Business Politics

George W Bush

GEORGE W. BUSH

George Walker Bush is the forty-third and the incumbent President of the United States of America. He took oath in January 2001 and got re-elected in November 2004. He started his career as a businessman and eventually moved into politics just like his father and grandfather. He previously served as the Governor of the State of Texas for two terms from 1995 to 2000. He was noted for being a bipartisan and a sympathetic conservative, upholding the principles of strong families, local control, limited government, and personal accountability. Bush was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year twice in 2000 and 2004 and as one of People Magazine’s 25 Most Intriguing People of 2001.

BACKGROUND

George Walker Bush was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut to George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st United States President, and Barbara Bush. Bush practically grew up in Houston and Midland, Texas. He went to Phillips Academy in Massachusetts. He then entered Yale University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in history in 1968. He subsequently served in the Texas Air National Guard as an F-102 fighter pilot. In 1975, he earned his MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

In 1977, Bush married Laura Welch and they have two twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara.

CAREER

After receiving his MBA degree in 1975, Bush moved back to Midland where he put up his own oil and gas business. He worked in the energy industry until 1986. In 1977, he ran for Congress representing the district of West Texas but lost. After his defeat, he went back to his oil business and in 1988, he moved to Washington, D.C. to become a paid adviser in his father’s campaign for the U.S. Presidency. He then returned to Texas after the successful campaign and gathered a group of investors. Together they purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989. He was the team’s managing general partner from 1989 to 1994.

In November 1994, Bush was elected Governor of Texas and was re-elected in 1998. He ran for presidency in 2000. The race was a very close fight between Bush and Al Gore that it went through a month-long battle over who really won the election. The Supreme Court finally reached its decision and Bush was declared President of the United States. He was inaugurated as President on January 20, 2001 and in 2004, he got re-elected for a second term.

THE BUSH FAMILY

The Bush Family has made its accomplishments in the business industry as well as in politics. President George W. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, was an established businessman who became a founding partner of a banking firm, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. He then shifted to politics and became United States Senator from Connecticut from 1952 to 1963. Prescott’s son, George Herbert Walker Bush pursued a career in the oil industry of West Texas. He eventually ventured into politics and served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas. He also held several government positions until he became the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993.