Timeline of the George W. Bush presidency (2008)

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The following is a timeline of the Presidency of George W. Bush, from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008.

January[edit]

  • January 1 – At Texas State Technical College, President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush wish Americans "a happy and healthy 2008."[1]
  • January 2 – President Bush announces his intent to nominate Jamsheed K. Choksy, Dawn Ho Delbanco, Gary D. Glenn, David Hertz, Marvin Bailey Scott, and Carol M. Swain as members of the National Council on the Humanities for terms lasting six years, and Jan Cellucci, William J. Hagenah, and Mark Y. Herring as members of the National Museum and Library Services board for terms lasting five years.[2]
  • January 3United States National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley announces Bush will travel to the Middle East in five days to give President Bush a chance "to discuss with Israelis and Palestinians their efforts toward a negotiated peace and achievement of the President's vision of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security."[3]
  • January 4 – President Bush signs S. 2436 for the establishment of commencement of Commissioner of Internal Revenue terms to have a designated date.[4]
  • January 7 – President Bush delivers an address at Horace Greeley Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois during the morning.[5]
  • January 8 – President Bush releases a statement noting that the following day will be the third anniversary of the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement in Sudan and states the commitment on the part of the US to continuing to adhere to the agreement.[6]
  • January 9 – President Bush attends the welcoming ceremony at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel during the afternoon.[7]
  • January 10 – President Bush delivers an address at the King David Hotel on the peace process in the Middle East during the afternoon.[8]
  • January 11 – President Bush visits Yad Vashem during the morning, saying that he hopes those who visit will have "a sobering reminder that evil exists and a call that when we find evil, we must resist it."[9]
  • January 28 – President Bush delivers his final State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress.[10]
  • January 30 – President Bush delivers an address on trade and the economy at the Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance, California during the morning.[11] President Bush authorizes federal aid to the state of Indiana after declaring the existence of a major disaster there.[12]
  • January 31 – President Bush gives a speech on international collaboration against terrorism at Emerald at Queensridge in Las Vegas, Nevada during the morning.[13] President Bush signs the Protect America Act Extension, giving the Protect America Act authority until the upcoming February 16.[14]

February[edit]

  • February 1 – President Bush signs a proclamation declaring February as "American Heart Month" at the Intercontinental Hotel[15] and delivers an economic speech at Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri during the morning.[16] First Lady Laura Bush discusses American Heart Month in a radio address.[17]
  • February 4 – President Bush meets with his cabinet for discussions on the budget in the Cabinet Room during the morning.[18]
  • February 26 – President Bush gives an address on his African trip to the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation at Marriot Wardham Park Hotel in D.C. during the morning.[19]
  • February 27 – President Bush meets with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Mirek Topolánek in the Oval Office during the morning.[20] President Bush announces Sada Cumber as Presidential Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference in the Oval Office[21] and meets with 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox in the South Lawn[22] during the afternoon.
  • February 28 – President Bush holds a news conference[23] and meets with members of his economic group at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. during the morning.[24]
  • February 29 – President Bush holds an Oval Office meeting with Secretary General of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer to discuss Afghanistan during the morning.[25] President Bush signs the Andean Trade Preference Extension Act of 2008, extending the Andean Trade Extension Act through the upcoming December 31, and H.R. 5478, allowing $1 coins to continue minting throughout 2008.[26] President Bush proclaims March 2008 as "Irish-American Heritage Month".[27]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • April 1 – President Bush holds a joint press conference with President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko at the House of Chimaeras in Kyiv, Ukraine.[28]
  • April 4 – Noting the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Bush laments that America was "robbed of one of history's most consequential advocates for equality and civil rights" and calls for both mourning of King's death and celebrating his preaching of "justice and hope" in a statement.[29]
  • April 5 – In Croatia, President Bush meets with Prime Minister of Croatia Sanader.[30]
  • April 26 – President Bush attends the White House Correspondents' Association at the Washington Hilton Hotel in D.C. during the evening.[31] President Bush speaks about the hardships students presently have in acquiring higher forms of education and the policies enacted by the Department of Education in response to this during his radio address.[32]
  • April 28 – President Bush meets with President of Guatemala Alvaro Colom in the Oval Office during the morning for discussions on relations between their countries, the effectiveness of CAFTA, reforms presently being put in place by the Guatemalan government, and immigration.[33]
  • April 29 – President Bush holds a press conference in the Rose Garden during the morning.[34] President Bush meets with United Nations Special Representative to Afghanistan Kai Eide in the Oval Office[35] and delivers a speech on National Volunteer Week in the East Room during the afternoon.[36]
  • April 30 – President Bush hosts a ceremony for the Welcomes 2008 National and State Teachers of the Year in the Rose Garden during the morning.[37] He welcomes the New York Giants, winners of Super Bowl XLII, in the South Lawn during the afternoon.[38]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • August 2 – President Bush discusses gas prices and the effectiveness of Congress in dealing with the issue during his radio address.[39]
  • August 4 – President Bush delivers a speech at the Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska during the afternoon.[40]
  • August 5 – President Bush announces his nomination of Mark V. Rosenker for Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.[41]
  • August 6 – President Bush meets with Prime Minister of Thailand Samak Sundaravej in the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand during the evening.[42]

September[edit]

  • September 24 – President Bush delivers an address to the nation from the White House on the financial crisis. [43]
  • September 29 – President Bush delivers an address on financial reform in South Drive during the morning.[44]
  • September 30 – President Bush delivers a speech on the economy during the morning.[45] President Bush signs the Need-Based Educational Aid Act of 2008 and the Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2008 into law.[46] President Bush announces his nomination of Robert W. McGowan to be Governor of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service[47] and the nomination is sent to the Senate.[48]

October[edit]

  • October 1 – President Bush meets with General David McKiernan in the Oval Office at the White House. President Bush gives public brief remarks on the meeting during the afternoon hours.[49]
  • October 2 – President Bush meets with American business representatives at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building to discuss the Economic Rescue Package, saying afterward, "the House of Representatives must listen to these voices and get this bill passed so we can get about the business of restoring confidence."[50]
  • October 3 – President Bush signs the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
  • October 4 – President Bush visits his childhood home in Midland, Texas and reflects on his past.[51]
  • October 6 – President Bush delivers a speech on the administration's judicial appointments accomplishments and the economy at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio.[52]
  • October 27 – President Bush meets with President of Paraguay Fernando Lugo in the Oval Office during the morning.[53]
  • October 29 – President Bush holds a morning meeting with President of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani in the Oval Office.[54]
  • October 30 – President Bush delivers an address at the graduation ceremony for Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia during the morning.[55]

November[edit]

  • November 4 – The 56th quadrennial presidential election occurs. Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama of Illinois wins the 2008 presidential election against Republican nominee Senator John McCain of Arizona. Therefore, Barack Obama becomes President-elect. The Democratics retain their majority in the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate.[citation needed]
  • November 10 – President Bush meets with President-elect Barack Obama at the Oval Office to discuss the transition of power between the presidents. White House spokesman Dana Perino describes the meeting as "friendly" and "relaxed".[56]
  • November 27 – President Bush favorably comments on the Iraq Council of Representatives approving the Strategic Framework and Security Agreements with the US: "Two years ago, this day seemed unlikely - but the success of the surge and the courage of the Iraqi people set the conditions for these two agreements to be negotiated and approved by the Iraqi parliament."[57]
  • November 28 – President Bush issues a statement expressing sadness at the loss of American and foreign lives lost in the Mumbai attacks.[58]
  • November 29 – President Bush condemns the attacks in Mumbai, India while speaking on the South Lawn of the White House during the afternoon.[59]

December[edit]

  • December 1 – President Bush delivers a speech on World AIDS Day in the North Lawn during the morning.[60] President and First Lady Bush speak at a forum on Global Health at Newseum in Washington, D.C. during the morning.[61] President Bush signs the United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008. It requires the Treasury Department to mint and issue coins for the recognition of the US Army being founded in 1775 as well as commemorating the event.[62]
  • December 4 – President Bush attends that year's National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.[63]
  • December 5 – President Bush delivers a speech on the economy on the South Lawn.[64]
  • December 6 – President Bush attends the unveiling of a portrait of himself at the Union League of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and delivers a speech.[65]
  • December 8 – President and First Lady Bush act as hosts for the White House Children's Holiday Reception and Performance in the East Room during the morning.[66] President Bush attends several briefings while in the office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center in the afternoon.[67]
  • December 9 – President Bush delivers an address on the evolution of American defense at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York during the morning.[68] President Bush issues a statement on Zimbabwe renewing his call for the removal of the leadership of Robert Mugabe.[69]
  • December 16 – President Bush meets with President of El Salvador Antonio Saca in the Oval Office of the White House.[70]
  • December 17 – President Bush gives a speech at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania during the afternoon.[71] President Bush designates the day as "Wright Brothers Day".[72]
  • December 18 – President Bush delivers a speech to the American Enterprise Institute at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. during the morning.[73]
  • December 19 – President Bush delivers a speech on auto companies in the Roosevelt Room during the morning.[74] President Bush meets with President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office of the White House during the afternoon.[75]
  • December 20 – President Bush discusses auto companies during his radio address.[76]
  • December 22 – President Bush travels to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.[77]
  • December 23 – President Bush discusses the history of volunteering for the military during his radio address.[78]
  • December 24 – On Christmas Eve, President Bush calls members of the military.[79]
  • December 30 – President Bush issues a statement on National Mentoring Month.[80]
  • December 31 – President Bush issues a proclamation extending duty-free treatment to various agricultural and other programs in Israel.[81]

References[edit]

  1. ^ President and Mrs. Bush Wish Americans, Troops Happy New Year (January 1, 2008)
  2. ^ Personnel Announcement (January 2, 2008)
  3. ^ Briefing by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley on the President's Upcoming Trip to the Middle East (January 3, 2008)
  4. ^ President Bush Signs S. 2436 into Law (January 4, 2008)
  5. ^ Remarks at Horace Greeley Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois (January 7, 2008)
  6. ^ Statement on Peace Efforts in Sudan (January 8, 2008)
  7. ^ Remarks at a Welcoming Ceremony in Tel Aviv, Israel (January 9, 2008)
  8. ^ Remarks on the Middle East Peace Process in Jerusalem, Israel (January 10, 2008)
  9. ^ Remarks During a Visit to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem (January 11, 2008)
  10. ^ President Bush Delivers State of the Union Address (January 28, 2008)
  11. ^ President Bush Discusses Trade and Economy (January 30, 2008)
  12. ^ Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for Indiana (January 30, 2008)
  13. ^ President Bush Discusses Global War on Terror in Las Vegas, Nevada (January 31, 2008)
  14. ^ President Bush Signs H.R. 5104 Into Law (January 31, 2008)
  15. ^ President Bush Signs Presidential Proclamation in Honor of American Heart Month (February 1, 2008)
  16. ^ President Bush Discusses Economy in Kansas City (February 1, 2008)
  17. ^ Mrs. Bush's Radio Address to the Nation (February 1, 2008)
  18. ^ President Bush Meets with Cabinet, Discusses Budget (February 4, 2008)
  19. ^ President Bush Discusses Trip to Africa at Leon H. Sullivan Foundation (February 26, 2008)
  20. ^ President Bush Meets with Prime Minister Topolánek of the Czech Republic (February 27, 2008)
  21. ^ President Bush Meets with Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (February 27, 2008)
  22. ^ President Bush Welcomes 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox to White House (February 27, 2008)
  23. ^ Press Conference of the President (February 28, 2008)
  24. ^ President Bush Meets with His Economic Team (February 28, 2008)
  25. ^ President Bush Meets with Secretary General of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (February 29, 2008)
  26. ^ President Bush Signs H.R. 5264 and H.R. 5478 into Law (February 29, 2008)
  27. ^ Irish-American Heritage Month, 2008 (February 29, 2008)
  28. ^ President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine (April 1, 2008)
  29. ^ Statement by the President on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (April 4, 2008)
  30. ^ President Bush Meets with Prime Minister Sanader of Croatia in Zagreb, Croatia (April 5, 2008)
  31. ^ President Bush Attends White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (April 26, 2008)
  32. ^ President's Radio Address (April 26, 2008)
  33. ^ President Bush Meets with Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom (April 28, 2008)
  34. ^ Press Conference by the President (April 29, 2008)
  35. ^ President Bush Meets with Ambassador Eide, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Afghanistan (April 29, 2008)
  36. ^ President Bush Discusses National Volunteer Week (April 29, 2008)
  37. ^ President Bush Welcomes 2008 National and State Teachers of the Year to the White House (April 30, 2008)
  38. ^ President Bush Welcomes Super Bowl XLII Champion New York Giants to White House (April 30, 2008)
  39. ^ President's Radio Address (August 2, 2008)
  40. ^ President Bush Visits Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Thanks Troops (August 4, 2008)
  41. ^ Personnel Announcement (August 5, 2008)
  42. ^ President Bush Meets with Prime Minister Samak of Thailand (August 6, 2008)
  43. ^ "President Bush's Speech to the Nation on the Economic Crisis". www.nytimes.com. September 24, 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  44. ^ President Bush Discusses Financial Rescue Legislation (September 29, 2008)
  45. ^ President Bush Discusses Economic Rescue Plan (September 30, 2008)
  46. ^ President Bush Signs H.R. 1777 and H.R. 6984 Into Law (September 30, 2008)
  47. ^ Personnel Announcement (September 30, 2008)
  48. ^ Nomination Sent to the Senate (September 30, 2008)
  49. ^ President Bush Meets with General David McKiernan, Commander for NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (October 1, 2008)
  50. ^ President Bush Meets with Representatives of American Businesses on the Economic Rescue Package (October 2, 2008)
  51. ^ President Bush Visits Midland, Texas (October 4, 2008)
  52. ^ President Bush Discusses Judicial Accomplishments and Philosophy (October 6, 2008)
  53. ^ President Bush Meets with President Lugo of Paraguay (October 27, 2008)
  54. ^ President Bush Meets with President Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government (October 29, 2008)
  55. ^ President Bush Attends Graduation Ceremony for Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents (October 30, 2008)
  56. ^ "Bush calls meeting with Obama 'friendly'". CNN. November 10, 2008.
  57. ^ Statement by the President on Agreements with Iraq (November 27, 2008)
  58. ^ Statement by the President on Horrific Attacks in Mumbai (November 28, 2008)
  59. ^ President Bush Discusses Attacks in Mumbai, Condemns Violence, Sends Condolences to Victims (November 29, 2008)
  60. ^ President Bush Discusses World AIDS Day (December 1, 2008)
  61. ^ President and Mrs. Bush Participate in Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health (December 1, 2008)
  62. ^ President Bush Signs H.R. 5714 Into Law (December 1, 2008)
  63. ^ President and Mrs. Bush Attend 2008 Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony (December 4, 2008)
  64. ^ President Bush Discusses Economy (December 5, 2008)
  65. ^ President Bush Attends Unveiling of The Union League of Philadelphia's Portrait of the President (December 6, 2008)
  66. ^ President and Mrs. Bush Host Children's Holiday Reception and Performance (December 8, 2008)
  67. ^ President Bush Attends Briefings by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center (December 8, 2008)
  68. ^ President Bush Discusses Defense Transformation at West Point (December 9, 2008)
  69. ^ Statement by the President on Zimbabwe (December 9, 2008)
  70. ^ President Bush Meets with President Saca of El Salvador (December 16, 2008)
  71. ^ President Bush Discusses National Security, Homeland Security and the Freedom Agenda at U.S. Army War College (December 17, 2008)
  72. ^ Wright Brothers Day, 2008 (December 17, 2008)
  73. ^ President Bush Addresses the American Enterprise Institute (December 18, 2008)
  74. ^ President Bush Discusses Administration's Plan to Assist Automakers (December 19, 2008)
  75. ^ President Bush Meets with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (December 19, 2008)
  76. ^ President's Radio Address (December 20, 2008)
  77. ^ President Bush Visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center (December 22, 2008)
  78. ^ President's Radio Address (December 23, 2008)
  79. ^ Event Backgrounder: The President Makes Christmas Eve Telephone Calls to Members of the Armed Forces (December 24, 2008)
  80. ^ National Mentoring Month, 2009 (December 30, 2008)
  81. ^ Proclamation by the President: To Extend Duty-Free Treatment for Certain Agricultural Products of Israel and for Other Purposes (December 31, 2008)

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See also[edit]

U.S. presidential administration timelines
Preceded by
Bush presidency (2007)
Bush presidency (2008) Succeeded by
Bush presidency (2009)