Early life of George Bush
George Bush was born on Connecticut while his father was still attending Yale University. While George Bush was still young, the family decided to move to Midland, Texas as his father began his oil exploration business. Coming from an elite family, young Bush attended Midland public schools where he started to meet friends that will accompany him on his journey to the White House.
Following the footsteps of his father, Bush also acquired his undergraduate degree from Yale. However, he also decided to expand his knowledge on business administration; and soon, he also received a business degree from the prestigious Harvard University. He then returned to Midland and got in the oil business.
Soon, he became a husband to Laura Welch, a teacher and librarian, as well as a father to twin daughters Jenna and Barbara. His children have already finished college and are already pursuing their respective careers.
Bush’s Race to the White House
Bush’s father, also a former president of the United States of America, did not groom his son to head the White House. In several interviews, Bush expressed his surprise that his eldest son, George Bush, became enthusiastic in politics. George Bush became governor of Texas, before he ran for presidency.
During the first part of the 2000 campaign for presidency, Bush was undoubtedly leading polls by double digit differences. However, opponent and incumbent vice president Al Gore Jr. came from behind and won the popular vote by roughly 500 000 ballots. After several recounts and lawsuits that reached the Supreme Court, Bush was finally declared the 43rd president of the United States of America. Bush election is also significant for the history of American politics, as it was the 2nd time that a president’s son became president as well.
Bush then announced his plans of action which revolved around the theme of ‘compassionate conservatism’. Compassionate conservatism places education, tax relief and exemption, and promotion of volunteerism among different non— government organizations as top priorities of the administration.
Challenges to Bush Administration
George Bush faced one of the greatest challenges to US and its people. On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing almost 3 000 Americans. This attack led to several political, economic, and defense implications that needed to be put forward, sacrificing initial plans drafted by Bush and his allies.
To address further threats against American security, George Bush formed the Department of Homeland Security. He also sent military operations to Afghanistan to hold Taliban, an Osama Bin Laden led movement of financed terrorists, accountable. While Taliban operations were disrupted, Bin Laden remained uncaptured. Bush also strengthened national intelligence services and initiated huge military reforms. Not contented with current efforts, he declared a war against Iraq based on the presumption that President Saddam Hussein is detrimental to US security.
Bush is Here To Stay
The 2004 re-elections saw George Bush against Massachusetts Democratic senator John Kerry. Throughout the campaign, the invasion of Iraq became the cornerstone of political debates. Subsequently, it also became the final turning point which will determine who between Bush and Kerry will run the White House. At 51 percent against 48 percent, Bush was re-elected for second term, proving that most sided with Bush that invading Iraq was out of necessity, and a decision between defending and increasing threats to America and its people.
Despite Sadam’s capture, the Bush administration faced new threats in the face of insurgents killing both American and Iraqi. In 2005, Bush declared that the US will assist Iraq in establishing a democratic government
How Bush Defined America
As Bush was America’s leader in some of the challenging ang historical times, it is of no doubt that Bush administration greatly defined the face of US in the international community.
George W. Bush appropriately puts it:
“At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For half a century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet- and then there came a day of fire.
There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom – tested but not weary… we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.”: