Timeline of the George W. Bush presidency (2005)

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The following is a timeline of the Presidency of George W. Bush, from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005.


  • January 1 – President Bush delivers a radio address in regards to the relief of tsunamis on New Year's Day.[1]
  • January 2 – President Bush issues a statement on the passing of Bob Matsui the previous day.[2]
  • January 3 – President Bush is joined by former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton while in the Roosevelt Room as he announces the two will be involved with relief efforts.[3]
  • January 5 – President Bush delivers a speech on medical liability reform at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, Illinois during the afternoon.[4]
  • January 6 – President Bush meets with congressional members to discuss reform of class-action in the Cabinet Room at the White House, saying afterward, "We had a very good discussion. It's a discussion that says to me that it is very possible that a good piece of legislation can move quickly this year out of both the Senate and the House, get it to conference quickly and get it to my desk quickly, to show the American people that both parties are willing to work together to solve problems."[5]
  • January 7 – President Bush speaks about asbestos litigation while in the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township, Michigan.[6]
  • January 8 – President Bush reflects on the work of relief for tsunami occurrences within the US during the weekly radio address.[7]
  • January 11 – President Bush announces his nomination of Michael Chertoff for United States Secretary of Homeland Security in the Roosevelt Room.[8] President Bush delivers a speech and later answers questions on reform of Social Security at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.[9]
  • January 12 – President Bush delivers a speech on No Child Left Behind and high school programs during an appearance at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia.[10]
  • January 13 – President Bush receives a briefing on tsunami relief efforts and the ongoing battle against terrorism at the Pentagon.[11]
  • January 14 – President Bush speaks and answers questions regarding higher education as well as job training at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida.[12]
  • January 15 – President Bush discusses relief of tsunamis during his radio address.[13]
  • January 17 – President Bush attends the 'Let Freedom Ring' event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.[14]
  • January 20Second inauguration of George W. Bush
  • January 29 – President Bush discusses Iraq and American involvement within the country during his radio address.[15]
  • January 30 – President Bush issues a statement on the Iraqi parliamentary election held that that day during the afternoon.[16]
  • January 31 – President Bush attends the swearing in ceremony of Margaret Spellings as United States Secretary of Education.[17]


  • February 1 – President Bush issues a proclamation designating the month of February 2005 as "American Heart Month".[18]
  • February 2 – President Bush delivers his annual State of the Union Address.[19]
  • February 3 – President Bush gives a speech at the Annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. during the morning.[20] President Bush speaks on social security reform amid a panel at Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls, Montana during the afternoon.[21]
  • February 4 – President Bush delivers a social security reform speech and answers questions at Qwest Center Omaha Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.[22] President Bush declares the existence of a major disaster in California and orders federal aid to the state.[23]
  • February 8 – President Bush delivers an economic speech at the COBO Conference and Economic Center in Detroit, Michigan during the afternoon.[24]
  • February 9 – President Bush meets with President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski in the Oval Office during the morning.[25] President Bush discusses reform on class action lawsuit in the Department of Commerce building in Washington, D.C. during the afternoon.[26]
  • February 24 – President Bush meets with Prime Minister of Slovakia Mikuláš Dzurinda for discussions on Slovakia's foreign policy and its relation to American international stances in the Office Of The Prime Minister in Bratislava, Slovakia during the morning. The two outline the details of their talks to reporters after the meeting concludes.[27] President Bush holds a joint public appearance with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the relations between the United States and Russia in the Constitution Hall of the Bratislava Castle in Bratislava, Slovakia during the afternoon.[28] President Bush releases a statement on the failing health of Pope John Paul II, wishing him a recovery.[29]
  • February 25 – President Bush announces the nominations of Nancy Ann Nord for Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Christopher J. Hanley for membership on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the appointment of James C. Langdon, Jr. for membership on the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and the designation of Grover Whitehurst for Acting Commissioner of Education Statistics at the Department of Education.[30]
  • February 26 – President Bush discusses improving Social Security during his radio address.[31]
  • February 27 – President Bush delivers remarks to the National Governors Association State Dinner in the State Dining Room during the evening.[32]
  • February 28 – President Bush attends the National Governors Association meeting at the State Floor during the morning.[33]




  • May 10 – An assassination attempt is made on President Bush and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili when Vladimir Arutyunian throws a grenade at President Bush while he is addressing a crowd in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. The grenade fails to detonate.




  • August 1 – President Bush announces that he has used his "constitutional authority" to appoint John Bolton as United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Roosevelt Room.[46]
  • August 2CAFTA-DR is signed by President Bush in the East Room.[47] President Bush signs the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2006, the bill allocating funds "for the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and several smaller agencies."[48]
  • August 23 – President Bush gives a speech and then answers questions from reporters on the Iraqi Constitution in the Tamarack Resort in Donnelly, Idaho during the morning.[49] President Bush declares a major disaster exists within Kansas in response to flooding from June 30 to July 1 and orders federal aid.[50]
  • August 24 – President Bush delivers a speech on the War on Terror at the Idaho Center while in Nampa, Idaho during the morning.[51]
  • August 28 – President Bush says "Hurricane Katrina is now designated a category five hurricane" as well as calling on Americans to move to safe ground to save themselves and calls the decision to draft a constitution in Iraq an advancement in the political process "to another important stage for a new and free Iraq" during an address from the Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.[52]
  • August 29 – President Bush delivers an address on Medicare and later discusses the subject at the Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort and Country Club in El Mirage, Arizona during the morning.[53] Hurricane Katrina devastates the Gulf of Mexico's bordering southern states.
  • August 30 – President Bush delivers a speech commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of V-J Day as well as the leadership of US Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman during World War II at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California.[54]
  • August 31 – President Bush discusses general policies by his administration to aid in relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina during a speech in the Rose Garden.[55]






  1. ^ President Discusses Tsunami Relief in Radio Address (January 1, 2005)
  2. ^ President's Statement on Congressman Bob Matsui (January 2, 2005)
  3. ^ President Asks Bush and Clinton to Help Raise Funds for Tsunami Relief (January 3, 2005)
  4. ^ President Discusses Medical Liability Reform (January 5, 2005)
  5. ^ President Meets with Members of Congress on Class-Action Reform (January 6, 2005)
  6. ^ President Participates in Asbestos Litigation Conversation (January 7, 2005)
  7. ^ President Discusses ongoing Tsunami Relief in Radio Address (January 8, 2005)
  8. ^ President Nominates Michael Chertoff as Secretary of Homeland Security (January 11, 2005)
  9. ^ President Participates in Conversation on Social Security Reform (January 11, 2005)
  10. ^ President Discusses No Child Left Behind and High School Initiatives (January 12, 2005)
  11. ^ President Briefed on Tsunami Relief, War on Terror (January 13, 2005)
  12. ^ President Participates in Conversation on Higher Education, Job Training (January 14, 2005)
  13. ^ President Discusses ongoing Tsunami Relief in Radio Address (January 15, 2005)
  14. ^ President Honors Secretary, Mrs. Powell at 'Let Freedom Ring' Event (January 17, 2005)
  15. ^ President's Radio Address (January 29, 2005)
  16. ^ President Congratulates Iraqis on Election (January 30, 2005)
  17. ^ President Thanks Secretary Spellings at Swearing-In Ceremony (January 31, 2005)
  18. ^ American Heart Month, 2005 (February 1, 2005)
  19. ^ President Bush Delivers State of the Union Address (February 2, 2005)
  20. ^ President Delivers Remarks at Annual National Prayer Breakfast (February 3, 2005)
  21. ^ President Discusses Strengthening Social Security in Montana (February 3, 2005)
  22. ^ President Discusses Strengthening Social Security in Nebraska (February 4, 2005)
  23. ^ Statement on Federal Assistance for California (February 4, 2005)
  24. ^ President Discusses Economy, Budget at Detroit Economic Club (February 8, 2005)
  25. ^ President and Polish President Discuss International Policy (February 9, 2005)
  26. ^ President Participates in Class-Action Lawsuit Reform Conversation (February 9, 2005)
  27. ^ President and Slovakian Prime Minister Dzurinda Discuss Policy (February 24, 2005)
  28. ^ President and President Putin Discuss Strong U.S.-Russian Partnership (February 24, 2005)
  29. ^ President's Statement on Pope John Paul II (February 24, 2005)
  30. ^ Personnel Announcement (February 25, 2005)
  31. ^ President Discusses Strengthening Social Security in Radio Address (February 26, 2005)
  32. ^ President's Toast at National Governors Association State Dinner (February 27, 2005)
  33. ^ President Welcomes and Thanks National Governors Association (February 28, 2005)
  34. ^ President Highlights Faith-Based Initiative at Leadership Conference (March 1, 2005)
  35. ^ President Participates in Job Training and Education Conversation (March 2, 2005)
  36. ^ President Honors Jackie Robinson at Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony (March 2, 2005)
  37. ^ President Thanks DHS Secretary Chertoff at Swearing-In Ceremony (March 3, 2005)
  38. ^ President Speaks to Press Pool (March 27, 2005)
  39. ^ President Discusses Freedom and Democracy (March 29, 2005)
  40. ^ President Discusses Strengthening Social Security in Iowa (March 30, 2005)
  41. ^ President Discusses Schiavo, WMD Commission Report (March 31, 2005)
  42. ^ Statement on Paul Wolfowitz as New President of the World Bank (March 31, 2005)
  43. ^ President Delivers Remarks on Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Resignation (July 1, 2005)
  44. ^ President's Radio Address (July 2, 2005)
  45. ^ President Celebrates Independence Day in West Virginia (July 4, 2005)
  46. ^ President Appoints John Bolton as Ambassador to the United Nations (August 1, 2005)
  47. ^ President Signs CAFTA-DR (August 2, 2005)
  48. ^ President's Statement on H.R. 2361 (August 2, 2005)
  49. ^ President Discusses Iraqi Constitution with Press Pool (August 23, 2005)
  50. ^ Statement on Federal Assistance for Kansas (August 23, 2005)
  51. ^ President Addresses Military Families, Discusses War on Terror (August 24, 2005)
  52. ^ President Discusses Hurricane Katrina, Congratulates Iraqis on Draft Constitution (August 28, 2005)
  53. ^ President Participates in Conversation on Medicare (August 29, 2005)
  54. ^ President Commemorates 60th Anniversary of V-J Day (August 30, 2005)
  55. ^ President Outlines Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts (August 31, 2005)

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U.S. presidential administration timelines
Preceded by
Bush presidency (2004)
Bush presidency (2005) Succeeded by
Bush presidency (2006)