The forty-third president of the United States was George W. Bush. He was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. He grew up with his mother, Barbara Bush, and his father, George Herbert Walker Bush (the forty-first president of the United States). Bush was one of six siblings: Jeb, Robin, Marvin, Neil, and Dorothy. He majored in history at Yale University and went to Harvard for his masters in business. Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush and they have two twin girls named Jenna and Barbara. George W. Bush was not the most exceptional president especially during the Financial Crisis of 2008 and Hurricane Katrina, but he did go into major action once the terrorist attack of 9/11 had happened.
Before Bush’s presidency, he owned an oil company in the late 70’s with an investment of $15,000. His father had also been part of the oil industry. He took the time to study where the best drilling sites were and did his best trying to find an owner who would negotiate the best price for the land he desired. His company was originally called Bush Exploration, but was later called Arbusto. He was doing quite well with the business until oil prices started to drop and ended losing millions of dollars. That was when Bush’s friends and coworkers would have fun with the “bust” part of Arbusto.
He also bought the Texas Rangers in 1989 for $600,000 of his own money. It was a huge financial risk for him because it was about one-third of his net worth. The team was also in a 25 year losing streak and had many more problems, but it had been a dream of his in owning a major league baseball team. His business partner was Rusty Rose. They were completely different from each other, but made their strategies work. It would later work out for him because he sold the team in 1998 for a profit of $15 million.
A political office that he held before presidency was governor of Texas. He was in the Texas Air and National Guard, which made it unlikely for him to serve in the Vietnam War. His pilot training was taken place at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia. He stayed with the Texas Air National Guard from 1963 to 1973.
Bush ran in two presidential elections as a Republican. He first ran against Democrat Al Gore in 2000. When the voting came to an end, Gore had 255 electoral votes and Bush had 246 votes but they needed 270 for the win. The Supreme Court had to be involved and voted 5-4 in favor of Bush. The reason why the Supreme Court had to vote was because there was such a close call in Florida. His next election in 2004 was against Democratic U.S. Senator John Kerry. Kerry had 251 electoral votes and Bush with 286. Dick Cheney was his Vice President for all eight years.
In the beginning of Bush’s presidency, the terrorist attack of 9/11 occured in 2001. He was reading a book at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Florida when he was told there was an attack in New York. He was able to stay calm in front of a classroom full of kids who would not fully comprehend what a terrorist is or why there was any kind of attack. He had to stay professional too since the children were so young and should not have been introduced to such news then and there. One student recalls that Bush’s face was turning red and he was in a state of shock. America has been in a war since then against Afghanistan and Iraq for what they have done to our nation. He wanted Americans to know that he would do anything to help us feel protected. Afghanistan had already caused a lot of trouble before ever coming to America. The reputation there was atrocious because that country was known to kill many people, so the idea Bush had to go to war with Afghanistan was not a terrible idea since they have done so much destruction already. Bush had never needed to call war at any point of time in his life until now. This as a new experience to him that brought him pain. The thought of war and all of the killings pained him since he knew that many families would be devastated of their losses. He had later invited British Prime Minister Tony Blair over to the White House to discuss the plans if the war that was soon to happen. Blair had told Bush that Britain would be on America’s side. On Friday, October 5th, General Dick Meyers told Bush that the military was ready for launch. The next day was when the order was given and it was time for war. “”Go, “ I said. “This is the right thing to do.”” (Bush 292). He never wanted to actually go to war because he wanted to, he did so because he had to do it. It was one of the best decisions he had ever made during his time in office.
Hurricane Katrina of 2005 was one of Bush’s massive failures. He was not aware of the big news of a huge hurricane approaching because he was on a long vacation. He decided he should head back home after one of his aides had sent him a video collage of all of the destruction. He did not visit the devastation sight right away because he did not want to interfere with the help that is already there. Photographers and filmmakers were all there when Bush looked over the disaster of the hurricane. Many people were furious that he did not stop to land and take the time to look around and help out the people who were in need.
2008 – After the attack on 9/11, the United States had started to fall into a huge financial crisis. Bush had the concern that this is the new Great Depression.
The No Child Left Behind program (NCLB) was the 2002 update for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Schools were then liable of student outcomes and if the schools were to fail their students, they (the schools) would be held accountable of the child’s grades. Bush believed that every child in the nation deserved to have an equal opportunity in education. He primarily focused on literature and math. Once Bush had left office and President Barack Obama took his place, a new plan for education replaced the No Child Left Behind program. There was a search of high quality teachers to provide the best education a student could have. This was one reason why the search of new and better teachers was so crucial to the new act. Bush was heading into the right direction to help students at school, but there were quite a few instances that made the act problematic. One major factor was the need for multiple tests to be distributed. People have claimed that by making the English and math departments more of a “need” for students that the students would not spend enough time on their other classes since there is no major test for them to worry about. He did however achieve his idea of having a higher percentage of students pass, but overall, it was a mess and there was no point of having it in the first place.
After his two terms, he continues to raise awareness of cervical cancer in Africa, raising his voice on veterans going through PTSD, and children political accomplishments. George W. Bush was an honorable president. Not every plan a person may have will always go as planned. A president has to try to make an entire country better which is a very difficult task to fulfill. To conclude, George W. Bush was not an exceptional President, but he did have good intentions as a President and had the qualities of an overall good person.
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