George W. Bush President's Day

Born:  July 6, 1946
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut
Party:  Republican
Age at Inauguration:  54
Served:  2001-2009
Died:  Still Alive
Age at Death:  Still Alive
College:  Yale University (1968); Harvard Business School (1975)
Religion:  Episcopal/Methodist
Occupation:  Businessman
Runner-Up:  Al Gore (2000); John Kerry (2004)
Vice President:  Dick Cheney (2000-2009)

Some Trivia
  • He assembled the group of partners who purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989.  (Source:  The White House, Past Presidents.)
  • He and his wife, Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian, have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna.  (Source:  The White House, Past Presidents.)
  • He presided over the largest federal budget deficit in U.S. history, despite inheriting a budget surplus of $128 billion when he took office in 2001.  (Source:  Roger Runningen, Bloomberg.com, July 28, 2008.)
  • He is credited with the "Bush Doctrine." The Bush Doctrine initially described the policy that the United States had the right to aggressively secure itself from countries that harbor or give aid to terrorist groups, which was used to justify the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.  Later it came to include additional elements, including the controversial policy of preventive war, which held that the United States should depose foreign regimes that represented a potential or perceived threat to the security of the United States, even if that threat was not immediate; a policy of spreading democracy around the world, especially in the Middle East, as a strategy for combating terrorism; and a willingness to pursue U.S. military interests in a unilateral way.  (Source:  "Bush Doctrine," from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

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