Mr. George W. Bush was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, to Barbara and George H.W. Bush who would later be named the 41st president of the United States. He attended Yale University and graduated in 1968 with a degree in history and then served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. He later received his Master in Business and Administration in 1975 from Harvard Business School. He assisted in his father's successful presidential campaign in 1988 and created a team that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989.
George W. Bush became the 46th governor of Texas in 1994 and was re-elected to a second term in 1998. He stands as the first Texas governor who was elected to consecutive terms. As the governor of Texas, he earned a great reputation of unity among differences in the Texas legislature and a small and limited government which were pushed for with the notion of strong family leadership, local cities controlling their own problems because they know them best, and letting people take care of themselves.
In his 2000 election, controversy exploded as the election came down to one state, Florida. The vote was so close that a recount was ordered by the Floridian Secretary of State. Although not all of the votes had officially been counted, it was determined that the winner of that state in the 2000 presidential election was in fact George W. Bush rather than Al Gore. Al Gore challenged George W. Bush in court (Gore v. Bush 2000) and the courts ruled that it was the state of Florida's law that mandated the votes be in by a certain time and was therefore ruled that George W. Bush won the 27 electoral votes, putting him above the 270 needed to win the election.
During his tenure as the 43rd President of the United States, he hit some bumpy roads. Within the first 9 months of his presidency, America was shaken on their own ground. On September 11, 2001, terrorists associated with Al-Queda hijacked 4 American commuter planes and crashed one into each of the two world famous World Trade Center towers, one into the western wall of the Pentagon, and the other in a field in Shanksville, PA because it was re-taken over by the passengers on the plane. It is believed that that plane was headed to the Capitol building, in which Congress would have been wiped out and order would have not been restored for a long period of time.
President Bush was flown from air force base to air force base to keep his location unknown. Troops were near immediately sent into the Middle East to track down those responsible for the near 3,000 American lives taken that day. Known as the War on Terror, America along with its coalition of many other nations, attacked those responsible for the attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. that day. A near 50 million people have been freed from tyranny because of President Bush's and American forces' efforts for freedom and democracy in the Middle East. Also, in response to these events, the Department of Homeland Security was created and in the 10 years since this terrible event, the United States was never attacked again.