18 Facts About W Bush

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

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2. At the Ground Zero memorial, 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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3. In February 2017, W Bush released a book of his own portraits of veterans called Portraits of Courage.

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4. In February 2016, George W Bush spoke and campaigned for his brother Jeb Bush in South Carolina during a rally for the Jeb Bush presidential campaign in the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries.

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5. In both cases, 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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6. On June 10, 2007, W Bush met with Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and became the first president to visit Albania.

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

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

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

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10. In March 2008, 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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11. On May 1, 2007, 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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12. In March 2006, 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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13. On July 19, 2006, 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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14. In 2007, 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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15. In 1999, 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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16. In December 1991, 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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17. Since leaving the White House, W Bush has taken up oil painting.

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

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