George W. Bush

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George W. Bush

George Walker Bush is the son of the 41st President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush. Born on July 6, 1946, Bush was raised in Houston, Texas and was the oldest of four children. Bush finished his high school years at Phillips Academy, which was an all-male boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts, where he was the head cheerleader during his senior year. Bush went to college at Yale University from 1964 till his graduation in 1968 where he finished with a Bachelor’s degree in history. In the fall of 1973, Bush attended the Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA. He is the only US President to have earned an MBA. He also is the first US President to get into office with a criminal record, as he had multiple
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During the 2004 Presidential candidacy, Bush’s emerging opponent was Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. Kerry attacked Bush on the Iraqi War and accused him of failing to stimulate the economy and job growth. Bush retaliated by portraying Kerry as a staunch liberal who would raise taxes. In the election, Bush won an absolute majority of the votes with 50.7% against his opponents 48.3%. Bush’s 2.5 margin of victory was the narrowest victory for a President since Woodrow Wilson’s 3.1 margin against Charles Evans Hughes in the 1916 election.
Bush started off his presidency with approval ratings over 50%. After the events of 9/11, Bush’s approval ratings were over 90% and maintained between the 80-90% for four months. His approval ratings stayed over 50% during most of his first term. During his second term, His approval ratings were barely reached that of 40%. In 2006, he had an average of 37% which was the lowest for any second term president in this point of term since Harry S. Truman in March 1951, with a rating of 28%. Throughout 2007, his ratings remained in the thirties but during the approach of 2008, his approval rating reached an all time low of 24%. Bush’s intellectual capacity has been satirized by the media and comedians. Harper’s Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and others have referred to


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