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2000s

2000

  • December 12-13: After recount in Florida, including in invalidated voting offices, then-Vice President Gore is declared the winner with 171 more votes than Bush in the Sunshine State, thus giving him 291 electoral votes against 246 for Bush. The next morning, Bush threw a tantrum like a five-year old kid during an interview on FOX News but eventually wished Gore the best of luck.
  • December 14: Bush gets grounded in his room for two months by George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush for throwing a temper tantrum on FOX News. As part of his punishment, he does not receive any Christmas presents and gets a lump of coal in his stocking. The Christmas presents Bush was going to receive went instead to his brother Jeb Bush.

2001

  • January 20: Al Gore is inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States on January 20, 2001. His running mate Joe Lieberman is inaugurated as vice president of the United States, thus becoming the first Jew occupying this office.
  • January 29: President Gore announces new tax cuts for middle-class while increasing taxes for riches.
  • February 2nd: The Gore administration expands programs and creates 20,000 new bureaucrats, which increases the size of government three times bigger than Bill Clinton's proposal eight years earlier.
  • February 19: President Al Gore cuts the budget dedicated to FBI and Intelligence programs in order to balance the budget an reduce the national debt. This proposal narrowly passed in both chambers of the Congress. These cuts are followed by cuts in defense budget.
  • March 4: President Gore ratifies the Kyoto Protocol, an amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which seeks to impose mandatory targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The treaty requires spending tens of billions of dollars per year for renewable energies. This procedure received praise from Canada Prime minister Jean Chretien.
  • March 5: Gore increases gas and oil tax in order to encourage production of renewable energy rather than fossil energy production. The Republicans oppose this measure, stating that it will increase the United States much more dependent on foreign oil and will make the country unable to control and produce its own energy.
  • March 23: Washington announces increasing funding in nuclear and wind energy development to create green jobs. In longer term, that contributed to the creation of 300,000 jobs.
  • May : During a travel in Latin America, President Gore talks about accomplishing his predecessor's work (with the creation of NAFTA in 1994) by proposing free trade between NAFTA and Latin America in order to open new markets to "spur innovation, speed the growth of new industries, and make [American] businesses more competitive", but also stressed the need to "negotiate worker rights, human rights and environmental protections", stating: "we should use trade to lift up standards around the world not drag down standards here at home. However, trade negotiations will later be scrapped by 9/11 attacks.
  • June 26: For the first time as president, Gore meets Russian President Vladimir Putin. Together, they discuss how the United States and Russia can cooperate, including on how to maintain peace in the Balkans.
  • June 27: The United States and Russia launch the objective of reducing their nuclear arsenal from 2200 to 1000 by 2012.
  • June 30: Affirming his opposition to any anti-missile shield, President Gore plans to abolish Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), stating that it's unrealistic and too expensive. The Congress shared between Republicans and Democrats is divided on this issue, particularly in the Senate, which the half is controlled by the Republicans who oppose such a measure as well as a few Democratic Senators. Some hawkish Senators like John McCain claim that such a measure would weaken America's defense against eventual enemies.
  • September 4: The Electronic Bill of Rights proposed by the Gore administration is adopted by the Congress. This bill includes connection of every school to the Internet, protection of personal information, Internet self-regulation, privacy policy on all web sites and regulation of Internet privacy and child access, but not content.
  • September 9: Afghan resistance leader against the Taliban regime Ahmad Shah Massoud is assassinated by two Algerian nationals, posing as Belgian journalists. Osama bin Laden is executed by US Troops just for kicks. 
  • September 11: A normal day. The terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers never occurred due to Al Gore knowing about the accidental leaked documents from al Qaeda. To prevent attacks, President Gore grounded all aircraft: commercial, general aviation, military and private. 
  • November 1: Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees hits a walk-off home run in extra innings at midnight to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks four games to one, thus winning the World Series.


2002

2003

  • February 28: Senator John McCain, former Presidential candidate who finished second against George W. Bush in 2000, announces his second candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2004.  He claims that his experience as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee will help him to grow the US economy by signing free-trade agreements with Latin America, Europe and East-Asia, by championing small business and by growing oil production to clinch Energy independence and then develop renewable energies. According to recent polls, John McCain is the front runner and leads the Republican field with 27% of the support of Republican voters followed by Dick Cheney (21%), Rudy Giuliani (19%), Mike Huckabee (18%) and Newt Gingrich (15%).
  • March 2: Former Senator and 2000 Election Runner-up George W. Bush announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination. 
  • March 16: Former Secretary of Defense and former 2000 Republican Vice-Presidential nominee announces he will run for President in 2004. He justifies his candidacy with his experience in foreign affairs and oil industry.
  • April 6: Newt Gingrich, Former House Speaker, runs for President.
  • April 17: Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee starts his presidential campaign by announcing his presidential candidacy.

2004 

  • May 3: The first Republican Presidential debate is held in Columbia, South Carolina. John McCain, Dick Cheney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, George W. Bush and Rudy Giuliani participated at this debate. Cheney portrays himself as the most qualified to handle the Third Oil Crisis for having run a oil company named Halliburton. When asked about handling national security, McCain and Cheney seemed to have given the best responses: McCain having been a soldier in Vietnam War and having a political career specialized on foreign policy issues and made successful diplomatic missions like the one he led with John Kerry in Vietnam in 1993; Cheney having been Secretary of Defense under George H. W. Bush. McCain expresses that Defense spending must be increased to strength the US military to strengthen security in the United States.  McCain is declared winner this debate. 
  • November 2: US Presidential Election. INcumbent Al Gore is reelected president tallying 324 electoral votes while John McCain gets 210 and Ralph Nader gets three (Alaska).
    • ​Nader becomes the first third party candidate to receive any electoral votes since George C. Wallace in 1968.
    • One electoral voter did not cast a vote in Minnesota.

2005

  • January 20: Re-inauguration of Al Gore and Lieberman.


Trivia

  • If Al Gore had won Colorado in 2000 with Bush getting Florida, Gore still would have won 274-263. A reason for Colorado possibly going blue in the alternate 2000 is the previous year's events of Columbine, thus raising gun control issues in the state. 
  • Al Gore's presidential term would have expired January 19, 2009.  

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