On January 20, 2001, George W. Bush became the most powerful man in the world after being sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States. Interestingly, this was exactly 12 years after his father was sworn in for the same office in 1989. The younger Bush was to lead the country through one of its most difficult times, the terrorist attacks of September 11. This would set the course for his two terms in office, with the fight against terrorism being one of his most important legacies.
Biography of George W. Bush
The former American president was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, as the first child of a student at Yale University, George Herbert Walker Bush, and his young wife Barbara Pierce, and was christened George Walker Bush. George, who has mainly English and German roots, grew up alongside siblings: Jeb Bush, Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. He lost his brother Robin Bush, who died at the age of 3 years.
He received his education at the Kinkaid School, which was a preparatory school before moving on to Phillips Academy. From here Bush went to Yale University. After his bachelor’s degree, George moved to Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA.
While in high school, George W. Bush played baseball and when he transferred to the college, he played rugby. At that time he was also a member of the Skull and Bones Society.
He was appointed to the Texas Air National Guard in 1968 and served in the Air Force Reserve until 1974 when he was honorably discharged. After that, Bush decided to go into business in 1977 by founding an oil exploration company, Arbusto Energy.
Growing up in a political family, George W. Bush also decided to devote himself full-time to politics by running for the House of Representatives in the 19th District of West Texas, but he lost the election in 1978. After his father, who was Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989, served as President from 1989 to 1993, the younger George Bush decided to run for governor in Texas in 1994, while his younger brother Jeb Bush seized the opportunity to become Governor of Florida.
Although George won easily, Jeb Bush lost the election before winning in 1999. George remained governor from 1995 to 2000, when he defeated the incumbent vice president of the United States, Al Gore, and became president of the country.
The 43rd U.S. President
After he was sworn in, George W. Bush was interested in pursuing domestic policy, but in September 2001, after the United States was attacked by terrorists, he completely changed his agenda to fight and defeat terrorism. Among the countries, he focused on were Iraq and Afghanistan, which he invaded. Many years after he left office, the war continued in these countries, with many accusing him of being responsible for destabilizing the Middle East.
George W. Bush defeated John Kerry of the Democratic Party to win the 2004 U.S. presidential election and remained in power until 2008 when Barack Obama succeeded him. Since his retirement, Bush has been involved in many things, including humanitarian work, writing, and delivering speeches.
Wife and Kids
When you look at George and Laura Bush, you could easily bet that they have been together all their lives. However, Laura was not the first woman in the life of the man who was described as a party boy in his younger years.
The first woman who should be his wife is Cathryn Lee Wolfman, whom he met in the 1960s when they were both studying at Yale. Wolfman, who was not interested in politics, was hired by Bush in 1967, but the two later went their separate ways, with some sources claiming that it was because she had Jewish roots.
Exactly 10 years after his first engagement, George Bush was introduced to a beautiful woman, Laura Welch, who was to become his wife. Three months after the beginning of their engagement, the two got engaged, and soon after they married. The union was blessed with a pair of twins, Barbara and Jenna, born in 1981. They remain the only children of George and Laura Bush.
George Bush is not only a politician but also a businessman. In fact, he was in business before he went into politics. As mentioned above, he once owned an oil exploration company before later investing in the baseball franchise, the Texas Rangers.
Together with his wife, George W. Bush has net assets estimated at $35 million. The former governor of Texas still makes money from the books he has written and the speeches he has given. He also owns several properties, including a ranch.