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George W. Bush Biography and Facts For Kids

George Walker Bush was the 43rd President of the United States, serving from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas, serving from 1995 to 2000. George Herbert Walker Bush took the oath of office as the forty-first president of the United States on 20 January 1989, after serving eight years as Ronald Reagan’s vice president and comfortably defeating Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis in the 1988 election. Two years later, after leading a coalition of nations in a swift and decisive war to turn back the aggression of Iraq against Kuwait and negotiating the end of the Cold War with Soviet president Mikhail S. Gorbachev, President Bush’s approval rating in public opinion polls was near 90 percent. Bush is the eldest son of President George H. W. Bush, who served as the 41st President, and Barbara Bush, making him one of only two American presidents to be the son of a preceding president. George W. Bush was charming the second graders in a classroom in Sarasota, Florida, when the White House chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., walked over to the president and whispered into his right ear. It was 9:05 a.m. on September 11, 2001, and Bush abruptly tensed and his smile vanished.

Fun Facts and Trivia about George W. Bush

When was George W. Bush born: July 6, 1946
Where was George W. Bush born: New Haven, Connecticut
What was George W. Bush’s job before he was president: Governor of Texas
Who was George W. Bush married to: Laura Bush
What number president was George W. Bush: 43rd
What political party did George W. Bush belong to: Republican
Who was George W. Bush’s vice president: Dick Cheney
When was George W. Bush president: 2000 – 2008
How many terms did George W. Bush serve: 2

George W. Bush Funny and Serious Quotes

  • “Fool me once, shame on…. shame on you. Fool me…. you can’t get fooled again.”
  • “America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.”
  • “You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”
  • “We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.”
  • “I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport.”
  • “The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th.”
  • “I will not withdraw, even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me.”
  • “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.”

Timeline of the Life of George W. Bush

1946 George W. Bush Born in New Haven, CT
1968 George W. Bush Graduated from Yale
1975 George W. Bush Graduated from Harvard
1977 Married Laura Welch
2000 Bush is named the President elect after the U.S. Supreme Court stops the recount of votes in several contested counties in Florida.
2001 George W. Bush in inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States.
2001 Bush reinstates the ban on aid to international groups performing or counseling on abortion.
2001 President Bush creates the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives.
2001 A comprehensive review of the 2000 presidential election recount shows that President Bush would have won Florida by 1665 votes.
2001 Terrorists hijack 4 commercial jets and crash them into the World Trade Center in NYC, the Pentagon in Washington, DC and the Pennsylvania countryside.
2001 Bush announces military action in Afghanistan – “Enduring Freedom”
2001 Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 – the largest bankruptcy case in American history.
2002 Bush signs an education reform bill into law known as “The No Child Left Behind Act.”
2003 Bush reveals a tax cut plan of $674 billion over ten years
2003 Bush announces war with Iraq
2003 Citing the cost of the Iraq War, the Senate approves a reduction of Bush’s tax cut plan
2003 U.S. forces kill Saddam Hussein’s two sons Uday and Qusay in Mosul, Iraq.
2003 Bush signs into law a ban on late-term abortion.
2005 President Bush is sworn in for his 2nd term of presidency
2005 Hurrican Katrina strikes the southern coast of the U.S.
2006 President Bush signs a bill providing for the construction of a 700 mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
2008 Bush signs a $700 billion bailout plan for failing bank assets