Ranked #25: Bush was very qualified to be a US President since he served in several other government positions involving domestic and international affairs.
Summary: Bush had described himself as practical, pragmatic and down to earth. At the same time, his friends described him as amiable, witty, likable, generous, accommodating, unpretentious and truly polite; sometimes flighty at times; most certainly gentle. As a younger man, he was a classic type A personality until a bleeding intestinal ulcer attack, after which he learned to take his time and not worry about things beyond his control.
Bio: Bush liked tennis, golf, sailing, fishing and annually takes part in hunting trips. He had always been a baseball fan. He was a member of three private men's clubs, one being the Alfalfa Club, (an organization of government officials and corporate executives founded in 1913) the Alibi Club, (a select group of political figures and business leaders who meet in Washington) and the Bohemian Club, (which club meets annually in a secluded redwood grove north of San Francisco, and the best I can tell, spends a few days drinking and walking around in the equivalent of their underwear). He favored Chinese and Mexican food and once barred broccoli from Air Force One because he did not like it. This at the time got a lot of press, and as I recall broccoli farmers were none too pleased. He enjoyed an occasional beer or vodka martini and has been known to like action movies with actors like Clint Eastwood, Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He was quite the government servant. He held several government jobs, as well as having been an oil man who became a millionaire by the time he was 40 years old. He was a US Congressman, a US Ambassador to the United Nations, a Republican National Chairman, being in the US Liaison Office to China, a Director of the CIA, a Vice President under Ronald Reagan and, of course, the 41st President of the United States. Bush also gave much to his country in his younger life as he joined the US Navy in 1942 and eventually became the youngest naval aviator to date at the age of 18. During a bombing mission in 1944, his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Despite his plane being on fire, he completed the attack and released his bombs over the target. He then flew several miles and bailed out of the falling aircraft. In all, he flew a total of 58 combat missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals and a Presidential Unit Citation Award. Once discharged, he finished college and got married. The marriage produced six children, one of which, George W. Bush, would eventually become the 43rd President of the United States.
As President, you can argue that he came into office as one of the most qualified, if you consider the government positions he had previously held. His administration was strong on foreign affairs but was rather weak on the domestic front. You could say that he did not focus on the domestic front that much. He also may have alienated the more conservative wing of the Republican party. They accused him of betraying the Reagan Revolution when he raised taxes. As President, with a Democrat-controlled Congress, he was at a bit of a disadvantage. To that extent, he failed to convince voters to re-elect him to a second term. Because of his conservative nature, he was not a President who wanted dramatic change. He refrained from declaring victory when the Soviet empire collapsed. He showed grit when he unilaterally purged Manuel Noriega from a Panama compound and was able to diplomatically form a large, diverse coalition to fight the first Persian Gulf War.
Pros: Signed the Americans with Disabilities Act. Signed the Clean Air Acts Admendment. Led American through a successful Persian Gulf War.
Cons: Weak economy. Administration lacked vision. Did not communicate well with America.
Born: June 12, 1924, Milton, Massachusetts
Died: December 1, 2018 (aged 94) Houston, Texas
Term: January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993 (1 term)