George W. Bush
George W. Bush became president when the Supreme Court resolved an election dispute in his favor in Bush v. Gore. His Vice President, Dick Cheney, became the most powerful one in American history. After the 9/11 attacks, Bush declared a war on terror and conducted it aggressively. He obtained congressional authorization in the AUMF to use force against al Qaeda. He detained suspects, suspended the Geneva Conventions, conducted warrantless electronic surveillance, and authorized harsh interrogation methods. He asserted exclusive executive power that Congress could not control, and emphasized secrecy. He used signing statements extensively. The Supreme Court and Congress eventually constrained his unilateral initiatives. He obtained authorization for a war against Iraq based on false information. He neglected his faithful execution duty regarding the Iraq occupation and the reaction to Hurricane Katrina.
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