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Unformatted text preview: George H. W. Bush 1989-1993 Biography Born in Milton, Ma June 12, 1924 Student President at Phillips Andover Academy Youngest Navy Pilot in history to receive wings Married Barbra Bush in January 1945 After graduating from Yale he embarked on a career in the oil industry Soon became involved in Politics Elected President in 1988 Family Married Barbra Bush They had six children: George, Pauline (who died as a child), John (known as Jeb), Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. Their first daughter Pauline died of leukemia at age four Military Background Enlisted in the Navy at age 18 Youngest pilot to receive his wings Flew 58 combat missions during WW2 Awarded the Distinguished flying cross for bravery Yale University Joined Delta Kappa Epsilon and was elected president Captain of the Baseball team Asked to join the skull and bones society late in his Jr. year Graduated with a B.S. in economics in 1948 Oil Tycoon After Yale Bush became involved in the oil industry Bush was given a position at Dresser Ind. Started the Zapata oil Corp. in 1953 Politics Served 2 terms as Rep. to congress from Texas Ambassador to the UN Chairman of Republic National Committee Chief of U.S Liaison Office in Republic of China Director of C.I.A appointed by Truman 1988 Election Bush ran with Senator Dan Quayle of Indiana Senator Quayle was known as a widely criticized decision due to little experience Defeated Michael Dukakis of MA Won in electoral college 426-111 Foreign Policy Tried to overthrow corrupt Panama regime Vouched to restrain U.S involvement in group of new nations "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." Inaugural Address "New World Order" was one of his main campaign slogans Started Gulf War Gulf War Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait Bush vows to free Kuwait Bush rallied with UN to send 425,000 U.S troops and 118,000 from allied nations 100 hour land battle known as "Desert Storm" routed Iraq's army 1992 Election Despite his popularity form liberating Kuwait Bush was unable to defeat Clinton Due to faltering economy, rising inner city violence and excessive spending ...
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