U.S. President, 2001-2009
GEORGE H.W. BUSH
George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United State, was born in Milton, Massachusetts on June 12, 1924. He became a decorated naval pilot who flew torpedo bombers during World War II. He was shot down on September 2, 1944 while completing a mission over Chi Chi Jima Island and lost his two crewmen. By the time he was honorably discharged in September of 1945, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the U.S. Navy Air Medal with two gold stars. On January 6, 1945 he married Barbara Pierce. They had five children. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1948 with a degree in economics, and immediately moved to Texas with his family to begin making his way in the oil business. President Bush's career in politics and public service began in February of 1963, when he was elected chairman of the Harris County (Texas) Republican Party. He was elected in 1966 to the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas' Seventh District and served two terms. Before serving as vice president from 1981 to 1989 under Ronald Reagan, President Bush held a number of senior-level positions: Ambassador to the United Nations (1971-1973); Chairman of the Republican National Committee (1973-1974); Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China (1974-1976); and Director of Central Intelligence (1976-1977). He was sworn in as the 41st President of the United States on January 20, 1989. President Bush helped usher in a new and more hopeful geopolitical era marked by the spread of freedom and free markets. During his term in office, the West prevailed in the Cold War; the Soviet Union gave way to a democratic Russia; the Berlin Wall “fell” and Germany was unified within NATO; and President Bush signed two treaties to drastically reduce the threat of nuclear war. After Iraq’s unprovoked invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Mr. Bush forged a coalition of disparate nations to uphold international law. His handling of this international crisis enabled him to convene the Madrid Peace Conference later in 1991. President Bush passed away November 30, 2018.
"I felt this overwhelming sense of awe. I felt the same way the day I left the Oval Office having been president for four years. I felt that same sense of excitement and respect for that office."