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George H. W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) is an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–1993). He had previously served as the 43rd Vice President (1981–1989), a congressman, an ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, to Senator Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, at the age of 18, Bush postponed going to college and became the youngest aviator in the US 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 and entered the oil business, becoming a millionaire by the age of 40. He became involved in politics soon after founding his own oil company, serving as a member of the House of Representatives, among other positions. He ran unsuccessfully for president of the United States in 1980, but was chosen by party nominee Ronald Reagan to be the vice presidential nominee, and the two were subsequently elected. During his tenure, Bush headed administration task forces on deregulation and fighting drug abuse. In 1988, Bush launched 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 at a time of world change; the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later. 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 economic concerns, he lost the 1992 presidential election to Democrat Bill Clinton. Bush is the father of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, and Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida. He is the last president to have been a World War II veteran. Until the election of his son George W. Bush to the presidency in 2000, Bush was commonly referred to simply as "George Bush"; since that time, the forms "George H. W. Bush", "Bush 41", "Bush the Elder", and "George Bush, Sr." have come into common use as a way to distinguish the father from the son.

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Jun 12, 1924 In Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Movie The Words That Built America 2017-07-04
Known For
Poster of Blood and Oil
Poster of The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
Poster of Why We Fight
Poster of The World According To Bush
Movie The Words That Built America Himself 2017-07-04
Movie LA 92 Himself (archive footage) 2017-04-28
Movie Geraldine Ferraro: Paving The Way Himself 2013-10-11
Movie Inequality for All Himself 2013-01-19
Series Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States Himself 2012-11-12
Movie 41 Himself (archive footage) 2012-06-12
Movie Advise & Dissent 2012-01-17
Movie Blood and Oil Himself 2008-06-13
Movie The Union: The Business Behind Getting High Himself (archive footage) 2007-05-08
Movie An Inconvenient Truth Himself (archive footage) 2006-01-24
Movie Why We Fight Himself (archive footage) 2005-01-01
Movie Fahrenheit 9/11 Himself - Former U.S. President (archive footage) 2004-06-25
Movie The World According To Bush Himself 2004-05-27
Series Open Access Unknown 2004-02-01
Movie Bowling for Columbine Himself 2002-10-11
Series Fox News Sunday Unknown 1996-04-28
Movie Spin Himself 1995-10-05
Movie Commercial Entertainment Product Himself (archive footage) 1992-11-24
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11