George W. Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009.
He is from the Bush family, his father, George H. W. Bush, served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993.
A member of the Republican Party, he had previously served as the 46th governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.
- Full name: George Walker Bush
- Profession: American politician and Businessman
- Party: Republican party
- Born: 6 July 1946 (age 73 years), New Haven, Connecticut, United States
- Artworks: Ehud Olmert, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Junichiro Koizumi, MORE
- Height: 1.82 m
- Presidential term: 20 January 2001 – 20 January 2009
- Spouse: Laura Bush (m. 1977)
- Vice president: Dick Cheney (2001–2009)
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About George W. Bush
George W. Bush born on 6 July 2946 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. He was the first child of George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Pierce.
He was raised in Midland and Houston, Texas, with four siblings, Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. Another younger sister, Robin, died from leukemia at the age of three in 1953.
His grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. Senator from Connecticut.His father was Ronald Reagan’s vice president from 1981 to 1989 and the 41st U.S. president from 1989 to 1993.
Bush has English and some German ancestry, along with more distant Dutch, Welsh, Irish, French, and Scottish roots.
Bush attended public schools in Midland, Texas, until the family moved to Houston after he had completed seventh grade. He then spent two years at The Kinkaid School, a prep school in Piney Point Village, Texas in the Houston area.
Bush attended high school at Phillips Academy, a boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts, where he played baseball and was the head cheerleader during his senior year.
He attended Yale University from 1964 to 1968, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.
During this time, he was a cheerleader and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon, serving as the president of the fraternity during his senior year.
Bush became a member of the Skull and Bones society as a senior. Bush was a rugby union player and was on Yale’s 1st XV. He characterized himself as an average student.
His GPA during his first three years at Yale was 77, and he had a similar average under a nonnumeric rating system in his final year.
After his application to the University of Texas School of Law was rejected, Bush entered Harvard Business School in the fall of 1973. He graduated in 1975 with an MBA degree. He is the only U.S. president to have earned an MBA.
After graduating from Yale University in 1968 and Harvard Business School in 1975, he worked in the oil industry. Bush married Laura Welch in 1977 and unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives shortly thereafter.
He later co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team before defeating Ann Richards in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election.
Bush was elected president of the United States in 2000 when he defeated Democratic incumbent Vice President Al Gore after a narrow and contested win that involved a Supreme Court decision to stop a recount in Florida.
He became the fourth person to be elected president while receiving fewer popular votes than his opponent.
In response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, Bush launched a “War on Terror” that began with the war in Afghanistan in 2001.
He proceeded to also launch the Iraq War in 2003. Signature legislation passed during his presidency included broad tax cuts, the Patriot Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Medicare Modernization Act, and funding for the AIDS relief program known as PEPFAR.
In the 2004 presidential race, Bush defeated Democratic Senator John Kerry in a close election. After his re-election, Bush received criticism from across the political spectrum for his handling of the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, and other challenges.
Amid this criticism, the Democratic Party regained control of Congress in the 2006 elections. In December 2007, the United States entered its longest post-World War II recession, often referred to as the “Great Recession”, prompting the Bush administration to obtain congressional approval for multiple economic programs intended to preserve the country’s financial system.
Bush was among the most popular, as well as unpopular, U.S. presidents in history; he received the highest recorded approval ratings in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, but one of the lowest such ratings during the 2008 financial crisis.
Bush finished his second term in office in 2009 and returned to Texas. In 2010, he published his memoir, Decision Points.
His presidential library opened in 2013. His presidency has been rated below average in historians’ polls, although his favourability ratings have improved since leaving office.