George Bush brought to the table another side of America as the ‘kindler and gentler ‘ nation. The foundation of the Bush administration was to impart traditional American values, and use them collectively for the each and every one’s welfare.
Early Life of George H. W. Bush
George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924 at Massachusetts. As a student, he showed early potential at public service when he became a student leader at Phillips Academy. The fact that this family also had a longrooted tradition in community service also contributed to his enthusiasm in the said field. At the young age of 18, he already enlisted in the armed forces.
He became the youngest Navy pilot and completed 58 combat missions during World War II. On one unfortunate encounter with a Japanes aircraft, he was shot down over the Pacific Ocean and had to be rescued by a US submarine. Because of his exemplary dedication and service to American forces, he became a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After serving the military, he worked on completing his degree at the prestigious Yale University. He was both a good student and athlete. In fact, he even became the captain of the university’s baseball team. He also became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity.
In January 1945, he became husband to Barbara Pierce. They had six children namely George, Robin, John, Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy.
Bush’s Entrance to Politics
After completing his degree, he decided to be involved in the West Texas oil industry. Nonetheless, as his father Prescott Bush was elected senator at Connecticut, George Bush became fully interested in the American political arena.
For two terms, he became the Texas state representative to Congress. Twice, he ran for the senate but lost. These defeats did not extinguish his political career, however, as he was appointed to high level administrative positions. He became an Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Committee of the Republican National, Chief to the US Liaison Office in the People’s Republic of China, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
He also ran for Republican nomination for presidency in 1980, but lost. He proceeded to become Ronald Reagan’s vice president. As second in command in White House, most of his areas of responsibility lie within domestic areas such as federal deregulation and anti- drug programs. As a representative of the President, he also became a seasoned diplomat to various countries.
The First Bush Administration
George H. W. Bush finally became president in 1988 as he defeated incumbent Governor Michael Dukakis.
During his administration, America was embedded in a currently changing global political landscape. Cold War between US and Soviet Union ended after four decades, then Communist states drifted and shifted back to democratic governments, and the Berlin Wall that signified the great ideological divide crumbled and fell down. While this scene provided a good opportunity for George Bush to propagate and intensify democratic ideals, he become reserved in dealing with these transitioning states.
Despite this reluctance in foreign policy, President George H. W. Bush remained active in giving military aid against dictatorship. It must be recalled that Bush sent American forces to Panama to assist the overthrow of Manuel Noriega and his detrimentally corrupt regime.
Rising Discontent Against Bush
Although Bush’s leadership undoubtedly led to several military and diplomatic victories,such success did not translate to economic security within American borders. At homeland, American people quickly gained discontent against his leadership. Thus, in 1992, his lost popularity cost him his reelection.: