Son of 41st President of the United States George Bush (George Herbert Walker Bush) and Barbara Bush, and paternal grandson of Connecticut U.S. Senator Prescott Bush.
Elected to two terms as Texas Governor, defeating Governor Ann Richards in 1994, winning re-election in 1998, and thereby became the first governor in Texas history to be elected to two consecutive four-year terms.
Served in the Texas Air National Guard.
Arrested in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Pled guilty, paid fine, and had driver's license suspended for 30 days.
He began his career in the oil and gas business in Midland, Texas in 1975 and worked in the energy industry until 1986.
Has fraternal twin daughters, Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush, were born November 25, 1981.
He was the managing general partner of the Texas Rangers baseball team from 1989-1994.
Graduated from Yale University with a degree in history, and then earned an MBA from Harvard University.
Is only the second President in United States history to be the son of a former President, after 2nd President of the United States John Adams, and his son, 6th President of the United States John Quincy Adams.
He was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year 2000" on December 18, 2000, which was just five days after the Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Bush v. Gore, deciding the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election in his favor.
Collects autographed baseballs and owns over 250.
(Fall 2000) Daughter Barbara Bush is attending Yale University, her father's (class of 1968), her grandfather's (George Bush, class of 1948), her great grandfather's (US Senator Prescott Bush, class of 1917), and her great-great-great grandfather's (Rev. James Smith Bush, class of 1844) alma mater.
Portrayed by Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live (1975).
Arrested twice for college pranks (charges dropped) for celebrating a Yale football victory by pulling up Princeton goal posts and for "borrowing" a large Christmas wreath from a store door (source: Washington Post).
Is the only U.S. president ever to father twins.
His twin daughters have been in trouble with the law in recent months. In October 2000, Barbara Bush tried to use a fake ID to buy alcohol at a bar in New Haven, CT, but was not served and was not arrested. In February 2001, Jenna Bush sent her Secret Service agents to bail her friend out of jail after he had been arrested for underage drinking. In April 2001, Barbara gave her Secret Service agents the slip while on her way to a WWF match in NYC. Also in April 2001, Jenna was cited for underage drinking at an Austin bar and pleaded no contest to the charges. She paid $51.25 in court costs, performed eight hours of community service doing clerical and research work at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, and attended eight hours of alcohol awareness classes. In May 2001 both Barbara and Jenna were cited for alcohol offenses. Barbara pleaded no contest to being a minor in possession of alcohol and was sentenced to probation, eight hours of community service, alcohol awareness classes, and a $100 fine. Jenna pleaded innocent to trying to buy alcohol with a fake ID and will be tried in Austin on July 31, 2001. [June 2001]
Named one of People Magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People of 2001."
Is the first US president to hold an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree.
His 1500-acre Crawford, TX, ranch is named Prairie Chapel.
Is the cousin of Billy Bush.
He owns his look-alike puppet from the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
His succession to the Presidency was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 split decision, after a six week battle over who actually won the election.
Lost the popular vote, just like John Quincy Adams, the first president to be the son of a former president. However, Adams did not win the electoral college; that election was decided by Congress. Bush was able to win the disputed electoral college, ultimately receiving 271 electoral votes to Al Gore's 266 electoral votes.
Calls all regular White House strategy meetings "strategery" meetings in honor of Will Ferrell's portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live (1975).
Recognized as President-elect of the United States on December 13, 2000, following the concession of Vice President Al Gore, ending over a month of controversy over the result of the election.
He played baseball and was a cheerleader at Phillips Academy at Andover. One of his classmates was Dick Wolf.
Enjoys playing golf.
He, his father, and grandfather, all held membership in Yale University's Skull and Bones Society, as did his 2004 presidential election opponent, John Kerry.
9th cousin twice removed of John Kerry, his rival in the 2004 election. Both are descended from Edmund Reade (1563-1623).
His SAT score was 1206 (566 verbal, 640 math).
His cumulative undergraduate GPA at Yale was 2.35.
Was the first president in four presidential elections to win the majority of the popular vote, 51% in 2004. The last previous president to do so was his father, George Bush in 1988. Additionally, in 2004, he was the only Republican nominee to win the popular vote in a string of six elections, which included his win of the electoral college in 2000 while losing the popular vote to Al Gore. Republicans lost the popular vote in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Is the first father or son of a president to serve two terms. John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and his own father, George Bush, all lost their bids for re-election.
Since 1932, the fate of the incumbent party has always paralleled the outcome of the final pre-election football game played by the Washington Redskins. In 2004, he became the first presidential candidate to break that pattern, by winning a second term as president despite a Redskins loss.
Was re-elected as President of the United States on Tuesday, November 2, 2004, receiving 59,459,765 votes (51% of the popular vote) and 286 electoral votes to Democratic challenger John Kerry's 55,949,407 votes (48% of the popular vote) and 252 electoral votes. Headed a Republican Party that controlled the White House, Senate and Congress, and also has a majority (28 of 49, with one to-be-announced) of Governors in the U.S. until the 2006 mid-term congressional elections, at which time the Republican party lost control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Brother of Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida.
He has been portrayed on Saturday Night Live (1975) by Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Chris Parnell and Will Forte.
According to Karl Rove, his favorite science fiction TV series is Babylon 5 (1994).
Named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2004.
Is the first U.S. President to receive an acting nomination and then subsequently the win, from the Razzie Awards. He was nominated for and won Worst Actor in the film Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004). Though technically he was not acting in the film, merely playing himself via archive footage.
He is the first president whose actions have prompted the release of a major motion picture (Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)), the launch of an entire radio network (Air America Radio), and the premiere of a television series (Sundance Channel's The Al Franken Show (2004)).
Unlike his father, he has no sons to pass on the name of George Bush. Instead, he has a nephew named George P. Bush, who is the son of his brother Jeb Bush.
His favorite actors are Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone. Both attended his first presidential inauguration on January 20, 2001.
Is a member of the Phi chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity from his days at Yale.
A statement Bush made in January 2001 referred to the "operating location near Groom Lake", which is the first official recognition of the existence of Area 51.
In the late 1960s attended Yale University along with future Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau. They served on the dormitory social committee simultaneously.
Is the only serving U.S. President to never have been portrayed on The Simpsons (1989). The only exception was when Homer Simpson used a crude cut-out of him to fool his father, ex-President George Bush, in episode The Simpsons: Two Bad Neighbors (1996). At the time, he was the Governor of Texas.
Born in Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. Actor Girard Swan, who was born in the same hospital, is the first cousin of former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, a George W. Bush appointee.
He was the first sitting US President to visit an Olympic games outside the United States when he observed the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing, China.
Went to Yale University with Lanny Davis, a well known Democrat who was appointed Special White House Counsel by President Bill Clinton. Davis and Bush were close friends and fraternity brothers. In 2005, Bush appointed Davis to serve on the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which had been created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 2005 Intelligence Reform Act. Davis was the only Democrat appointed to that board by Bush.
The first President in 112 years to lose the popular vote and win the Electoral College vote. The next time that this happened was 16 years later, when Donald Trump was elected.
Was an F-102 pilot with the Air National Guard.
Quit smoking cigarettes in the 1980s, but continues to smoke occasional cigars.
Had both the highest and lowest approval ratings of any president according to Gallup polls. Bush enjoyed a 90 percent approval rating following the 9/11 attacks, but by the end of his presidency his approval ratings were around 25 percent in late 2008 as his presidency was nearing its end.
He was the first sitting president to visit Sweden, in 2001.
Was elected as 43rd President of the United States. (November 2004) Was re-elected 43rd President of the United States. [November 2000]
Resides, with his wife Laura Bush, outside Dallas, Texas in semi-retirement, in a house purchased during his last few months in office; and makes occasional public appearances as a motivational speaker. [February 2010]
He was raised in Midland and Houston, Texas, USA, with four siblings, Jeb Bush, Neil Bush, Marvin Bush, and Doro Bush (Dorothy Bush Koch). His fifth sibling, younger sister Robin, died from leukemia at the age of three in 1953.
Daughters Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush were named for their grandmothers, George W. Bush's mother Barbara Bush, and Laura Bush's mother Jenna Welch.
Bush ran for, and lost, the 1978 race for Congress from Texas's 19th congressional district. The Democrat who won, Kent Hance, portrayed him as out of touch with the constituents of the district. Bush lost the election by approximately 6,000 votes (6%) out of the 103,000 votes cast in the general election.
Is one of three former Presidents of the United States, also including 39th President Jimmy Carter, and 42nd President Bill Clinton, along with 44th and current President Barack Obama to attend the funeral and other events surrounding the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela in December 2013. This is only the second time that four current and former Presidents of the United States have been together on foreign soil.
Under a law signed by immediate predecessor President Bill Clinton, George W. Bush was the first president to earn $400,000 salary per year as of his inauguration on January 20, 2001. This represented a doubling of the previous presidential salary of $200,000 per year, which had been in place since January 20, 1969, and was the pay rate of Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton.
Was the third Republican, and fourth President overall, from Texas since 1953, after Republicans Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961), George Bush (1989-1993), and Democrat Lyndon Johnson (1963-1969).
Between 1952 and 2004, every Republican presidential ticket, except one, included the name of either Richard Nixon, Bob Dole, or someone named Bush. 1952 - Eisenhower/Nixon, 1956 - Eisenhower/Nixon, 1960 - Nixon/Lodge, 1964 - Goldwater/Miller (the only exception), 1968 - Nixon/Agnew, 1972 - Nixon/Agnew, 1976 - Ford/Dole, 1980 - Reagan/Bush, 1984 - Reagan/Bush, 1988 - Bush/Quayle, 1992 - Bush/Quayle, 1996 - Dole/Kemp, 2000 - Bush/Cheney, 2004 - Bush/Cheney. This was a period of 52 years and 14 presidential elections.
Is a stanch Republican.
Is a distant relative of British actress, Lily James.
Has two granddaughters, both through his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager: Margaret Laura and Poppy Louise. They are named after their great-grandparents.
Began painting after leaving the Presidential office.
Refuses to publicly criticize or critique his Presidential successors.