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Adam looks back at George Bush's Presidency

Adam with a statue of George Bush

George W Bush's time as President of the USA ends on Tuesday when he hands over to Barack Obama.

Adam has been looking at whether he will be missed after eight years in charge of the world's most powerful country.


George bush waving (Photo by Mannie Garcia-Pool/Getty Images)
"It's time to get ready for George Bush's goodbye party.

Although I'm not sure that many people would turn up to one.

Every month a bunch of Americans are asked how George W Bush is doing as President.

But for the last few years his approval ratings have been going down and down again.

There was a big row when he was first elected President in 2000.

Al Gore and George Bush in 2000 (Photo by TANNEN MAURY/AFP/Getty Images)
Al Gore and George Bush in 2000
He only got the job over his rival Al Gore after he won a court case about who had won.

But when the US was attacked on 11 September 2001 - he became one of most popular Presidents in history.

Iraq

Two years later he decided to invade the middle eastern country of Iraq because he thought its leader Saddam Hussein was developing illegal weapons.

But no weapons were ever found.

American soldier in Iraq (Photo by ALI YUSSEF/AFP/Getty Images)
American soldiers and ordinary Iraqis are still dying in the fighting.

It made the USA unpopular with some other countries, especially in the Arab world.

In 2005 President Bush was accused of not acting quickly enough to save people at home when Hurricane Katrina devastated the American city of New Orleans.

Climate change

His critics also say he didn't care enough about the environment - although they reckon he has recently been getting more serious about climate change.

And he has given millions of dollars to poorer countries in Africa to fight diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

George Bush (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
But it's not all serious stuff. George W Bush is also famous for making people laugh by mixing up his words.

Once he said: "Families is where our nation finds home, where wings take dream" and then he said people "misunderestimated" him.

In his last TV message to the nation on Thursday night he said that he had made tough decisions but had always tried to do the right thing for the country.

Bye-bye Bush

Some Americans think he did a good job of keeping the country safe, but many are glad that he is going.

Barack Obama and George Bush at the White House (Photo by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Obama and Bush at the White House
At midday on Tuesday 20 January he will officially hand over to Barack Obama in a massive ceremony called the Inauguration.

More than two million Americans are expected to crowd in to Washington DC to see it."

Adam