George W. Bush and the Real State of the Union

How's the president doing?

232: Number of American combat deaths in Iraq between May 2003 and January 2004

501: Number of American servicemen to die in Iraq from the beginning of the war--so far

0: Number of American combat deaths in Germany following the Nazi surrender to Allies in May 1945

0: Number of coffins of dead soldiers returning home from Iraq that the Bush administration has allowed to be photographed

0: Number of funerals or memorials President George Bush has attended for soldiers killed in Iraq

100: Number of fundraisers attended by George Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney in 2003

13: Number of meetings between George Bush and Tony Blair since he became president

10 million: Estimated number of people worldwide who took to the streets in opposition to the invasion of Iraq, setting an all-time record for simultaneous protest

2: Number of nations that President George Bush has attacked and taken over since coming into the White House

9.2: Average number of US soldiers wounded in Iraq each day since the invasion began

1.6: Average number of American soldiers killed in Iraq per day since hostilities began

16,000: Total number of Iraqis that have been killed since the start of war

10,000: Approximate number of Iraqi civilians killed since the beginning of the conflict

$100 billion: Estimated cost of the war in Iraq to American citizens by the end of 2003

$13 billion: Amount other countries have committed toward rebuilding Iraq (much of it in loans) as of October 24

36%: Increase in the number of desertions from the US Army since 1999

92%: Percentage of Iraq's urban areas that had access to drinkable water a year ago

60%: Percentage of Iraq's urban areas that have access to drinkable water today

32%: Percentage of the bombs dropped on Iraq this year that were not precision-guided

1983: The year in which Donald Rumsfeld gave Saddam Hussein a pair of golden spurs

45%: Percentage of Americans who believed in early March 2003 that Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11 attacks on the US

$127 billion: Amount of US budget surplus the year George Bush became president in 2001

$374 billion: Amount of US budget deficit in the fiscal year 2003

1st: This year's deficit will be the biggest in US history

$1.58 billion: Average amount by which the US national debt increases each day

$23,920: Amount of each US citizen's share of the national debt as of January 19, 2004

1st: The record for the most bankruptcies filed in a single year (1.57 million) was set in 2002

10: Number of solo press conferences Bush has held since beginning his term (his father had managed 61 at this point in his administration, and Bill Clinton 33)

1st: Rank of the US worldwide in terms of greenhouse gas emissions per capita

$113 million: Total sum raised by the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign, a record in American electoral history

$130 million: Amount raised for Bush's re-election campaign so far

$200 million: The amount the Bush-Cheney campaign is expected to raise in 2004

$40 million: Amount that Howard Dean, the top fundraiser among the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls, amassed in 2003

28: Number of days holiday that Bush took last August, the second longest holiday of any president in US history (Record holder: Richard Nixon)

13: Number of vacation days the average American worker receives each year

3: Number of children convicted of capital offenses executed in the US in 2002. America is the only country openly to acknowledge executing children.

1st: As governor of Texas, George Bush executed more prisoners (152) than any governor in modern US history

2.4 million: Number of Americans who have lost their jobs during the three years of the Bush administration

221,000: Number of jobs per month created since Bush's tax cuts took effect. He promised the measure would add 306,000.

1,000: Number of new jobs created in the entire country in December. Analysts had expected a gain of 130,000 to be made.

1st: This administration is on its way to being the first since 1929 (Herbert Hoover's administration) to preside over an overall loss of jobs during its complete term in office

9 million: Number of US workers unemployed as of September 2003

80%: Percentage of the Iraqi workforce now unemployed

55%: Percentage of the Iraqi workforce unemployed before the war

43.6 million: Number of Americans without health insurance in 2002

130: Number of countries (out of total of 191 recognized by the UN) with an American military presence

40%: Percentage of the world's military spending for which the US is responsible

$10.9 million: Average wealth of the members of Bush's original 16-person cabinet

88%: Percentage of Americans who will save less than $100 on their 2006 federal taxes as a result of 2003 cut in capital gains and dividends taxes

$42,000: Average savings members of Bush's cabinet are expected to enjoy this year as a result in the cuts in capital gains and dividends taxes

$42,228: Median household income in the US in 2001

$116,000: Amount Vice President Dick Cheney is expected to save each year in taxes

44%: Percentage of Americans who believe the president's economic growth plan will mostly benefit the wealthy

700: Number of people from around the world the US has incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

1st: George W. Bush became the first American president to ignore the Geneva Conventions by refusing to allow inspectors access to US-held prisoners of war

90%: Percentage of Americans who approved of the way Bush was handling his job as president on September 26, 2001

53%: Percentage of Americans who approved of the way Bush was handling his job as president on January 16, 2004

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