Thought experiment

June 21st, 2011

Would Barack Obama be President if there hadn’t been a 9/11?

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aaron  |  June 21st, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Hard to say. There was a lot of Bush fatigue. But there was still a rabid fanaticism toward Obama that I’ll never understand.

  • 2. Nick  |  June 21st, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Would George W. Bush been a one term president?

  • 3. Fuzz Martin  |  June 21st, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Since Bush probably wouldn’t have been elected to a second term, I’m going to say, “no.” In that case, John Kerry would have had the 2008 nomination. Obama wouldn’t have had his chance until the 2012 election.

  • 4. John Foust  |  June 21st, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Ipso facto, he’s a secret Muslim. It was all part of Osama’s big plan!

  • 5. Elliot  |  June 21st, 2011 at 11:45 am

    All great points.

    My initial thoughts were without 9/11 Bush/Cheney wouldn’t have been able to convince Congress to go along with a war in Iraq. Without 9/11, there’d be no Gitmo, no Patriot act, no waterboarding. Without all the controversy, Bush would have sailed to a second term. With less of a sure win in 2008, the Dems would have nominated Hillary with Obama as VP. If that had happened, I don’t think he ever would have made it to President.

  • 6. David Casper  |  June 21st, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    But Elliot, you forget that Bush and Darth Cheney were behind 9/11 as an excuse to go to war with Iraq. They caused it! You can’t have one without the other!

  • 7. Dan  |  June 22nd, 2011 at 1:29 am

    If all things being the same, I think the Dem’s would have nominated Gore again in 2004 and he could have won. Economy would have been so-so and the sympathy for Gore, could have given Gore a win.
    If there were no 9-11, Obama would not have had a platform for his anti-war speeches and probably would have been a nobody in the Dem Party.

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