So basically, it all went down like this: We all dutifully went out and voted that November, thinking the nation’s political process would work as it should and by the end of the night or next morning, we’d have a new president. But it didn’t really work out that way, thanks to these assholes:
Remember the hanging chads? They were the little bits of paper that should be punched away when a person chooses a candidate on a punch card ballot. Except some of them didn’t fall off. So those votes in Florida, the state that decided the election, weren’t counted. This (along with a lot of other shady stuff in the state, which at the time, was governed by Bush’s brother, Jeb) led to the election not being decided until December 12, after the Supreme Court ended the recounts and certified Bush the winner of Florida, and thus the winner of the entire election. Even though he didn’t receive the popular vote (Al Gore received 543,895 more votes).
And so, instead of getting this guy:
We got the worst president EVER. But things turned out OK for Gore. He won a Nobel Prize for his work on climate control and an Oscar for his film on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. He also made a couple really awesome skits on SNL, including one where he gives a State of the Union address, and another where he refuses to leave the Oval Office set of The West Wing. Hilare!
Have a good weekend!