George W. Bush Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States.

Birth date:
July 6, 1946
Birth place: New Haven, Connecticut
    Birth name: George Walker Bush
    Marriage: Laura (Welch) Bush (November 5, 1977-present)
    Children: Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush (November 25, 1981)
    Education: Yale University, B.A., 1968; Harvard Business School, M.B.A., 1975
    Military: Texas Air National Guard, F-102 fighter pilot, 1968-1970
    Religion: Methodist
    After John Quincy Adams, George W. Bush is the second president to be the son of a president.
    His grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. senator from Connecticut. His younger brother, Jeb, served as the governor of Florida.
    Since leaving the White House his interests include oil painting, golf, bicycling and baseball.
    1968-1970 –
    Pilot, Texas Air National Guard.
    1975-1986 – Founder/CEO, Bush Exploration.
    1980-1986 – Chairman/CEO of Spectrum 7 Energy Corp. in Midland, Texas.
    1985-1986 – Director of Harken Energy Corp. (formerly Spectrum 7 Energy Corp.) in Midland, Texas.
    1988 – Works on his father’s presidential campaign.
    1989 – Along with a group of partners, purchases the Texas Rangers baseball franchise.
    1989-1994 – Managing general partner of the Texas Rangers baseball team.
    November 8, 1994 – Is elected governor of Texas with 53.5% of the vote. He resigns as general manager of the Rangers.
    1994-2000 – Governor of Texas.
    June 1998 – Tom Hicks buys the Texas Rangers, Bush makes $14.9 million.
    November 3, 1998 – Is elected to second term as governor of Texas with 68.8% of the vote. The first governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive four-year terms.
    November 7, 2000 – The presidential election takes place, but is too close to call.
    November 17, 2000 – Florida Supreme Court blocks certification of the statewide ballot after an appeal is filed by lawyers for Vice President Al Gore.
    December 8, 2000 – A statewide recount is ordered by the Florida Supreme Court of thousands of questionable ballots.
    December 12, 2000 – The U. S. Supreme Court reverses a Florida Supreme Court’s decision ordering a statewide recount of thousands of questionable ballots – effectively ceding Florida’s 25 electoral votes and the presidency to Bush by a five to four deciding decision exactly five weeks after Election Day.
    January 20, 2001 – Sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States.
    September 12, 2001 – Tours the Pentagon after terrorist attacks of 9-11.
    September 14, 2001 – Tours Ground Zero and gives a speech to firemen, police, and other rescue workers.
    January 29, 2002 – In the State of the Union address, he refers to North Korea, Iraq and Iran as “an axis of evil.”
    January 28, 2003 – State of the Union address.
    March 19, 2003 – Addresses the nation at 10:16pm EST; states that military operations have begun in Iraq.
    May 1, 2003 – Lands on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, off the coast of San Diego, and declares major military operations in Iraq were over.
    May 16, 2003 – Files papers with the Federal Election Commission as a candidate for the 2004 presidential election; officially starting his re-election bid.
    September 23, 2003 – Addresses the United Nations on Iraq, Afghanistan, and weapons of mass destruction.
    November 27, 2003 – Bush surprises U.S. troops in Baghdad by joining them for Thanksgiving Day. It is the first visit by a U.S. president to Iraq.
    December 14, 2003 – Addresses the nation on the capture of Saddam Hussein.
    January 20, 2004 – State of the Union address.
    March 9, 2004 – Clinches the GOP nomination for president by collecting enough Republican delegates in the primaries to guarantee his nomination.
    September 2, 2004 – Gives his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in New York City.
    November 2, 2004 – Re-elected to the White House. Democratic candidate John Kerry concedes the race on November 3, 2004.
    November 3, 2004 – Gives his acceptance speech after being re-elected.
    January 20, 2005 – Sworn is for a second term as the 43rd president of the United States.
    February 2, 2005 – State of the Union address.
    April 8, 2005 – President George W. Bush along with former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush attend the funeral for Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. The current President Bush is the first sitting president to attend a papal funeral.
    January 31, 2006 – State of the Union address.
    March 1, 2006 – President Bush and the first lady Laura Bush, make a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, also meeting with President Hamid Karzai, and later in the day travel to India.
    June 13, 2006 – President Bush makes a surprise visit to Iraq, meeting with new Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and with American troops stationed in Baghdad.
    January 23, 2007 – State of the Union address.
    June 9, 2007 – Meets with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, their first ever meeting. Their discussions include Iraq, Muslim relations, and AIDS.
    September 25, 2007 – Addresses the United Nations General Assembly.
    January 28, 2008 – President Bush gives his seventh and final State of the Union address.
    November 9, 2010 – Bush’s memoir, “Decision Points,” is released.
    November 14, 2010 – A special State of the Union with Candy Crowley airs where both former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are interviewed together.
    November 16, 2010 – Groundbreaking ceremony of George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University.
    September 11, 2011 – Participates in a ceremony at Ground Zero to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
    May 31, 2012 – Bush’s official portrait in the White House is unveiled.
    April 13, 2013 – Becomes a grandfather for the first time after his daughter, Jenna, and her husband, Henry Hager, have a baby girl, Margaret Laura “Mila” Hager.
    April 25, 2013 – Dedication ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. All five living presidents attend.
    May 1, 2013 – The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is opened to the public.
    August 5-7, 2013 – Finds he has a blocked heart artery during an annual physical. He has a procedure to treat the condition the next day, then is released the following day.
    November 11, 2014 – “41: A Portrait of My Father,” a biography written by George W. Bush, is released during a special ceremony and discussion session at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station.

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