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The New President: Crisis of Legitimacy

Video: Never before in the history of the United States has a presidential drama played out the way the last presidential election did. For an entire month the Florida courts took center stage. Ultimately, even the U.S. Supreme court intervened to resolve the issue. The Bush victory is a lame victory. There is no clear mandate from the electorate. The popular vote went to Gore. The Democrats believe the White House was stolen from them. The new Congress will offer gridlock since both sides are almost equal in number in both houses. Many urgent questions of foreign policy confront the president. How will Bush cope? How will he try to mobilize Congress and the people? Is there hope or disaster on the horizon?

Date: 01/04/2001

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