Terrorist acts common for new presidents

November 2, 2008
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The next president’s vulnerability to terrorist attacks has become an issue on the campaign trail. But if there’s an attack as a new administration settles in, it won’t be the first time.

Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown all faced acts of terrorism within their first year in office.

The issue was driven home this month by Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, who flatly predicted his running mate, Barack Obama, would be tested by crisis very early in his term – should they win the White House. And, immediately, Republican rivals John McCain and Sarah Palin made it a central talking point on the stump.  (MLive)