George Bush was Reagan's hand-picked successor. He came to the Presidency with an impressive resume of foreign policy achievements, all of which he used in the diplomacy leading up to the war to liberate Kuwait.. Elected 1988
The Early Years
George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts. Bush grew up in the rich New York suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut. Bush attended Greenwich Country Day School. At the age of 13 he enrolled at the Phillips Academy. On June 12th 1942, on his 18th birthday, Bush enlisted in the US navy. He became the navy's youngest pilot. He flew 58 combat missions against Japanese targets, and was shot down once, to be rescued by a submarine.
At the end of the war Bush went to Yale, where he graduated in 1948.
Bush decided to strike out on his own, and went into the oil business in Texas. Bush's business dealing in Texas were successful.
In 1966 Bush ran for Congress as a Representative from the Houston area. He was elected. While in Congress he was a supporter of the Vietnam War. He voted for the very unpopular ( in his district) Civil Rights act of 1968. In 1970 Bush ran unsuccessfully for the Senate. He was appointed in 1971 by President Nixon Ambassador to the UN. From 1973-1974 he served as Chairman of the Republican Committee.
In 1974 President Ford appointed Bush head of the US liaison China, effectively the US ambassador to China. From 1976-1977 Bush served as Director of the CIA.
In 1979 he began an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican nomination for President. He lost out to Reagan. From 1981-1989 he served as Vice President. Bush played an active role as Vice President.
Accomplishments in Office
George Bush's Presidency was marked by activist President in foreign affairs while being a mostly passive President in the area of domestic policy. Bush's greatest success was his stewardship in foreign affairs that helped the transition from a bipolar world, with the United States and the Soviet Union in confrontation, to one in which the Soviet Union had fallen apart and the United States was the only superpower. Bush displayed his skill in foreign affairs as he built an international coalition to oppose the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He led that coalition to victory over the Iraqis.
In domestic affairs President Bush's actions were severely limited by the conservative mandate that he inherited from President Reagan. His own more liberal orientation left him with no clear policy on many domestic issues.
The First Family
Father: Prescott Bush
Mother:Dortohy Walker Bush
Sons:George W bush, John Ellis(Jeb) Bush, Neil Bush, Marvin Bush
Daughter: Pauline Bush (died at the age of 4)
Secretary of State: James Baker Lawrence Eagleburger
Secretary of Treasury: Nicholas Brady
Secretary of Defense: Dick Cheney
Attorney General: Dick Thornburgh William Barr
Secretary of the Interior: Manuel Lujan
Secretary of Agriculture: Clayton Yeutter Edward Madigan
Secretary of Commerce: Robert Mosbacher Barbara Hackman Franklin
Secretary of Labor: Elizabeth Dole Lynn Martin
Secretary of Health and
Human Services: Louis Sullivan
Secretary of Education: Lauro Cavazos Lamar Alexander
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Jack Kemp
Secretary of Transportation: Samuel Skinner Andrew Card
Secretary of Energy: James Watkins
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Ed Derwinski