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Profile of President George W. Bush - 2004-11-03


President George W. Bush is the 43rd president of the United States -- and one of only two presidents whose father was also the nation's chief executive.

He was born July sixth, 1946, in (the northeastern state of) Connecticut, the oldest son of George Herbert Walker Bush and his wife, Barbara.

The young Mr. Bush was raised in Texas but went back to Connecticut to earn a degree from Yale University in 1968.

He then joined the Texas National Guard, which enabled him to avoid combat in Vietnam.

After what Mr. Bush has described as a "nomadic" (wandering) period marked by excessive drinking and several jobs, Mr. Bush turned his life around in the mid-1980's, around the time he became a born-again Christian.

He worked on his father's successful 1988 presidential campaign, then assembled a group of partners that bought the Texas Rangers baseball team. He used his new prominence to win the Texas governor's seat in 1994.

Mr. Bush was elected president of the United States in 2000, after a five-week legal battle over which candidate had won the state of Florida.

As president, Mr. Bush will always be remembered for leading the country through the aftermath of the September 11th (2001) terrorist attacks. But his term has been marked by intense controversy over his decision to invade Iraq.

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