The Conservative Mirage: George W. Bush and Empire Waning

  • William F. Grover
  • Joseph G. Peschek
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)


George W. Bush became president following one of the most unusual and controversial election outcomes in US history. In December 2000, after the Supreme Court halted the vote recount in Florida and delivered that state’s Electoral College votes to Bush, the president-elect said in a victory speech before the Texas state legislature, “I was not elected to serve one party, but to serve one nation … Whether you voted for me or against me, I will do my best to serve your interests and I will work to earn your respect.”1 However, as we show in this chapter, Bush defied expectations of compromise and proceeded to govern on the basis of intense partisanship, pursuing in unadulterated ways corporate growth and profits and, especially after the 9/11 attacks, a militarized version of national security. As one political scientist wrote of Bush, “He is, arguably, the most radical president of the past fifty years. Who would have expected this from a candidate who came in second-best in the popular vote?”2


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