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by | 20th, January 2004

‘IT is a fair bet that when White House speechwriters are putting the finishing touches to President Bush’s State Of The Union address today, they won’t be looking to this morning’s Independent for inspiration.

1 Number of pages Bush read of Presidency For Dummies

Inspired perhaps by a similar editorial in last month’s Vanity Fair magazine, the paper presents ‘the real state of the Union’, a report card of Bush’s first term in office.

And, although the words ‘could try harder’ do not appear, it is clear that Bush will not be leaving the White House summa cum laude either.

Among the significant figures picked out by the Independent, we choose to highlight but a few.

2.4 million Number of Americans who have lost their jobs in the first three years of the Bush administration.

$42,228 Median household income in the USA in 2001; $42,000 average savings that members of Bush’s cabinet are expected to enjoy this year as a result of tax cuts.

$300 million Amount cut from the federal programme that provides subsidies so that the poorest people can heat their homes.

58 million The number of acres of public land Bush has opened up to road building, logging and drilling.

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