Kristin Barrett

Florida recount ends, Dec. 12, 2000

The Supreme Court rules to stop recounting ballots and Republican George W. Bush becomes president-elect.

Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2001

Bush confirms that U.S. and British forces have begun an aerial bombing campaign targeting Taliban forces and al-Qaida.

War in Iraq, March 19, 2003

In an address to the nation, Bush announces that coalition forces are in the early stages of “military operations to disarm Iraq.”

Democratic Convention, July 26-29, Boston

Kerry accepts his position as Democratic presidential nominee, calling this election the most important “of our lifetime.”

Inauguration, Jan. 20, 2001

Bush gives his inaugural address, promising to “bring the values of our history to the care of our times.”

Terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2001

Bush addresses the nation, saying that these “acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”

Iowa Caucuses, Jan. 20, 2004

Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts wins the Iowa caucuses, beating John Edwards and previous favorite Howard Dean.

GOP Convention, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, New York

Bush accepts his nomination, stating that he’s running “with a clear and positive plan to build a safer world.”