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Revision as of 21:48, 21 May 2007

Official White House Portrait of George W. Bush, by Eric Draper.

George Walker Bush (born 1946) was the Governor of Texas (1996-2001) and has served as the Republican President of the United States of America since 2001. Campaigning on the notion that the United States should not be in the business of nation-building,[1] he won the office by a narrow margin in the decisive State of Florida. Legal challenges to the certified vote count went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000. Democratic contender Al Gore initially conceded defeat on the night of the election, but then contested the outcome for weeks until the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore.

In 2004, George W. Bush won reelection, including a 300,000 vote (5%) victory[2] in the State of Florida where the outcome had been so close in 2000. Democratic candidate John Kerry quickly conceded defeat the day after the election.

In 2006, the Democratic Party narrowly won control of both Houses of Congress, leaving the final two years of the Bush Administration in a state of divided government.

Foreign policy

George W. Bush has spent most of his Presidency focusing on foreign policy issues, namely the war on terror in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the USA. As part of the fight against terrorism, he got Congressional approval to invade the countries of Afghanistan and Iraq, and he successfully instituted regime changes in those countries. He is now working to end the Iraqi insurgency and stabilize the region.

Economic issues

Though the liberal media continues to disparage Bush's handling of the economy, they often neglect to report the many aspects of the economy that Bush has improved. For example, during his term Exxon Mobile has posted the largest profit of any company in a single year, and executive salaries have greatly increased as well.[3] This is due to changes in the stock market that lead to a record high in 2006. Corporations show profits growing by double digits growth.[4] Even the working class is benefiting from the Bush economy, as unemployment hits an all time low in March 2007.[5] Bush worked with Democrats to raise the minimum wage to a more livable level.[6]

Family

George W. Bush is the son of George H. W. Bush, who served as vice-president from 1981 to 1989 and as president from 1989 to 1993.

George W. Bush is a member of the United Methodist Church, and many people feel that George W. Bush's faith is sincere and profound. The Faith of George W. Bush, a non-political book by author Stephen Strang, made the New York Times best-sellers list. [7]

References

  1. http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2000/debates/transcripts/u221003.html
  2. Florida Election Records, Florida Dept. of State
  3. [1]
  4. http://www.usatoday.com/money/markets/us/2006-05-08-mart-usat_x.htm
  5. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/economy
  6. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/20/AR2006122001784.html
  7. http://www.christianlifemissions.org/ministries/georgewbush.htm