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Updated 1/7/16

5. Nov. 26, 2000, to Jan. 19. 2009:

George W. Bush was elected president of the United States on Nov. 26, 2000, but the election was contested and not official until Al Gore conceded on Dec. 13, 2000.
Bush was sworn into office as the 43rd President of the United States on January 20, 2001, re-elected on Nov. 2, 2004, and sworn in for a second term on Jan. 20, 2005.
During his presidency, Bush received an honorary Doctor of Laws from his alumnus Yale on May 25, 2001, and in 2010, Bush's book Decision Points was published.
Our research shows his following acts as President (legislation he has signed, signing statements, executive orders he has issued, vetoes, pardons and commutations he has given, proclamations and correspondence) from Jan. 20, 2001 to Jan. 19, 2009
Acts
Legislation
Signed
Signing
Statements*
Executive
Orders**
Vetoes Pardons &
Commutations
Proclamations
***
Presidential
Memoranda ****
Speeches
& Remarks *****
Total
Year
A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I.
2001
111 24 55 0 0 112 157 527 986
2002
274 35 27 0 7 120 180 571 1,214
2003
196 31 41 0 4 112 201 431 1,016
2004
306 26 46 0 20 111 130 565 1,204
2005
161 14 27 0 33 114 105 467 921
2006
309 23 27 1 45 126 96 570 1,197
2007
188 8 33 7 31 117 94 478 956
2008
285 7 29 4 33 119 120 558 1,155
2009
1 0 4 0 20 8 10 17 60
Total
1,831 168 289 12 193 939 1,093 4,184 8,709

Source documentation to the above:

1. NYTimes.com, "COUNTING THE VOTE: THE OVERVIEW; BUSH IS DECLARED WINNER IN FLORIDA, BUT GORE VOWS TO CONTEST RESULTS," by Todd S. Purdum, Nov. 27, 2000 (Accessed on 1-7-16)

2. Yale.edu, Yale Bulletin and Calendar, "Honorary Degrees," May 25, 2001 (Accessed on 1-7-16)

3. Politico.com, "Gore concedes to Bush, Dec. 13, 2000," by Andrew Glass, Dec. 13, 2012 (Accessed on 1-7-16)

4. White House website bio of George W. Bush (Accessed on 1-7-16)

5. NPR.org, NPR Online, "Bush: The Unexpected Candidate" (Accessed on 1-7-16)



* "When the President signs a bill into law, he may issue a statement explaining why he is approving the legislation. These statements were traditionally brief and generally did not contain substantive analysis of the legislation. However, in recent administrations they have been used more vigorously and have become a subject of controversy." Georgetown Law Library (Accessed 4-27-15)


** "...official documents that the President issues to manage the operations of the federal government." Georgetown Law Library (Accessed 4-27-15)


*** "Presidential proclamations are announcements of policy from the President." Georgetown Law Library (Accessed 4-27-15)


**** Includes Memoranda, Letters, Notices, Directives and Messages


***** A speech for this chart is considered any remark Bush made in front of an undefined number of people, and includes, but is not limited to, State of the Union speeches, radio addresses, press conferences, and commencement ceremonies. [Text in brackets has been added to differentiate the subject matter of radio addresses]

There were 379 speeches from 1-20-01 to 9-10-01, 794 from 9-11-01 to 3-19-03, and 3011 from 3-20-03 to 1-17-09, totaling 4184.