotten mad because Al Gore wanted all those recounts but I thought hedeserved the first and second recounts because you may never know if Bush did ordid not cheat. Al Gore had to do what he felt and he did. George Bush also theright 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 hardfeelings.English