Ten fun facts about George H. W. Bush
George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts.
He is often referred to as Bush the Elder or George Bush Sr. to distinguish him from his son George W. Bush, who also was the President of the United States.
In his political career, Bush served as a congressman, an ambassador, Director of the Central Intelligence, as the Vice President (1981-1989) and ultimately as the President.
Bush enlisted in the U.S Navy when he was 18 years old and was the youngest aviator in the U.S Navy and continued to serve in the Navy till the end of World War II.
Bush is an alumnus of the Yale University and graduated in the year 1948.
He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1966, from the 7th district of Texas.
Richard Nixon named Bush as the ambassador to the United Nations and he served for two years starting from 1971.
After completing his first term as a President (1981-1985), Bush ran again for the Presidential elections in the year 1984 choosing a female running mate, Walter Mondale. He is the only person to choose a woman as a running mate.
When Bush was serving as the Vice President to Ronald Reagan, he served as the 'Acting President' for 8 days while Reagan was undergoing an operation.
His famous quote 'Read my lips: No new taxes' at the Republican National Convention in 1988 is well remembered along with his support for capital punishment, prayers in schools, gun rights.
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