Al Gore
Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994
43rd President of the United States
Assumed office:

January 20, 2001

Left office:

January 20, 2005

Vice President: Joe Lieberman
Preceded by: Bill Clinton
Succeded by: Newt Gingrich

The Gore Presidency (2001-2005)

After a highly contested election, Gore was certified winner of Florida's electoral votes, thus tipping the election in his favor. As president, Gore attempted to make the environment his legacy, but history will best remember his cautious and law enforcement-minded approach to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent attacks that followed. The US-led military campaigns in Afghanistan and against al-Qaeda, OPERATION MOUNTAIN FURY I & II, did not produce the results he had hoped for and, in the case of OPERATION MOUNTAIN FURY II, numerous US and Allied casualties. Domestically, Gore's economic polices caused a prolonged recession, highlighted by the highest unemployment rates in two decades. Attempted government stimulus packages did not produce the “economically responsible” turn around his administration advocated.

Gore's attempt to counter the actions of the Republican majority in Congress following 2002 Congressional Election only led to additional attacks on the United States and the beginning of a quagmire in Afghanistan. Gore sought the nomination of his party for reelection in 2004, but was edged out during the 2004 Democratic National Convention by Hillary Clinton; however, the very bitter political and personal attacks between the candidates (commonly known as the Democratic Civil War) set the Democratic Party up for defeat by the Newt Gingrich / J.C. Watts Republican ticket in the 2004 Presidential Election, a year that also saw increased Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

President Gore left office with a 26% approval rating, a stagnant economy, and developing nuclear weapons programs in North Korea and the Middle East. After leaving public service, Gore settled in his home in Tennessee and committed himself to environmental causes and organizations, though he never formally tied himself to these groups, due to fears that his negative popularity would sink support and financing. Since leaving office, he has ignored requests for public interviews and comments on the ongoing Global War on Terrorism, focusing instead on his personal agenda for environmental causes.

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