George W Bush was sworn in for a second term as president of the United States in January. But it was not to be an easy ride for him. Throughout the year, Bush courted trouble-a poll revealed that half of the country was not behind him on the war; moreover, pressure was mounting to withdraw US troops from Iraq.
In December, Bush was put in the spot light again when the New York Times revealed that he had authorised a secret eavesdropping programme in the US. He justified his actions, saying: `The American people expect me to do everything in my power to protect them and their civil liberties. And that is exactly what I will continue to do, so long as I`m the president of the United States.`