in the News
George W. Bush
his term with the lowest approval rating of any US president since
such records have been kept, Bush's departure from Washington
in January 2009 has been marked as "An End of an Error"
as he heads off into retirement as quite possibly the worst president
in US history.
high in popularity in his first term as President as the the popular
"hero" of 9/11,
George Bush and his leadership ability was seriously called into
question shortly following a series of scandals revolving around
his decision to go to war in Iraq, as well as his response to
the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Bush was seriously headed into lame duck status in 2008 when he
was reportedly asked not to campaign for Republican candidate
John McCain. In
November, both McCain and Bush witnessed a major repudiation of
the Republican party by a majority of Americans following a landslide
victory given to Democratic candidate Barack
Obama, the first African American in US history to hold the
nation's highest office.
With concurrent war fronts in Afghanistan and Iraq, his handling
of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the adminstration's involvement
in the Valerie Plame affair, and a perceived shadow government
headed up by his Vice President, Dick
Cheney, a number of other issues plagued the White House during
Bush's last term. These include
a failed bid to win over the American public on his new Social
Security plan and immigration
with rising gas
prices, Bush had saddled the U.S. with a half-trillion dollar
budget deficit as he left office in 2008 with his policies to
deregulate Wall Street generally viewed as the reason that the
US had been plunged into recession.
his second term, the administration's aim to bring democracy to
post-war Iraq was met with some success following elections there
in January 2005, although battles between Sunni and Shiite factions
within the country have increasingly brought Iraq to the edge
of civil war.
in its sixth year, the Iraq War has claimed more than 4,000 American
lives and countless more Iraqi civilians since the conflict began
on March 19, 2003.
his administration's continued efforts to strengthen the Executive
branch has continued an led to an increased groundswell of sentiment
for prosecuting Bush and Cheney on charges of war crimes following
their admissions torture did indeed occur against detainees at
as the story of an "improbable president", an Oliver
Stone biopic entitled "W."based on the life of President
George W. Bush was released in October 2008 just weeks before
a national election swept the Republican party in Washington DC
George W. Bush Bios, Pictures | George
W. Bush Quotes
July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, Bushoften referred
to as simply W. (or in Texas parlance, Dubya) is the eldest
son of former President George
Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara
Pierce Bush. Younger siblings included Jeb Bush,
now governor of Florida, Neil,
Marvin, and Dorothy.
Bush is married to Laura
Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian, and they have
18-year-old twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, born in 1981.
up in Midland, Texas, Bush Jr. - like his father before him -
attended the Philips Andover Academy in Massachusetts then matriculated
at Yale University. Graduating from Yale with a bachelors
degree in 1968, Bush returned to Texas and joined
the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. He eventually
worked his way up to the rank of lieutenant, but was never called
on to fight in Vietnam.
With his release from the Texas Air National Guard, the 1970's
began what Bush describes as his "nomadic" years widely
rumored to have been a period of heavy drinking and drug use while
he attended Harvard
Business School at which he took his MBA in 1975.
MBA to Politics
Bush returned to Midland to follow his father into the oil business
and to establish Arbusto,
an oil exploration company. Soon after, he also made his first
foray into politics in a race for the U.S. House of Representatives
in 1978. Despite setting a new Texas fundraising record for a
House candidate, Bush lost to opponent Senator Kent Hance by six
1980's, a complete transformation of his personal life occurred
when Bush sold off his oil interests, quit drinking, (followed
by regular attendance at his wife's Methodist church) and later
assumed a campaign management role in his father's successful
bid for the presidency in 1987.
In 1988, he
returned to Texas to purchase the Texas Rangers baseball team
with the help of wealthy friends and financial backers. During
the next several years Bush continued to stay in the media limelight
as a regular at Ranger games. Then in 1995, in a surprise political
move Bush made front page news when he decided to run for Texas
governor in 1995 against popular incumbent Ann
Richards - and won.
a conservative platform, Bush during his first four years as Texas
governor made good on his promises to reform welfare, cut taxes
and end "frivolous" lawsuits against corporate giants
- his biggest political supporters, and a fact not lost on his
for making tough decisions, however, won him widespread popularity
and in November 1998 he became the first Texas governor to be
elected to consecutive four-year terms.
the Road to the White House
With a new
reputation as a major political player, Bush was chosen by the
Republican Party as a presidential contender against the Clinton
Democrats and their newest presidential candidate, Vice President
Al Gore. Bush's down-home Texas charm worked most successfully
in scripted speeches, but the infamous Bushisms
quickly surfaced early on in his bid for the White House.
President Bush attempts an exit at
a 2005 press conference in Beijing
only to find a locked door.
his frequent verbal fumbling, Bush's promise to restore morality
to Washington struck a cord with voters who helped him squeak
by in an historic 2000 election so close that it required
a Supreme Court decision to call it.
Barely a year
into his first term, Bush and his running mate, Dick
Cheney, faced an unprecedented crisis when on September
11, 2001 Saudi Arabian terrorists crashed two planes into
the World Trade Center towers in New York, resulting in more than
2,000 dead and thousands injured.
tragedy the start of a new era of organized terrorism against
the West (led by Osama
Bin Laden) Bush declared war on Afghanistan, a known harbinger
of Muslim terrorist activity.
Based on what
is now recognized as erroneous evidence of Iraq's terrorist ties
and nuclear capability, a year later the invasion
of Iraq strongly alienated traditional European allies.
charges of Republicans running amok in Washington - involving
bribery charges, government
spying on U.S. citizens, the Jack
Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal, Tom
DeLay money laundering charges and calls for the impeachment
of Vice President Dick
Cheney - the American public voiced their dissatisfaction
in record-low polling numbers for Bush and for his party as a
Invoking executive privilege,
Bush refused to cooperate
with an investigation into the
death of soldier Pat Tillman.
In 2008, an
embattled White House invoked executive privilege in resisting
attempts by a congressional committee investigating the firing
of eight U.S. attorneys leading to White House Counsel
Miers facing criminal contempt charges for refusing to testify
under orders by the Bush administration.
In the most
puzzling invocation of executive privilege, Bush also has refused
to cooperate with another committee investigating the suspicious
circumstances surrounding the reports
of Army Ranger Pat Tillman's death to his family in 2004.
a promising young NFL player who had been offered a a $3.6 million
dollar contract to join the Arizona Cardinals in 2004. He turned
it down to enlist in the U.S. Army. He
was held up as a hero by the Pentagon which only later was forced
to admit that Tillman died by friendly fire in Afghanistan.
Amid the growing
number of political scandals at the White House, in mid-August
happier news emerged when it was announced that Bush's daughter,
Jenna, became engaged to long-time boyfriend, Henry
Hager. Their wedding was celebrated on May 10, 2008 at the
Bush family's Crawford, Texas ranch.
his defeat in the 2008 election, Bush announced plans to retreat
from the public eye and made plans to move with wife Laura to
a wealthy Dallas enclave.
House - Biography of President George W. Bush
W. Bush - Wikipedia
Post Photo Gallery - The Life of George W. Bush
Quotes & Bushisms:
When I take action, I'm not going to fire a 2 million dollar missile
at a 10 dollar empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going
to be decisive.
When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew exactly
who they were. It was us versus them, and it was clear who them
was. Today, we are not so sure who the they are, but we know they're
To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions,
I say well done. And to the C students, I say: You, too, can be
president of the United States. (Yale speech, 2001)
They misunderestimated me.
There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in
Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame
on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again.
You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able
to pass a literacy test.
very important for folks to understand that when there's more
trade, there's more commerce.
would say the best moment was when I caught a seven and half pound
largemouth bass on my lake. (When
asked by a reporter about the best moment of his presidency).
inflation is low -- except when you're going to the gas pump it
doesn't seem that low; or when you're buying food it doesn't seem
that low. Core inflation is low, but energy and food prices are
on the rise -- have risen."
my days clearing brush
I clear my head of all the fuss
Oh, like the fuss you made over Harriet and Brownie
Down the lane, I look out
Here comes Scooter
Finally free of the prosecutor
Its good to touch the brown, brown grass of home
a spoof of "The Green, Green Grass of Home" at the Gridiron
Club dinner in Washington D.C. March 2008)