69 Facts About President George W Bush

1. In February 2017, President George W Bush released a book of portraits of veterans, Portraits of Courage.

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2. President George W Bush has painted self-portraits and portraits of world leaders, including Vladimir Putin and Tony Blair.

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3. At the Ground Zero memorial, President George W Bush read a letter that President Abraham Lincoln wrote to a widow who lost five sons during the Civil War.

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4. In February 2017, President George W Bush released a book of his own portraits of veterans called Portraits of Courage.

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5. President George W Bush added that people had said during his presidency that he should withdraw American troops from Iraq, but he chose the opposite, sending 30,000 more troops in order to defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq, and that Al Qaeda in Iraq was defeated.

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6. President George W Bush has spoken in favor of increased global participation of women in politics and societal matters in foreign countries.

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7. President George W Bush made news defending his administration's enhanced interrogation techniques, specifically the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, saying, "I'd do it again to save lives.

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8. President George W Bush released his memoirs, Decision Points, on November 9, 2010.

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9. Since leaving office, President George W Bush has kept a relatively low profile though he has made public appearances, most notably after the release of his memoirs in 2010 and for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in 2011.

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10. President George W Bush said in 2013, "Ultimately history will judge the decisions I made, and I won't be around because it will take time for the objective historians to show up.

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11. President George W Bush was criticized internationally and targeted by the global anti-war and anti-globalization campaigns for his administration's foreign policy.

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12. In both cases, President George W Bush specifically cited Section 3 when he transferred the presidential powers to the Vice President and when he reclaimed those powers.

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13. President George W Bush has voiced his support for the independence of Kosovo.

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14. On June 10, 2007, President George W Bush met with Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and became the first president to visit Albania.

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15. From 2003 to 2004, President George W Bush authorized US military intervention in Haiti and Liberia to protect US interests.

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16. President George W Bush said that "the United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons.

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17. President George W Bush publicly condemned Kim Jong-il of North Korea and identified North Korea as one of three states in an "axis of evil".

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18. On October 17, 2006, President George W Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 into law.

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19. President George W Bush praised the Iraqis' legislative achievements, including a pension law, a revised de-Baathification law, a new budget, an amnesty law, and a provincial powers measure that, he said, set the stage for the Iraqi elections.

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20. President George W Bush said he would carefully weigh recommendations from his commanding General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker about how to proceed after the end of the military buildup in the summer of 2008.

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21. In March 2008, President George W Bush praised the Iraqi government's "bold decision" to launch the Battle of Basra against the Mahdi Army, calling it "a defining moment in the history of a free Iraq".

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22. On May 1, 2007, President George W Bush used his second-ever veto to reject a bill setting a deadline for the withdrawal of US troops, saying the debate over the conflict was "understandable" but insisting that a continued US presence there was crucial.

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23. President George W Bush emphasized the need for the nation to come together and comfort the families of the victims.

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24. President George W Bush specifically thanked UK Prime Minister Tony Blair for traveling to Washington to show "unity of purpose with America", and said "America has no truer friend than Great Britain.

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25. In March 2006, President George W Bush reversed decades of US policy when he visited India; the trip led to renewed ties between the two countries.

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26. President George W Bush appointed long-time adviser Karen Hughes to oversee a global public relations campaign.

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27. President George W Bush began his second term with an emphasis on improving strained relations with European nations.

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28. President George W Bush was an advocate of China's entry into the World Trade Organization.

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29. President George W Bush maintained that all of his advisers were protected under a broad executive privilege protection to receive candid advice.

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30. President George W Bush responded to mounting criticism by accepting full responsibility for the federal government's failures in its handling of the emergency.

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31. President George W Bush authorized the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to manage the disaster, but his announcement failed to spur these agencies to action.

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32. President George W Bush contended that the proposed bill did not amount to amnesty.

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33. President George W Bush urged Congress to provide additional funds for border security and committed to deploying 6,000 National Guard troops to the Mexico–United States border.

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34. On July 19, 2006, President George W Bush used his veto power for the first time in his presidency to veto the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

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35. President George W Bush said, "This means that the only thing standing between the American people and these vast oil reserves is action from the US Congress.

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36. President George W Bush made it the centerpiece of his domestic agenda despite opposition from some in the US Congress.

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37. President George W Bush began his second term by outlining a major initiative to "reform" Social Security, which was facing record deficit projections beginning in 2005.

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38. In 2007, President George W Bush opposed and vetoed State Children's Health Insurance Program legislation, which was added by the Democrats onto a war funding bill and passed by Congress.

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39. When President George W Bush left office, the average was at 7,949, one of the lowest levels of his presidency.

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40. President George W Bush entered office with the Dow Jones Industrial Average at 10,587, and the average peaked in October 2007 at over 14,000.

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41. President George W Bush took office during a period of economic recession in the wake of the bursting of the dot-com bubble.

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42. President George W Bush called for the implementation of a guest worker program for immigrants, which was criticized by conservatives.

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43. President George W Bush appointed Ken Mehlman as campaign manager, and Karl Rove devised a political strategy.

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44. President George W Bush was the first person to win an American presidential election with fewer popular votes than another candidate since Benjamin Harrison in 1888.

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45. President George W Bush continued to campaign across the country and touted his record as Governor of Texas.

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46. President George W Bush campaigned on a platform that included bringing integrity and honor back to the White House, increasing the size of the United States Armed Forces, cutting taxes, improving education, and aiding minorities.

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47. President George W Bush portrayed himself as a compassionate conservative, implying he was more centrist than other Republicans.

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48. President George W Bush was the Governor of Texas in June 1999 when he announced his candidacy for President of the United States.

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49. President George W Bush proclaimed June 10, 2000, to be Jesus Day in Texas, a day on which he "urge[d] all Texans to answer the call to serve those in need".

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50. President George W Bush became the first governor in Texas history to be elected to two consecutive four-year terms.

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51. In 1999, President George W Bush signed a law that required electric retailers to buy a certain amount of energy from renewable sources, which helped Texas eventually become the leading producer of wind powered electricity in the US.

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52. President George W Bush used a budget surplus to push through Texas's largest tax-cut, $2 billion.

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53. President George W Bush declared his candidacy for the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election at the same time that his brother Jeb sought the governorship of Florida.

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54. In December 1991, President George W Bush was one of seven people named by his father to run his father's 1992 presidential re-election campaign, as a "campaign advisor".

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55. President George W Bush served as a campaign advisor and liaison to the media, and assisted his father by campaigning across the country.

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56. President George W Bush was honorably discharged from the Air Force Reserve on November 21, 1974.

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57. Since leaving the White House, President George W Bush has taken up oil painting.

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58. President George W Bush said his wife has had a stabilizing effect on his life, and he attributes her influence to his 1986 decision to give up alcohol.

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59. President George W Bush was cited for DUI, fined $150, and got his Maine driver's license briefly suspended.

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60. On November 25, 1981, Laura President George W Bush gave birth to fraternal twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna.

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61. President George W Bush characterized himself as an average student.

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62. President George W Bush became a member of the Skull and Bones society as a senior.

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63. President George W Bush attended Yale University from 1964 to 1968, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

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64. President George W Bush attended public schools in Midland, Texas, until the family moved to Houston after he had completed seventh grade.

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65. President George W Bush has English and some German ancestry, along with more distant Dutch, Welsh, Irish, French, and Scottish roots.

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66. President George W Bush responded with what became known as the President George W Bush Doctrine: launching a "War on Terror", an international military campaign that included the war in Afghanistan in 2001 and the Iraq War in 2003.

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67. President George W Bush became the fourth person to be elected president while receiving fewer popular votes than his opponent.

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68. President George W Bush married Laura Welch in 1977 and unsuccessfully ran for the US House of Representatives shortly thereafter.

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69. President George W Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up in Texas.

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