George W. Bush Biography

(43rd President of the United States)

Birthday: July 6, 1946 (Cancer)

Born In: New Haven, Connecticut, United States

George Walker Bush is an American businessman and politician who served as the 43rd president of the United States. He served as the president for two consecutive terms, from 2001 to 2009. He is the son of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States. The political association of his family doesn’t end here; his grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. senator from Connecticut. After completing his schooling in Massachusetts, George W. Bush graduated with a B.A. degree in history from ‘Yale University’ and then went on to ‘Harvard Business School’ to do his M.B.A. In 1968, he was commissioned into the ‘Texas Air National Guard’ and was honorably discharged after six years of service. He married Laura Lane Welch and the couple shifted to Midland, where George W. Bush founded a series of small, independent oil exploration companies. He helped his father George H. W. Bush in both of his presidential campaigns before becoming the governor of Texas himself. He was the Republican candidate for the 2000 presidential elections and won the election by defeating Democrat nominee Al Gore. Four years later, he was re-elected when he defeated Democrat John Kerry.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: George Walker Bush, George Bush

Age: 78 Years, 78 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Laura Bush

father: George H. W. Bush

mother: Barbara Bush

siblings: Dorothy Bush Koch, Jeb Bush, Marvin Bush, Neil Bush, Robin Bush

children: Barbara Pierce Bush, Jenna Bush Hager

Born Country: United States

Presidents Political Leaders

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males

political ideology: Political party - Republican

Notable Alumni: Phillips Academy

U.S. State: Connecticut

City: New Haven, Connecticut

Ideology: Republicans

Founder/Co-Founder: Arbusto Energy, Energy Task Force, Transportation Security Administration, New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, United States Department of Homeland Security, Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, George W. Bush Foundation

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education: Harvard University, Yale University, Phillips Academy

awards: NME Award for Villain of the Year

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    What are some major events that occurred during George W. Bush's presidency?

    Some major events during George W. Bush's presidency include the September 11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2008 financial crisis.

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    What was the No Child Left Behind Act signed by George W. Bush?

    The No Child Left Behind Act was a federal law signed by George W. Bush in 2002, which aimed to improve education standards in the United States by requiring states to test students annually in reading and math.

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    What was the response to Hurricane Katrina during George W. Bush's presidency?

    The response to Hurricane Katrina during George W. Bush's presidency was widely criticized for being slow and inadequate, leading to significant devastation and loss of life in New Orleans and other Gulf Coast regions.

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    What was the rationale behind the invasion of Iraq under George W. Bush?

    The invasion of Iraq under George W. Bush was based on the belief that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and posed a threat to the United States and its allies, although no such weapons were ultimately found.

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    What was the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on George W. Bush's presidency?

    The 2008 financial crisis had a significant impact on George W. Bush's presidency, leading to a major economic downturn, the implementation of government bailouts, and a decline in public approval ratings.

Childhood & Early Life

George W. Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, to George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Pierce. He had five younger siblings – Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Dorothy, and Robin. His sister Robin passed away at the age of three due to leukemia.

His grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a US senator from Connecticut. Bush’s father, Bush Sr., held the US vice-president’s office for two terms in the 1980s and then became the 41st US president in 1989.

He received his schooling from ‘Kinkaid School’ in Houston and ‘Phillips Academy’ in Massachusetts. He graduated from ‘Yale University’ in 1968 with a B.A. degree in history and enlisted in the ‘Texas Air National Guard’ from where he was honorably discharged in 1974.

While on his guard duty, he started attending ‘Harvard Business School’ in 1973 and graduated in 1975 with a master’s of business administration degree.

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After completing his MBA, George W. Bush returned to Midland and entered the oil business. In 1979, he created ‘Arbusto Energy’ and sold the company in 1986.

In 1988, he shifted to Washington D.C. to help his father in his campaign for the presidency, which turned out to be successful. Bush Sr. again called out for his eldest son to manage his 1992 presidential re-election, but this time their luck ran out and Bush Sr. lost.

In 1994, George W. Bush ran for the office of governor of Texas and won the election by defeating the incumbent governor and Democrat candidate, Ann Richards. His election campaign focused on welfare, reforms, crime reduction, and improvement of education.

As governor he raised the salaries of the teachers, implemented policies that reduced domestic violence, and allocated funds to organizations that educated people about the (side) effects of drug usage.

In 1998, he won the re-election with a big mandate and became the first governor in Texas history to hold two consecutive four-year terms. In 1999, with the implementation of a new law, Texas became the leading producer of wind-powered electricity in the US.

He announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency in 1999 and won the Republican Party’s nomination, with Dick Cheney as his running mate. The Democratic Party’s nominee was Al Gore, the incumbent vice-president.

The 2000 presidential election results were close and controversial. After a month of inconclusiveness, the Supreme Court intervened and declared Bush the winner on the basis of electoral votes.

His first administrative success was the passing of the ‘No Child Left Behind Act’ in 2001. The Act was brought in to bridge the gap between rich and poor student performance and also to raise the standard of schooling being imparted.

On September 11, 2001, ‘Al Qaeda’ terrorists crashed four hijacked planes in New York and Washington DC, killing around 3,000 American citizens. The attacks were linked to Osama Bin Laden, the leader of ‘Al Qaeda,’ and George W. Bush declared a war on terror.

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In October 2001, U.S. forces entered Afghanistan as the then Taliban regime, which was at the helm in Afghanistan, was training the ‘Al Qaeda’ terrorists. The regime had also given shelter to Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attack.

To make sure that America never witnesses another terrorist attack, he created the ‘Homeland Security Department’ and passed the ‘Patriot Act.’

In March 2003, George W. Bush ordered the U.S. forces to invade Iraq as he believed that the Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction. Saddam Hussein was deposed and in 2005, free democratic elections were held in Iraq.

In the 2004 presidential election, he won 286 electoral votes and defeated Democrat John Kerry.

His second term started on the worst possible note as Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast of the United States and took around 1,800 lives and damaged property worth billions. He received severe criticism for the slow handling of the disaster from the ‘Democratic Party’ and citizens alike.

In 2008, in the final year of his presidency, the U.S. was hit with a severe credit crisis that sent the stock market into free fall and led to massive layoffs. The Bush administration responded to the crisis by enacting a controversial $700 billion ‘Emergency Economic Stabilization Act’ to bail out the housing and banking industries.

He left office in 2009 and settled in Dallas, Texas with his wife. He was succeeded by Barack Obama.

On November 11, 2014, Bush published a biography of his father titled ‘41: A Portrait of My Father.’

Bush released a book of his own portraits of veterans titled ‘Portraits of Courage’ in February 2017.

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He partnered with former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama to work with ‘One America Appeal’ to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in the Gulf Coast and Texas on September 7, 2017.

In September 2018, he attended the funeral of American politician and Navy officer John McCain. The following year, he paid a visit to South Korea to pay respects to Roh Moo-hyun. In 2021, he gave a speech at the Flight 93 National Memorial on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Major Works

Before the completion of George W. Bush’s first year as president at the White House, America was devastated by the September 11, 2001 attacks. Bush promised the people that justice would be done for the victims who lost their lives. He launched a scathing attack called the ‘War on Terror’ to dismantle the ‘Taliban’ and capture/kill Osama Bin Laden. Subsequently, the US military invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

In 2003, he ordered the U.S. military forces to invade Iraq as the U.S. believed that the then-Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. forces deposed Saddam Hussein and in 2005, free democratic elections were held in Iraq for the first time in 50 years.

Awards & Achievements

George W. Bush was named the ‘Person of the Year’ by ‘Time’ magazine in 2000 and 2004.

In 2005, Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga awarded him the ‘Order of the Three Stars.’ In 2012, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves bestowed him with the ‘Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana.’

Personal Life & Legacy

George W. Bush married Laura Welch, a school teacher and librarian, in 1977. Four years later, Laura gave birth to fraternal twin daughters, Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Welch Bush.

After reading Winston Churchill's essay, ‘Painting as a Pastime,’ Bush began painting as a hobby.

Facts About George W. Bush

Bush is known for his love of painting and took up the hobby after leaving office. He has painted portraits of world leaders, including his father, George H.W. Bush.

Bush is an avid reader with a preference for biographies and histories. He even started a book club with a focus on sharing his love of literature.

Despite his political differences with many celebrities, George W. Bush has a friendly and humorous relationship with several of them, including Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno.

Bush has a soft spot for animals and is a dedicated dog lover. He has two beloved dogs, Barney and Miss Beazley, who were often seen accompanying him during his time in office.

An interesting fact about George W. Bush is that he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, showing his commitment to education and continuous learning.

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