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  • 1. Outcomes: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, & Barrack Obama
  • 2. 1. Setting the Stage: Persian Gulf War a. Saddam Hussein claimed Kuwait belonged to Iraq b. Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug 2, 1990 c. President Bush launched Operation Desert Storm to liberate Kuwait d. Cease-fire announced on Feb 28, 1991. Kuwait was liberated. e. Saddam Hussein was still in control of Iraq
  • 3. 2. 1992 Election a. A recession forced Bush to raise taxes; approval rating dropped to 49% in 1992 b. 12 years of Republican leadership came to an end c. Bill Clinton (D) from Arkansas defeated Bush and Texas billionaire Ross Perot
  • 4. 3. Clinton Pros a. Economy extremely strong; balanced the budget b. 1998 announced the federal government had a surplus, first time in nearly 30 years c. Unemployment fell, stock market soared, fewer people relied on public aid d. Improved relations with former Cold War enemies Russia and China e. NAFTA was created to strengthen economies of Canada, US, and Mexico
  • 5. 4. Clinton Cons a. Whitewater scandal lead to Clinton being impeached b. Lied about having sexual relations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky c. Senate fell short of two-thirds majority to convict Clinton d. Some criticized Clinton for not intervening more in Rwanda
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