Mostly Credited As: George W. Bush
Birth Name: George Walker Bush
Date Of Birth: July 06, 1946 (Age 68)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New Haven, Connecticut
Height: 5' 11 " (1.8 m)
George Walker Bush (b.July 6, 1946) is an American politician, most notable for being the 43rd President of the United States (2000-2008), and 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000), and for being the son of former President George H.W. Bush, and former first lady Barbara Bush. His younger brother Jeb is governor of Florida (1998-2006). He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, but moved to Texas when he was young. He grew up in Midland and Houston Texas with his four living siblings (Jeb, Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy). His other sister (Robin) died of leukemia when she was a toddler.
He went to high school in Midland, Texas, and went to college at Phillips Academy, but he later transferred to Yale University. He wasn't a particularly good student, getting mainly C's, with a GPA of 2.35. He was more focused on his social life, and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, which he became president of, and later joined the Skulls and Bones "secret" society, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father. His opponent for the 2004 Presidential elections, John F. Kerry was also a member. He graduated from Yale in 1968, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in history. After Yale, George decided to go into the Air National Guard, where he served as a pilot until 1972. He quit early, and attended Harvard University, where he graduated with a Master of Business Administration. He was known for drinking, and was arrested for DUI in 1976, due to his alcoholism.
George met Laura Welch at a barbecue in 1977 and married her later that year. He and Laura gave birth to twins Barbara (named after his mother) and Jenna (named after his mother-in-law) in 1981. In 1986, he quit drinking, and has been sober since. Bush made it big in the oil industry, and helped out his father, who was running for president, by moving to Washington D.C. He became managing partner of the Texas Rangers, but quit when he ran for governor in 1994, and won by 54% of the votes. His family moved to the capital, and lived there until George won the 2000 election against Al Gore.
George W. Bush was inaugurated into office on January 20, 2001. His first term was a typical one for a president. He passed the No Child Left Behind Act, cheapened health costs for seniors, and allowed homosexuals to have civil unions. After the September 11th Attacks, Bush has made one of his biggest issues fighting terrorism. When Afghanistan's Taliban government refused to hand over terror suspect Osama bin Laden for trial in the United States, Bush invaded the country and forced the Taliban from power but did not succeed in locating the terror mastermind. In 2003, he invaded Iraq after stating that Saddam Hussein was creating weapons of mass destruction. Both wars continue as of late 2006.
Bush was elected for a second term, which will end in January 2009.