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History and Debate of George W. Bush
George W. Bush was born July 6, 1946 as the oldest son of 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush. Bush graduated from Yale University and later Harvard Business School. In 1977, soon after graduating from Harvard, George Bush married Laura Welch. Bush worked in the oil business and was a co-owner of the Texas Rangers Baseball team. He attempted to get involved in politics during the 1970s with a bid for the House of Representatives; however, this was unsuccessful, and it would be over 15 years before he would hold a political office. In 1994, voters elected Bush as the Governor of Texas.
George W. Bush's road to the white house was not easy. The 2000 presidential election was one of the most controversial ever; the official results of the election did not come through until several weeks after voting occurred. Finally, he was named president and sworn into office inJanuary 2001.
No sooner than Bush settled in his office did he have to handle one of the most challenging events any president has had to face. On September 11, 2001 a series of terrorist attacks occurred, destroying the World Trade Center, damaging the Pentagon and killing thousands of innocent citizens. This particular terrorist event directly resulted in Bush declaring a War on Terrorism. The first major event in this "war" was the invasion of Afghanistan. Over ten years later, the United States still has an active military force in the country.
Another major military event occurred during President Bush's first tenure as president. In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq. Many who were opposed to the invasion felt the United States had enough issues to worry about without adding this invasion to the table. However, the invasion occurred and the United States has worked to bring peace to this part of the world. Other major issues during the first four years of his presidency included the No Child Left Behind Act to improve education, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban and major debates about immigration, interrogation techniques, and Social Security.
A Decline in Popularity
The United States voters elected President Bush for a second term in 2004, against opponent Democratic Senator John Kerry. The second term of his presidency saw as much controversy as the first. The Bush Administration was highly criticized in the media over the handling of Hurricane Katrina. Bush, who was relatively popular in polls for his first term, began seeing a major decline in his popularity. Because of the Katrina disaster, as well as dissatisfaction with the War in Iraq, Democrats seized control of Congress in the 2006 elections. The last years of Bush's term in office were mainly devoted to dealing with the economic recession in the United States. The Administration attempted to take more control over the economy to preserve the financial system. Though these attempts were not wholly successful, they were a beginning to pulling the United States back from economic ruin.
Since leaving office in early 2009, former President Bush has lived a relatively quiet existence. He is living in the Dallas, Texas suburbs with his wife Laura. He has written an autobiography entitled "Decision Points," and he often acts as a public speaker for political and social events. Despite this, however, he has far to vanish from the minds of the American public. To this day, the George W. Bush debate remains a central part of American society and politics, with many blaming his presidency for country's seemingly insurmountable problems