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George W. Bush - Forty-Third President of the United States


George Bush's Childhood and Education:

Born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, George W. Bush is the oldest son of George H. W. and Barbara Pierce Bush. He grew up in Texas from the age of two. He came from a political tradition with his grandfather, Prescott Bush, a U.S. Senator and his father as President. Bush attended Phillips Academy in Massachusetts and then went on to Yale, graduating in 1968. He considered himself an average student. After serving in the National Guard, he went to Harvard Business School.

Family Ties:

Father: George H. W. Bush - Forty-First President of the U.S.
Mother: Barbara Pierce
Siblings: Three brothers - Jeb, Neil, and Marvin and one sister - Dorothy.
Wife: Laura Welch Bush
Children: Twin daughters - Jenna and Barbara.

George Bush's Career Before the Presidency:

After graduating from Yale, Bush spent a little less than six years in the Texas Air National Guard. He left the military to go to Harvard Business School. After getting his MBA, he started working in the oil industry in Texas. He helped his father campaign for the presidency in 1988. Then in 1989, he purchased part of the Texas Rangers baseball team. From 1995-2000, Bush served as the Governor of Texas.

Becoming the President:

The 2000 election was highly contentious. Bush ran against Bill Clinton's vice president, Al Gore. The popular vote was won by Gore-Lieberman by 543,816 votes. However, the electoral vote was won by Bush-Cheney by 5 votes. The last time the president won the electoral vote without winning the popular vote was in 1888. Because of the controversy over the recount in Florida, the Gore campaign sued to have a manual recount.

2004 Election:

George Bush ran for reelection against Senator John Kerry. The election centered on how each would deal with terrorism and the war in Iraq. In the end, Bush won a little over 50% of the popular vote and 286 out of 538 electoral votes.

Events and Accomplishments of George Bush’s Presidency:

Bush took office in March 2001 and by September 11, 2001, the whole world was focused on New York City and the Pentagon with the attacks by Al-Qaeda operatives that resulted in the deaths of over 2,900 people. This event changed Bush's presidency forever. Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan and the overthrow of the Taliban which had been harboring Al-Qaeda training camps.
In a very controversial move, Bush also declared war on Saddam Hussein and Iraq for the fear that they were hiding Weapons of Mass Destruction. America went to war with a coalition of twenty countries to enforce UN disarmament resolutions. It was later determined that he was not stockpiling them within the country. US forces took Baghdad and occupied Iraq. Hussein was captured in 2003. Recently, fighting in Iraq has escalated and there is concern that the country is already in a state of civil war.
An important education act was "No Child Left Behind Act" meant to improve public schools. He found an unlikely partner to push forward the bill in Democrat Ted Kennedy.
On January 14, 2004 the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded killing all on board. In the wake of this, Bush announced a new plan for NASA and space exploration including sending people back to the moon by 2018.
Events occurring at this time for which no real resolution has been reached include continuing hostilities between Palestine and Israel, worldwide terrorism, and issues surrounding illegal immigrants in America.

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