In the 2000 election, Americans had to wait over one month before George Bush was declared the next president. The election was so close that the Florida Supreme Court ordered a recount of certain ballots in the state of Florida, where George Bush's brother Jeb was the governor. Over the course of the recount, Americans became familiar with the term "chad" - a punched square of paper used for the voting. There were "hanging chads" and "floating chads" as each vote was scrutinized by hand. Finally the republican-leaning U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the recount was unconstitutional, effectively giving the state to Bush. Al Gore then conceded and George Bush was declared the 43rd President of the United States.
There were no international election observers and the decision was widely accepted in the United States, but across the globe, people cast a doubtful eye on the legitimacy of the election. An email was forwarded across the world shortly afterwards chronicling the details of the election and the recount without naming the country or the parties involved, asking at the end, "Which third-world country is this? It's the United States."
Even today, Africans cite the 2000 U.S. election as an example of how they believe every country rigs elections. During the 2007 disputed election in Kenya, which spawned bloodshed killing more than 1,000 people, supporters of the new controversial president would readily admit he was rigged into office, but would point out that so was President Bush. "You don't see Americans killing each other over it," one Kenyan businessman said. "They accepted the rigging and moved on."