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George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
Bush (born June 12, 1924) is an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States
President of the United States
from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States
President of the United States
from 1981 to 1989. A member of the Republican Party, he had previously been a Congressman, Ambassador and Director of Central Intelligence. While active in the public sector, he was known simply as George Bush; since 2001, he has often been referred to as George H. W. Bush, Bush the Elder or George Bush Senior in order to distinguish him from his eldest son, George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States. He is the nation's oldest living President and Vice President, as well as the longest-lived President in its history. A member of the Bush family, he was born in Milton, Massachusetts
Milton, Massachusetts
to Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Bush postponed his university studies, enlisted in the U.S. Navy
U.S. Navy
on his 18th birthday, and became the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy
U.S. Navy
at the time. He served until the end of the war, then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948, he moved his family to West Texas, where he entered the oil business and became a millionaire by the age of 40 in 1964. Soon after founding his own oil company, Bush became involved in politics and won election to the House of Representatives in 1966. In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed Bush as Ambassador to the United Nations, and in 1973, Bush became the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The following year, President Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford
appointed Bush as the ambassador to the People's Republic of China
People's Republic of China
and later reassigned Bush to the position of Director of Central Intelligence. Bush ran for president in 1980 but was defeated in the Republican primary by Ronald Reagan. Reagan chose Bush as his running mate, and Bush became vice president after the Reagan–Bush ticket won the 1980 election. During his eight-year tenure as vice president, Bush headed administration task forces on deregulation and fighting the War on Drugs. In 1988, Bush ran a successful campaign to succeed Reagan as President, defeating Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis. Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency: military operations were conducted in Panama and the Persian Gulf; the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
fell in 1989, and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
dissolved two years later. Though the agreement was not ratified until after he left office, Bush also signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, which created a trade bloc consisting of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Domestically, Bush reneged on a 1988 campaign promise and, after a struggle with Congress, signed an increase in taxes that Congress had passed. In the wake of a weak recovery from an economic recession, along with continuing budget deficits and the diminution of foreign politics as a major issue in a post- Cold War
Cold War
political climate, he lost the 1992 presidential election to Democrat Bill Clinton. Bush left office in 1993. His presidential library was dedicated in 1997, and he has been active—often alongside Bill Clinton—in various humanitarian activities. With George W. Bush's victory in the 2000 presidential election, Bush and his son became the second father–son combination to serve as president, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Bush's second son Jeb Bush, served as the 43rd Governor of Florida
Governor of Florida
(1999–2007) and unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Contents

1 Early life and education

1.1 World War II 1.2 Marriage and college years

2 Business career 3 Political career (1964–1980)

3.1 Congressional years (1967–1971) 3.2 Ambassador to the United Nations (1971–1973) 3.3 Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
(1973–1974) 3.4 Envoy to China (1974–1975) 3.5 Director of Central Intelligence
Director of Central Intelligence
(1976–1977) 3.6 Other positions (1977–1981)

4 1980 presidential campaign 5 Vice presidency (1981–1989)

5.1 First term, 1981–1985 5.2 Second term, 1985–1989

6 1988 presidential campaign 7 Presidency (1989–1993)

7.1 Domestic policy

7.1.1 Economy 7.1.2 Education 7.1.3 Major initiatives

7.2 Points of Light 7.3 Daily Point of Light Award 7.4 Judicial appointments

7.4.1 Supreme Court 7.4.2 Other courts

7.5 Foreign policy

7.5.1 Panama 7.5.2 Soviet Union 7.5.3 Gulf War 7.5.4 Somali Civil War 7.5.5 Japan 7.5.6 Israel

7.6 NAFTA 7.7 Pardons 7.8 Honorary degrees 7.9 Awards and honors 7.10 1992 presidential campaign 7.11 Public image

8 Post-presidency (1993–present)

8.1 George W. Bush
George W. Bush
presidency 8.2 Later activities 8.3 Health 8.4 Sexual misconduct allegations 8.5 Longevity

9 Presidential library 10 See also 11 References 12 Further reading

12.1 Primary sources

13 External links

Early life and education See also: Bush family

Young George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
taking his first steps in Kennebunkport, Maine, c. 1925

George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
Bush was born at 173 Adams Street in Milton, Massachusetts,[1] on June 12, 1924, to Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy (Walker) Bush. The Bush family
Bush family
moved from Milton to Greenwich, Connecticut, shortly after his birth. Growing up, he used the nickname "Poppy".[2] Bush began his formal education at the Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich. Beginning in 1938, he attended Phillips Academy
Phillips Academy
in Andover, Massachusetts, where he held a number of leadership positions including president of the senior class, secretary of the student council, president of the community fund-raising group, a member of the editorial board of the school newspaper, and captain of both the varsity baseball and soccer teams.[3] World War II

Being rescued by the submarine USS Finback

The United States
United States
was drawn into World War II
World War II
when the Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
on December 7, 1941. Six months later, Bush enlisted into the US. Navy[4] immediately after he graduated from Phillips Academy
Phillips Academy
on his eighteenth birthday. He became a naval aviator training for aircraft carrier landings and takeoffs on the USS Sable.[3][5] After completing the 10-month course, he was commissioned as an ensign in the United States
United States
Naval Reserve at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on June 9, 1943 (just three days before his 19th birthday), which made him the youngest naval aviator to that date.[4] In September 1943, he was assigned to Torpedo Squadron (VT-51) as the photographic officer.[4] The following year, his squadron was based on USS San Jacinto as a member of Air Group 51, where his lanky physique earned him the nickname "Skin".[6] During this time, the task force was victorious in one of the largest air battles of World War II: the Battle of the Philippine Sea.[4] After Bush's promotion to Lieutenant (junior grade)
Lieutenant (junior grade)
on August 1, 1944, San Jacinto commenced operations against the Japanese in the Bonin Islands. Bush piloted one of four Grumman TBM Avenger
Grumman TBM Avenger
aircraft from VT-51 that attacked the Japanese installations on Chichijima.[7] His crew for the mission, which occurred on September 2, 1944, included Radioman Second Class John Delaney and Lieutenant Junior Grade William White.[4] During their attack, the Avengers encountered intense anti-aircraft fire; Bush's aircraft was hit by flak and his engine caught on fire. Despite the fire in his aircraft, Bush completed his attack and released bombs over his target, scoring several damaging hits.[4] With his engine ablaze, Bush flew several miles from the island, where he and one other crew member on the TBM Avenger bailed out of the aircraft;[8] the other man's parachute did not open.[4] Bush waited for four hours in an inflated raft, while several fighters circled protectively overhead until he was rescued by the lifeguard submarine USS Finback.[4] For the next month, he remained on Finback and participated in the rescue of other pilots. Several of those shot down during the attack were executed, and their livers were eaten by their captors.[9]

George Bush in his Grumman TBM Avenger
Grumman TBM Avenger
on the carrier USS San Jacinto in 1944

In November 1944, Bush returned to San Jacinto and participated in operations in the Philippines until his squadron was replaced and sent home to the United States. Through 1944, he flew 58 combat missions[8] for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to San Jacinto.[4] Because of his valuable combat experience, Bush was reassigned to Norfolk Navy Base and put in a training wing for new torpedo pilots. He was later assigned as a naval aviator in a new torpedo squadron, VT-153, based at Naval Air Station Grosse Ile, Michigan. The unconditional surrender of Japan was announced on August 15, 1945. Bush was honorably discharged the following month. Marriage and college years George Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, New York
Rye, New York
on January 6, 1945, only weeks after his return from the Pacific and shortly before entering Yale.[10] During the war, the couple had occupied a residence in a small rented apartment in Trenton, Michigan, near Bush's Navy assignment at NAS Grosse Ile. The marriage produced six children: George Walker Bush
George Walker Bush
(b. 1946), Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush (1949–1953, died of leukemia), John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (b. 1953), Neil Mallon Pierce Bush (b. 1955), Marvin Pierce Bush (b. 1956), and Dorothy Walker Bush (b. 1959).[11] Bush had been accepted to Yale University
Yale University
prior to his enlistment in the military, but he deferred attending the school until after he completed his military service and married Barbara Pierce.[12] While at Yale, he was enrolled in an accelerated program that allowed him to graduate in two and a half years, rather than the usual four.[12] He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon
Delta Kappa Epsilon
fraternity and was elected its president.[13] He also captained the Yale baseball team, and as a left-handed first baseman, played in the first two College World Series.[12] As the team captain during his senior year, Bush met Babe Ruth before a game; the event took place only weeks before Ruth's death. Like his father, he was also a member of the Yale cheerleading squad.[14] Late in his junior year, he was initiated into the Skull and Bones secret society; his father Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
had been initiated into the same society in 1917. He graduated from Yale in 1948 as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.[15] Business career After graduating from Yale, Bush moved his young family to West Texas. His father's business connections proved useful as he ventured into the oil business, starting as an oil field equipment salesman[16] for Dresser Industries, a subsidiary of Brown Brothers Harriman
Brown Brothers Harriman
(where Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
had served on the board of directors for 22 years).[17] While working for Dresser, Bush lived in various places with his family: Odessa, Texas; Ventura, Bakersfield and Compton, California; and Midland, Texas.[18] (According to eldest son George W. Bush, then age two, the family lived in one of the few duplexes in Odessa with an indoor bathroom, which they "shared with a couple of hookers".)[19] Bush started the Bush-Overbey Oil Development company in 1951 and in 1953 co-founded the Zapata Petroleum Corporation, an oil company that drilled in the Permian Basin in Texas.[20] In 1954 he was named president of the Zapata Offshore Company, a subsidiary which specialized in offshore drilling. In 1959 (shortly after the subsidiary became independent), Bush moved the company and his family from Midland to Houston.[21] He continued serving as president of the company until 1964, and later chairman until 1966, but his ambitions turned political.[17] By that time, Bush had become a millionaire.[22] According to Time.com, Bush had a net worth of $20 million in 2015.[23] Political career (1964–1980) Congressional years (1967–1971)

Bush in 1969

Bush served as Chairman of the Republican Party for Harris County, Texas
Texas
in 1964, but wanted to be more involved in policy making, so he set his sights high: he aimed for a U.S. Senate seat from Texas.[17] After winning the Republican primary, Bush faced his opponent, incumbent Democrat Ralph W. Yarborough, who attacked Bush as a right-wing extremist. Bush was a strong supporter of Republican Senator Barry Goldwater, who headed the Republican ticket as the presidential candidate. Like Goldwater, Bush strongly opposed civil rights legislation in the name of states rights. Yarborough, a leading Texas
Texas
liberal, supported the civil rights legislation and was reelected by 56% - 44%.[24] The Republican candidate for governor, Jack Crichton of Dallas, who often campaigned alongside Bush before the election, lost by a much wider margin to Governor John B. Connally Jr.[25] Bush and the Harris County Republicans played a role in the development of the new Republican Party of the late 20th century. First, Bush worked to absorb the John Birch Society
John Birch Society
members, who were trying to take over the Republican Party. Second, during and after the civil rights movement, Democrats in the South who were committed to segregation left their party, and although the "country club Republicans" had differing ideological beliefs, they found common ground in hoping to expel the Democrats from power.[26]

Bush with President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Bush was elected in 1966 to a House of Representatives seat from the 7th District of Texas, defeating with 57 percent of the ballots cast the Democrat Frank Briscoe, the district attorney of Harris County known for his law-and-order credentials and a cousin of later Governor Dolph Briscoe.[27][28] Bush was the first Republican to represent Houston
Houston
in the U.S. House.[17] Bush's representative district included Tanglewood, the Houston
Houston
neighborhood that was his residence;[29] his family had moved into Tanglewood in the 1960s.[30] His voting record in the House was generally conservative: Bush voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1968, although it was generally unpopular in his district. He supported the Nixon administration's Vietnam
Vietnam
policies, but broke with Republicans on the issue of birth control, which he supported.[17] Despite being a first-term congressman, Bush was appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, where he voted to abolish the military draft.[22] He was elected to a second term in 1968.[31] In 1970 Nixon convinced Bush to relinquish his House seat to run for the Senate against Ralph Yarborough, a fierce Nixon critic. In the Republican primary, Bush easily defeated conservative Robert J. Morris, by a margin of 87.6% to 12.4%.[32] Nixon came to Texas
Texas
to campaign in Longview for Bush and gubernatorial candidate Paul Eggers, a Dallas
Dallas
lawyer who was a close friend of U.S. Senator John G. Tower.[33] Former Congressman Lloyd Bentsen, a more moderate Democrat and native of Mission in south Texas, defeated Yarborough in the Democratic primary.[22] Yarborough endorsed Bentsen, who defeated Bush, 53.4 to 46.6%.[34] As Bush's political career waned, he moved out of Houston
Houston
and sold his first Tanglewood house, but for periods of time continued to reside in Tanglewood.[30] Ambassador to the United Nations (1971–1973)

Bush as ambassador to the United Nations, 1971

Following his 1970 loss, Bush was well known as a prominent Republican businessman from the "Sun Belt", a group of states in the Southern part of the country.[22] Nixon noticed and appreciated the sacrifice Bush had made of his Congressional position,[17] so he appointed him Ambassador to the United Nations.[15] He was confirmed unanimously by the Senate, and served for two years, beginning in 1971.[17] Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
(1973–1974) Amidst the Watergate scandal, Nixon asked Bush to become chairman of the Republican National Committee
Republican National Committee
in 1973.[15] Bush accepted, and held this position when the popularity of both Nixon and the Republican Party plummeted.[35] He defended Nixon steadfastly, but later as Nixon's complicity became clear, Bush focused more on defending the Republican Party, while still maintaining loyalty to Nixon. As chairman, Bush formally requested that Nixon eventually resign for the good of the Republican party.[17] Nixon did this on August 9, 1974; Bush noted in his diary that "There was an aura of sadness, like somebody died.... The [resignation] speech was vintage Nixon—a kick or two at the press—enormous strains. One couldn't help but look at the family and the whole thing and think of his accomplishments and then think of the shame.... [President Gerald Ford's swearing-in offered] indeed a new spirit, a new lift."[36] Envoy to China (1974–1975)

Bush as United States
United States
Liaison to China, circa 1975

President Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford
appointed Bush to be Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China. Since the United States
United States
at the time maintained official relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan and not the People's Republic of China, the Liaison Office did not have the official status of an embassy and Bush did not formally hold the position of "ambassador", though he unofficially acted as one. The 14 months that he spent in China were largely seen as beneficial for U.S.-China relations.[17] After Ford assumed the presidency, Bush was under serious consideration for being nominated as vice president. Ford eventually narrowed his list to Nelson Rockefeller
Nelson Rockefeller
and Bush. White House
White House
Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld
reportedly preferred Rockefeller over Bush. Rockefeller was finally named and confirmed.[37] Bush was again passed over for the vice presidency by Ford when the president chose Bush's future presidential rival, Senator Bob Dole, to replace Rockefeller on the 1976 presidential ticket. Director of Central Intelligence
Director of Central Intelligence
(1976–1977)

Bush, as CIA
CIA
Director, listens at a meeting following the assassinations in Beirut
Beirut
of Francis E. Meloy Jr. and Robert O. Waring, 1976.

In 1976 Ford brought Bush back to Washington to become Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), replacing William Colby.[38] He served in this role for 357 days, from January 30, 1976, to January 20, 1977.[39] The CIA
CIA
had been rocked by a series of revelations, including those based on investigations by the Church Committee regarding illegal and unauthorized activities by the CIA, and Bush was credited with helping to restore the agency's morale.[40] In his capacity as DCI, Bush gave national security briefings to Jimmy Carter both as a presidential candidate and as president-elect, and discussed the possibility of remaining in that position in a Carter administration,[41] but did not do so. He was succeeded by Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
Director of Central Intelligence
E. Henry Knoche, who served as acting Director of Central Intelligence
Director of Central Intelligence
until Stansfield Turner
Stansfield Turner
was confirmed.[42] Other positions (1977–1981) After a Democratic administration took power in 1977, Bush became chairman on the Executive Committee of the First International Bank in Houston.[43] He later spent a year as a part-time professor of Administrative Science at Rice University's Jones School of Business beginning in 1978, the year it opened; Bush said of his time there, "I loved my brief time in the world of academia."[44] Between 1977 and 1979, he was a director of the Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Foreign Relations
foreign policy organization.[45] 1980 presidential campaign See also: United States
United States
presidential election, 1980

Campaign logo

Ronald Reagan, moderator John Breen, and Bush participate in the Nashua, New Hampshire Presidential Debate.

Bush had decided in the late 1970s that he was going to run for president in 1980; in 1979, he attended 850 political events and traveled more than 250,000 miles (400,000 km) to campaign for the nation's highest office. In the contest for the Republican Party nomination, Bush stressed his wide range of government experience, while competing against rivals Senator Howard Baker
Howard Baker
of Tennessee, Senator Bob Dole
Bob Dole
of Kansas, Congressman John Anderson of Illinois (who would later run as an independent), Congressman Phil Crane, also of Illinois, former Governor John Connally
John Connally
of Texas, former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen, and the front-runner Ronald Reagan, former actor, and Governor of California.[37] In the primary election, Bush focused almost entirely on the Iowa caucuses, while Reagan ran a more traditional campaign. Bush represented the centrist wing in the GOP, whereas Reagan represented conservatives. Bush famously labeled Reagan's supply side-influenced plans for massive tax cuts "voodoo economics". His strategy proved useful, to some degree, as he won in Iowa with 31.5% to Reagan's 29.4%. After the win, Bush stated that his campaign was full of momentum, or "Big Mo". As a result of the loss, Reagan replaced his campaign manager, reorganized his staff, and concentrated on the New Hampshire primary. The two men agreed to a debate in the state, organized by the Nashua Telegraph, but paid for by the Reagan campaign. Reagan invited the other four candidates as well, but Bush refused to debate them, and eventually they left. The debate proved to be a pivotal moment in the campaign; when the moderator, John Breen, ordered Reagan's microphone turned off, his angry response, "I am paying for this microphone," struck a chord with the public. Bush ended up losing New Hampshire's primary with 23% to Reagan's 50%. Bush lost most of the remaining primaries as well, and formally dropped out of the race in May of that year.[37] With his political future in doubt, Bush sold his house in Houston
Houston
and bought his grandfather's estate in Kennebunkport, Maine, known as "Walker's Point".[46] At the Republican Convention, Reagan selected Bush as his vice presidential nominee, placing him on the winning Republican presidential ticket of 1980. Vice presidency (1981–1989) See also: Presidency of Ronald Reagan

Vice Presidential portrait

First term, 1981–1985 As vice president, Bush generally maintained a typically low profile while he recognized the constitutional limits of the office; he avoided decision-making or criticizing Reagan in any way. As had become customary, he and his wife moved into the Vice President's residence at Number One Observatory Circle, about two miles from the White House. After selling the house in Tanglewood, the Bushes declared a room in The Houstonian Hotel in Houston
Houston
as their official voting address.[29] The Bushes attended a large number of public and ceremonial events in their positions, including many state funerals, which became a common joke for comedians. Mrs. Bush found the funerals largely beneficial, saying, "George met with many current or future heads of state at the funerals he attended, enabling him to forge personal relationships that were important to President Reagan." As the President of the Senate, Bush stayed in contact with members of Congress and kept the president informed on occurrences on Capitol Hill.[37]

Bush with President Ronald Reagan

On March 30, 1981 (early into the administration), Reagan was shot and seriously wounded by John Hinckley Jr.
John Hinckley Jr.
in Washington, D.C. Bush was in Fort Worth, Texas, and immediately flew back to Washington because he was next in line to the presidency. Reagan's cabinet convened in the White House
White House
Situation Room, where they discussed various issues, including the availability of the Nuclear Football. When Bush's plane landed, his aides advised him to proceed directly to the White House by helicopter, as an image of the government still functioning despite the attack. Bush rejected the idea, responding, "Only the President lands on the South Lawn."[37] This made a positive impression on Reagan,[37] who recovered and returned to work within two weeks. From then on, the two men would have regular Thursday lunches in the Oval Office. During a Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Republican fundraiser in June 1981, Bush stated that President Reagan was unwilling to make additional tax cut compromises with Congress.[47] In September 1981, Bush traveled to Mexico
Mexico
for participation in Independence Day celebrations there, Bush saying in a statement that President Reagan was "deeply committed to strengthening the friendship and cooperation between our countries".[48] In November 1981, Bush toured western Texas
Texas
to offer support for beleaguered Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Office of Management and Budget
David Stockman, who he believed was intelligent but needed to adjust to managing journalists.[49] During a December 1981 interview, Bush stated that he was convinced news leaks by unnamed administration officials were correct and had succeeded in hurting President Reagan: "I really feel we have been undisciplined in this White House. We've not served the president well by these leaks."[50] On April 28, 1982, Bush met with Prime Minister of Singapore
Prime Minister of Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew for a wide-ranging discussion that included speaking about regional security, the world economy, and Soviet expansionism in Southeast Asia,[51] and later that month, Bush confirmed he was considering traveling to China during his impending trip to Asia and the Pacific amid a news conference in Seoul, South Korea.[52] In November 1982, Bush toured Africa, the first instance of American government visiting there since the Reagan administration began. Bush told reporters that while he would allow for heads of state to dictate how each meeting would transpire, there was an expectation on his part for discussions on the independence of Namibia, adding that the US was going to retain the position of no settlement in Namibia
Namibia
until Cuban troops in Angola
Angola
were withdrawn.[53] On November 15, Bush met with United States
United States
Secretary of State George P. Shultz
George P. Shultz
and Yuri Andropov
Yuri Andropov
in Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia
to discuss human rights and arms reductions. Bush later said, "The meeting was frank, cordial and substantive. It gave both sides the opportunity to exchange views on the state of their relations."[54] At the end of January 1983, Bush began a seven-day tour of West Europe intended to promote the arms reduction commitment being advocated for by the Reagan administration.[55] During a February 8 news conference in Paris, Bush said the US's invitations for the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
to consent to a reduction in medium-range missiles were supported by Western Europe, which he stated had also consented to the deployment of new American missiles starting in the latter part of the year.[56] The following day, Bush defended American nuclear arms policy when answering British Secretary General of the Committee on Nuclear Disarmament Bruce Kent.[57] In September 1983, Bush met with President of Romania
President of Romania
Nicolae Ceaușescu, insisting during the meeting that President Reagan intended to push for arms reductions at the Geneva talks with the Soviet Union.[58] Shortly thereafter, Bush said the US wanted better relations with all countries within the East Bloc though stressed NATO would retaliate in the event of any threatening of European military stability by the Soviets,[59] and the vice president assailed the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
for the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
and destroying the Korean Air Lines jetliner.[60] In December 1983 Bush flew to El Salvador
El Salvador
and warned that country's military leaders to end their death squads and hold fully free elections or face the loss of U.S. aid. "It is not just the President, it is not just me or the Congress. If these death-squad murders continue, you will lose the support of the American people and that would indeed be a tragedy."[61] Bush's aides feared for his safety and thought about calling the meeting off when they discovered apparent blood stains on the floor of the presidential palace of Álvaro Magaña. Bush was never told of the aides' concerns and a tense meeting was held in which some of Magaña's personnel brandished semiautomatic weapons and refused requests to take them outside.[62] Bush was assigned by Reagan to chair two special task forces, on deregulation and international drug smuggling. The deregulation task force reviewed hundreds of rules, making specific recommendations on which ones to amend or revise, in order to curb the size of the federal government. The drug smuggling task force coordinated federal efforts to reduce the quantity of drugs entering the United States. Both were popular issues with conservatives, and Bush, largely a moderate, began courting them through his work.[37] In January 1984, Bush reported Reagan's stance on Moscow had projected a strong image toward the Soviets as well as heightened the possibility of an arms agreement.[63] On February 10, 1984, President Reagan designated Bush to lead the American delegation to the funeral of Yuri V. Andropov
Yuri V. Andropov
and convey America's "hope for an improved dialogue and cooperation which can lead to a more constructive relationship between our two countries."[64] On February 24, Bush spoke on the progress made in Grenada
Grenada
as a result of the Reagan administration coming into play following Vietnam, Watergate, and the presidency of Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
while talking to the American Soybean Association: "When the president faced this crisis in Grenada
Grenada
he didn't wait until we were taken hostage, he acted before the crisis became a humiliation."[65] On June 14, 1984, Bush cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate in favor of 10-warhead MX missile.[66] In September 1984, Bush said President Reagan likely would state his responsibility for the failure to protect the Beirut
Beirut
American embassy from bombing but stressed the difficulty of pressure.[67] Second term, 1985–1989 Reagan and Bush ran for reelection in 1984. The Democratic opponent, Walter Mondale, made history by choosing a woman, New York Representative Geraldine Ferraro, as his running mate. She and Bush squared off in a single televised vice presidential debate.[68] Ferraro served as a contrast to the Ivy-League educated Bush; she represented a "blue-collar" district in Queens, New York. This distinction and her popularity among female journalists left Bush at a disadvantage. Regardless, the Reagan-Bush ticket won in a landslide against the Mondale-Ferraro ticket. Early into his second term as vice president, Bush and his aides were planning a run for the presidency in 1988. By the end of 1985, a committee had been established and over two million dollars was raised for Bush.[37] In mid-March 1985, Bush attended the funeral of Konstantin Chernenko, telling reporters in Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland
that he had "brought a message with me to Moscow from President Reagan. It is a message of peace."[69] During this trip, Bush pledged the US would planned military pullout from Grenada
Grenada
during a rally,[70] met with President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega
Daniel Ortega
for discussions on the four-point plan for peace of the Sandinista government in Brazil,[71] and stated America would be committed in combatting the Sandinista regime within Nicaragua during an address in Honduras.[72] On July 13, 1985, Bush became the first vice president to serve as acting president when Reagan underwent surgery to remove polyps from his colon; Bush served as the acting president for approximately eight hours. In October 1985, Bush toured Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
while he received a briefing on Pacific Fleet operations.[73] He told reporters of an improvement in Sino-American relations and disclosed Taiwan as a major topic in his discussions with Chinese officials.[74] In 1986, the Reagan administration was shaken by a scandal when it was revealed that administration officials had secretly arranged weapon sales to Iran. The officials had used the proceeds to fund the anti-communist Contras
Contras
in Nicaragua, which was a direct violation of law. The scandal became known as the Iran-Contra Affair. When news of the public embarrassment broke to the media, Bush, like Reagan, stated that he had been "out of the loop" and unaware of the diversion of funds,[75] although this was later questioned.[76] His diaries from that time stated "I'm one of the few people that know fully the details" and as a result of six pardons by Bush, the independent counsel's final report on the Iran-Contra Affair
Iran-Contra Affair
pointedly noted: "The criminal investigation of Bush was regrettably incomplete."[77] In March 1986, Bush outlined the government's policy on the combating of terrorism. In an interagency task force report presented to President Reagan, Bush publicly stated that the strategy of the federal government was to retaliate without "wantonly" terminating human lives.[78] In early April 1986, Bush was hoping to preserve peace when he traveled to the Persian Gulf.[79] In May, Bush underwent a procedure to remove a malignant growth his left cheek. His spokesman Marlin Fitzwater
Marlin Fitzwater
said that doctors had found the growth weeks earlier.[80] During an appearance at a conference in January 1987, Bush confirmed the torture and subsequent murder of William Francis Buckley.[81] In February 1987, Bush addressed the National Religious Broadcasters, warning the group that intolerance was unacceptable and particularly called for racial tolerance. "We must let our children know hatred has no place in America. The Ku Klux Klan is an embarrassment to Christ, whose gospel is love, and an embarrassment to our nation, whose gospel is freedom."[82] In March 1987, Bush announced the resignation of advisor Fred Khedouri as well as implementation of Charles Greenleaf in the same role,[83] and visited a drug rehabilitation center during a two-day swing through Florida, expressing the view that education was the sole means of ending drug issues throughout the US.[84] In September 1987, Bush embarked on a month long trip to Poland
Poland
and European allied countries.[85] On September 22, Bush cast a tie breaking vote in the Senate to save the Strategic Defense Initiative from receiving a 800 million cut in funding.[86] On September 25, Bush reemployed Peter Teeley
Peter Teeley
as Director of Communications for his office and presidential campaign.[87] On September 28, Bush delivered a televised address pledging that the US would forever be aligned with Poland.[88] Bush's campaign director Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes
and others were concerned that Bush was seen as a "wimp." Bush put that image to rest when he displayed evident fury during an interview with Dan Rather.[37] As vice president, Bush officially opened the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. In 1988, the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes accidentally shot down Iran Air Flight 655, killing 290 passengers. Bush said that he would "never apologize for the United States
United States
of America. Ever. I don't care what the facts are."[89] 1988 presidential campaign Main article: United States
United States
presidential election, 1988

Campaign logo

John Ashcroft
John Ashcroft
and Vice President Bush campaign in St. Louis, Missouri, 1988

In the January 26, 1987, issue of Time magazine, journalist Robert Ajemian reported in an article entitled "Where Is the Real George Bush?" that one of Bush's friends had urged him to spend several days at Camp David
Camp David
thinking through his plans for his prospective presidency. Bush responded in exasperation, "Oh, the vision thing."[90] This oft-cited quote became a shorthand for the charge that Bush failed to contemplate or articulate important policy positions in a compelling and coherent manner. The phrase has since become a metonym for any politician's failure to incorporate a greater vision in a campaign, and has often been applied in the media to other politicians or public figures.[91][92] As early as 1985, Bush had been planning a presidential run; he entered the Republican primary for President of the United States
President of the United States
in October 1987.[37] His challengers for the Republican presidential nomination included U.S. Senator Bob Dole
Bob Dole
of Kansas, U.S. Representative Jack Kemp
Jack Kemp
of New York, former Governor Pete DuPont
Pete DuPont
of Delaware, and conservative Christian televangelist Pat Robertson. Bush was considered the early frontrunner for the nomination, but he came in third in the Iowa caucus, behind winner Dole and runner-up Robertson.[93] Much as Reagan had done in 1980, Bush reorganized his staff and concentrated on the New Hampshire primary.[37] With Dole ahead in New Hampshire, Bush ran television commercials portraying the senator as a tax raiser;[94] he rebounded to win the state's primary. Following the primary, Bush and Dole had a joint media appearance, when the interviewer asked Dole if he had anything to say to Bush, Dole said, in response to the ads, "yeah, stop lying about my record" in an angry tone. This is thought to have hurt Dole's campaign to Bush's benefit. Bush continued seeing victory, winning many Southern primaries as well.[17] Once the multiple-state primaries such as Super Tuesday began, Bush's organizational strength and fundraising lead were impossible for the other candidates to match, and the nomination was his.[22] As the 1988 Republican National Convention
1988 Republican National Convention
approached, there was much speculation who Bush would choose to be his running mate. He selected little-known U.S. Senator Dan Quayle
Dan Quayle
of Indiana, who was favored by conservatives. Despite Reagan's popularity, Bush trailed Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis, then Governor of Massachusetts, in most polls.[95] Bush was occasionally criticized for his lack of eloquence when compared to Reagan, but he delivered a well-received speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention. Known as the "thousand points of light" speech, the presentation described Bush's vision of America. He endorsed the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer in schools, capital punishment, gun rights, and opposed abortion.[95] The speech at the convention included Bush's famous pledge: "Read my lips: no new taxes."[96]

The 1988 presidential electoral votes by state

The general election campaign between the two men was described in 2008 as one of the dirtiest in modern times.[96] Bush blamed Dukakis for polluting the Boston Harbor
Boston Harbor
as the Massachusetts governor.[17] Bush also pointed out that Dukakis was opposed to a law that would require all students to say the Pledge of Allegiance, a topic well covered in Bush's nomination acceptance speech.[95] Dukakis's unconditional opposition to capital punishment led to a pointed question being asked during the presidential debates. Moderator Bernard Shaw asked Dukakis if Dukakis would hypothetically support the death penalty if his wife, Kitty, were raped and murdered.[97] Dukakis's response of no, as well as a provocative ad about convicted felon Willie Horton, contributed toward Bush's characterization of Dukakis as "soft on crime".[17] Bush defeated Dukakis and his running mate, Lloyd Bentsen, in the Electoral College, by 426 to 111 (Bentsen received one vote from a faithless elector).[96] In the nationwide popular vote, Bush took 53.4% of the ballots cast while Dukakis received 45.6%.[17] Bush became the first serving vice president to be elected president since Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren
in 1836 as well as the first person to succeed someone from his own party to the presidency via election to the office in his own right since Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover
in 1929.[37] Presidency (1989–1993) Main article: Presidency of George H. W. Bush

Chief Justice William Rehnquist
William Rehnquist
administers the Presidential Oath of Office to George H.W. Bush during Inaugural ceremonies at the United States Capitol, January 20, 1989

Bush was inaugurated on January 20, 1989, succeeding Ronald Reagan. He entered office at a period of change in the world; the fall of the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
came early in his presidency, the collapse of Soviet Union came in 1991.[98] He ordered military operations in Panama and the Persian Gulf, and, at one point, was recorded as having a record-high approval rating of 89%.[99] In his Inaugural Address, Bush said:

I come before you and assume the Presidency at a moment rich with promise. We live in a peaceful, prosperous time, but we can make it better. For a new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man's heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree. A new breeze is blowing, and a nation refreshed by freedom stands ready to push on. There is new ground to be broken, and new action to be taken.[100]

The Bush Cabinet

Office Name Term

President George H. W. Bush 1989–1993

Vice President Dan Quayle 1989–1993

Secretary of State James Baker 1989–1992

Lawrence Eagleburger 1992–1993

Secretary of Treasury Nicholas Brady 1989–1993

Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney 1989–1993

Attorney General Dick Thornburgh 1989–1991

William Barr 1991–1993

Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan 1989–1993

Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Yeutter 1989–1991

Edward Madigan 1991–1993

Secretary of Commerce Robert Mosbacher 1989–1992

Barbara Hackman Franklin 1992–1993

Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole 1989–1990

Lynn Martin 1991–1993

Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan 1989–1993

Secretary of Education Lauro Cavazos 1989–1990

Lamar Alexander 1990–1993

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp 1989–1993

Secretary of Transportation Samuel Skinner 1989–1992

Andrew Card 1992–1993

Secretary of Energy James Watkins 1989–1993

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Ed Derwinski 1989–1993

Chief of Staff John H. Sununu 1989–1991

Samuel Skinner 1991–1992

James Baker 1992–1993

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency William Reilly 1989–1993

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Richard Darman 1989–1993

Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy William Bennett 1989–1991

Bob Martinez 1991–1993

United States
United States
Trade Representative Carla Anderson Hills 1989–1993

Domestic policy Economy Early in his term, Bush faced the problem of what to do with leftover deficits spawned during the Reagan years. At $220 billion in 1990, the deficit had tripled since 1980. Bush was dedicated to curbing the deficit, believing that America could not continue to be a leader in the world without doing so. He began an effort to persuade the Democratic controlled Congress to act on the budget; with Republicans believing that the best way was to cut government spending, and Democrats convinced that the only way would be to raise taxes, Bush faced problems when it came to consensus building.[22] In the wake of a struggle with Congress, Bush was forced by the Democratic majority to raise tax revenues; as a result, many Republicans felt betrayed because Bush had promised "no new taxes" in his 1988 campaign. Perceiving a means of revenge, Republican congressmen defeated Bush's proposal which would enact spending cuts and tax increases that would reduce the deficit by $500 billion over five years. Scrambling, Bush accepted the Democrats' demands for higher taxes and more spending, which alienated him from Republicans and gave way to a sharp decrease in popularity. Bush would later say that he wished he had never signed the bill.[22] Near the end of the 101st Congress, the president and congressional members reached a compromise on a budget package that increased the marginal tax rate and phased out exemptions for high-income taxpayers. Although he originally demanded a reduction in the capital gains tax, Bush relented on this issue as well. This agreement with the Democratic leadership in Congress proved to be a turning point in the Bush presidency; his popularity among Republicans never fully recovered.[17]

Bush's approval ratings (red) compared to his disapproval ratings (blue) for his four-year presidency

Coming at around the same time as the budget deal, America entered into a mild recession, lasting for six months. Many government programs, such as welfare, increased.[22] As the unemployment rate edged upward in 1991, Bush signed a bill providing additional benefits for unemployed workers.[17] The year 1991 was marked by many corporate reorganizations, which laid off a substantial number of workers. Many now unemployed were Republicans and independents, who had believed that their jobs were secure. By his second year in office, Bush was told by his economic advisors to stop dealing with the economy, as they believed that he had done everything necessary to ensure his reelection. By 1992, interest and inflation rates were the lowest in years, but by midyear the unemployment rate reached 7.8%, the highest since 1984. In September 1992, the Census Bureau reported that 14.2% of all Americans lived in poverty.[17] At a press conference in 1990, Bush told reporters that he found foreign policy more enjoyable.[22] Education On April 5, 1989, Bush submitted to Congress the Educational Excellence Act of 1989, a seven program education legislative proposal with the intent of achieving "a better-educated America."[101][102] The proposal was opposed by Republicans seeking to shrink government's role in education and met with a lack of enthusiasm by Democrats.[103] A week after submitting the proposal, Bush said his administration was seeking to provide waivers on "some regulations for poorer communities" and create "a kind of performance-driven partial deregulation of education" that would grant federal funding when schools showed high levels of accountability coupled with academic performance.[104][105] Later in the year, from September 27–28, Bush held a two-day summit with American governors dedicated solely to education reform at the University of Virginia, the group forming a consensus to overhaul the American education system for the country's students to be closer in test scores in science, mathematics, and literacy.[106] In the 1990 State of the Union Address, Bush revealed his interest in his administration spearheading the increase in American high school graduation rates to 90% along with making American students "first in the world" in the subjects of math and science by 2000.[107][108] In a speech in the White House
White House
East Room on April 18, 1991, Bush called for both public and private citizens to become involved with education reform: "To those who want to see real improvement in American education, I say there will be no renaissance without revolution. It's time we held our schools, and ourselves, accountable for results."[109] On June 3, Bush advocated for community participation in reforming the national education system and insisting America 2000 would fail "if we try to do it from Washington itself."[110] On October 4, Bush met with representatives of the New American Schools Development Corp. at Camp David
Camp David
as the organization sought 200 million USD for education reform to aid with the forming of "new learning environments".[111] In a November 25 appearance in Columbus, Ohio, Bush joined Governor of Ohio
Governor of Ohio
George Voinovich
George Voinovich
in formally announcing a state version of his education policy, "Ohio 2000". Bush concurrently declared he would be involved with a reform of troubled schools and charged the Democrat-controlled Congress with "fighting tooth and nail against our most important reforms".[112] On July 23, 1992, Bush signed the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, a resuming of "many programs in the Higher Education Act of 1965."[113] Major initiatives See also: Environmental policy of the United States
United States
§ The George H. W. Bush Administration (1988–1992) During a speech to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Bush announced a vision to complete Space Station Freedom, resume exploration of the Moon
Moon
and begin exploration of Mars.[114] Although a space station was eventually constructed–work on the International Space Station
International Space Station
began in 1998–other work has been confounded by NASA budgetary issues. In 1998, Bush received the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement's National Space Trophy for his pioneering leadership of the U.S. space program. Bush signed a number of major laws in his presidency, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; this was one of the most pro-civil rights bills in decades. He is also the only president to successfully veto a civil rights act, having vetoed the job-discrimination protection Civil Rights Act of 1990.[115] Bush feared racial quotas would be imposed, but later approved watered-down Civil Rights Act of 1991.[116] He worked to increase federal spending for education, childcare, and advanced technology research. He also signed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act
Radiation Exposure Compensation Act
which provides monetary compensation of people who had contracted cancer and a number of other specified diseases as a direct result of their exposure to atmospheric nuclear testing undertaken by the United States
United States
during the Cold War, or their exposure to high levels of radon while doing uranium mining. In dealing with the environment, Bush reauthorized the Clean Air Act, requiring cleaner burning fuels. He quarreled with Congress over an eventually signed bill to aid police in capturing criminals, and signed into law a measure to improve the nation's highway system.[22] Bush signed the Immigration Act of 1990,[117] which led to a 40 percent increase in legal immigration to the United States.[118] Bush became a life member of the National Rifle Association
National Rifle Association
early in 1988 and had campaigned as a "pro-gun" candidate with the NRA's endorsement.[119] In March 1989, he placed a temporary ban on the import of certain semiautomatic rifles.[120] This action cost him endorsement from the NRA in 1992. Bush publicly resigned his life membership in the organization after receiving a form letter from NRA depicting agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
as "jack-booted thugs." He called the NRA letter a "vicious slander on good people."[121] Points of Light Main article: Points of Light President Bush devoted attention to voluntary service as a means of solving some of America's most serious social problems. He often used the "thousand points of light" theme to describe the power of citizens to solve community problems. In his 1989 inaugural address, President Bush said, "I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good."[122] Four years later, in his report to the nation on The Points of Light Movement, President Bush said, " Points of Light
Points of Light
are the soul of America. They are ordinary people who reach beyond themselves to touch the lives of those in need, bringing hope and opportunity, care and friendship. By giving so generously of themselves, these remarkable individuals show us not only what is best in our heritage but what all of us are called to become."[122] In 1990, the Points of Light
Points of Light
Foundation was created as a nonprofit organization in Washington to promote this spirit of volunteerism.[123] In 2007, the Points of Light
Points of Light
Foundation merged with the Hands On Network
Hands On Network
with the goal of strengthening volunteerism, streamlining costs and services and deepening impact.[124] Points of Light, the organization created through this merger, has approximately 250 affiliates in 22 countries and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and companies dedicated to volunteer service around the world. In 2012, Points of Light
Points of Light
mobilized 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service worth $635 million.[125] On October 16, 2009, President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
held a Presidential Forum on Service hosted by former President George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
and Points of Light at the George Bush Presidential Library
George Bush Presidential Library
Center on the campus of Texas
Texas
A&M University. The event celebrated the contributions of more than 4,500 Daily Point of Light award winners and honored President Bush's legacy of service and civic engagement.[126] In 2011, Points of Light
Points of Light
paid tribute to President George H. W. Bush and volunteer service at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. President Bush was joined by Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush to highlight the role volunteer service plays in people's lives.[127] Daily Point of Light Award President Bush created the Daily Point of Light Award in 1989 to recognize ordinary Americans from all walks of life taking direct and consequential voluntary action in their communities to solve serious social problems. The President focused great attention on these individuals and organizations, both to honor them for their tremendous work and to call the nation to join them and multiply their efforts. By the end of his administration, President Bush had recognized 1,020 Daily Points of Light
Points of Light
representing all 50 states and addressing issues ranging from care for infants and teenagers with AIDS to adult illiteracy and from gang violence to job training for the homeless.[122] The Daily Point of Light continues to be awarded by Points of Light
Points of Light
and President Bush continues to sign all of the awards.[128] On July 15, 2013, President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
welcomed President Bush to the White House
White House
to celebrate the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award.[129] They bestowed the award on Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton of Union, Iowa, for their work founding Outreach, a nonprofit that delivers free meals to hungry children in 15 countries.[130] Judicial appointments Supreme Court Main article: George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
Supreme Court candidates Bush appointed the following Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States:

David Souter
David Souter
– 1990 Clarence Thomas
Clarence Thomas
– 1991

Other courts Main article: George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
judicial appointments In addition to his two Supreme Court appointments, Bush appointed 42 judges to the United States
United States
Courts of Appeals, and 148 judges to the United States
United States
district courts. Among these appointments was Vaughn R. Walker, who would later be revealed to be the earliest known gay federal judge.[131] Bush also experienced a number of judicial appointment controversies, as 11 nominees for 10 federal appellate judgeships were not processed by the Democratically-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee.[132] Foreign policy

Bush speaks on the telephone regarding Operation Just Cause with General Brent Scowcroft
Brent Scowcroft
and Chief of Staff John H. Sununu, 1989

Panama Main article: United States
United States
invasion of Panama In the 1980s, Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, a once U.S.-supportive leader who was later accused of spying for Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro
and using Panama to traffic drugs into the United States, was one of the most recognizable names in America and was constantly in the press. The struggle to remove him from power began in the Reagan administration, when economic sanctions were imposed on the country; this included prohibiting American companies and government from making payments to Panama and freezing $56 million in Panamanian funds in American banks. Reagan sent more than 2,000 American troops to Panama as well.[133] Unlike Reagan, Bush was able to remove Noriega from power, but his administration's unsuccessful post-invasion planning hindered the needs of Panama during the establishment of the young democratic government.[134] In May 1989, Panama held democratic elections, in which Guillermo Endara was elected president; the results were then annulled by Noriega's government. In response, Bush sent 2,000 more troops to the country, where they began conducting regular military exercises in Panamanian territory (in violation of prior treaties). Bush then removed an embassy and ambassador from the country, and dispatched additional troops to Panama to prepare the way for an upcoming invasion.[133] Noriega suppressed an October military coup attempt and massive protests in Panama against him, but after a U.S. serviceman was shot by Panamanian forces in December 1989, Bush ordered 24,000 troops into the country with an objective of removing Noriega from power;[135] "Operation Just Cause" was a large-scale American military operation, and the first in more than 40 years that was not related to the Cold War.[134] The mission was controversial, but American forces achieved control of the country and Endara assumed the presidency.[136] Noriega surrendered to the United States
United States
and was convicted and imprisoned on racketeering and drug trafficking charges in April 1992.[137] President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush
visited Panama in June 1992, to give support to the first post-invasion Panamanian government. Soviet Union See also: Dissolution of the Soviet Union, New world order (politics), A World Transformed, and History of the United States
United States
(1980-91) § The end of the Cold War

Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev
in Helsinki summit in 1990

In 1989, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bush met with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev
in a conference on the Mediterranean island of Malta. The administration had been under intense pressure to meet with the Soviets, but not all initially found the Malta Summit
Malta Summit
to be a step in the right direction; General Brent Scowcroft, among others, was apprehensive about the meeting, saying that it might be "premature" due to concerns where, according to Condoleezza Rice, "expectations [would be] set that something was going to happen, where the Soviets might grandstand and force [the U.S.] into agreements that would ultimately not be good for the United States." But European leaders, including François Mitterrand
François Mitterrand
and Margaret Thatcher, encouraged Bush to meet with Gorbachev,[138] something that he did December 2 and 3, 1989.[139] Though no agreements were signed, the meeting was viewed largely as being an important one; when asked about nuclear war, Gorbachev responded, "I assured the President of the United States
President of the United States
that the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
would never start a hot war against the United States
United States
of America. And we would like our relations to develop in such a way that they would open greater possibilities for cooperation.... This is just the beginning. We are just at the very beginning of our road, long road to a long-lasting, peaceful period."[140] The meeting was received as a very important step to the end of the Cold War.[141] Another summit was held in July 1991, where the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) was signed by Bush and Gorbachev in Moscow. The treaty took nine years in the making and was the first major arms agreement since the signing of the Intermediate Ranged Nuclear Forces Treaty by Reagan and Gorbachev in 1987. The contentions in START would reduce the strategic nuclear weapons of the United States
United States
and the USSR by about 35% over seven years, and the Soviet Union's land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles would be cut by 50%. Bush described START as "a significant step forward in dispelling half a century of mistrust".[142] After the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, President Bush and Gorbachev declared a U.S.-Russian strategic partnership, marking the end of the Cold War. Gulf War Main article: Gulf War

President Bush visits American troops in Saudi Arabia on Thanksgiving Day, 1990

On August 2, 1990, Iraq, led by Saddam Hussein, invaded its oil-rich neighbor to the south, Kuwait; Bush condemned the invasion[143] and began rallying opposition to Iraq in the US and among European, Asian, and Middle Eastern allies.[22] Secretary of Defense Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Fahd; Fahd requested US military aid in the matter, fearing a possible invasion of his country as well.[143] The request was met initially with Air Force fighter jets. Iraq made attempts to negotiate a deal that would allow the country to take control of half of Kuwait. Bush rejected this proposal and insisted on a complete withdrawal of Iraqi forces.[22] The planning of a ground operation by US-led coalition forces began forming in September 1990, headed by General Norman Schwarzkopf.[143] Bush spoke before a joint session of the U.S. Congress regarding the authorization of air and land attacks, laying out four immediate objectives: "Iraq must withdraw from Kuwait completely, immediately, and without condition. Kuwait's legitimate government must be restored. The security and stability of the Persian Gulf must be assured. And American citizens abroad must be protected." He then outlined a fifth, long-term objective: "Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective – a new world order – can emerge: a new era – freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, East and West, North and South, can prosper and live in harmony.... A world where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle. A world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice. A world where the strong respect the rights of the weak."[144] With the United Nations Security Council opposed to Iraq's violence, Congress authorized the use of military force[143] with a set goal of returning control of Kuwait
Kuwait
to the Kuwaiti government, and protecting America's interests abroad.[22]

Bush meets with Robert Gates, General Colin Powell, Secretary Dick Cheney and others about the situation in the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
and Operation Desert Shield, January 15, 1991

Early on the morning of January 17, 1991, allied forces launched the first attack, which included more than 4,000 bombing runs by coalition aircraft.[145] This pace would continue for the next four weeks, until a ground invasion was launched on February 24, 1991. Allied forces penetrated Iraqi lines and pushed toward Kuwait
Kuwait
City while on the west side of the country, forces were intercepting the retreating Iraqi army. Bush made the decision to stop the offensive after a mere 100 hours.[146][147] Critics labeled this decision premature, as hundreds of Iraqi forces were able to escape; Bush responded by saying that he wanted to minimize U.S. casualties. Opponents further charged that Bush should have continued the attack, pushing Hussein's army back to Baghdad, then removing him from power.[22] Bush explained that he did not give the order to overthrow the Iraqi government because it would have "incurred incalculable human and political costs.... We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad
Baghdad
and, in effect, rule Iraq."[148] Bush's approval ratings skyrocketed after the successful offensive.[22] Additionally, President Bush and Secretary of State Baker felt the coalition victory had increased U.S. prestige abroad and believed there was a window of opportunity to use the political capital generated by the coalition victory to revitalize the Arab-Israeli peace process. The administration immediately returned to Arab-Israeli peacemaking following the end of the Gulf War; this resulted in the Madrid Conference, later in 1991.[149] Somali Civil War Main article: Somali Civil War Faced with a humanitarian disaster in Somalia, exacerbated by a complete breakdown in civil order, the United Nations had created the UNOSOM I
UNOSOM I
mission in April 1992 to aid the situation through humanitarian efforts, though the mission failed.[150] The Bush administration proposed American aid to the region by assisting in creating a secure environment for humanitarian efforts and UN Resolution 794 was unanimously adopted by the Security Council on December 3, 1992.[151] A lame duck president, Bush launched Operation Restore Hope the following day under which the United States
United States
would assume command in accordance with Resolution 794.[152] Fighting would escalate and continue into the Clinton administration.[153] Japan On April 28, 1989, during an appearance in the press room of the White House, Bush announced the US would continue a deal with Japan on the production of the FSX advanced fighter jet now that promises had been made that American jobs and technology would be safe and said the proposal would bolster security for both the US and Japan.[154] On November 21, 1989, Bush signed a measure guaranteeing reparations to Japanese-Americans interred during World War II, US$20,000 for each survivor having been authorized by Congress.[155] On March 12, 1990, Bush met with former Prime Minister of Japan
Prime Minister of Japan
Noboru Takeshita for an hour to discuss shared economic issues and "the fact that their solution will require extraordinary efforts on both sides of the Pacific."[156] On December 7, 1991, the fiftieth anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bush accepted an apology from Japan over the event issued by Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa
Kiichi Miyazawa
the previous day and urged progress be made in improving relations between the US and Japan.[157] Israel On June 18, 1990, White House
White House
Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater confirmed President Bush had sent Prime Minister of Israel
Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Shamir a letter in which he congratulated the latter on his election and urged him to support the proposed "Shamir initiative for peace", which would involve the participation of Palestinian Arabians in local elections.[158] On June 20, Bush suspended American dialogue with the Palestine Liberation Organization for the latter's refusal to condemn the Palestinian guerrilla raid of an Israeli beach the previous month.[159] On August 11, 1992, following a meeting between President Bush and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Bush announced he would seek the approval of Congress to bestow Israel up to $10 billion in loan guarantees to assist the country with its absorbing of Soviet Union immigrants.[160][161] NAFTA Main article: North American Free Trade Agreement

(standing) President Carlos Salinas, President Bush, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney; (seated) Jaime Serra Puche, Carla Hills, and Michael Wilson at the NAFTA
NAFTA
Initialing Ceremony, October 1992

Bush's administration, along with the Progressive Conservative Canadian Prime Minister
Canadian Prime Minister
Brian Mulroney, spearheaded the negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement
North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA), which would eliminate the majority of tariffs on products traded among the United States, Canada, and Mexico, to encourage trade amongst the countries. The treaty also restricts patents, copyrights, and trademarks, and outlines the removal of investment restrictions among the three countries.[162] President Bush announced the completion of NAFTA during a Rose Garden appearance on August 12, 1992, calling it the "beginning of a new era".[163] The agreement came under heavy scrutiny amongst mainly Democrats, who charged that NAFTA
NAFTA
resulted in a loss of American jobs.[22] NAFTA
NAFTA
also contained no provisions for labor rights; according to the Bush administration, the trade agreement would generate economic resources necessary to enable Mexico's government to overcome problems of funding and enforcement of its labor laws. Bush needed a renewal of negotiating authority to move forward with the NAFTA
NAFTA
trade talks. Such authority would enable the president to negotiate a trade accord that would be submitted to Congress for a vote, thereby avoiding a situation in which the president would be required to renegotiate with trading partners those parts of an agreement that Congress wished to change.[164] While initial signing was possible during his term, negotiations made slow, but steady, progress. President Clinton would go on to make the passage of NAFTA
NAFTA
a priority for his administration, despite its conservative and Republican roots—with the addition of two side agreements—to achieve its passage in 1993.[165] The treaty has since been defended as well as criticized further. The American economy has grown 54% since the adoption of NAFTA
NAFTA
in 1993, with 25 million new jobs created; this was seen by some as evidence of NAFTA
NAFTA
being beneficial to the United States.[166] With talk in early 2008 regarding a possible American withdrawal from the treaty, Carlos M. Gutierrez, current United States
United States
Secretary of Commerce, writes, "Quitting NAFTA
NAFTA
would send economic shock waves throughout the world, and the damage would start here at home."[166] But John J. Sweeney, President of the AFL-CIO, wrote in The Boston Globe that "the U.S. trade deficit
U.S. trade deficit
with Canada
Canada
and Mexico
Mexico
ballooned to 12 times its pre- NAFTA
NAFTA
size, reaching $111 billion in 2004."[167]

Bush and Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet

Pardons Main article: List of people pardoned by George H. W. Bush As other presidents have done, Bush issued a series of pardons during his last days in office. On December 24, 1992, he granted executive clemency to six former government employees implicated in the Iran-Contra scandal of the late 1980s, most prominently former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.[168] Bush described Weinberger, who was scheduled to stand trial on January 5, 1993, for criminal charges related to Iran-Contra, as a "true American patriot".[168] In addition to Weinberger, Bush pardoned Duane R. Clarridge, Clair E. George, Robert C. McFarlane, Elliott Abrams, and Alan G. Fiers Jr., all of whom had been indicted and/or convicted of criminal charges by an Independent Counsel headed by Lawrence Walsh.[169] Honorary degrees

Howard University, Doctor of Laws, 1981.[170][171] Sacred Heart University, Doctor of Laws, 1981.[172][173] Miami University, Doctor of Laws, 1982.[174] Ohio State University, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1983.[175] Texas
Texas
A&M University, 1989.[176] Oklahoma State University, Doctor of Economics, 1990.[177] Liberty University, Doctor of Humanities, 1990.[178] Central Connecticut State University, Doctor of Laws, 1999.[179] University of Macau, Doctor of Social Sciences, 2009.[180] Dartmouth College, Doctor of Laws, 2011.[181] Harvard University, Doctor of Laws, May 29, 2014.[182][183] National Intelligence University, Doctor of Strategic Intelligence, March 8, 2016.[184]

This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. Awards and honors In 1990, Time magazine named him the Man of the Year. In 1991, the U.S. Navy
U.S. Navy
Memorial Foundation awarded Bush its Lone Sailor award for his naval service and his subsequent government service. In 1993, he was made an Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
by Queen Elizabeth II.[185] In 2009, he received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award. 1992 presidential campaign Main article: United States
United States
presidential election, 1992 In early 1992, Bush announced that he would seek a second term. A coalition victory in the Persian Gulf War
Gulf War
and high approval ratings made re-election seem likely. As a result, many leading Democrats declined to seek their party's presidential nomination. On the negative side, Bush's popularity was reduced by an economic recession and doubts of whether he properly ended the Gulf War. Conservative political columnist Pat Buchanan
Pat Buchanan
challenged Bush for the Republican nomination. He shocked political pundits by finishing second, with 37% of the vote in the New Hampshire primary. Bush responded by adopting more conservative positions on issues, in an attempt to undermine Buchanan's base.[22] Once he had secured the nomination, Bush faced his Democratic challenger, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton. Clinton attacked Bush as a politician who was not doing enough to assist the working middle-class and being "out of touch" with the common man, a notion reinforced by reporter Andrew Rosenthal's false report that Bush was "astonished" to see a demonstration of a supermarket scanner.[186][187][188]

The 1992 presidential electoral votes by state

In early 1992, the race took an unexpected twist when Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot
H. Ross Perot
launched a third party bid, claiming that neither Republicans nor Democrats could eliminate the deficit and make government more efficient. His message appealed to voters across the political spectrum disappointed with both parties' perceived fiscal irresponsibility.[189] Perot later bowed out of the race for a short time, then reentered.[190] Clinton had originally been in the lead, until Perot reentered, tightening the race significantly.[191] As Election Day neared, the polls suggested that the race was a dead-heat,[17] but Clinton pulled out on top, with 370 electoral votes to Bush's 168 votes. Perot won 19% of the popular vote, one of the highest totals for a third party candidate in U.S. history, drawing equally from both major candidates, according to exit polls.[22][192][193] Several key factors led to Bush's defeat. The ailing economy that arose from recession may have been the main factor in Bush's loss. On Election Day, 7 in 10 voters said that the economy was either "not so good" or "poor".[194][195] On the eve of the 1992 election, after unemployment reports of 7.8% appeared (the highest since 1984),[196] Economic recession had contributed to a sharp decline in his approval rating – to just 37%.[197] Conservative Republicans pointed out that Bush's 1990 agreement to raise taxes contradicted his famous "Read my lips: no new taxes" pledge. In doing so, Bush alienated many members of his conservative base, losing their support for his re-election. According to one survey, of the voters who cited Bush's broken "No New Taxes" pledge as "very important", two thirds voted for Bill Clinton.[198] Bush had raised taxes in an attempt to address an increasing budget deficit, which has largely been attributed to the Reagan tax cuts and military spending of the 1980s. The tax revenue increase had not hurt his approval ratings to the extent that it prevented it from reaching 89% during the Gulf War, four months after the tax vote.[199] By February 1991 his approval rating rose to its highest level—89%.[200] Public image

Bush visits NAS JRB, New Orleans personnel before he receives briefs on the status of Joint Task Force Katrina
Joint Task Force Katrina
relief efforts, October 2005

George Bush was widely seen as a "pragmatic caretaker" president who lacked a unified and compelling long-term theme in his efforts.[201][202][203] Indeed, Bush's sound bite where he refers to the issue of overarching purpose as "the vision thing" has become a metonym applied to other political figures accused of similar difficulties.[204][205][206][207][208][209] "He does not say why he wants to be there", wrote columnist George Will, "so the public does not know why it should care if he gets his way".[37] His Ivy League
Ivy League
and prep school education led to warnings by advisors that his image was too "preppy" in 1980, which resulted in deliberate efforts in his 1988 campaign to shed the image, including meeting voters at factories and shopping malls, abandoning set speeches.[37] His ability to gain broad international support for the Gulf War
Gulf War
and the war's result were seen as both a diplomatic and military triumph,[98] rousing bipartisan approval,[210] though his decision to withdraw without removing Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein
left mixed feelings, and attention returned to the domestic front and a souring economy.[211] A New York Times
New York Times
article mistakenly depicted Bush as being surprised to see a supermarket barcode reader;[186][188] the report of his reaction exacerbated the notion that he was "out of touch".[186] Amid the early 1990s recession, his image shifted from "conquering hero" to "politician befuddled by economic matters".[187] Although Bush became the first elected Republican president since Hoover in 1932 to lose a reelection bid (facing a 34% approval rating leading up to the 1992 election), the mood did not last. Despite his defeat, Bush climbed back from election day approval levels to leave office in 1993 with a 56% job approval rating.[212] By December 2008, 60% of Americans gave Bush's presidency a positive rating.[213] Post-presidency (1993–present) Upon leaving office, Bush retired with his wife, Barbara, and temporarily moved into a friend's house near the Tanglewood community of Houston
Houston
as they prepared to build a permanent retirement house nearby.[214] Ultimately they built their retirement house in the community of West Oaks, near Tanglewood.[30] They had a presidential office within the Park Laureate Building on Memorial Drive.[215] Mimi Swartz of National Geographic wrote that "The Bushes are too studiously sedate to live in River Oaks".[216] They spend the summer at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine. On January 10, 1999, the Bushes became the longest-married presidential couple in history, outlasting John and Abigail Adams, who were married for 54 years and 3 days. At 70 years as of January 2015,[217] they still hold the record, by a year and a half, over Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. Bush co-founded an annual fishing tournament in Islamorada, an island in the Florida Keys, which was held annually for 10 years.[218][219] In 1993, Bush was awarded an honorary knighthood (GCB) by Queen Elizabeth II. He was the third American president to receive the honor, the others being Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
and Ronald Reagan.[185] In 1993, Bush visited Kuwait
Kuwait
to commemorate the coalition's victory over Iraq in the Gulf War, where he was targeted in an assassination plot. Kuwaiti authorities arrested 17 people allegedly involved in using a car bomb to kill Bush. Through interviews with the suspects and examinations of the bomb's circuitry and wiring, the FBI established that the plot had been directed by the Iraqi Intelligence Service. A Kuwaiti court later convicted all but one of the defendants. Two months later, in retaliation, Clinton ordered the firing of 23 cruise missiles at Iraqi Intelligence Service headquarters in Baghdad. The day before the strike, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright
went before the Security Council to present evidence of the Iraqi plot. After the missiles were fired, Vice President Al Gore
Al Gore
said the attack "was intended to be a proportionate response at the place where this plot" to assassinate Bush "was hatched and implemented".[220] In September 1993, Bush was invited back to the White House
White House
along with other living former presidents for an Arab-Israeli peace accord as well as make the case to Clinton for a repeal of NAFTA.[221] In April 1994, Bush attended the funeral of Richard Nixon.[222] In the 1994 elections, his sons George W. and Jeb concurrently ran for Governor of Texas
Texas
and Governor of Florida. The elder Bush frequently telephoned their headquarters for updates on the race.[223] George W. won his race against Ann Richards
Ann Richards
while Jeb lost to Lawton Chiles. After the results came in, the elder Bush told ABC, "I have very mixed emotions. Proud father, is the way I would sum it all up."[224] From 1993 to 1999 he served as the chairman to the board of trustees for Eisenhower Fellowships, and from 2007 to 2009 was chairman of the National Constitution Center. On September 28, 1994, Bush said he was opposed to sending American troops to Haiti, citing his loss of confidence in President of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Jean-Bertrand Aristide
while speaking to business and civic leaders in Houston.[225] In an October 22, 1994 speech in Cancun, Mexico, Bush said history would vindicate him for not attempting to force Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein
out of power while in office: "The Mideast peace talks that offer hope to the world would never have started if we had done that. The Arabs would never have talked to us."[226] On July 17, 1995, Bush returned to the White House
White House
for the unveiling of his official portrait in an East Room ceremony attended by former members of his administration.[227] In September 1995, Bush met with President of Vietnam
President of Vietnam
Lê Đức Anh and party secretary Đỗ Mười
Đỗ Mười
in Vietnam.[228] On September 2, Bush and his son George W. participated in a parade commemorating World War II
World War II
in Fredericksburg, Texas, where the elder Bush reasoned the US had become united in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
attack and stressed America would have to stay involved in world affairs to continue its unity.[229] On July 26, 1996, Bush met with Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and pledged he would do everything in his power to aid in securing a victory for Dole in the presidential election.[230] On October 6, Bush and Dole lunched together during a preparation for upcoming debates with President Clinton, Bush's experience with debating Clinton prompting Dole to seek out his advice.[231] In 1997, the Houston
Houston
Intercontinental Airport was renamed George Bush Intercontinental Airport. In February 1997, Bush endorsed the chemical weapon banning treaty supported by United States
United States
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, saying the US would need to approve the treaty ahead of the April deadline.[232] In April 1997, Bush gave a speech at a convocation of a weekend conference analyzing his presidency[233] and joined President Bill Clinton, former President Ford, and Nancy Reagan
Nancy Reagan
in signing the "Summit Declaration of Commitment" in advocating for participation by private citizens in solving domestic issues within the United States.[234] In August 1997, Bush agreed to be interviewed by the New York Times, so long as his portrayal not appear to be giving credit to himself, over the balanced budget deal composed by President Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich, stating his belief that history would show his administration laid the groundwork for the agreement during a telephone interview.[235] President Bush is Honorary Chairman of Points of Light, an international nonprofit dedicated to engaging more people and resources in solving serious social problems through voluntary service.[236] In January 1999, Bush spoke in the Old Senate chamber as part of a lecture series for Senators in an address warning against the collapse of political decorum and invasions into the privacy of individuals.[237] In February 1999, Bush was part of the American delegation to the funeral of Hussein of Jordan
Hussein of Jordan
in Amman.[238] In April 1999, Bush called for the release of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet
Augusto Pinochet
when Spain had him arrested and sought to try him for human rights violations.[239] In May 1999, Bush and his wife Barbara honored six senior citizens during the annual Ageless Heroes honors in Chicago, Illinois.[240] George W. Bush
George W. Bush
presidency

George and Barbara Bush, September 2001

His eldest son, George W. Bush, was inaugurated as the 43rd president of the United States
United States
on January 20, 2001, and re-elected in 2004. Through previous administrations, the elder Bush had ubiquitously been known as "George Bush" or "President Bush", but following his son's election the need to distinguish between them has made retronymic forms such as "George H. W. Bush" and "George Bush senior" and colloquialisms such as "Bush 41" and "Bush the Elder" much more common. H.W. Bush was traveling to Minnesota
Minnesota
for a speaking engagement on the day of the September 11 attacks. George W. made multiple calls to get in contact with his father before the two men reconnected after the elder Bush had gone to a Brookfield, Wisconsin
Brookfield, Wisconsin
motel.[241] Bush told biographer Jon Meacham
Jon Meacham
that his son's vice president, Dick Cheney, underwent a change following the September 11 attacks: "His seeming knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East.”[242] In December 2002, George W. sought counsel from the elder Bush regarding Iraq and informed him of "my efforts to rally the Saudis, Jordanians, Turks, and others in the Middle East".[243] In April 2003, following the fall of Baghdad, Bush praised George W. in an email to the incumbent president.[244] In a September 14, 2003 interview with BBC, Bush stated his support for a continuation of his son's war against terrorism and the US was in a better state in terms of protecting itself from terrorism than two years prior.[245] While visiting Houston
Houston
VA Medical Center on December 17, Bush told reporters of his satisfaction with the capture of Saddam Hussein.[246] Later activities President and Mrs. Bush attended the state funeral of Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
in June 2004,[247] and of Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford
in January 2007.[248] One month later, he was awarded the Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
Freedom Award in Beverly Hills, California, by former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Despite Bush's political differences with Bill Clinton, reports have acknowledged that the two former presidents have become friends.[249] He and Clinton appeared together in television ads in 2005, encouraging aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.[250] In October 2004, Bush endorsed Pete Sessions
Pete Sessions
and Ted Poe
Ted Poe
in Texas congressional races.[251] In February 2006, Bush attended and delivered a eulogy at the funeral of Coretta Scott King.[252] On March 2, 2006, President Bush announced that his father would lead the American delegation to the inauguration of President-elect of the Republic of Portugal Anibal Cavaco Silva.[253] In September 2006, Bush campaigned for New Jersey Senate candidate Thomas Kean Jr., praising him as well as stating his respect for Kean calling on the resignation of US Defense Secretary Rumsfeld.[254] Kean went on to lose the election. The following month, he was honored by the National Italian American Foundation
National Italian American Foundation
(NIAF) with the NIAF One America Award for fundraising, with Bill Clinton, for the victims of the 2004 tsunami
2004 tsunami
and Hurricane Katrina.[255] On February 18, 2008, Bush formally endorsed Senator John McCain
John McCain
for President of the United States.[256] The endorsement offered a boost to McCain's campaign, as the Arizona
Arizona
Senator had been facing criticism among many conservatives.[257] During a trip to Tokyo, Japan, Bush said that he would campaign vigorously against Senator Hillary Clinton were she to initiate a presidential bid.[258] In March 2008, Bush met with President of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao
Hu Jintao
who praised Bush for his attempts at harmonizing relations between the US and China.[259] On November 16, 2008, during an address at the University of Kansas, Bush said President-elect Obama would encounter diverse issues upon taking office and experiencing a wave of enthusiasm.[260] On January 10, 2009, both George H. W. and George W. Bush
George W. Bush
were present at the commissioning of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), the tenth and last Nimitz-class supercarrier of the United States Navy.[261][262] Bush paid a visit to the carrier again on May 26, 2009.[263] In June 2009, Bush came out in support for Sonia Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor
to receive fair hearings in her nomination for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. "She was called by somebody a racist once. That's not right. I mean, that's not fair. It doesn't help the process. You're out there name-calling. So let them decide who they want to vote for and get on with it."[264] In October 2009, Bush criticized the rampant criticism of the current times, reflecting that he did not receive such "day in and day out" during his presidency and named Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann
and Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow
of MSNBC
MSNBC
as examples; he called the two "sick puppies."[265] Also during that month, on October 16, Bush joined President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
onstage at Texas
Texas
A&M University for a promotion of volunteering.[266] In 2011, he was inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame.[267] On February 15, 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor in the United States—by President Barack Obama.[268] On March 29, 2012, Bush endorsed Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2012 Presidential election, NBC News reporting that Bush had chosen to support Romney three months prior.[269] In July 2013, Bush had his head shaved in a show of support for the two-year-old son of a member of his security detail, who had leukemia.[270] On July 7, Bush met with Gabrielle Giffords for part of her week-long Rights and Responsibilities Tour advocating expanded background checks in relation to firearm purchases.[271] In April 2014, Frederick D. McClure, chief executive of the Bush library foundation, organized a three-day gathering in College Park, Texas, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bush administration. Also in early 2014, the John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
Library Foundation presented the Profile in Courage Award to Bush and Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon
awarded him its first Cyrus A. Ansary Prize.[272] The Kennedy foundation award was presented by Jack Schlossberg, the late president's grandson, to Lauren Bush
Lauren Bush
Lauren, who accepted on her grandfather's behalf.[273] The Ansary prize was presented in Houston
Houston
with Ansary, Barbara Lucas, Ryan C. Crocker, dean of the Bush school since January 2010, Barbara Bush, and Curt Viebranz in attendance with the former president. Bush directed $50,000 of the prize to the Bush school at Texas
Texas
A&M, and $25,000 will fund an animation about the Siege of Yorktown
Siege of Yorktown
for Mt. Vernon.[274] Viebranz and Lucas represented Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon
at the presentation.[275][276] On June 12, 2014, Bush fulfilled a long-standing promise by skydiving on his 90th birthday. He made the parachute jump from a helicopter near his home at 11:15 a.m. in Kennebunkport, Maine. The jump marked the eighth time the former president had skydived, including jumps on his 80th and 85th birthday as well.[277] He had tweeted about the incident prior to the jump, saying "It's a wonderful day in Maine — in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump."[278][279] In November 2014, George W. confirmed that his father wanted Jeb to launch a presidential bid in 2016.[280] Jeb decided to run for president, but struggled and withdrew from the Republican primary in the wave of anti-establishment sentiment led by Donald Trump.[281] Both Bushes emerged as frequent critics of Trump's policies and speaking style, with Trump frequently criticizing George W. Bush's presidency. George H.W. Bush later said that he voted for the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the general election instead of Trump.[282] After Trump won the election, Bush sent him a congratulatory message.[283]

Bush and his wife Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush
with Vice President Mike Pence
Mike Pence
and his wife Karen Pence
Karen Pence
in 2017

On December 7, 2016, Bush and former Senator Bob Dole
Bob Dole
commemorated the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
by appearing at the Bush Center of Texas
Texas
A&M University.[284] On February 5, 2017, George and Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush
participated in the coin toss for Super Bowl LI.[285] On May 18, 2017, after the death of Roger Ailes, Bush tweeted, "He wasn't perfect, but Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes
was my friend & I loved him. Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help. RIP."[286] On August 16, 2017, Bush and his son George W. released a joint statement in which they condemned the violence at the Unite the Right rally.[287] On September 7, 2017, Bush partnered with former presidents Carter, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama to work with One America Appeal
One America Appeal
to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey
and Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma
in the Gulf Coast and Texas
Texas
communities.[288] Health On February 24, 2000, Bush was standing at a reception for 90 minutes when he felt lightheaded. He was admitted to a hospital with an irregular heartbeat.[289] When Bush was released three days later, his doctors said that he had retained the irregularity in his heartbeat.[290] On March 11, 2007, Bush fainted on a golf course and was admitted to the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, but was released the following morning.[291] Bush suffers from vascular parkinsonism, a form of Parkinson's disease that has forced him to use a motorized scooter or wheelchair since at least 2012.[292][293] In July 2015, Bush suffered a severe neck injury. At age 91 in October that year, he was wearing a neck brace in his first public engagement since the accident when he threw the ceremonial first pitch for the Houston
Houston
Astros at Minute Maid Park.[294] Bush sent a letter to president-elect Donald Trump
Donald Trump
in January 2017 to inform him that because of his poor health, he would not be able to attend Trump's inauguration on January 20; he gave him his best wishes. On January 18, he was admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston
Houston
Methodist Hospital, where he was sedated for a procedure to treat an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.[295] He was discharged on 30 January, after surgery successfully removed a blockage from his lungs.[296] On April 14, 2017, Bush experienced a recurrence of pneumonia and was admitted to a Houston
Houston
hospital.[297] Sexual misconduct allegations In October 2017, during the #MeToo movement, actress Heather Lind accused Bush of groping her and telling an inappropriate joke. Eight other women subsequently made similar allegations, including Christina Baker Kline and Roslyn Corrigan, who was 16-years-old at the time of the alleged incident. Bush has apologized for these incidents through his spokesman, Jim McGrath.[298][299][300][301][302][303][304][305] Longevity On November 25, 2017, Bush became the longest-lived U.S. president, when he surpassed the 93 years and 165 days lifespan of Gerald Ford, who died in 2006.[306] Upon Ford's death, Bush had become the nation's oldest living president. Currently 93 years, 298 days old, he is also the nation's oldest-living vice president (the third longest-lived overall).[307] Presidential library Main article: George Bush Presidential Library The George Bush Presidential Library
George Bush Presidential Library
is the presidential library named for Bush. This tenth presidential library was built between 1995 and 1997 and contains the presidential and vice presidential papers of Bush and the vice presidential papers of Dan Quayle.[308] It was dedicated on November 6, 1997, and opened to the public shortly thereafter; the architectural firm of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum designed the complex. The George Bush Presidential Library
George Bush Presidential Library
and Museum is located on a 90-acre (360,000 m2) site on the west campus of Texas
Texas
A&M University in College Station, Texas, on a plaza adjoining the Presidential Conference Center and the Texas
Texas
A&M Academic Center. The Library operates under NARA's administration and the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955's provisions. The Bush School of Government and Public Service
Bush School of Government and Public Service
is a graduate public policy school at Texas
Texas
A&M University in College Station, Texas. The graduate school is part of the presidential library complex, and offers four programs: two master's degree programs (Public Service and Administration, and International Affairs) and three certificate programs (Advanced International Affairs, Nonprofit Management, and Homeland Security). The Master in International Affairs (MIA) degree program offers concentrations in either National Security and Diplomacy or International Development and Economic Policy. See also

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Bush delivers a eulogy to Ronald Reagan, June 11, 2004, in the Washington National Cathedral

Bush, along with President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and Andrew Card
Andrew Card
pay their respects to Pope John Paul II
John Paul II
before the pope's funeral, 2005

George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
with son President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
and China's President Hu Jintao
Hu Jintao
in Beijing, People's Republic of China, August 10, 2008

Capt. Kevin E. O'Flaherty, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, escorts former President George H. W. Bush, 2009

Bush meets President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
in the Oval Office, January 30, 2010

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attacks legacies of both Bush presidents after reports they refused to vote for Trump". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 4, 2017.  ^ Bever, Lindsey (November 9, 2016). "George H. W. Bush's message to Donald Trump". Washington Post.  ^ Burliij, Terence (December 7, 2016). "George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole reunite for Pearl Harbor
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Anniversary". CNN.  ^ George, Cindy (February 4, 2017). "Former President Bush 'fired up' for coin toss at Houston's Super Bowl". Houston
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Further reading

Barilleaux, Ryan J.; Stuckey, Mary E. (1992). Leadership and the Bush Presidency: Prudence or Drift in an Era of Change. New York: Praeger. ISBN 0-275-94418-2.  Ducat, Stephen J. (2004). The Wimp Factor: Gender Gaps, Holy Wars, and the Politics of Anxious Masculinity. Boston: Beacon Press. ISBN 0-8070-4344-3.  Duffy, Michael; Goodgame, Dan (1992). Marching in Place: The Status Quo Presidency of George Bush. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-73720-1.  Fitzwater, Marlin (1995). Call the Briefing. New York: Times Books. ISBN 978-0-7388-3458-0.  Greene, John Robert (2000). The Presidency of George Bush. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. ISBN 0-7006-0993-8.  Hyams, Joe (1991). Flight of the Avenger: George Bush at War. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovic. ISBN 0-15-131469-1.  Kelley, Kitty (2004). The Family: The True Story of the Bush Dynasty. London: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-50324-5.  Meacham, Jon (2015). Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. New York: Random House. ISBN 978-1-4000-6765-7.  Naftali, Timothy (2007). George H. W. Bush. Times Books. ISBN 0-8050-6966-6.  Patterson, James T. (2005). Restless Giant: The United States
United States
from Watergate to Bush v. Gore. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195122169.  Podhoretz, John (1993). Hell of a Ride: Backstage at the White House Follies, 1989–1993. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-79648-8.  Smith, Jean Edward (1992). George Bush's War. New York: Henry Holt & Company. ISBN 0-8050-1388-1.  Sununu, John H. (2015). The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H. W. Bush. Broadside Books. ISBN 978-0-06-238428-7.  Tarpley, Webster G.; Chaitkin, Anton (2004) [1991]. George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography. Washington: Executive Intelligence Review. ISBN 0-930852-92-3.  Wicker, Tom (2004). George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
Bush. Lipper/Viking. ISBN 0670033030.  McBride, Tim (June 12, 2009). "The President Who Treated Me Like a Son". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 8, 2014.  American Experience, The Presidents: George H.W. Bush (Television production). American Experience, Public Broadcasting Service. 2008. Retrieved October 8, 2014. 

Primary sources

Bush, George H. W. (1999). All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings. New York: Scribner. ISBN 0-684-83958-X.  Bush, George H. W.; Scowcroft, Brent (1998). A World Transformed. New York: Knopf. ISBN 0-679-43248-5.  Bush, George H. W.; Bush, Barbara (2009). "Interview with: George W. Bush, Barbara Bush" (Interview). Interview with McGrath, Jim. Retrieved October 8, 2014.  Bush, George W. (2014). 41: A Portrait of My Father. Crown. ISBN 978-0553447781.  Bush Koch, Dorothy (2006). My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H. W. Bush. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0446579904.  Jeffrey A. Engel, ed. (2011). The China Diary of George H. W. Bush: The Making of a Global President. Princeton UP. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) Jstor

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Contras Central American crisis RYAN Korean Air Lines Flight 007 People Power Revolution Glasnost Perestroika Nagorno-Karabakh War Afghan Civil War United States
United States
invasion of Panama 1988 Polish strikes Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 Revolutions of 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall Velvet Revolution Romanian Revolution Peaceful Revolution Die Wende

1990s

Mongolian Revolution of 1990 German reunification Yemeni unification Fall of communism in Albania Breakup of Yugoslavia Dissolution of the Soviet Union Dissolution of Czechoslovakia

Frozen conflicts

Abkhazia China-Taiwan Korea Nagorno-Karabakh South Ossetia Transnistria Sino-Indian border dispute North Borneo dispute

Foreign policy

Truman Doctrine Containment Eisenhower Doctrine Domino theory Hallstein Doctrine Kennedy Doctrine Peaceful coexistence Ostpolitik Johnson Doctrine Brezhnev Doctrine Nixon Doctrine Ulbricht Doctrine Carter Doctrine Reagan Doctrine Rollback Sovereignty of Puerto Rico during the Cold War

Ideologies

Capitalism

Chicago school Keynesianism Monetarism Neoclassical economics Reaganomics Supply-side economics Thatcherism

Communism

Marxism–Leninism Castroism Eurocommunism Guevarism Hoxhaism Juche Maoism Trotskyism Naxalism Stalinism Titoism

Other

Fascism Islamism Liberal democracy Social democracy Third-Worldism White supremacy Apartheid

Organizations

ASEAN CIA Comecon EEC KGB MI6 Non-Aligned Movement SAARC Safari Club Stasi

Propaganda

Active measures Crusade for Freedom Izvestia Pravda Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Red Scare TASS Voice of America Voice of Russia

Races

Arms race Nuclear arms race Space Race

See also

Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War Soviet espionage in the United States Soviet Union– United States
United States
relations USSR–USA summits Russian espionage in the United States American espionage in the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and Russian Federation Russia– NATO
NATO
relations Brinkmanship CIA
CIA
and the Cultural Cold War Cold War
Cold War
II

Category Commons Portal Timeline List of conflicts

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George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States
President of the United States
(2001–2009) 46th Governor of Texas
Texas
(1995–2000) Owner of the Texas
Texas
Rangers (1989–1998) Born July 6, 1946

Presidency

First inauguration Second inauguration First term Second term Domestic policy Legislation and programs Economic policy Foreign policy International trips Bush Doctrine War in Afghanistan

Status of Forces Agreement

Patriot Act No Child Left Behind Act Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act USA Freedom Corps Department of Homeland Security Space policy Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty "War on Terror" President's Council on Service and Civic Participation

award

Dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy Email controversy Judicial appointments

Supreme Court controversies

Cabinet Pardons Impeachment efforts

Life

Presidential library Early life Military service controversy ( Killian documents controversy
Killian documents controversy
and authenticity issues) Professional life Governorship of Texas Prairie Chapel Ranch Bush compound Clinton Bush Haiti
Haiti
Fund

Speeches

Axis of evil Mission Accomplished State of the Union address

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Elections

United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections, 1978 Texas
Texas
gubernatorial election 1994 1998 Presidential campaign 2000 2004 Republican Party presidential primaries, 2000 2004 Republican National Convention
Republican National Convention
2000 2004 United States
United States
presidential election, 2000

Bush v. Gore

United States
United States
presidential election, 2004

Public image

Bushisms Nicknames As the subject of books and films Fictionalized portrayals Miss Me Yet?

Books

A Charge to Keep
A Charge to Keep
(1999) Decision Points
Decision Points
(2010) 41: A Portrait of My Father (2014) Portraits of Courage
Portraits of Courage
(2017)

Family

Laura Bush
Laura Bush
(wife) Barbara Pierce Bush (daughter) Jenna Bush Hager
Jenna Bush Hager
(daughter) George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
(father presidency) Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush
(mother) Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush
(brother) Neil Bush
Neil Bush
(brother) Marvin Bush
Marvin Bush
(brother) Dorothy Bush Koch
Dorothy Bush Koch
(sister) Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
(grandfather) George P. Bush
George P. Bush
(nephew) Barney (dog) Miss Beazley (dog) India (cat) Spot Fetcher
Spot Fetcher
(dog)

← Bill Clinton Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Book Category

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Cabinet of President George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
(1989–93)

Cabinet

Secretary of State

James A. Baker (1989–92) Lawrence Eagleburger
Lawrence Eagleburger
(1992–93)

Secretary of the Treasury

Nicholas F. Brady
Nicholas F. Brady
(1989–93)

Secretary of Defense

Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney
(1989–93)

Attorney General

Richard L. Thornburgh (1989–91) William Pelham Barr (1991–93)

Secretary of the Interior

Manuel Lujan Jr.
Manuel Lujan Jr.
(1989–93)

Secretary of Agriculture

Clayton K. Yeutter (1989–91) Edward R. Madigan (1991–93)

Secretary of Commerce

Robert Mosbacher
Robert Mosbacher
(1989–92) Barbara Hackman Franklin
Barbara Hackman Franklin
(1992 – 93)

Secretary of Labor

Elizabeth Dole
Elizabeth Dole
(1989 – 91) Lynn Martin (1991–93)

Secretary of Health and Human Services

Louis W. Sullivan (1989–93)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Jack Kemp
Jack Kemp
(1989–93)

Secretary of Transportation

Samuel K. Skinner
Samuel K. Skinner
(1989–92) Andrew Card
Andrew Card
(1992–93)

Secretary of Energy

James D. Watkins
James D. Watkins
(1989–93)

Secretary of Education

Lauro F. Cavazos (1989–90) Lamar Alexander
Lamar Alexander
(1991–93)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Ed Derwinski
Ed Derwinski
(1989–92)

Cabinet-level

Vice President

Dan Quayle
Dan Quayle
(1989–93)

White House
White House
Chief of Staff

John H. Sununu
John H. Sununu
(1989–91) Samuel K. Skinner
Samuel K. Skinner
(1991–92) James A. Baker (1992–93)

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Richard Darman
Richard Darman
(1989–93)

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

William Reilly (1989–92) None (1992–93)

Trade Representative

Carla A. Hills (1989–93)

Ambassador to the United Nations

Thomas Pickering (1989–92) Edward Perkins (1992–93)

Assistants to the President for National Security Advisor

Brent Scowcroft
Brent Scowcroft
(1989–93)

Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

William J. Bennett (1989–91) Bob Martinez
Bob Martinez
(1991–93)

Chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisers

Michael Boskin
Michael Boskin
(1989–93)

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Cabinet of President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
(1981–89)

Cabinet

Secretary of State

Alexander M. Haig Jr. (1981–82) George P. Shultz
George P. Shultz
(1982–89)

Secretary of the Treasury

Donald T. Regan (1981–85) James A. Baker (1985–88) Nicholas F. Brady
Nicholas F. Brady
(1988–89)

Secretary of Defense

Caspar W. Weinberger (1981–87) Frank C. Carlucci (1987–89)

Attorney General

William French Smith
William French Smith
(1981–85) Edwin Meese
Edwin Meese
(1985–88) Richard L. Thornburgh (1988–89)

Secretary of the Interior

James G. Watt
James G. Watt
(1981–83) William P. Clark (1983–85) Donald P. Hodel
Donald P. Hodel
(1985–89)

Secretary of Agriculture

John R. Block (1981–86) Richard E. Lyng (1986–89)

Secretary of Commerce

Malcolm Baldrige (1981–87) C. William Verity (1987–89)

Secretary of Labor

Raymond J. Donovan
Raymond J. Donovan
(1981–85) William E. Brock III (1985–87) Ann Dore McLaughlin (1987–89)

Secretary of Health and Human Services

Richard S. Schweiker (1981–83) Margaret M. Heckler (1983–85) Otis Bowen
Otis Bowen
(1985–89)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Samuel R. Pierce (1981–89)

Secretary of Transportation

Drew Lewis (1981–83) Elizabeth H. Dole (1983–87) James H. Burnley IV
James H. Burnley IV
(1987–89)

Secretary of Energy

James B. Edwards
James B. Edwards
(1981–83) Donald P. Hodel
Donald P. Hodel
(1983–85) John S. Herrington
John S. Herrington
(1985–89)

Secretary of Education

Terrel H. Bell (1981–85) William J. Bennett (1985–88) Lauro F. Cavazos (1988–89)

Cabinet-level

Vice President

George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
(1981–89)

White House
White House
Chief of Staff

James A. Baker (1981–85) Donald T. Regan (1985–87) Howard H. Baker Jr. (1987–88) Kenneth M. Duberstein (1988–89)

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

David Stockman
David Stockman
(1981–85) James C. Miller III
James C. Miller III
(1985–88) Joseph R. Wright Jr. (1988–89)

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Anne M. Gorsuch (1981–83) William D. Ruckelshaus (1983–85) Lee M. Thomas
Lee M. Thomas
(1985–89)

Director of Central Intelligence

William J. Casey
William J. Casey
(1981–87) William H. Webster
William H. Webster
(1987–89)

Ambassador to the United Nations

Jeane Kirkpatrick
Jeane Kirkpatrick
(1981–85) Vernon A. Walters
Vernon A. Walters
(1985–89)

Trade Representative

William E. Brock III (1981–85) Clayton K. Yeutter (1985–89)

Chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisers

Murray L. Weidenbaum (1981–82) Martin S. Feldstein (1982–84) Beryl W. Sprinkel (1985–89)

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Order of precedence in the United States
United States
of America*

The President

The Vice President The Governor (of the state in which the event is held) The Speaker of the House The Chief Justice Former President Carter Former President GHW Bush Former President Clinton Former President GW Bush Former President Obama Ambassadors of the United States The Secretary of State The Associate Justices Retired Justice Stevens Retired Justice O'Connor Retired Justice Souter The President's Cabinet The President Pro Tempore of the Senate The Senate The Governors of the States (by order of statehood) Former Vice President Mondale Former Vice President Quayle Former Vice President Gore Former Vice President Cheney Former Vice President Biden The House of Representatives

*not including acting officeholders, visiting dignitaries, auxiliary executive and military personnel and most diplomats

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(1964 ←)    United States
United States
presidential election, 1968    (→ 1972)

United States
United States
elections, 1968

Republican Party

Convention Primaries

Nominee

Richard Nixon

campaign

VP nominee

Spiro Agnew

Candidates

Frank Carlson Clifford P. Case Hiram Fong John Lindsay Ronald Reagan Jim Rhodes Nelson Rockefeller Winthrop Rockefeller George W. Romney

campaign

Harold Stassen John Volpe

Democratic Party

Convention Primaries

Protests

Nominee

Hubert Humphrey

campaign

VP nominee

Edmund Muskie

Candidates

Roger D. Branigin John G. Crommelin Paul C. Fisher Lyndon B. Johnson Robert F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy
(campaign) Thomas C. Lynch Eugene McCarthy (campaign) George McGovern Dan K. Moore Channing E. Phillips George Smathers Stephen M. Young

American Independent Party

Nominee

George Wallace

campaign

VP nominee

Curtis LeMay

Other third party and independent candidates

Communist Party

Nominee

Charlene Mitchell

VP nominee

Michael Zagarell

Peace and Freedom Party

Nominee

Eldridge Cleaver

VP nominee

Douglas Fitzgerald Dowd

Prohibition Party

Nominee

E. Harold Munn

Socialist Labor Party

Nominee

Henning A. Blomen

Socialist Workers Party

Nominee

Fred Halstead

VP nominee

Paul Boutelle

Independents and other candidates

Dick Gregory Pat Paulsen Pigasus

Other 1968 elections: House Senate Gubernatorial

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(1976 ←) United States
United States
presidential election, 1980 (→ 1984)

Republican Party

Convention Primaries

Primary results

Nominee Ronald Reagan

VP nominee George H. W. Bush

Candidates John B. Anderson Howard Baker George H. W. Bush John Connally Phil Crane Bob Dole Ben Fernandez Harold Stassen

Democratic Party

Convention Primaries

Primary results

Nominee Jimmy Carter

VP nominee Walter Mondale

Candidates Jerry Brown Ted Kennedy Ron Dellums

Independent

Candidate John B. Anderson

VP candidate Patrick Lucey

Other independent and third party candidates

Citizens Party

Nominee Barry Commoner

VP nominee LaDonna Harris

Libertarian Party

Nominee Ed Clark

VP nominee David Koch

Prohibition Party

Nominee Ben Bubar

VP nominee Earl Dodge

Socialist Party

Nominee David McReynolds

VP nominee Diane Drufenbrock

Socialist Workers Party

Nominee Andrew Pulley Alternate nominees Richard Congress Clifton DeBerry

Workers World Party

Nominee Deirdre Griswold

VP nominee Gavrielle Holmes

Independents and other candidates

Lyndon LaRouche Maureen Smith Running mate Elizabeth Cervantes Barron Warren Spannaus

Other 1980 elections House Senate Gubernatorial

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(1980 ←) United States
United States
presidential election, 1984 (→ 1988)

Republican Party

Convention Primaries

Primary results

Nominee Ronald Reagan

VP nominee George H. W. Bush

Candidates Ben Fernandez Harold Stassen

Democratic Party

Convention Primaries

Primary results

Nominee Walter Mondale

VP nominee Geraldine Ferraro

Candidates Reubin Askew Alan Cranston John Glenn Gary Hart Fritz Hollings Jesse Jackson George McGovern

Third party and independent candidates

Citizens Party

Nominee Sonia Johnson

VP nominee Richard Walton

Communist Party

Nominee Gus Hall

VP nominee Angela Davis

Libertarian Party

Nominee David Bergland

VP nominee Jim Lewis

Candidates Gene Burns Earl Ravenal Mary Ruwart

Prohibition Party

Nominee Earl Dodge

Socialist Equality Party

Nominee Edward Winn

VP nominee Helen Halyard

Socialist Party

Nominee Sonia Johnson

VP nominee Richard Walton

Socialist Workers Party

Nominee Melvin T. Mason

VP nominee Matilde Zimmermann

Workers World Party

Nominee Larry Holmes Alternate nominee Gavrielle Holmes

VP nominee Gloria La Riva

Independents and other candidates

Charles Doty Larry Flynt Larry "Bozo" Harmon Lyndon LaRouche Running mate Billy Davis

Other 1984 elections House Senate Gubernatorial

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(1984 ←) United States
United States
presidential election, 1988 (→ 1992)

Republican Party Convention Primaries Primary results

Nominee

George H. W. Bush

VP nominee

Dan Quayle

Candidates

Bob Dole Pete du Pont Ben Fernandez Alexander Haig Jack Kemp Paul Laxalt Isabell Masters Pat Robertson Donald Rumsfeld Harold Stassen

Democratic Party Convention Primaries Primary results

Nominee

Michael Dukakis

campaign

VP nominee

Lloyd Bentsen

Candidates

Douglas Applegate Bruce Babbitt Joe Biden

campaign

David Duke Dick Gephardt Al Gore

campaign

Gary Hart Jesse Jackson

campaign

Lyndon LaRouche Andy Martin Patricia Schroeder Paul Simon James Traficant

Third party and independent candidates

Libertarian Party Convention

Nominee

Ron Paul
Ron Paul
(campaign)

VP nominee

Andre Marrou

Candidates

Jim Lewis Russell Means

New Alliance Party

Nominee

Lenora Fulani

Populist Party

Nominee

David Duke

Prohibition Party

Nominee

Earl Dodge

VP nominee

George Ormsby

Socialist Equality Party

Nominee

Edward Winn

Socialist Party

Nominee

Willa Kenoyer

VP nominee

Ron Ehrenreich

Socialist Workers Party

Nominee

James Warren

VP nominee

Kathleen Mickells

Workers World Party

Nominee

Larry Holmes

VP nominee

Gloria La Riva

Independents and others

Jack Herer Lyndon LaRouche Herbert G. Lewin William A. Marra Eugene McCarthy

Other 1988 elections: House Senate Gubernatorial

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(1988 ←) United States
United States
presidential election, 1992 (→ 1996)

Democratic Party

Convention Primaries

Nominee Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
(campaign) VP nominee Al Gore

Candidates Larry Agran Jerry Brown Tom Harkin Bob Kerrey Lyndon LaRouche Tom Laughlin Eugene McCarthy Paul Tsongas Douglas Wilder Charles Woods

Republican Party

Convention Primaries

Nominee George H. W. Bush VP nominee Dan Quayle

Candidates Pat Buchanan David Duke Jack Fellure Isabell Masters Pat Paulsen Tennie Rogers Harold Stassen

Independent

Candidate Ross Perot
Ross Perot
(campaign) VP candidate James Stockdale

Other independent and third party candidates

Libertarian Party

Convention

Nominee Andre Marrou

VP nominee Nancy Lord

Natural Law Party

Nominee John Hagelin

VP nominee Mike Tompkins

New Alliance Party

Nominee Lenora Fulani

VP nominee Maria Elizabeth Muñoz

Prohibition Party

Nominee Earl Dodge

VP nominee George Ormsby

Socialist Party USA

Nominee J. Quinn Brisben

VP nominee Barbara Garson

Socialist Workers Party

Nominee James Warren

VP nominee Willie Mae Reid

U.S. Taxpayers Party

Convention

Nominee Howard Phillips

VP nominee Albion W. Knight, Jr.

Workers World Party

Nominee Gloria La Riva

VP nominee Larry Holmes

Independents and other candidates

Ronald Daniels (Running mate: Asiba Tupahache) Bo Gritz Isabell Masters

Other 1992 elections House Senate Gubernatorial

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Time Persons of the Year

1927–1950

Charles Lindbergh
Charles Lindbergh
(1927) Walter Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
(1928) Owen D. Young
Owen D. Young
(1929) Mohandas Gandhi (1930) Pierre Laval
Pierre Laval
(1931) Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1932) Hugh S. Johnson
Hugh S. Johnson
(1933) Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1934) Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie
(1935) Wallis Simpson
Wallis Simpson
(1936) Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
/ Soong Mei-ling
Soong Mei-ling
(1937) Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
(1938) Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin
(1939) Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
(1940) Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1941) Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin
(1942) George Marshall
George Marshall
(1943) Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1944) Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
(1945) James F. Byrnes
James F. Byrnes
(1946) George Marshall
George Marshall
(1947) Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
(1948) Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
(1949) The American Fighting-Man (1950)

1951–1975

Mohammed Mosaddeq (1951) Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
(1952) Konrad Adenauer
Konrad Adenauer
(1953) John Foster Dulles
John Foster Dulles
(1954) Harlow Curtice
Harlow Curtice
(1955) Hungarian Freedom Fighters (1956) Nikita Khrushchev
Nikita Khrushchev
(1957) Charles de Gaulle
Charles de Gaulle
(1958) Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1959) U.S. Scientists: George Beadle / Charles Draper / John Enders / Donald A. Glaser / Joshua Lederberg
Joshua Lederberg
/ Willard Libby
Willard Libby
/ Linus Pauling
Linus Pauling
/ Edward Purcell / Isidor Rabi / Emilio Segrè
Emilio Segrè
/ William Shockley
William Shockley
/ Edward Teller / Charles Townes / James Van Allen
James Van Allen
/ Robert Woodward (1960) John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
(1961) Pope John XXIII
Pope John XXIII
(1962) Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
(1963) Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson
(1964) William Westmoreland
William Westmoreland
(1965) The Generation Twenty-Five and Under (1966) Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson
(1967) The Apollo 8
Apollo 8
Astronauts: William Anders
William Anders
/ Frank Borman
Frank Borman
/ Jim Lovell (1968) The Middle Americans (1969) Willy Brandt
Willy Brandt
(1970) Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
(1971) Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
/ Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
(1972) John Sirica
John Sirica
(1973) King Faisal (1974) American Women: Susan Brownmiller / Kathleen Byerly
Kathleen Byerly
/ Alison Cheek / Jill Conway / Betty Ford
Betty Ford
/ Ella Grasso / Carla Hills
Carla Hills
/ Barbara Jordan / Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Susie Sharp / Carol Sutton / Addie Wyatt (1975)

1976–2000

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
(1976) Anwar Sadat
Anwar Sadat
(1977) Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
(1978) Ayatollah Khomeini (1979) Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
(1980) Lech Wałęsa
Lech Wałęsa
(1981) The Computer (1982) Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
/ Yuri Andropov
Yuri Andropov
(1983) Peter Ueberroth
Peter Ueberroth
(1984) Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
(1985) Corazon Aquino
Corazon Aquino
(1986) Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev
(1987) The Endangered Earth (1988) Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev
(1989) George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
(1990) Ted Turner
Ted Turner
(1991) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
(1992) The Peacemakers: Yasser Arafat
Yasser Arafat
/ F. W. de Klerk
F. W. de Klerk
/ Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
/ Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin
(1993) Pope John Paul II
John Paul II
(1994) Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich
(1995) David Ho
David Ho
(1996) Andrew Grove
Andrew Grove
(1997) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
/ Ken Starr
Ken Starr
(1998) Jeffrey P. Bezos (1999) George W. Bush
George W. Bush
(2000)

2001–present

Rudolph Giuliani (2001) The Whistleblowers: Cynthia Cooper / Coleen Rowley
Coleen Rowley
/ Sherron Watkins (2002) The American Soldier (2003) George W. Bush
George W. Bush
(2004) The Good Samaritans: Bono
Bono
/ Bill Gates
Bill Gates
/ Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates
(2005) You (2006) Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
(2007) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
(2008) Ben Bernanke
Ben Bernanke
(2009) Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg
(2010) The Protester (2011) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
(2012) Pope Francis
Pope Francis
(2013) Ebola Fighters: Dr. Jerry Brown
Jerry Brown
/ Dr. Kent Brantly
Kent Brantly
/ Ella Watson-Stryker / Foday Gollah / Salome Karwah
Salome Karwah
(2014) Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel
(2015) Donald Trump
Donald Trump
(2016) The Silence Breakers (2017)

Book

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Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Award winners

1967: Eisenhower 1968: Saltonstall 1969: White 1970: Hovde 1971: Kraft Jr. 1972: Holland 1973: Bradley 1974: Owens 1975: Ford 1976: Hamilton 1977: Bradley 1978: Zornow 1979: Chandler 1980: Cooley 1981: Linkletter 1982: Cosby 1983: Palmer 1984: Lawrence 1985: Fleming 1986: Bush 1987: Zable 1988: Not presented 1989: Ebert 1990: Reagan 1991: Gibson 1992: Kemp 1993: Alexander 1994: Johnson 1995: Mathias 1996: Wooden 1997: Payne 1998: Dole 1999: Richardson 2000: Staubach 2001: Cohen 2002: Shriver 2003: de Varona 2004: Page 2005: Ride 2006: Kraft 2007: Tagliabue 2008: Glenn 2009: Albright 2010: Mitchell 2011: Dunwoody 2012: Allen 2013: Dungy 2014: Mills 2015: Jackson 2016: Ueberroth 2017: Brooke-Marciniak

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National Football Foundation Gold Medal winners

1958: Dwight D. Eisenhower 1959: Douglas MacArthur 1960: Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover
& Amos Alonzo Stagg 1961: John F. Kennedy 1962: Byron "Whizzer" White 1963: Roger Q. Blough 1964: Donold B. Lourie 1965: Juan T. Trippe 1966: Earl H. "Red" Blaik 1967: Frederick L. Hovde 1968: Chester J. LaRoche 1969: Richard Nixon 1970: Thomas J. Hamilton 1971: Ronald Reagan 1972: Gerald Ford 1973: John Wayne 1974: Gerald B. Zornow 1975: David Packard 1976: Edgar B. Speer 1977: Louis H. Wilson 1978: Vincent dePaul Draddy 1979: William P. Lawrence 1980: Walter J. Zable 1981: Justin W. Dart 1982: Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA) - All Honored Jim Brown, Willie Davis, Jack Kemp, Ron Kramer, Jim Swink 1983: Jack Kemp 1984: John F. McGillicuddy 1985: William I. Spencer 1986: William H. Morton 1987: Charles R. Meyer 1988: Clinton E. Frank 1989: Paul Brown 1990: Thomas H. Moorer 1991: George H. W. Bush 1992: Donald R. Keough 1993: Norman Schwarzkopf 1994: Thomas S. Murphy 1995: Harold Alfond 1996: Gene Corrigan 1997: Jackie Robinson 1998: John H. McConnell 1999: Keith Jackson 2000: Fred M. Kirby II 2001: Billy Joe "Red" McCombs 2002: George Steinbrenner 2003: Tommy Franks 2004: William V. Campbell 2005: Jon F. Hanson 2006: Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno
& Bobby Bowden 2007: Pete Dawkins
Pete Dawkins
& Roger Staubach 2008: John Glenn 2009: Phil Knight
Phil Knight
& Bill Bowerman 2010: Bill Cosby 2011: Robert Gates 2012: Roscoe Brown 2013: National Football League
National Football League
& Roger Goodell 2014: Tom Catena
Tom Catena
& George Weiss 2015: Condoleezza Rice 2016: Archie Manning

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Whitney family of Connecticut

Henry Whitney

John Whitney

Elizabeth Whitney

Elijah Keeler

Rebecca Keeler

Elijah Keeler Bangs

Mary Ann Bangs

Martha Adela Beaky

George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
1875–1953

Dorothy Walker

George H. W. Bush

George W. Bush Jeb Bush

George P. Bush

Neil Bush

Lauren Bush

Jonathan Bush

Billy Bush Jonathan S. Bush

Nancy Walker Bush Ellis William H. T. Bush

George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
Jr. 1905–1977

George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
III

George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
IV

John M. Walker 1909–1990

John M. Walker Jr.

Nathan Bangs
Nathan Bangs
1778–1862

Elizabeth Keeler

Abraham Rockwell

Runa Rockwell

Samuel Darling Rockwell

John William Rockwell

Jarvis Waring Rockwell

Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell
1894–1978

John Rockwell

Elizabeth Rockwell

Rufus Mead

Hiram Mead

George Herbert Mead 1863–1931

Henry Whitney

Richard Whitney

Josiah Whitney

Richard Whitney

James Whitney
James Whitney
1843–1914

Joseph Whitney

David Whitney

Ebenezer Whitney

Asa Whitney

Thomas R. Whitney 1807–1858

Lucretia Whitney

Harvey Fitch 1816–1890

Josiah Whitney

Henry Whitney

Stephen Whitney
Stephen Whitney
1776–1860

Henry Whitney

Stephen Whitney

Harry Whitney
Harry Whitney
1873–1936

Richard Whitney

Daniel Whitney

Daniel Whitney

Selleck Whitney

Mary Elizabeth Whitney

William Alvord 1833–1904

John Whitney

John Whitney

Samuel Whitney

Henry Martyn Whitney
Henry Martyn Whitney
1824–1904

Authority control

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