George H. W. Bush facts
George H. W. Bush
|41st President of the United States|
January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
|Vice President||Dan Quayle|
|Preceded by||Ronald Reagan|
|Succeeded by||Bill Clinton|
|43rd Vice President of the United States|
January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
|Preceded by||Walter Mondale|
|Succeeded by||Dan Quayle|
|Director of Central Intelligence|
January 30, 1976 – January 20, 1977
|Preceded by||William Colby|
|Succeeded by||Stansfield Turner|
|Chief of the Liaison Office to the People's Republic of China|
September 26, 1974 – December 7, 1975
|Preceded by||David Bruce|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Gates|
|Chairperson of the Republican National Committee|
January 19, 1973 – September 16, 1974
|Preceded by||Bob Dole|
|Succeeded by||Mary Smith|
|United States Ambassador to the United Nations|
March 1, 1971 – January 18, 1973
|Preceded by||Charles Yost|
|Succeeded by||John Scali|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 7th district
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
|Preceded by||John Dowdy|
|Succeeded by||William Archer|
|Born||George Herbert Walker Bush
June 12, 1924
Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Pierce (1945–present)|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942–1945|
|Rank||Lieutenant (junior grade)|
|Unit||Fast Carrier Task Force|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal (3)
Presidential Unit Citation
George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) is an American politician. He was the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Before he became president, he was the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 under the Ronald Reagan administration, an ambassador, a congressman, and Director of Central Intelligence. He is married to Barbara. His sons are 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush and former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush. His daughter is Dorothy Bush Koch. He is an Episcopalian.
Bush was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton Massachusetts. His father was politician Prescott Bush. He studied at Yale University. In June 1943, Bush became the youngest pilot in the United States Navy at the time.
Bush served in the United States Navy during 1942 until 1945. During World War II, his plane was shot down. He won 3 Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is married to Barbara Pierce since 1945. They had six children.
He later was a House Representative. He also was Republican Party Chairman and attempted the vice presidency, with the support of Congressional conservatives such as Senator Barry Goldwater, after Nixon resigned and Ford took office but lost to liberal Republican Nelson Rockefeller in 1974. Bush also ran against Ronald Reagan in 1980 for the Republican Party's candidacy for President but lost. He was then named Republican Vice Presidential candidate by Reagan after Reagan defeated him. Reagan and Bush were elected President and Vice President that year.
After being Ronald Reagan's vice-president, George H.W. Bush was elected president in 1988 by defeating Democrat Michael Dukakis. While he was President, the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union fell apart.
In 1992, Bush visited the Prime Minister of Japan, Kiichi Miyazawa, when he vomited on his lap and soon fainted during a dinner feast. Hours later, Bush made a comment that he was suffering from the flu.
When Saddam Hussein (the dictator of Iraq) invaded its enemy Kuwait in order to steal their supplies of oil, George H.W. Bush lead the United States and many other countries to protect Kuwait. The conflict was called the Gulf War. He also invaded Panama to remove its dictator Manuel Noreiga who was guilty of drug trafficking.
At home, George H. W. Bush also signed in important laws such as The Americans With Disabilities Act. However, the country suffered from a recession. This was embarrassing and many people believe this was why he lost the presidential election of 1992 to Bill Clinton.
Bush now lives in a ranch in Houston, Texas with his family. After his presidency, he supported John McCain and his son George W. Bush. He recently supported Mitt Romney and Rick Perry for president. He attended the opening of the USS George H.W. Bush, a naval ship named after him. He had traveled with his son to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. On February 15, 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, by President Barack Obama. He was present at his son's presidential library opening ceremony on April 25, 2013. In July 2013, Bush had his head shaved in a show of support for the two-year-old son of a member of his security detail, who had leukemia. He is the most recent president that was a veteran during World War II.
He is the father of George W. Bush, another president, Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and Dorothy Bush Koch. He has two other sons. His other daughter, Dorothy died of leukemia in 1953. His father was politician was Prescott Bush. On April 13, 2013, he became a great-grandfather when his granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager gave birth to a daughter.
Since Bush has the same first and last names as his son, he is often called George H. W. Bush or George Bush Sr. (George Bush senior). Some people call him "41" or "Bush 41", because he was the 41st President.
Bush suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease which has forced him to use a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around, since at least 2012.
On November 23, 2012, he had a bronchitis-like cough that initially brought him to Methodist Hospital in Houston for treatment. He was supposed to be released before Christmas, but was kept in and over the holiday because he got worse with a high fever. On December 23, 2012 he started to be in the Intensive-care unit. On December 29, 2012, his health became better and moved out of intensive care. He was discharged in the hospital on January 14, 2013. On December 23, 2014, Bush was once again hospitalized at the Methodist Hospital after suffering a "shortness of breath". He was released from the hospital on December 30, 2014.
On January 18, 2017, he was admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital, where he was sedated for a procedure to treat an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.
Bush with President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Vice President Bush campaigns in St. Louis, Missouri, with John Ashcroft, 1988
Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev in Helsinki summit in 1990
President Bush visited American troops in Saudi Arabia on Thanksgiving Day, 1990
From left to right: (standing) President Carlos Salinas, President Bush, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney; (seated) Jaime Serra Puche, Carla Hills, and Michael Wilson at the NAFTA Initialing Ceremony, October 1992
Bush and Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet
Bush delivers a eulogy to Ronald Reagan, June 11, 2004, in the Washington National Cathedral
George H. W. Bush with son President George W. Bush and China's President Hu Jintao in Beijing, People's Republic of China, August 10, 2008
Bush meets President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, January 30, 2010
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