While many may choose to overlook the harsh reality, the United States of America was in trouble when President Bush left office. After being hit hard by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and nearly ten years of military efforts overseas, the economy and consumer confidence hit a serious low. The Great Recession was underway, beginning in December of 2007. It did not end until June of 2009 in the early days of President Obama’s first term of office. Many have compared the Great Recession to the Great Depression. Although the Recession was not as severe as the Depression, it still marked a dark period in the nation’s history. One third of Americans were unemployed at this time, the stock market dipped down dramatically, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped as well.