George Walker Bush is the son of former President
George Herbert Walker Bush. He was born on 6th day of July, 1946 in New Haven.
Bush graduated from Yale in 1968 with a degree in History. Bush worked as a
part-time fighter pilot till 1973, as he had training as Texas Air National
Guard. He returned to Texas after he received a degree of MBA from Harvard
Business School in 1975 where he set up his own business in oil and gas.As his
family had been into politics, he too was inclined into it since childhood. In
1977 he ran for the U.S. Congress from West Texas where he was not successful.
Bush again got back to politics by running for the position of Governor from
Texas. Although his opponent Ann Richards was very popular and a tough one, his
agenda was clear and focused on issues relating to education and justice, and
thus he won. As he had a very appealing personality he became popular as a
The Presidential Election of 2000 was between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Though
Bush was officially the winner and became a President on 13th December 2000 Bush
had to see a lot of ups and downs before he was formally announced as the 43rd
president of the United States on 20th January 2001. He won by just one
vote.During his first term he was highly praised for his political success to
cut taxes, and waning of corruption. He rejected a number of international
treaties like the Kyoto treaty on global warming and a treaty to form an
international war-crimes court. He also withdrew from Antiballistic Missile
Treaty of 1972 which was there since three decades with the Soviet Union, but
convinced Russia to sign a treaty that would lessen the nuclear weapons
stockpile of both Russia as well as U.S. by the next decade.
The attacks by the terrorists on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 11th
September 2001 changed the direction of the administration of Bush. His prime
concern was to put an end to international terrorism for which he sought support
from all the countries of the world. He started by air strikes in Afghanistan on
7th Oct with the help of Britain when Taliban govt. refused to surrender Osama
Bin Laden, who was the master mind behind the September 11th attack. By 9th of
December Taliban gave up but till date Laden has not be caught.
After the war in Afghanistan, as Bush believed that Iraq was the main threat to
the security of America, he changed his strategy to strike before the harm was
done. In September 2002, Bush challenged the United Nation organization to do
something against Iraq or he would be left with no option but to do as he
thought wise. Many world leaders were taken aback because this meant dictatorial
attitude rather than working as an International Community.
Human abuse that was being done by Saddam Hussian, the link that Iraq had with
terrorism and the presence of mass destruction weapons in Iraq made him take his
stand. War was declared against Iraq on 19th March and U.S. as well as British
troops started to bombard Baghdad and by April 9th Baghdad got wiped out and the
war was officially over by 1st of May, but Saddam Hussian could only be captured
on 13th of December 2003.
Bush won the Presidential election over John Kerry, who was the Senator of
Massachusetts for the second time in November, 2004. His second term is not free
from criticism especially on the way he handled the domestic economy as well as
the war against Iraq and the brutal penalty given to Saddam Hussian. Due to all
this his popularity has gone down to the lowest that any sitting President had
since 35 years.