George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States

(2000 - Present)
Vice President: Dick Cheney

CaptionGeorge and Barbara Bush moved their young son cross-country to Texas in 1948, where the senior Bush began his career in the oil business as a $375-a-month oil drilling equipment clerk.

Barney Bush plays on the White House lawn with his red ball.

CaptionAs a candidate, Bush has stressed the idea of "compassionate conservatism." He proposed $8 billion in tax incentives to encourage charitable giving and other policies intended to rally "little armies of compassion" across the country.

Spotty makes a great catch on the White House lawn.

Willie. India "Willie" Bush has been a beloved member of the Bush family for more than 10 years.

Ofelia, the longhorn cow, grazes on the President's ranch in Crawford, Texas.

In 1981, George W. and Laura Bush added to the extended Bush clan when they had twin girls. They were named Barbara and Jenna, after their grandmothers.

Over the years, the family retreat on the coast in Kennebunkport, Maine, became a place for the elder Bush to escape from the political landscape of Washington, and a place of support for his son, George W., and his family.

Carrying his dog Barney, President Bush tries to evade a heavy downpour as he arrives at Sanford Regional Airport before driving to his family home in nearby Kennebunkport, Maine, Thursday, July 5, 2001. The president and first lady will join his parents, former President George Bush and Barbara Bush, for an extended holiday vacation.

Laura Bush holds India on her lap while dogs Spotty and Barney sit on the floor in the Yellow Oval Room.

U.S. President George W. Bush has his hands full while walking his dog Spot and also carrying Barney on the South Lawn upon returning to the White House from the Camp David, July 15, 2001. Bush returns to Europe this week to attend the G-8 meeting in Genoa, Italy with the world seeking concrete signs of his leadership skills on issues such as arms and the economy after six months of get-acquainted meetings. Bush will, for the first time, take part in an annual summit of major world powers where the United States is hoping to make progress toward the launch of a new global trade rounds and step up efforts to fight world poverty and AIDS. The G-8 will be attended by leaders of the United States, Britain, France, Germany.


President: George Walker Bush

Wife: Laura Welch (1946- ), on November 5, 1977

Kids: Barbara Pierce Bush (1981- ), Jenna Welch Bush (1981- )

Pets: India the cat, Dogs Spotty, Barney and Ofelia the cow,

Bio: George Walker Bush, (1946-), is the 43d president of the United States. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 6, 1946, he is the son of former president George Bush. He attended the exclusive Phillips Academy in Andover Massachusetts, his father’s Alma Mater, and received degrees from Yale and Harvard universities. During the Vietnam War era Bush served for 5 years as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. He married Laura Welsh, a librarian, in 1977.

He spent much of the 1970s and 1980s working in the oil and gas business in Texas. In 1987-1988 Bush took a leave from private business to work on his father's presidential campaign as both an adviser and a speechwriter. After his father won the presidency, Bush gathered a group of investors to purchase the Texas Rangers team and became managing general partner of the team from 1989 to 1994. Then, in 1994, at age 48, he won the governorship of Texas 53.5% of the vote against the supposedly unstoppable Ann Richards.

During his first term as governor, Bush focused on antidrug and anticrime measures, the death penalty, large tax cuts and welfare reform that required benefit recipients to work. He also worked hard to improve public schools and make them more friendly to the large Hispanic population.

Then, in 2000, with only 6 years of politics under his belt, he made the bold decision to run for president. The election turned out to be the closest race ever in the history of the US. Due to the extreme closeness of the results in Florida, as well as confusing ballots, there were several recounts. A victor was not announced for several weeks after the election. Finally it was determined by a vote of 5-4 in the Supreme Court that Bush was the winner. His reign as president has been most challenging in light of the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent war against terrorism.

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