Pray for our Next President – They’re Gonna Need It

February 22, 2008 at 9:56 pm (Politics)

A conversation at work got me thinking about what happens during a President’s first year in office. I thought that I remembered a few significant events, but decided to look up ones that I hadn’t remembered. My impression was that our enemies or adversaries were anxious to test a ‘new’ president to see what his reaction would be.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Iran tests a nuke shortly after the inauguration, or maybe China will decide that they really do want Taiwan back. Keep these in mind when you are deciding who to vote for.

George Bush

April 1 2001 – U.S.-China Spy Plane Incident
September 11 2001 – Almost 3,000 people are killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks

Bill Clinton

January 19 1993 – Iraq disarmament crisis ( Technically this was the day before he took office, but I think it was a test meant for him)
February 26 1993 – World Trade Center bombing in New York City
February 28 1993 – BATF agents raid the Branch Davidian compound (Technically not external to the us)
March 12 1993 – North Korea announces that it plans to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
October 3 1993 – A large scale battle erupts between U.S. forces and local militia in Mogadishu, Somalia

George H.W. Bush

Revolutions of 1989
June 4 1989 – The Tiananmen Square massacre takes place in Beijing

Ronald Reagan

January 19 1981 – United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages
June 7 1981 – The Israeli Air Force destroys Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor.
July 17 1981 – Israeli aircraft bomb Beirut, destroying multi-story apartment blocks
August 19 1981 – Gulf of Sidra incident


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