In the News: President George W. Bush
President George W. Bush made the news in Scholastic News Editions 4 and 5/6 on October 10, 2005
By Alexandra Cale
Bush comes from a family with a history of political involvement. His grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. Senator. His father, George H. W. Bush served as both Vice President and President. His brother, Jeb Bush, is currently the Governor of Florida.
The President was born in 1946 and grew up in Houston, Texas. He earned a degree in history from Yale University, and then served in the Texas Air National Guard as an F-102 fighter pilot. In 1975, he earned his master's degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
After graduation, he came home to Texas to begin a career in the oil industry. When his father was successfully elected President in 1988, Bush got involved in professional baseball as a part owner of the Texas Rangers. Several years later, he was elected Governor of his home state.
The President has worked to achieve a number of goals during his time in office. These include a new tax relief program, reforming education, health care and Medicare benefits for senior citizens, and preserving the environment.
Perhaps President Bush's most important focus of all is putting an end to terrorism. After the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, President Bush resolved to protect the nation and create a more peaceful world.
"The terrorists must know that wherever they go, they cannot escape justice," Bush said at a recent United Nations meeting. "Either hope will spread or violence will spread, and we must take the side of hope."