Born in New Haven Connecticut on July 6, 1946 – George Walker Bush was the first child of George Herbert Walker Bush (the 41st U.S. President) and Barbara Pierce. Throughout his youth, Bush attended public schools in Texas until he was put into the Kinkaid School (a prep school) for the eighth grade. The following year he attended Phillips Academy where he played basketball and was a part of the cheerleading team. Post- high school, Bush attended Yale University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Bush then applied to the University of Texas School of Law and got rejected, but certainly took his rejection and turned it into later success—with a little luck and a lot of hard work he got into Harvard Business School and became the only president to have earned an MBA.
Bush had also maintained an avid military career in his younger days. Between commissioning the Texas Air National Guard, flying Convair F-1025, drilling the 187th fighter wing, attending Harvard and much more—he certainly kept himself busy. After his successful military career he dabbled in some small business ventures such as Arbusto Energy ( a small oil exploration company), invested about $800,000 into the Texas Rangers basketball franchise (later to be sold for over $15 Million dollars), and focused on other stocks and investments. Upon his various business ventures, Bush simultaneously ran for the Texas 19th congressional, but lost the election. Following that he served as his father’s presidential campaign advisor and media coordinator. After his father’s victory, Bush later decided to run for Texas Governor and easily won the Republican primary. Following that he announced his candidacy for president in 2000 and after a long campaign trail across the U.S. he won with 27 electoral college votes.
Bush was sworn in on January 20, 2001 as the 43rd U.S. president—and almost immediately got thrown into dealing with one of the biggest terrorist’s attacks in American history. On September 1, 2001 the twin towers in NYC were attacked by terrorists. In response Bush enacted many laws to help recover America like the USA Patriot Act (an acronym that stands for Providing Appropriate Tools Required To Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) and the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) was enacted to be extremely cautious regarding terrorism and public transportation. Aside from dealing with the 9/11 attack, Bush was also able to make strides in social justice and financial security. For example, he signed off on the No Child Left Behind Act, which granted Title I provisions to disadvantaged students. Bush also allotted for significant income tax cuts and increased military funding.
Bush’s last day as president was January 20, 2009—he certainly went through a lot and came out having created a stronger nation. Since leaving office Bush has kept a pretty low profile and made a few public appearances after releasing his memoir in 2010. Bush also found some new hobbies to keep him busy like painting which included many still life portraits of dogs, past & present national heroes, and of course himself. Overall, Bush was able to leave one of the biggest legacies on the nation as he kept America united after one of the world’s worst terrorist attacks and still managed to achieve many other national development measures and acts within his terms.