The Life of George W.bush, a Controversial Political Figure, as United States Presidents Should Be
George W. Bush is an impactful presidential figure in the history of the United States. George W. Bush was born on July 6, 1946 in New Heaven Connecticut. Bush was born to First lady Barbara Bush and forty-third President George H. Walker Bush. George W. Bush’s siblings include Florida Governor Jeb Bush, businessman Neil Bush, businessman Marvin Bush, Author Dorothy Bush Koch and Robin Bush, who died of pediatric leukemia at age four. Bush received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Yale University in 1968. After college, Bush enlisted in the Air National Guard, serving in Texas and Alabama until he was discharged in November 1974. In 1975 Bush completed his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University. George W. Bush married Laura Lane Welch, an ex-librarian and teacher in 1977. They both had twin daughters Jenna bush and Barbara Pierce Bush in 1981.Before becoming a politician Bush worked in the Texas oil industry. He founded Arbusto Energy in 1977. Bush served as his father’s campaign adviser in 1988. In 1989, George Bush gathered a group of investors that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball team and served as their managing general partner for five years. An important event that helped mold George Bush’s life was his recommitment to his Christian faith, his Christian faith would eventually lead him to run for president as he was quoted saying that “God chose him to lead his nation’. In 1978 George W. Bush made his first run for political office to be U.S. Representative of the 19th District in Texas. He was unsuccessful as he lost the race to Kent Hance. In 1994, Bush once again ran for public office and was elected the 46th Governor of Texas. He won re-election in 1998 with sixty-nine percent of the vote, becoming the first Governor in Texas history to be elected to two consecutive four-year terms. Under Bush’s leadership Texas executed 152 prisoners, more than any previous governor in current American history. Bush used a budget leftover to push through a $2 billion tax-cut plan, which was the biggest in Texas history and cemented Bush as a pro-business fiscal conservative. Bush helped make Texas the top producer of wind powered electricity in the United States. In 1995 Bush made wind power a key factor of Texas’ renewable energy policy. Under a 1999 Texas state law, electric retailers are obligated to buy a certain amount of energy from renewable sources. Bush also extended government funding and support for religious organizations providing social services such as education, alcohol and drug abuse prevention, and reduction of domestic violence. Bush signed a document on April 17, 2000 declaring June 10 to be Jesus Day in Texas. On this day he told all Texans to go help those in need. This made Bush very popular amongst religious and conservative Texans. As Governor Bush supported local control of schools, higher educational standards, and a modern academic curriculum.
In June 1999, George W. Bush announced his candidacy for the President of the United States. His opponent in the 2000 election was Vice President Al Gore. Though the Presidential election was held November 7, 2000, the final outcome was not known until December 12, when the Supreme Court decision Bush v. Gore qualified Florida’s electoral votes. George W. Bush was inaugurated as the forty-third President of the United States on January 20, 2001. President Bush’s No Child Left behind Act of 2002, created reforms that raised standards and improved test scores in the public education system. President Bush increased the size of Pell Grants available to college students and created the Helping America’s Youth Initiative, led by Mrs. Laura Bush, to help adults unite with at-risk children. President Bush created a tax relief package, which reduced income tax rates and doubled the child tax credit, along with other reforms. On September 11, 2001 the Bush presidency encountered a traumatizing event, Terrorists hijacked four airplanes, crashing two into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers attempted to overhaul the hijackers. In response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, President Bush commenced a War on Terror, which became a wide-ranging assault on terrorists and those individuals that support terrorism around the globe. As part of the War on Terror, the War in Afghanistan began in October 2001 and the War in Iraq in March 2003. President Bush then, established the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security, the Homeland Security Council, and formed the position of Director of National Intelligence. USA Freedom Corps, was also created following September 11th, looked to inspire American citizens to serve charitable causes. In the 2004 election, President George W. Bush faced Senator of Massachusetts John Kerry. George W. Bush was re-elected for a second term, and inaugurated on January 20, 2005. During his second term, President George W. Bush developed humanitarian aid programs including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the President’s Malaria Initiative, to contribute to those suffering around the world. President Bush and his wife worked together to establish the Preserve America Initiative and the National Parks Centennial Initiative. The President asked Congress to provide more than 6.5 billion dollars to repair the National Park System. President Bush designated nearly 195,000 square miles of the central Pacific Ocean as national monuments and preserved an additional 1,000,000 square miles of fish habitats. In January 2007, President Bush announced his plan for a flow of American troops in the Iraq War to combat the insurgency. Total violence in Iraq was considerably reduced and the United States established a new embassy in Baghdad in January 2009.
After His Presidency, George Bush moved to Dallas Texas and now lives in exile. He is more interested in painting than politics. George W. Bush enjoys golfing and bicycling. He is also in charge of many philanthropic events. In January 2010, he united with former President Bill Clinton to lead a major fundraising relief effort for the victims of the shattering Haitian earthquake. President Bush remains actively involved in issues of national and global concern through the George W. Bush Institute, which is operated by The George W. Bush Foundation. George W. Bush’s social work has continued his Legacy Of a brave leader who led his country during troubling times and kept his country safe.
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