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President George W. Bush, Person of the Year

Artist
Daniel Adel, born 1962
Sitter
George Walker Bush, born 6 Jul 1946
Date
2004
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on board
Dimensions
Board: 50.8 x 40.6cm (20 x 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Daniel Adel
Object number
NPG.2014.TC1
Exhibition Label
Forty-third President, 2001-9
In 2004, for the second time in four years, Time named George W. Bush Person of the Year. Both occasions followed national elections in which Bush prevailed. The issue in 2000 was the disputed election itself, which Time predicted would be the subject of debate in political science classes for years to come. The major question looming during Bush's reelection campaign was the war in Iraq: Was America more secure? Could the Iraqi people embrace liberty and democracy as peaceful paths to coexistence? In spite of polls showing many Americans to be pessimistic, Bush was emboldened by both the war and the recent election. In contrast with the 2000 election, he now felt as if he had a mandate: "I've got the will of the people at my back," he claimed after his victory.
Time cover, December 27, 2004
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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