QUOTES “I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don’t always agree with them.” —George H. Bush Synopsis Born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, George H. Bush attended Phillips Academy, an elite boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts. The son of Senator Prescott Bush, he was born into a wealthy and politically active family. Bush was 17 years old at the time, and Barbara was just 16. He began dating his future wife, known as Barbara Pierce at the time, after they were introduced at a Christmas dance in 1941.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. Bush, was elected president in 2000, George Bush Sr.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 0 million in donations in its first few months.
(They married in January 1945.) On his 18th birthday, Bush enlisted in the U. Navy, becoming the youngest pilot in the Navy during World War II.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 are determined to knock out Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bomb potential.He was re-elected in 1984, with Bush serving as his vice president for both terms. During his nomination acceptance speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention, Bush famously stated, “Read my lips: No new taxes.” During his presidency, Bush skillfully handled foreign affairs during a tumultuous time for the nation.Just months into his first term, he responded to the dissolve of the Soviet Union and oversaw the U. 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. Reagan won the 1980 election, defeating Democrat challenger Jimmy Carter. Presidency Bush finally reached the White House’s top seat in 1989; he won the 1988 election against Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis, becoming the first sitting vice president to be elected president since 1837. The following year, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for a U. Bush was later appointed to several important positions, including U. ambassador to the United Nations in 1971, head of the Republican National Committee during the Watergate scandal, U. envoy to China, and director of the Central Intelligence Agency in 1976. Bush would make it to the White House soon after, however: He was chosen as Reagan’s vice-presidential running mate.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.