George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. Bush is the eldest son of Barbara Bush and 41st President George H. W. Bush, making him the second American president to have been the son of a former president.
Yet in spite of all the accusations of White House "manipulation" -- that it pressured intelligence analysts into connecting Hussein and Al Qaeda and concocted evidence about weapons of mass destruction -- administration critics continually demonstrate an inability to distinguish making claims based on flawed intelligence from knowingly propagating falsehoods.
Rockefeller's highly partisan report does not substantiate its most explosive claims. Rockefeller, for instance, charges that "top administration officials made repeated statements that falsely linked Iraq and Al Qaeda as a single threat and insinuated that Iraq played a role in 9/11." Yet what did his report actually find? That Iraq-Al Qaeda links were "substantiated by intelligence information." The same goes for claims about Hussein's possession of biological and chemical weapons, as well as his alleged operation of a nuclear weapons program.
Bush ran afoul of conservatives, however, by turning the $128 billion budget surplus he inherited into record budget deficits and expanding the federal government by creating the Department of Homeland Security and creating a costly 2003 Medicare drug benefit.Conservatives also decried his fall 2008 bailout of banks and U.S. automakers,the nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court; and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to change immigration laws to give some illegal immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship.
Candidate Bush's priorities centered on two main issues, both of them domestic: First, he insisted that, with the federal budget in surplus, Americans were entitled to a significant tax cut. Second, he vowed an increase in federal funding for education as part of a sweeping plan for accountability from the states and districts. The schools would have to improve reading and math proficiency, particularly among minority students.
Bush enjoyed the highest popularity ratings ever recorded for a president, topping 90 percent in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but he left office with one of the lowest approval ratings ever, about 20 percent in some polls.
The 43rd President of the United States, George Walker Bush was born on July 6, 1946. The Republican is a two-term president, narrowly defeating Sen. Al Gore in the 2000 election and winning again in 2004 over Sen. John Kerry. His parents are Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush. He's only the second President in history to be the son of a former President.
Bush was elected governor of Texas twice--in 1994 and 1998. Significant events during his presidency have included the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., the invasion of Afghanistan, the Iraq War, the capture of Saddam Hussein, Hurricane Katrina, the No Child Left Behind Act and a $1.3 trillion tax-cut program in 2001.
In 1994 Bush challenged Democratic incumbent Ann Richards for the governorship of Texas. A major issue in the campaign concerned Bush's sale of all his Harken stock in June 1990, just days before the company completed a second quarter with heavy losses. An investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1991 into the possibility of illegal insider trading (trading that takes advantage of information not available to the public) did not uncover any wrongdoing. Bush won the election with 53 percent of the vote (compared with 46 percent for Richards), thus becoming the first child of a U.S. president to be elected a state governor.
Bush was the oldest of six children of George Herbert Walker Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States (1989–93), and Barbara Bush. His paternal grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. senator from Connecticut (1952–63). The younger Bush grew up largely in Midland and Houston, Texas. From 1961 to 1964 he attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., the boarding school from which his father had graduated. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University, his father's and grandfather's alma mater, in 1968. Bush was president of his fraternity and, like his father, a member of Yale's secretive Skull and Bones society; unlike his father, he was only an average student and did not excel in athletics.
disputed 2000 presidential election, in which Al Gore "won" the popular vote but George W. Bush won the actual election.