George W. Bush was the 43rd President of the United States. He took office in 2001 and was re-elected and started his second term on January 20, 2005. Prior to becoming the President, Bush was elected as the Governor of Texas for six years. He was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. Bush attended Philips Academy and Yale University.
Bush was an F-102 fighter pilot for the Texas National Guard. He then attended Harvard Business School, after which he moved to Midland Texas and became a business career in energy. Bush worked on his fathers Presidential campaign and then gathered a group together and bought the Texas Rangers baseball team.
President Bush married Laura Welch who was a teacher and librarian. They have a set of twin girls, Barbara and Jenna.
Bush ran as a compassionate conservative in the 2000 election. He maintained the traditional conservative line with regard to core issues, like preferring a small government, tax reductions and a strong military. He opposed gun control as well as abortion. He chose Dick Cheney as his running mate.
Bush defeated Al Gore his first term. The election was a close one and there were many situations that came up on election night. The media had early on predicted the winner as the one who could win Florida. Bush’s won with a thin margin of 1,200 votes and an automatic recount was in order. The case wound up in the US Supreme Court. Bush officially became the President-elect on December 13. Bush had won with the Electoral College but he had actually lost the popular vote.
In his domestic agenda, Bush focused on a $1.35 trillion tax cut to take place over 11 years. Bush also worked on an antimissile defense system (a system that was designed to intercept long-rage missiles).
Bush’s foreign policy was mainly rejecting a number of international treaties that the Bush administration felt was not in the best interest for Americans. Treaties that were rejected included the Kyoto treaty which was on global warming, a treaty to establish an international war-crimes court. Bush also withdrew from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty. Bush was successful in persuading Russians to agree to a treaty that would reduce the nuclear weapons stockpiles by two-thirds for Russia and the US.
On September 11, 2001 when the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, the lives of Americans changed forever. Bush worked to quickly restore a sense of resolve and security. Bush focused on international terrorism. Bush worked with leaders in other countries to share intelligence, freezing assets of suspected terrorists and apprehending Al-Qaeda group members as well as other suspected terrorists.
On October 7, the US and Britain started war by launching air strikes against Afghanistan, after the Taliban government refused to hand over Osama bin Laden, the one behind the September 11 attacks. The Taliban collapsed but bin Laden still has not been caught. Some have suggested the real reason for the invasion was to secure pipelines for natural gas and oil.
Bush then announced that Iraq was a major threat to the US, based partially on weapons of mass destruction (that were never found), but there is evidence that before 9/11 there was talk of toppling Saddam. He labeled Iraq as part of the “Axis of evil”. A preemptive strike was called. In September 2002 Bush went to the UN challenging them to enforce their resolutions against Iraq or else the US would have no choice but to act for itself. The UN approved to imposing new arms inspection and with slow and little cooperation from Iraq, the patience ran out and Bush declared war on March 19 without the support of the UN security council. On April 9, Baghdad fell. The resistance to the occupation continues, and Bush has become unpopular, especially outside of America, for his handling of the conflict.
The reconstruction period is extremely difficult. The infrastructure needed to be rebuilt. The costs of the war were mounting. The pressure started to building with just the majority of the troops from US and Britain. Very little help came from other countries.
Bush created a new Cabinet position in the Homeland Security Department. Since in office, Bush has worked with Congress to provide for all Americans an ownership society. He passed a tax relief bill that allows workers to keep more of their money. Bush also passed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001.
Bush has also worked to improve healthcare and modernize Medicare. The very first prescription drug benefit for senior citizens was also passed. He has also worked to increase home ownership and conserving our environment.
In his Presidential bid for his second term, Bush was up against John Kerry. The campaign was a long and heated. The ware in Iraq, healthcare, and terrorism were the major issues. Kerry accused Bush of mismanaging the war in Iraq. Kerry was called out as being a flip flopper and not being a strong leader to fight terror.
Bush won the election with 51% of the popular vote in November 2004. The two main issues that were identified as the reason why Bush was elected were moral values and fighting terrorism.
George W. Bush Facts
- President No.: 43rd
- Served: 2001-2009
- Party: Republican
- From: Texas
- Married: Laura Bush
- Born: July 6, 1946
- Education: Yale University, Harvard University
- Jobs Before President: Businessman, owner of major league baseball team, Governor of Texas
- Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
- Population at time: 281,421,906
- Hobbies: Baseball, reading and biking
- Pets: Dogs, Scottish Terriers Barney and Miss Beazley. He has a cat named India “Willie”
- Transportation: Helicopter, airplane, car
- Communication Methods: Letters, phone, email
George W. Bush Speeches
George W. Bush Inaugural Addresses
George W. Bush State of the Union Addresses
- 2001 State of the Union Address
- 2002 State of the Union Address
- 2003 State of the Union Address
- 2004 State of the Union Address
- 2005 State of the Union Address
- 2006 State of the Union Address
- 2007 State of the Union Address
- 2008 State of the Union Address
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