George W Bush: The 9/11 Crisis
George W Bush had a very big political background, so it wasn’t surprising when he ran for presidency and won. He was born on July 6, 1946, making him a member of the “baby boom” generation, born after WWII. He was the first born of Barbara Pierce Bush and George Herbert Walker Bush. They nicknamed him ‘Georgie’. He had 5 siblings; Pauline Robinson Bush, John Ellis Bush, Neil Mallon Bush, Marvin Pierce Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Although they were wealthy, George HW wanted an adventurous career. Therefore, they moved to West Texas where he accepted a job offer from his friend in an oil corporation. In 1950, the Bushes moved to Midland. There, they contributed so much to the community. Soon, George decided to go into the oil business for himself. Sometimes, he would take Georgie along with him to the old fields. In 1952, the Bush family moved again. Also in 1952, Grandfather Prescott Bush, back in Connecticut, ran for election to the US Senate. Although Texas was fiercely Democratic, George Bush organized a local Republican committee and campaigned enthusiastically for General Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower (Gormley 11). Everything was so happy, until in March 1953, Robin was diagnosed with leukemia. For the next six months, Barbara took Robin to New York for the best treatment possible, while Georgie and Jeb stayed with family friends in Midland. In October, Georgie was told that Robin had died. The Bush family was extremely sad, but Georgie did his best to comfort his mom and dad. Eventually, the sad time became a part of the past. Later Georgie describes his childhood in Midland as “a happy blur,” “surrounded by love and friends and sports.” By the end of 1958, George’s oil business had shifted to Houston, on the Gulf of Mexico. This meant that the Bushes would have to move. In the spring of 1959, Mr. and Mrs. Bush left for Houston while the boys stayed behind to finish the school year. Since Georgie was the oldest, he helped out his mother a lot. She really appreciated his help because George was away so much because of his oil business (Gormley 14). Georgie was very intense. His father had a definite influence on him. His parents wanted him to follow his father’s footsteps and attend Andover then Yale University. In the spring of 1961, Georgie had been accepted to Andover. Andover had been a shock to Georgie. It had high standards and strict discipline. In the classroom, there was fierce competition. Georgie was used to getting A’s in his classes in Midland without trying. However, Georgie was very worried about flunking out of his classes in the beginning of his first year at Andover. Adding the pressure to Georgie was the fact that his father was considered the ideal Andover student. But Georgie didn’t let anything destroy his bouncy spirits. He always got people to laugh (Gormley 33). Back in Houston, George HW was making a move into politics. In March 1963, George HW was elected chairman of the Republican Party in Harris County, Texas (Gormley 35). George W. didn’t pay much attention to political issues. But he was used to hearing about the different personalities in Washington because of his grandfather. Grandfather Bush decided not to run for reelection in 1962, so there was no longer a Bush in national office. In September 1963, George HW announced that he would run for US Senate the following year. After George W graduated from Andover, he flew home to Houston to help his father campaign (Gormley 41). In September 1964, George W left the campaign to start his freshmen year at Yale. There, just like Andover, he felt pressure to live up to his father’s achievements. He couldn’t match his father’s records, but he had his own unique talents. In the beginning of November, George W went back to Houston because he wanted to be with his father on Election Day. Unfortunately he lost. During the summer of 1965, George W went to work for a drilling company in Louisiana. He left a week early to...
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