Presidents: George W. Bush

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George W. Bush was the 43rd President and the son of a former president, George H. W. Bush. Following the September 11 attacks, he launched the War on Terror.

George W. Bush

George Walker Bush was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. He was the first child born to George Herbert Walker and Barbara Pierce Bush. He was primarily raised in Texas.

His younger sister, Robin, died from leukemia at the age of three in 1953. He had four additional siblings, Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy.

In high school he played baseball and was the head cheerleader. Upon graduation, he attended Yale University, graduating from there in 1968. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1975 with a M.B.A. degree. He is the only U.S. president to have earned an M.B.A.

In May 1968, Bush was commissioned into the Texas Air National Guard.He was honorably discharged from the Air Force Reserve on November 21, 1974.

In 1977, Bush established Arbusto Energy, a small oil exploration company, although it did not begin operations until the following year. He later changed the name to Bush Exploration. In 1984, his company merged with the larger Spectrum 7, and Bush became chairman.

At a backyard barbecue in 1977, friends introduced him to Laura Lane Welch, a school teacher and librarian. Bush proposed to her after a three-month courtship, and they married on November 5 of that year. On November 25, 1981, Laura Bush gave birth to fraternal twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna.

George W. Bush

In 1978, Bush ran for the House of Representatives from Texas’s 19th congressional district, but lost.

Prior to his marriage, Bush had multiple episodes of alcohol abuse. Bush says his wife has had a stabilizing effect on his life,and attributes to her influence his 1986 decision to give up alcohol.

Bush moved his family to Washington, D.C., in 1988 to work on his father’s campaign for the U.S. presidency. He served as a campaign adviser and liaison to the media, and assisted his father by campaigning across the country.

In April 1989, Bush purchased a share in the Texas Rangers baseball franchise, where he served as managing general partner for five years. He actively led the team’s projects and regularly attended its games, often choosing to sit in the open stands with fans.

In 1994, Bush ran for Governor of Texas. His campaign focused on four themes: welfare reform, tort reform, crime reduction, and education improvement. His brother was also campaigning for Governor of Florida. George won his campaign, but Jeb did not become Governor of Florida until 1999. Bush used a budget surplus to push through Texas’s largest tax-cut, $2 billion. In 1998, he won re-election.

George W. Bush

In June 1999, he announced his intention to run for president. He won the Republican National Convention and asked Dick Chaney to be his running mate. He campaigned against Al Gore and the election results were so close, especially in Florida, that they had to be recounted. Bush was the first person to win an American presidential election with fewer national votes than another candidate since Benjamin Harrison in 1888.

George W. Bush was sworn in on January 20, 2001. His ambitions were initially for a domestic agenda, but that changed eight months into his presidency with the September 11 terrorist attacks.

One of the administration’s early major initiatives was the No Child Left Behind Act, which aimed to measure and close the gap between rich and poor student performance, provide options to parents with students in low-performing schools, and target more federal funding to low-income schools.

The September 11 terrorist attacks were a major turning point in Bush’s presidency. That evening, he addressed the nation from the Oval Office, promising a strong response to the attacks. On September 14, he visited Ground Zero and

George W. Bush

addressed the gathering via a megaphone while standing on a heap of rubble, to much applause: “I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

The War of Terrorism began, expanding to invasions in both Afghanistan and Iraq and the overturn and death of Saddam Hussein.

In 2005, he began his second term. Hurricane Katrina, one of the most damaging natural disasters in U.S. history, struck early in Bush’s second term.

He also dealth with Medicare changes, prescription drug benefit and AIDS relief and passed the Patriot Act.

In December 2007, the United States entered the longest post–World War II recession. Many economists and world governments determined that the situation became the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

George W. Bush

Bush has been an avid reader throughout his adult life, preferring biographies and histories. During his time as president, Bush read the Bible daily, 14 Lincoln biographies and 186 books in the last three years of his presidency.

Bush has received both the highest approval ratings after the September 11 attacks and the lowest with the 2008 financial crisis.

For his part, Bush said in 2013, “Ultimately history will judge the decisions I made, and I won’t be around because it will take time for the objective historians to show up. So I am pretty comfortable with it. I did what I did.”

Upon leaving the White House in 2009, George and Laura Bush returned to their home in Texas.

Since leaving office he often makes appearances at events in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, especially at the Texas Rangers game.

George W. Bush

In 2010, he released his memoirs and in 2014, a biography of his father. In 2017, he released his own portraits of veterans in the book Portraits of Courage.

In January 2010, at President Obama’s request, Bush and Bill Clinton established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to raise contributions for relief and recovery efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake earlier that month.

On May 2, 2011, President Obama called Bush, who was at a restaurant with his wife, to inform him that Osama bin Laden had been killed.

George Bush also enjoys playing golf and has taken up oil painting since leaving the White House.

President Bush’s legacy continues to develop today. Several historians and commentators hold the view that Bush was one of the most consequential presidents in American history.

Bryon Williams of The Huffington Post referred to Bush as “the most noteworthy president since FDR” and said that the Patriot Act “increased authority of the executive branch at the expense of judicial opinions about when searches and seizures are reasonable” as evidence. Bush’s administration presided over the largest tax cuts since the Reagan administration, and his homeland security reforms proved to be the most significant expansion of the federal government since the Great Society.

Only the passage of time will reveal his true influence on the United States.

He continues to be present at various memorials, funerals, inaugurations, openings and other events of significant importance.

 

43rd President of the United States
(January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009)Nicknames: “W”

Born: July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut

Father:  George Herbert Walker Bush
Mother: Barbara Pierce Bush
Married: Laura Welch (1946- ), on November 5, 1977
Children: Barbara Pierce Bush (1981- ), Jenna Welch Bush (1981- )

Religion: Methodist
Education: Graduated from Yale University (1968); Graduated from Harvard Business School (1975)
Occupation: Businessman
Political Party: Republican


  • Governor of Texas, 1995-2000

Presidential Salary: $400,000/year + $50,000 expense account


The 9/11 Terror Attack on the World Trade Center, New York
The Second Gulf War (the War in Iraq). Saddam Hussein captured
The Credit Crunch and the recession

  • Bush was one of two managing general partners of the Texas Rangers baseball club from 1989-1994.
  • Of the 6 million votes cast in Florida in the 2000 election, Bush won the state’s 25 electoral votes by 537 votes.

1946 George W. Bush was born on July 6 1948

The Bush family moves to Odessa, Texas

1949 The Bush family moves from Texas to Southern California Bush’s sister Robin is born on December 20th

1950 The Bush family moves back to Midland, Texas Young bush becomes a cub scout

1951 Bush attends school at the Sam Houston elementary school

1952 Bush’s grandfather is elected to the United States Senate, representing Connecticut

1953 Bush’s brother John “Jeb” Ellis is born on February 11th Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected to the Presidency Bush’s sister Robin dies of Leukemia at the young age of four The McCarthy hearings begin

1955 Bush’s brother Neil Mallon is born on January 22nd

1956 Bush’s brother Marvin Pierce is born on October 22nd The Bush family moves to Houston, Texas

1959 Bush’s sister Dorothy “Doro” Walker is born on August 18th

1961 John F. Kennedy becomes the 35th President of the United States

1963 President John F. Kennedy is assassinated Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson assumes the Presidency upon Kennedy’s death

1964 Bush graduates from the Phillips Academy

1968 Bush graduates from Yale University with a Batchelor of Science degree in History Bush serves in the Texas Air National Guard as a fighter pilot until 1973

1971 Bush’s father George H. W. Bush becomes Ambassador to the United Nations

1975 Bush graduates from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration degree

1976 George H. W. Bush becomes the director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

1977 Bush marries aura Welch on November 5th in Midland, Texas

1980 Ronald Wilson Reagan is elected the 40th President of the United States along with his Vice Presidential Nominee, George H. W. Bush. Defeating the Presidential incumbent Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale

1981 George and Laura Bush become parents to twin daughters Jenna Welch and Barbara Pierce

1984 President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush are re-elected after beating the Walter Mondale/Ferraro democratic ticket

1988 George H. W. Bush is elected the 41st President of the United States along with Vice President nominee Dan Quale. Beating the Michael Dukakis /Loyd Benson Democratic ticket

1989 Bush and investment partners organize the purchase of the Texas Rangers Baseball Team

1994 Bush is elected the United States Governor of Texas

1998 Bush and partners sell the Texas Rangers Baseball Team Bush is re-elected Governor of Texas Brother Jeb Bush is elected the United States Governor of Florida

2000 On December 13, George W. Bush and Richard Cheney are declared winners of the Presidential election over Democratic challengers Albert Gore/Joe Lieberman ticket December 21, Bush resigns as Governor of Texas

2001 Bush is inaugurated on January 20th as the 43rd United States President

September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States

On September 14, Bush gives his ground zero “I Can Hear You ” mega phone speech

October 7, The United States goes to war with the Afghanistan In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks

October 26, Bush signs the U.S. Patriot Act

2002 January 8, The No Child Left Behind Act is established June 1, Bush delivers a commencement speech at West Point The U.S Congress authorizes the declaration of war with Iraq Bush establishes the Department of Homeland Security

2003 February 3, Space Shuttle Columbia self destructs upon enters the earths atmosphere. All seven crew members perished On March 19, President Bush addresses the nation and declares war with Iraq Bush signs the HIV/AIDS Act. Bush signs the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Act of

2003 November 27, Thanksgiving Day, Bush visits the troops in Iraq Medicare Modernization Act Operation Red Dawn

2004 The new Afghanistan Government adopts a constitution to allow democratic elections The 9/11 commission released it’s official report President Bush wins re-election over challenger Senator John F. Kerry U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell steps down from the cabinet post National Security Advisor, Dr. Condolezza Rice becomes the next Secretary of State, replacing Colin Powell

2005 George Bush is inagurated and gives his second inaugural address to the nation

August 29, Hurricane Katrina devestated the gulf of Mexico’s bordering southern states. July 19, Bush nominates Judge John G. Roberts Chief Justice to the United States Supreme Court

September 1, Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton come together to raise funds for the Hurricane Katrina victims October 31, Bush nominates Judge Samuel A Alito, Jr. Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court

2006 A bill to build a 700 mile fence along the Mexican border is signed Saddam Hussein is found guilty of war crimes and is hanged in Bagdad, Iraq The democratic party takes control of both Congressional Houses in the

2006 Midterm elections Dr. Robert M. Gates replaces Donald Rumsfield as Secretary of Defense Former President Gerald R. Ford dies Lt. General David Petraeus replaces General George Casey as the leader of forces in Iraq

2007 January 10, a new troop surge in Iraq is announced

2008 June 21, the bush’s host a White House wedding reception for their daughter Jenna Bush and Husband Henry Chase Hager Bush signs the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 2

008 Barack Hussein Obama is elected the 44th President 0f the United States Bush issues a 17.4 billion auto bailout to General Motors and Chrysler

2009 President George W. Bush gives his farewell address to the Nation George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush attend the Inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama After serving the United States Presidency for eight years George W. and Laura Bush retire to their ranch in Crawford, Texas The George W. Bush Presidential Library Groundbreaking in Dallas, Texas begins Bush publishes his autobiography “Decision Points”

2013 April 13, Daughter Jenna Bush Hager gives birth to a baby girl Mila in New York City. First time grandparents announced “We met our beautiful granddaughter today. Jenna and Mila are healthy. And our family is elated.”

April 25, The George W. Bush Presidential Center is dedicated. The center will officially open to the public on May 1st