GOP nominee for Congress, 1978 (47%). Senior Advisor, George
Bush for President Campaign, 1988. Governor of Texas, 1995-December
2000 (Elected 1994, re-elected 1998). President
of the United States, 2001-present (Elected 2000; Re-Elected 2004).
Managing General Partner, Texas Rangers pro baseball team,
1989-94. Founder & CEO, Bush Exploration Oil & Gas Company, 1975-86.
Pilot, Texas Air National Guard, 1968-73.
B.A., Yale University, 1968. M.B.A., Harvard Business School,
Born July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. Married to
Laura Welch Bush. Two daughters. Methodist. Grandson of the late
US Senator Prescott Bush (R-CT). Son of former President George
H.W. Bush (R-TX). Brother of Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL).
George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Ambling Into History by Frank
Bruni (2002). This book -- published in the aftermath of the
9-11 attacks -- was written by New York Times political
reporter Frank Bruni. Bruni covered Bush during the 2000 campaign,
and subsequently at the White House, and had a lengthy period
of time to get to observe and know the President first-hand. What
comes out -- considering how critical the NYT (and Bruni
himself) normally are -- is, surprisingly, a very balanced, sensitive
(and generally positive) portrait of Bush. The book presents the
stories in a informal, anectdotal way, and makes for a breezy
read. He explains how the small things may tell as much about
Bush as the big things. Finally, he explains how and why he believes
Bush rose to "real leadership" in the aftermath of the terrorist
attacks. You may not learn a lot about his political development,
but you'll get a much better appreciation of Bush "the person."
The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush
by David Frum (2003). This is the first "insider account"
to come from a Bush Administration official (of course, it caused
him to get blacklisted by the Bush folks for giving away inside
secrets). Frum -- the White House speechwriter who coined the
famous "Axis of Evil" phrase -- wrote a very pro-Bush account
of the President he very much admires. Don't expect objectivity,
as Frum is a partisan. He writes that Bush is "a good man who
is not a weak man. He is impatient, quick to anger; sometimes
glib, even dogmatic, often uncurious, and as a result ill-informed
... [but] outweighing the faults are his virtues: decency, honesty,
rectitude, courage, and tenacity." He especially admires Bush's
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