George W Bush
W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. He was sworn
into office January 20, 2001, after a campaign in which he outlined
sweeping proposals to reform America's public schools, transform
national defense, provide tax relief, modernize Social Security
and Medicare, and encourage faith-based and community organizations
to work with government to help Americans in need. President
Bush served for six years as the 46th Governor of the State
of Texas, where he earned a reputation as a compassionate conservative
who shaped public policy based on the principles of limited
government, personal responsibility, strong families, and local
President Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut,
and he grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He received a
bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1968, then served
as an F-102 fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President
Bush received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard
Business School in 1975. After graduating, he moved back to
Midland and began a career in the energy business. After working
on his father's successful 1988 presidential campaign, he assembled
the group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball
franchise in 1989.
He served as managing general partner of the Texas Rangers until
he was elected Governor on November 8, 1994, with 53.5 percent
of the vote. He became the first Governor in Texas history to
be elected to consecutive four-year terms when he was re-elected
on November 3, 1998, with 68.6 percent of the vote.
Since taking office, President Bush has signed into law bold
initiatives to improve public schools by raising standards,
requiring accountability, and strengthening local control. He
has signed tax relief that provided rebate checks and lower
tax rates for everyone who pays income taxes in America. He
has increased pay and benefits for America's military and is
working to save and strengthen Social Security and Medicare.
He is also committed to ushering in a responsibility era in
America, and has called on all Americans to be "citizens,
not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens
building communities of service and a Nation of character."
The attacks of September 11th changed America - and in President
Bush's words, "in our grief and anger we have found our
mission and our moment." President Bush declared war against
terror and has made victory in the war on terrorism and the
advance of human freedom the priorities of his Administration.
Already, the United States military and a great coalition of
nations have liberated the people of Afghanistan from the brutal
Taliban regime and denied al Qaeda its safe haven of operations.
Thousands of terrorists have been captured or killed and operations
have been disrupted in many countries around the world. In the
President's words, "our Nation - this generation - will
lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future.
We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our
courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not
President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher
and librarian, and they have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna.
The Bush family also includes their dog Barney,
and a cat, India.
The United States of America is an original member of the
Group of Eight, and is this year's host of the G8 Summit.
The Sea Island Summit will be the fifth time the United States
has hosted the G8 Summit. Previous summits where held in;
San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1976, Williamsburg, Virginia in 1983,
Houston, Texas in 1990, and Denver, Colorado 1997.
The President of the United States is the Honorable George
W. Bush. He was elected to office in 2000.
Name: :The United States of America
Area: 9,629,091 sq km.
Cities: Capital-Washington, D.C. Other cities-New York,
Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Houston,
Land use: 19% arable, permanent crops .22%, other 80.46%.
Climate: From Tropical in Hawaii to Arctic in Alaska
Nationality: Noun-American(s). Adjective--American.
Population (2003 est.): 290,342,534
Annual population growth rate (2002 est.): 0.92%.
Major ethnic groups: white 77.1%, black 12.9%, Asian
4.2%, Alaskan native 1.5%, native Hawaiian
and other Pacific islander 0.3% other 4%.
Major religions: Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%,
Jewish 2%, other 4%, none 10%.
Major languages: English, Spanish.
Education: Years compulsory--12. Attendance, Literacy--97%.
Health (2002 est.): Infant mortality rate (2002 est.)--5.75/1,000.
Life expectancy (2002 est.)--males 74 yrs.; females
Work force (2000, 28 million): Services--80%; industry-18.0%;
agriculture and fishing-2.0%;
All numbers taken from CIA World Factbook
Type: Constitution-based federal republic.
Executive-President George W. Bush (head of
state), President George W. Bush (head of government),
Legislative-bicameral Congress consists of the Senate
and House of Representatives all directly elected by
the people of their district or state.
Judicial-Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeal;
United States District Courts; State and County Courts.
Political parties: Republican Party, Democrat Party,
Green Party, numerous others
Suffrage: Universal at 18 years of age.
GDP (GDP at current market prices, 2002): $10.4 trillion.
Annual growth rate (2002): 2.45%.
Per capita GDP (2002): $37,600.
Natural resources: Coal, oil, copper, lead, molybdenum,
phosphates, uranium, bauxite, gold, iron, mercury, nickel,
potash, silver, tungsten, zinc, petroleum, natural gas,
Agriculture: Products-wheat, corn, other grains, fruits,
vegetables, cotton; beef, pork, poultry, dairy products;
forest products; fish.
Industry: Types-petroleum, steel, motor vehicles, aerospace,
telecommunications, chemicals, electronics, food processing,
consumer goods, lumber, mining.
Trade (2002): Exports of goods and services--$687 billion
Export Partners: Canada, Mexico, Japan, UK, Germany, France,
Imports of goods and services--$1.165 trillion.
Major suppliers-- Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Germany,