George BushU.S. President
Born: 12 June 1924
Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts
Best known as: President of the United States, 1989-93
George Bush was the 41st president of the United States, serving a single term from 1989-1993. His son, George W. Bush, also was president from 2001-2009. George Bush the elder had a varied career in private industry and public service. He was a World War II pilot, Texas oil tycoon, Republican congressman, U.N. ambassador and then Director of the Central Intelligence Agency before being selected as vice president under Ronald Reagan in the elections of 1980. After eight years in the Reagan administration, Bush defeated Michael Dukakis in 1988 to become president himself, promising a "kinder, gentler nation." In spite of George Bush's near-record popularity after military strikes against Panama and a successful war against Iraq, domestic discontent over economic and social issues took their toll; he ran for re-election in 1992 but was defeated by Democrat Bill Clinton. Eight years later Bush's son George W. Bush followed Bill Clinton as president after defeating Clinton's vice president, Al Gore, in the elections of 2000. George W. Bush served two full terms and was succeeded by Barack Obama in 2009.
George Bush married Barbara Pierce in January of 1945; they had six children… George Bush is the grandfather of “First Twins” Jenna and Barbara Bush… His son Jeb Bush (brother of George W.) was elected governor of Florida in 1998… Because Bush was the 41st president, he is sometimes referred to as “41,” and his son, George W. Bush, is likewise referred to as “43.”
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