The present US President, George Walker Bush, the 43rd President of this superpower.
Born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, Bush - often referred to as ‘W’- is the eldest son of former President George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush. His siblings include Jeb- the present Governor of Florida, Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. A younger sister, Robin, died tragically of leukemia, at the age of three, in 1953.
The US President grew up in Midland, Texas, where his father worked in the oil business. He attended the prestigious ‘Philips Andover Academy’ in Massachusetts, before graduating from the Yale University in 1968. He joined the Texas Air National Guard, where he learned to fly fighter jets, and eventually became a lieutenant.
In 1972, Bush entered Harvard Business School, and earned his M.B.A. in 1975. He calls the early 1970s his ‘nomadic’ period, when worked intermittently as a management trainee at an agricultural firm and on U.S. Senate campaigns in Florida and Alabama. He even tried his hand in his father’s oil business.
In 1977, Bush married Laura Welch, a former teacher and librarian. Twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, were born to the first couple in 1981.
Bush joined the 1978 race for the U.S. House of Representatives. After a tough victory in the primaries, Bush ran in the general election against Democratic State Senator Kent Hance. However, he lost to Hance by six percentage points.
Before assuming the highest office of America, the US President was the governor of Texas from 1994 to 2000.