Who were the last five Presidents?


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As of 2014, the last five U.S. presidents were Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. With the exception of George H.W. Bush, each president served two terms in office.

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Ronald Reagan became president in 1981, and his two terms in office defined the 1980s in the United States. During his time in office, Reagan diminished inflation, stimulated economic growth and increased employment. Vice president during the Reagan administration, George H.W. Bush took office in 1989. Bush's one-term presidency was defined by the fall of communism and the Gulf War. A faltering economy and rising urban violence led to Bush's defeat by Bill Clinton in 1992. Entering office in 1993, Clinton presided over a period of prosperity and relative stability in American history. His two-term presidency was characterized by high employment and decreasing crime rates. In spite of his successes, Clinton's administration was marred by accusations of improper conduct with a White House intern. George W. Bush entered office in 2001, and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 cast a long shadow over his presidency. Bush presided over wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq as well as increases in government surveillance designed to combat terrorism. Barack Obama's historic role as the first black American president commenced in 2009. His two-term presidency has been marked by progressive achievements, including a widely expanded public health-care system.

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