George W. Bush Age, Controversies, Wife, Family, Biography, Facts & More
|Full Name||George Walker Bush|
|Political Journey||1978: Ran for the House of Representatives from Texas's 19th congressional district against Kent Hance. However, he lost the election with 46.8% of the vote to Hance's 53.2%.
1988: Worked on his father's campaign for the U.S. presidency.
1991: Became one of 7 people named by his father to run his father's 1992 presidential re-election campaign, as a "campaign advisor."
1995-2000: From January 17, 1995 to December 21, 2000, served as the 46th Governor of Texas.
2001: On January 20, sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States.
2005: On January 20, sworn in for a second term as President of the United States.
|Years of Service||1968–74|
|Branch||United States Air Force
Texas Air National Guard
Alabama Air National Guard
|Unit||147th Reconnaissance Wing
187th Fighter Wing
|Awards||Air Force Pilot's Badge
Outstanding Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters - 178 cm
in meters - 1.78 m
in feet inches - 5’ 10"
|Weight (approx.)||in Kilograms - 65 kg
in Pounds - 143 lbs
|Eye Color||Hazel Blue|
|Date of Birth||July 6, 1946|
|Age (as in 2017)||71 Years|
|Birth Place||New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Cancer|
|Hometown||Kennebunkport, Maine, United States|
|School||Attended public schools in Midland, Texas
The Kinkaid School (a prep school in Houston)
Phillips Academy (a boarding school (then all-male), Andover, Massachusetts, United States
|College/University||Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History from Yale University in 1968
An MBA degree from Harvard Business School in 1975
|Family||Father- George H. W. Bush (41st US President)
Mother- Barbara Bush
Brothers- Jeb Bush (Businessman and Politician), Neil Bush (Businessman), Marvin Bush (Businessman)
Sisters- Dorothy Bush Koch (author and philanthropist),
Pauline (Robin) Bush (died of pediatric leukemia)
|Religion||Left his family's Episcopal Church to join his wife's United Methodist Church|
|Ethnicity||He has English and some German ancestry, along with more distant Welsh, Dutch, French, Irish, and Scottish roots|
|Address||Kennebunkport, East Coast, Shutters, Maine, North America
|Hobbies||Reading (especially biographies and histories), Oil Painting, Playing golf, Bicycling and Playing Baseball|
|Controversies||• Prior to his marriage, he had encountered multiple episodes of alcohol abuse. In one instance, on September 4, 1976, he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, near his family's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. He pleaded guilty, had his Maine driver's license briefly suspended, and was fined $150.
• The election of 2000 and the Supreme Court case of Bush v. Gore is considered one of the most controversial political developments in the last half-century.
• Critics often put him under the lens to his handling of the Iraq War, which he embarked under the rationale that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. However, at the end, no such weapons were seized.
• The last few months of the Bush presidency were marked by deficits, exacerbated by the financial recession of 2008, a controversial bailout of financial institutions and car companies, a major crash of the stock market, and a recession that would wipe out millions of jobs and impact the U.S. economy for many years.
|Favorite Politician(s)||George H. W. Bush, Ronald Reagan|
|Girlfriends, Affairs and More|
|Wife/Spouse||Laura Welch (a school teacher and librarian)
|Marriage Date||November 5, 1977|
Daughters- Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush (Dizygotic (fraternal) twins)
|Net Worth (approx.)||$40 Million (as in 2017)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About George W. Bush
- Does George W. Bush smoke?: No (quit)
- He was born the oldest of 6 children of George H.W. Bush and Dorothy Pierce Bush in New Haven Connecticut.
- At the time of his birth, his father, George H. W. Bush was a student at Yale University.
- Bush, along with his siblings, was raised in Texas, where the Senior Bush was an executive in the oil industry.
- He went on to Yale, the alma mater of his father, George H. W. Bush, and grandfather, Prescott Bush.
- In 1968, Bush was accepted into the Texas Air National Guard, the same year with America fighting the Vietnam War (1954-75).
- In 1975, after receiving an MBA from the Harvard Business School, Bush returned to Texas to work in the oil and gas industry and eventually started his own exploration company- Bush Exploration.
- In 1977, at a backyard barbecue, his friends introduced him to Laura Welch (a school teacher and librarian), and after a 3-month courtship, Laura accepted his marriage proposal, and they wed on November 5 of that year. In 1981, the couple had twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara.
- In 1984, Bush Exploration merged with Spectrum 7 Energy Corp. and Bush was named CEO of the new company.
- In 1986, after Harken Energy Corporation purchased Spectrum 7, Bush was appointed to Harken’s board of directors.
- After the US presidential election, which was too close to call, the 5-4 decision of the US Supreme Court paved the way for Bush to be sworn in as the 43rd US President on January 20, 2001, defeating Al Gore.
- On September 11, 2001, while on a visit to an elementary school Sarasota, Florida, Bush was told that in an apparent terrorist attack, 2 planes have flown into the World Trade Center.
- On September 14, 2001, he addressed the firemen, police, and other rescue workers at the Ground Zero.
- On January 29, 2002, in a State of the Union Address, Bush referred Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as “an axis of evil.”
- On March 17, 2003, he delivered a statement in which he said that to avoid war, Saddam Hussein has 48 hours to leave the country.
- On March 19, 2003, in a televised address, Bush announced the beginning of military operations in Iraq.
- On May 1, 2003, he declared major combat operations in Iraq were over, after landing on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, decorated with a “Mission Accomplished” banner.
- On September 23, 2003, Bush addressed the United Nations on Afghanistan, Iraq, and weapons of mass destruction.
- On November 27, 2003, in the first trip to Iraq by a US President, he surprised US troops in Baghdad by joining them for Thanksgiving dinner.
- On November 2, 2004, Bush won re-election over Democratic candidate John Kerry, and on January 20, 2005, he was sworn in for a 2nd term as the US President.
- On April 8, 2005, President Bush, along with H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, attended the funeral for Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square.
- On March 1, 2006, President Bush, along with his wife Laura Bush, made a surprise visit to US troops in Afghanistan.
- On November 14, 2010, Bush appeared in a joint interview with his brother, Jeb on a special talk show- “State of the Union with Candy Crowley.”
- On November 16, 2010, a ceremony of George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum took place at the Southern Methodist University.
- On September 11, 2011, to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Bush participated in a memorial at Ground Zero.
- On April 25, 2013, all five living US presidents attended the dedication ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
- In August 2013, he underwent a procedure to treat a blocked artery.
- On November 11, 2014, a biography of his father- “41: A Portrait of My Father,” written by George W. Bush, was published.
- On February 28, 2017, a book of his paintings, “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors” was published.
- Here’s a detailed conversation with George W. Bush: