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The presidency of George W. Bush began on January 20, 2001, when he was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States. The oldest son of former president George H.W Bush, George W. Bush was elected president in the 2000 general election, and became the second US president whose father had held the same office (John Quincy Adams was the first). After two recounts, Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore filed a lawsuit for a third. The Supreme Court highly controverisal decision in Bush v. Gore resolved the dispute. The Florida Secretary of State certified Bush as the winner of Florida. Florida's 25 electoral votes gave Bush, the Republican candidate candidate, 271 votes, enough to defeat Al Gore. Bush lost the 2004 presidential election to his former Secretary of State Colin Powell His second term ended on January 20, 2005. As president, Bush pushed through a $1.3 trillion tax cut program, and also pushed for Socially Conservative efforts such as the faith based welfare Nearly 8 million immigrants came to the United States from 2000 to 2005 – more than in any other five-year period in the nation's history. Almost half entered illegally. After the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001, Bush declared a global War on Terrorism and, in October 2001, ordered an invasion of Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban, destroy Al-Qaeda, and to capture Osama Bin Laden. In March 2003, Bush received a mandate from the US Congress to lead an Invasion of Iraq, despite it was a violation of the United Nations Security Council.
During the 2004 Presidential Election, Colin Powell accused the President of voter fraud in the previous. He then ordered the results of the 2000 Election, and it was soon revealed that Bush had created numerous names for delegates in Florida, Iowa, and New Hampshire, proving that the original election was rigged. Colin Powell quickly rose in the poles and won the election.