2005: A Year of Challenges for President Bush

President George Bush

President George Bush arrives to deliver his fourth and final speech on the war in Iraq at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 14. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Bush has had a tough year. The war in Iraq dragged his public standing to its lowest ebb. His administration was sharply criticized for its handling of Hurricane Katrina. But he did score one big success: the appointment of John Roberts as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

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