George W. Bush (1946 – ) [cite this] More images » Life in Brief: It took an extremely contentious vote recount and a 5-4 Supreme Court decision, but in January 2001, the Bush family succeeded in accomplishing that rarest of American exactas: a father and son who both served as President of the United States. … more life in brief » Essays about George W. Bush Life in Brief Life in Brief: It took an extremely contentious vote recount and a 5-4 Supreme Court decision, but in January 2001, the Bush family succeeded in accomplishing that rarest of American exactas: a father and son who both served as President of the United States. George W. Bush took the oath of office as the 43rd… Life Before the Presidency Life Before the Presidency: George W. Bush entered this world in Grace-New Haven Community Hospital (now Yale-New Haven Hospital) in the summer of 1946 as his father, another future President, was finishing his sophomore year at Yale. On both his mother's and father's side, the baby soon to be called "Geo… Campaigns and Elections Campaigns and Elections: George W. Bush was elected the 43rd President of the United States after prevailing in the Florida recount and winning the Electoral College by a margin of 271 to 266. Bush lost the popular vote, however, becoming the first candidate since Benjamin Harrison to do so and still make it to the Oval Off…Domestic Affairs Domestic Affairs: When George W. Bush took the oath of office, he became the third President out of the past four who had cut his teeth in public life as a governor. True to this pedigree, the issues Bush initially focused on were domestic in nature. They ranged from cutting taxes and seeking to expand energy product…Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs: In the second presidential debate of the 2000 campaign, moderator Jim Lehrer asked Al Gore to explain the justification for American military interventions in a host of places, including Kosovo to Haiti. Lehrer then turned to Bush and asked him specifically about Somalia. "Started off as a huma…Family Life Family Life: George W. Bush's father, George Herbert Walker Bush, delayed going to college by enlisting in the United States Navy on his 18th birthday, days after matriculating from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Bush senior was the youngest pilot in the Navy when he received his wings, and duri…The American Franchise The American Franchise: George W. Bush promised America a "humble" foreign policy, an image that many of his critics found difficult to square with the man who led the United States into Iraq and who swaggered on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, in a flight suit declaring that "major comba… About His Administration First Lady Laura Bush Vice President Richard B. Cheney Secretary of State Colin L. Powell (2001–2005) Condoleezza Rice (2005–2009) Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (2006–2009) Donald H. Rumsfeld (2001–2006) Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne (2006–2009) Gale Norton (2001–2006) Attorney General John Ashcroft (2001–2005) Alberto Gonzales (2005–2007) Michael B. Mukasey (2007–2009) Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson, Jr. (2006–2009) Paul H. O'Neill (2001–2002) John W. Snow (2003–2006) Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson (2001–2005) Michael O. Leavitt (2005–2009) Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao (2001–2009) Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez (2005–2009) Don Evans (2001–2005) Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns (2005–2007) Ed Schafer (2008–2009) Ann M. Veneman (2001–2005) Secretary of Education Rod Paige (2001–2005) Margaret Spellings (2005–2009) Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman (2005–2009) Spencer Abraham (2001–2005) Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff (2005–2009) Tom Ridge (2003–2005) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Steve Preston (2008–2009) Alphonso Jackson (2004–2008) Melquiades Martinez (2001–2003) Secretary of Transportion Mary E. Peters (2006–2009) Norman Y. Mineta (2001–2006) Secretary of Veterans Affairs James B. Peake (2007–2009) R. James Nicholson (2005–2007) Anthony Principi (2001–2005) George W. Bush Oral History Interviews view all interviews » Facts about George W. Bush Term: 43rd President of the United States (2001 – 2009) Born: July 6, 1946, New Haven, Connecticut Political Party: Republican Nickname: "Dubya" Education: Yale (B.S., 1968), Harvard (M.B.A., 1975) Religion: Methodist Marriage: November 5, 1977, to Laura Welch Children: Barbara (1981); Jenna (1981) Career: Businessman, public official WritingsA Charge to Keep (1999) George W. Bush Image Gallery More images » 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. more exhibits » 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) Barack Obama » « Bill Clinton American President has changed! 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