George W. Bush
|George W. Bush|
|President of the United States|
|January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2009|
|Governor of Texas|
|High school||Phillips Academy|
|Master's||Harvard Business School|
|Service/branch||Texas Air National Guard|
|Years of service||1968-1974|
|Birthday||July 6, 1946|
|Place of birth||New Haven, Connecticut|
Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut, but his father, George H.W. Bush, moved the family to Texas in 1948 working in the oil industry. Bush attended school at the Phillips Academy in Massachusetts where he played baseball, basketball and football. Upon graduation in 1964, he went to Yale University. He joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and accepted an invitation into the Skull and Bones society, a group his father and grandfather were also a part of. Just prior to graduation, Bush joined the Texas Air National Guard serving as a fighter pilot in the Air Force Reserve until he was honorable discharged in 1974. He went on to earn his M.B.A. from the Harvard School of Business.
He moved back to Texas in 1975, where he met and married Laura Welch. He worked on building his oil business until selling it in 1986 to the Harken Energy Corporation. He helped his father get elected to the presidency from Washington, D.C. in 1988 before returning to Texas once again, this time joining a group of investors to purchase Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers. In 1994, he ran and won the seat as the governor of Texas.
- 1968: Graduated from Yale University
- 1968-1970: Fighter pilot for the Texas Air National Guard
- 1975: Earned M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
- 1975-1986: Founder and CEO of Bush Exploration
- 1980-1986: Chairman/CEO of Spectrum 7 Energy Corp.
- 1985-1986: Director of Harken Energy Corp.
- 1988: Worked for the George H.W. Bush presidential campaign
- 1989-1994: Managing general partner of the Texas Rangers
- 1994-2000: Governor of Texas
- 2000: Campaigned for U.S. presidency
- 2001-2009: President of the United States of America
- 2010: Decision Points memoir released
- 2013: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University opened
2004 presidential election
|U.S. presidential election, 2004|
|Party||Candidate||Vote %||Votes||Electoral votes|
|Republican||George W. Bush/Dick Cheney Incumbent||50.8%||62,039,572||286|
|Democratic||John Kerry/John Edwards||48.3%||59,027,115||251|
|Independent||Ralph Nader/Peter Camejo||0.4%||465,642||0|
|Libertarian||Michael Badnarik/Richard Campagna||0.3%||397,265||0|
|Constitution||Michael Peroutka/Charles Baldwin||0.1%||144,650||0|
|Green||David Cobb/Pat LaMarche||0.1%||119,910||0|
|Election Results Via: 2004 Presidential General Election Results|
Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Leonard Peltier, Walt Brown, Róger Calero, Thomas Harens, Gene Amondson, Bill Van Auken, John Parker, Charles Jay, Stanford Andress and Earl Dodge.
2000 presidential election
In 2000, Bush defeated former Vice President Al Gore for the United States presidency.
|U.S. presidential election, 2000|
|Party||Candidate||Vote %||Votes||Electoral votes|
|Republican||George W. Bush/Dick Cheney||48%||50,462,412||271|
|Democratic||Al Gore/Joe Lieberman||48.5%||51,009,810||266|
|Green||Ralph Nader/Winona LaDuke||2.7%||2,883,443||0|
|Reform||Pat Buchanan/Ezola Foster||0.4%||449,181||0|
|Libertarian||Harry Browne/Art Olivier||0.4%||384,532||0|
|Election Results Via: 2000 Presidential General Election Results|
Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Howard Phillips, John Hagelin, James Harris, L. Neil Smith, David McReynolds, Monica Moorehead, Cathy Brown, Denny Lane, Randall Venson, Earl Dodge, Louie Youngkeit and various write-in candidates.
State of the Union addresses
Every year in office, the President of the United States addresses Congress on the present state of affairs as well as the administration's goals for the coming year. Addresses made by presidents in their inauguration years are not technically "State of the Union" addresses and are typically held in February. Following are transcripts from Bush's State of the Union addresses.
Bush is married to his wife Laura, with whom he has a two daughters and one granddaughter.
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- Bush Center website
- George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum website
- Official White House biography
- Biography.com, "George W. Bush biography," accessed April 30, 2014
- CNN, "George W. Bush Fast Facts," April 30, 2014
- U.S. Election Atlas, "2004 Presidential General Election," accessed September 18, 2013
- U.S. Election Atlas, "2000 Presidential General Election," accessed April 30, 2014
- Congressional Research Service, "The President’s State of the Union Address: Tradition, Function, and Policy Implications," January 24, 2014
- The American Presidency Project, "State of the Union Addresses and Messages," accessed October 14, 2014