State of the Union | President Bush outlines an ambitious but costly second-term agenda and celebrates a costly victory in the battle for democracy in Iraq
by Bob Jones
Posted 2/12/05, 12:00 am
"The state of our union is strong," President Bush declared barely a minute into his annual address before a joint session of Congress on Feb. 2-but he might have been referring to the state of his administration, as well. Emboldened by a decisive election at home and energized by democratic rumblings abroad, Mr. Bush laid out an ambitious agenda that would, if enacted, long outlive his own tenure in the White House.