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George W. Bush (1946 – )

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Essays about George W. Bush

George W. Bush Oral History Interviews

Facts about George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States (2001 – 2009)
July 6, 1946, New Haven, Connecticut
Political Party
Yale (B.S., 1968), Harvard (M.B.A., 1975)
November 5, 1977, to Laura Welch
Barbara (1981); Jenna (1981)
Businessman, public official

A Charge to Keep (1999)

George W. Bush Exhibits

‘Presidents and Tax Policy’

Over time Presidents have undertaken a variety of different approaches toward tax policy in an effort to respond to the large and often unpredictable U.S. economy. Once the Presidents decided which policy to pursue, they then had to try to rally public support. Their various speeches and campaigns to inform the public about tax policy met with varying success. 1961-2008.

‘Executive Privilege’

Presidents as far back as George Washington have claimed executive privilege on the grounds that a president must be able to receive candid advice from advisors and experts in order to govern appropriately. However, after President Nixon and Watergate, executive privilege has been viewed with increasing suspicion by both Congress and the public. This exhibit reflects on executive privilege as used by George Washington, Grover Cleveland, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

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Today, we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation’s promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.
January 20, 2001
We have seen the state of our Union in the endurance of rescuers, working past exhaustion. We have seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers—in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers their own.
September 20, 2001

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Carl M. Cannon

Mr. Cannon is the White House correspondent for National Journal. His writings include:

Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush (Co-authored with Jan Reid and Lou Dubose, Public Affairs, 2003)

The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005)

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