The 43rd President of the United States who narrowly defeated Al Gore in the 2000 election despite losing the popular vote, then won re-election against John Kerry in 2004. The tragic September 11 terrorist attacks occurred just eight months into his first presidential term and in response, he called for the War on Terror, which ultimately led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The U.S. War in Afghanistan became the longest war in US history.
He was a baseball player, and head cheerleader at his boarding school. He studied at Yale University before later obtaining an MBA from Harvard. He served as the governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.
His approval ratings after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were among the highest of any president in history. Conversely, his approval ratings following the 2008 financial crisis were among the lowest of any president.
He married Laura Bush in 1977 and in 1981, he and Laura welcomed fraternal twins Barbara and Jenna Bush. He and his father, 41st Pesident of the United States George H.W. Bush, were the second father and son to achieve the presidency in American history. The first were John Adams and John Quincy Adams.