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George Walker Bush
43rd President of the United States
(January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009)
Born: July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut
Father: George Herbert Walker Bush
Mother: Barbara Pierce Bush
Married: Laura Welch (1946- ), on November 5, 1977
Children: Barbara Pierce Bush (1981- ), Jenna Welch Bush (1981- )
Education: Graduated from Yale University (1968); Graduated from Harvard Business School (1975)
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:
- Governor of Texas, 1995-2000
Presidential Salary: $400,000/year + $50,000 expense account
Vice President: Richard B. Cheney (2001-09)
- Secretary of State
- Colin Luther Powell (2001-05)
- Condoleezza Rice (2005-09)
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Paul O'Neill (2001-02)
- John W. Snow (2003-06)
- Henry M. Paulson, Jr. (2006-09)
- Secretary of Defense
- Donald H. Rumsfeld (2001-06)
- Robert M. Gates (2006-09)
- Attorney General
- John Ashcroft (2001-05)
- Alberto Gonzales (2005-07)
- Michael Mukasey (2007-09)
- Secretary of the Interior
- Gale Norton (2001-06)
- Dirk Kempthorne (2006-09)
- Secretary of Agriculture
- Ann Veneman (2001-05)
- Mike Johanns (2005-07)
- Ed Schafer (2008-09)
- Secretary of Commerce
- Don Evans (2001-05)
- Carlos Gutierrez (2005-09)
- Secretary of Labor
- Elaine Chao (2001-09)
- Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Tommy G. Thompson (2001-05)
- Michael O. Leavitt (2005-09)
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- Mel Martinez (2001-04)
- Alphonso Jackson (2004-08)
- Steve Preston (2008-09)
- Secretary of Transportation
- Norman Y. Mineta (2001-06)
- Mary E. Peters (2006-09)
- Secretary of Energy
- Spencer Abraham (2001-05)
- Samuel W. Bodman (2005-09)
- Secretary of Education
- Roderick R. Paige (2001-05)
- Margaret Spellings (2005-09)
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs
- Anthony Principi (2001-05)
- R. James Nicholson (2005-07)
- James B. Peake (2007-09)
- Secretary of Homeland Security
- Tom Ridge (2003-2005)
- Michael Chertoff (2005-09)
Supreme Court Appointments:
- Chief Justice
- John G. Roberts, Jr. (2005- )
- Associate Justice
- Samuel A. Alito, Jr. (2006- )
- On September 11, terrorists flew hijacked airplanes into both towers of the World Trade Center and into the Pentagon. A fourth hijacked plane crashed in Pennsylvania.
- October 7: The War in Afghanistan begins with the U.S. military operation "Operation Enduring Freedom", which was launched by the United States with the United Kingdom in response to the September 11 attacks.
- March 20: the Iraq War (or the Second Persian Gulf War) begins with the invasion of Iraq by a multinational coalition of forces, led by the United States and the United Kingdom. Although Bush declared an end to major combat operations in May 2003, the conflict and casualities continued after he completed his second term in office.
- August 28: Hurricane Katrina hit the southern coast of the United States, causing thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damage.
- The economy enters a state of crisis as the US housing market bubble bursts, foreclosures rise, and prominent financial institutions must seek federal assistance.
- George W. Bush -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
- Compiled by the White House.
- George W. Bush -- from American Presidents: Life Portraits -- C-SPAN
- Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN's 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
- George W. Bush -- from The American President
- From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
- George W. Bush: Easy to underestimate -- from USA Today
- Some history of Bush and his stance on major campaign issues. Written by the Associated Press.
- The Life of George W. Bush -- from The Washington Post
- Photo album of Bush's life from childhood until he ran for president.
- First Inaugural Address (2001)
- Second Inaugural Address (2005)
- Audio & Video
- The American Presidency Projects's Presidential Audio/Video Archive for George W. Bush site with archive going back to start of Bush presidency in 2001
- Inaugural Address from CNN.com
Other Internet Resources:
- Bush Presidency -- from CBS News
- An interactive overview of Bush's first term in office, with timelines, photo essays, and summaries of important events for each year.
- W. -- from the Internet Movie Database
- Synopsis, cast & crew information, pictures, and reviews for the 2008 biographical drama film chronicling the life of George W. Bush. Directed by Oliver Stone.
Points of Interest:
- Bush was one of two managing general partners of the Texas Rangers baseball club from 1989-1994.
- Of the 6 million votes cast in Florida in the 2000 election, Bush won the state's 25 electoral votes by 537 votes.
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