- NAME: George H.W. Bush
- OCCUPATION: Diplomat, U.S. President, U.S. Vice President, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: June 12, 1924 (Age: 89)
- EDUCATION: Phillips Academy, Yale University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Milton, Massachusetts
- Full Name: George Herbert Walker Bush
- AKA: George Bush
- AKA: George H.W. Bush
- ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini
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The 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush served as vice president under Ronald Reagan. He is the father of George W. Bush, the 43rd president.
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A World War II veteran, George H.W. Bush served as Vice President for two terms before being elected President of the United States in 1988.
Barbara Bush is the first woman since Abigail Adams to be wife to one U.S. President and mother to another. As First Lady, she led a long crusade against illiteracy.
Condoleezza Rice grew up in Jim Crow Alabama and went on to become the first female National Security Advisor and the first African-American female United States Secretary of State.
Barbara Bush became secretly engaged to George H.W. Bush in the summer of 1943 and the Bush family immediately became close to Barbara.
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Just months into his first term, he responded to the dissolve of the Soviet Union and oversaw the U.S. military's removal of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega from power. Not long after, Bush responded to then Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait (August 1990),
creating a national coalition and leading a military strike to drive Hussein out of the oil-rich country. Bush's handling of the invasion in Kuwait is largely viewed as his greatest presidential success.
Bush delivered a speech to the American public as the invasion began, stating, "Now the 28 countries with forces in the Gulf area have exhausted all reasonable efforts to reach a peaceful resolution. [We] have no choice but to drive Saddam from Kuwait by force. We will not fail. We are determined to knock out Saddam Hussein's nuclear bomb potential. We will also destroy his chemical weapons facilities. Much of Saddam's artillery and tanks will be destroyed. ... Our objectives are clear: Saddam Hussein's forces will leave Kuwait."
Despite his global successes, economic problems at home have been blamed for Bush's re-election bid failure in 1992.
When his eldest son, George W. Bush, was elected president in 2000, George Bush Sr. made many public appearances, frequently to speak in support of his son. In addition to being a proud and supportive father, he has lent his support to several political causes. In 2005, he joined forces with former president Bill Clinton—the Democratic candidate who defeated him in the 1992 election—to help people affected by Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast region, especially Louisiana and Mississippi. The Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund raised more than $100 million in donations in its first few months.
In November 2012, an 88-year-old Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital to be treated for a cough related to bronchitis. His cough reportedly improved, but he remained hospitalized because of other health setbacks. Bush developed a "persistent fever," according to an Associated Press report. In late December, he was moved into an intensive care unit and was reportedly in guarded condition. Bush has lower-body parkinsonism and has been in a wheelchair for more than a year, according to a Reuters report.
The former president seemed to be in good spirits the following July. Photos released to the press showed Bush with a shaved head. He had cut off his hair to his support to a young child battling leukemia. The toddler is the son of a Secret Service agent who guards Bush. Bush and his wife have also contributed to a special fund established to pay for the boy's medical expenses.
Bush spends part of the year in Houston, Texas, with his wife Barbara Bush. The couple also stays at their home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Married for nearly 70 years, George and Barbara Bush have six children: George, Robin, Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. Their daughter, Robin, died in 1953.
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