1989 does not initially seem like a year to remember. Other years have huge events that people recall with fondness or horror. ‘89 just seems like the end of a decade of questionable fashion choices; however, it was so much more than that. 1989 was a year of fall out. Events America, and the rest of the world, had been preparing for happened in 1989. The year was a very important year for history and it started with George Bush Sr. being brought into office as America’s president.
Bush became president on January twentieth, 1989 after eight years as Ronald Regan’s vice president. Because he had worked closely with his predecessor it was assumed that America under Bush would be exactly like America under Regan, and in some ways it was; however, there were many differences between the two presidents. Particularly there were differences in their domestic policies. Regan had used his system of ...view middle of the document...
But, even though he was not as invested in it as Regan, he was able to carry out Regan’s legacy and oversee the bringing down of the Berlin Wall, an event often contributed to Regan. Bush believed that “The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree. A new breeze is blowing, and a nation refreshed by freedom stands ready to push on” and he would be there to usher it in (Bush, George).
America, in 1989, would have been completely different had Bush not become president. If his opponent, Michael Dukakis, had won the election or had something happened and the Bush’s vice president, many things would have been different. Neither would have had the same experience in the white house as Bush did and neither would have worked closely with Regan like Bush had. A different leader could have led to many changes, good or bad, for 1989. Blunders with Russia could have led to an extended Cold War or influenced modern relations with Russia for the better.
In 1989, as president, Bush did much to impact the country. In January he would help to establish the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a branch of his executive office dedicated to make the work environment drug free. Then in March Bush would ban the importation guns that he deemed “assault rifles” into the United States. At the same time unemployment rates would drop to five percent. In August he made Gen. Collin Powell the first African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest rank a person can have in the military. The year would end with Bush continuing the war on drugs, and discussing the end of the Cold War with Gorbachev. Overall, it was an eventful year for America and Bush.
America, or at least America in 1989, would not have been the same without George HW Bush. Bush becoming president was the Zeitgeist of the year. He influenced every major political decision for most on 1989 and the next four years. Though his election may not have been the biggest or most memorable event of that year, it proves to be one of the most significant.