167 Facts About President George W Bush


George Walker Bush was born on July 6,1946 and is an American politician who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009.

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In 1978, President George W Bush unsuccessfully ran for the House of Representatives.

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President George W Bush later co-owned the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball before he was elected governor of Texas in 1994.

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President George W Bush helped make Texas the leading producer of wind powered electricity in the nation.

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President George W Bush became the fourth person to be elected president without a popular vote victory.

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President George W Bush pushed for socially conservative efforts such as the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and faith-based initiatives.

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President George W Bush ordered the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, to overthrow the Taliban, destroy al-Qaeda, and capture Osama bin Laden.

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President George W Bush signed the Patriot Act to authorize surveillance of suspected terrorists.

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President George W Bush ordered the 2003 invasion of Iraq, claiming that Saddam Hussein's regime possessed weapons of mass destruction; this led to Hussein's eventual overthrow and capture by US forces.

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President George W Bush appointed John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

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President George W Bush sought major changes to Social Security and immigration laws, but both efforts failed in Congress.

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President George W Bush was widely criticized for his handling of Hurricane Katrina and the midterm dismissal of US attorneys.

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At various points in his presidency, Bush was among both the most popular and unpopular presidents in US history.

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President George W Bush's presidency has been rated as below-average, although public and scholarly favorability of his presidency have improved since he left office.

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George Walker Bush was born on July 6,1946, at Grace-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.

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President George W Bush was the first child of George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Pierce.

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President George W Bush was raised in Midland and Houston, Texas, with four siblings: Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy.

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President George W Bush's paternal grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a US senator from Connecticut.

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President George W Bush's father was Ronald Reagan's vice president from 1981 to 1989 and the 41st US president from 1989 to 1993.

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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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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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President George W Bush then spent two years at The Kinkaid School, a college-preparatory school.

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President George W Bush attended high school at Phillips Academy, a boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts, where he played baseball and was the head cheerleader during his senior year.

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

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

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President George W Bush was a rugby union player and was on Yale's 1st XV.

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President George W Bush was engaged to Cathryn Lee Wolfman in 1967, but the engagement did not last.

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President George W Bush left his family's Episcopal Church to join his wife's United Methodist Church.

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

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President George W Bush was cited for DUI, fined $150, and received a brief suspension of his Maine driver's license.

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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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President George W Bush has been an avid reader throughout his adult life, preferring biographies and histories.

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Walt Harrington, a journalist, recalled seeing "books by John Fowles, F Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and Gore Vidal lying about, as well as biographies of Willa Cather and Queen Victoria" in his home when Bush was a Texas oilman.

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In May 1968, President George W Bush was commissioned into the Texas Air National Guard.

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Critics, including former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, have alleged that President George W Bush was favorably treated due to his father's political standing as a member of the House of Representatives, citing his selection as a pilot despite his low pilot aptitude test scores and his irregular attendance.

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President George W Bush had moved to Montgomery, Alabama, to work on the unsuccessful US Senate campaign of Republican Winton M Blount.

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In 1972, President George W Bush was suspended from flying for failure to take a scheduled physical exam.

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

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In 1977, President George W Bush established Arbusto Energy, a small oil exploration company, although it did not begin operations until the following year.

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President George W Bush was hurt by decreased oil prices, and it folded into HKN, Inc, with Bush becoming a member of HKN's board of directors.

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Questions of possible insider trading involving HKN arose, but a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation concluded that the information President George W Bush had at the time of his stock sale was not sufficient to constitute insider trading.

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President George W Bush actively led the team's projects and regularly attended its games, often choosing to sit in the open stands with fans.

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

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In December 1991, 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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President George W Bush declared his candidacy for the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election at the same time his brother Jeb sought the governorship in Florida.

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President George W Bush's campaign focused on four themes: welfare reform, tort reform, crime reduction, and education improvement.

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

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President George W Bush extended government funding for organizations providing education of the dangers of alcohol and drug use and abuse, and helping to reduce domestic violence.

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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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In 1998, President George W Bush won re-election with a record 69 percent of the vote.

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

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

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

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

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President George W Bush won the Iowa caucuses and, although heavily favored to win the New Hampshire primary, trailed McCain by 19 percent and lost.

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

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The machine recount showed that President George W Bush had won the Florida vote by a margin of 537 votes out of six million casts.

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

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

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President George W Bush campaign advertised across the US against Democratic candidates, including President George W Bush's emerging opponent, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.

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The President George W Bush campaign portrayed Kerry as a staunch liberal who would raise taxes and increase the size of government.

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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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President George W Bush's administration increased federal government spending from $1.

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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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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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The President George W Bush administration pushed for significantly increased regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2003, and after two years, the regulations passed the House but died in the Senate.

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Many Republican senators, as well as influential members of the President George W Bush Administration, feared that the agency created by these regulations would merely be mimicking the private sector's risky practices.

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President George W Bush, meanwhile, proposed a financial rescue plan to buy back a large portion of the US mortgage market.

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President George W Bush undertook many educational agendas, such as increasing the funding for the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health in his first years of office and creating education programs to strengthen the grounding in science and mathematics for American high school students.

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On November 1,2005, President George W Bush announced a National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza to prepare the United States for a flu pandemic, which culminated in an implementation plan published by the Homeland Security Council in May 2006.

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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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President George W Bush viewed the legislation as a move toward socialized health care, and asserted that the program could benefit families making as much as $83,000 per year who did not need the help.

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On May 21,2008, President George W Bush signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, aimed to protect Americans against health insurance and employment discrimination based on a person's genetic information.

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President George W Bush said the law, estimated to cost $400billion over the first ten years, would give the elderly "better choices and more control over their health care".

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

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President George W Bush embarked on a 60-day national tour, campaigning for his initiative in media events known as "Conversations on Social Security" in an attempt to gain public support.

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In May 2001, President George W Bush signed an executive order to create an interagency task force to streamline energy projects, and later signed two other executive orders to tackle environmental issues.

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In 2002, President George W Bush proposed the Clear Skies Act of 2003, which aimed at amending the Clean Air Act to reduce air pollution through the use of emissions trading programs.

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Later in 2006, President George W Bush declared the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a national monument, creating the largest marine reserve to date.

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President George W Bush has said he believes that global warming is real and has noted that it is a serious problem, but he asserted there is a "debate over whether it's man-made or naturally caused".

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President George W Bush has said he supports adult stem cell research and has supported federal legislation that finances adult stem cell research.

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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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In 2006, President George W Bush urged Congress to allow more than twelve million illegal immigrants to work in the United States with the creation of a "temporary guest-worker program".

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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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From May to June 2007, President George W Bush strongly supported the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, which was written by a bipartisan group of Senators with the active participation of the President George W Bush administration.

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President George W Bush argued that the lack of legal status denies the protections of US laws to millions of people who face dangers of poverty and exploitation, and penalizes employers despite a demand for immigrant labor.

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

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President George W Bush expressed disappointment upon the defeat of one of his signature domestic initiatives.

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On September 19,2010, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that President George W Bush offered to accept 100,000 Palestinian refugees as American citizens if a permanent settlement had been reached between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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Leaders attacked Bush for having appointed incompetent leaders to positions of power at FEMA, notably Michael D Brown; federal response resources to respond were limited as a result of being allocated to the Iraq War and Bush himself did not act upon warnings of floods.

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

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The House Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas for advisers Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten to testify regarding this matter, but President George W Bush directed Miers and Bolten to not comply with those subpoenas, invoking his right of executive privilege.

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

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

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

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

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In March 2006, President George W Bush reversed decades of US policy when he visited India in a trip focused particularly on areas of nuclear energy, counter-terrorism co-operation, and discussions that would eventually lead to the India–United States Civil Nuclear Agreement.

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President George W Bush withdrew US support for several international agreements, including, in 2002, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.

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Russian President George W Bush Vladimir Putin stated that American withdrawal from the ABM Treaty was a mistake.

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President George W Bush supported Sharon's unilateral disengagement plan, and lauded the democratic elections held in Palestine after Arafat's death.

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President George W Bush expressed US support for the defense of Taiwan following the stand-off in April 2001 with China over the Hainan Island incident, when an EP-3E Aries II surveillance aircraft collided with a People's Liberation Army Air Force jet, leading to the detention of US personnel.

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

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President George W Bush condemned the militia attacks Darfur and denounced the killings in Sudan as genocide.

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President George W Bush said an international peacekeeping presence was critical in Darfur, but he opposed referring the situation to the International Criminal Court.

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

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

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In early 2008, President George W Bush vowed full support for admitting Ukraine and Georgia into NATO despite Russia's opposition to the further enlargement of NATO.

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

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The Afghan Taliban regime was not forthcoming with Osama bin Laden, so President George W Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban regime.

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The President George W Bush Administration asserted both a right and the intention to wage preemptive war, or preventive war.

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Contentions that the Bush Administration manipulated or exaggerated the threat and evidence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capabilities would eventually become a major point of criticism for the president.

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In late 2002 and early 2003, President George W Bush urged the United Nations to enforce Iraqi disarmament mandates, precipitating a diplomatic crisis.

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The initial success of US operations increased his popularity, but the US and allied forces faced a growing insurgency led by sectarian groups; President George W Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech was later criticized as premature.

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President George W Bush's policies met with criticism, including demands domestically to set a timetable to withdraw troops from Iraq.

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On January 10,2007, President George W Bush announced a surge of 21,500 more troops for Iraq, as well as a job program for Iraqis, more reconstruction proposals, and $1.

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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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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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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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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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President George W Bush authorized the CIA to use waterboarding and several other "enhanced interrogation techniques" that several critics, including Barack Obama, would label as torture.

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

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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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President George W Bush condemned North Korea's position, reaffirmed his commitment to "a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula", and said that "transfer of nuclear weapons or material by North Korea to states or non-state entities would be considered a grave threat to the United States", for which North Korea would be held accountable.

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In 2003, President George W Bush signed the Syria Accountability Act, which expanded sanctions on Syria.

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President George W Bush announced $15billion for this effort which directly supported life-saving antiretroviral treatment for more than 3.

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On February 7,2001, while President George W Bush was in the residence area of the White House, Robert Pickett, standing outside the perimeter fence, discharged a number of shots from a Taurus.

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President George W Bush was sentenced to three years at the Federal Medical Center, Rochester followed by three years of probation.

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On May 10,2005, while President Bush was giving a speech in Freedom Square, Vladimir Arutyunian, a native Georgian who was born to a family of ethnic Armenians, threw a live Soviet-made RGD-5 hand grenade toward the podium.

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President George W Bush was convicted in January 2006 and given a life sentence.

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On July 19,2005, following the announcement of the retirement of Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on July 1, President George W Bush nominated federal appellate judge John Roberts to be O'Connor's replacement; however, following the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist on September 3, that still-pending nomination was withdrawn on September 5, with President George W Bush instead nominating Roberts to be the next Chief Justice of the United States.

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On October 3,2005, President George W Bush nominated White House Counsel Harriet Miers to succeed O'Connor; however, Miers withdrew her nomination on October 27 after encountering significant opposition from both parties, who found her to be ill-prepared and uninformed on the law, leaving no nominee to replace O'Connor.

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Finally, on October 31, President George W Bush nominated federal appellate judge Samuel Alito, who was confirmed by the Senate to replace O'Connor on January 31,2006.

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President George W Bush's upbringing in West Texas, his accent, his vacations on his Texas ranch, and his penchant for country metaphors contribute to his folksy, American cowboy image.

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President George W Bush has been parodied by the media, comedians, and other politicians.

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In contrast to his father, who was perceived as having troubles with an overarching unifying theme, President George W Bush embraced larger visions and was seen as a man of larger ideas and associated huge risks.

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Tony Blair wrote in 2010 that the caricature of President George W Bush as being dumb is "ludicrous" and that President George W Bush is "very smart".

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President George W Bush doesn't want anybody to think he's smarter than they are, so puts on a Texas act.

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President George W Bush began his presidency with approval ratings near 50 percent.

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Polls conducted in 2006 showed an average of 37 percent approval ratings for Bush, the lowest for any second-term president at that point in his term since Harry S Truman in March 1951, which contributed to what Bush called the "thumping" of the Republican Party in the 2006 midterm elections.

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

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President George W Bush was described as having especially close personal relationships with Tony Blair of the United Kingdom and Vicente Fox of Mexico, although formal relations were sometimes strained.

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President George W Bush made regular appearances at various events throughout the Dallas–Fort Worth area, including the opening coin toss at the Dallas Cowboys' first game in the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and an April 2009 Texas Rangers game, where he thanked the people of Dallas for helping him settle in, which was met with a standing ovation.

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President George W Bush attended every home playoff game during the Rangers' 2010 season and, accompanied by his father, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for Game4 of the 2010 World Series on October 31.

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

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President George W Bush presented the book at the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

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President George W Bush appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on November 19,2013, along with his wife Laura.

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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 to defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq, and that they indeed were defeated.

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President George W Bush was asked about Iran but declined to answer, stating that any answer he gives would be interpreted as undermining Obama.

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Images of President George W Bush struggling to put on a rain poncho during the ceremony became an internet meme.

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

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Shortly before his death, President George W Bush was able to talk with his father on the phone; his father responded with what would be his last words, "I love you too".

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In May 2019, the tenth anniversary of former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun's death, Bush visited South Korea to pay respects to Roh, delivering a short eulogy.

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President George W Bush did not attend the 2020 Republican National Convention where President Trump was re-nominated.

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President George W Bush congratulated Trump and his supporters "on a hard-fought campaign".

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President George W Bush echoed President-elect Biden's message stating that what occurred at the capital was an "insurrection".

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On September 11,2021, the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, President George W Bush gave a speech at the Flight 93 National Memorial, praising the heroism of the people on Flight 93 and the spirit of America.

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On May 2,2011, President Obama called Bush, who was at a restaurant with his wife, to inform him that Osama bin Laden had been killed.

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President George W Bush famously passed mints to Mrs Obama during the McCain funeral in September 2018 and gave them to her again during the funeral of his father in December 2018.

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

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

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Ben Ferencz, former chief prosecutor for the United States Army at the Nuremberg Trials, has stated that President George W Bush likely committed war crimes in relation to the Iraq War.

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Several historians and commentators hold that Bush was one of the most consequential presidents in American history.

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President George W Bush's administration presided over the largest tax cuts since the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and his homeland security reforms proved to be the most significant expansion of the federal government since the Great Society.

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President George W Bush has been widely portrayed in film and television, both during and since his presidency.

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President George W Bush had achieved notable gains among seniors, non-college whites, and moderate and conservative Democrats since leaving office, although majorities disapproved of his handling of the economy and the Iraq War.

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