Timeline Description: George W. Bush was America's 43rd president. His presidential goals were thrown off track when terrorists attacked America during the September 11th strikes. President Bush is only the second president to follow in his President-father's footsteps.
|1946||George Bush is born
George was born in Connecticut, into a political family. His grandfather served as a US Senator, and his father, George H. W. Bush served as president of the United States.
George attended public schools for much of his life. He attended Yale University out of high school, and he graduated with a B.A. in history.
|1968||George joins the military
Bush began work with the Texas Air National Guard in 1968. He served several years before being honorably discharged in 1974.
George met Laura Welch at a friendly get-together. They dated for only three months before marrying that same year, and they had a set of twin daughters.
|1989||Oil companies and the Texas Rangers
Over the years, Bush worked in many endeavors. He opened oil and energy companies, helped run his father's presidential campaign, and even became joint owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team.
|1995||Governor of Texas
Bush served two four-year terms as Texas governor. He was known for his work in education reform as well as his efforts in helping the needy.
The presidential election of 2001 was a close call, with the votes in Florida being recounted three separate times. He began his presidency with high hopes and noble goals.
|September 2001||Terrorist Attacks
On September 11, 2001, only eight months into President Bush's first term, terrorists attacked the country. Planes were flown into the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, and President Bush became a war time president.
|2002||No Child Left Behind
No Child Left Behind was signed into law as a means of advancing the public education program. However, it was met with heavy criticism and was eventually proven impossible to comply with.
|2003||War in Iraq
When it appeared the country of Iraq had nuclear weapons, President Bush invaded the country to find them. However, many people disagreed with this move, and it was later found that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.
|2005||A second presidential win
Though many in the country disagreed with the ongoing war in Iraq, President Bush secured his second term in 2004. His second term got off to a rocky start, though, with Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans in 2005.
|May 2005||Assassination attempt
While visiting the country of Georgia, President Bush was targeted by a native Georgian. A grenade was thrown, but it failed to go off and President Bush was safe.
|September 2005||Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as neighboring states, in August 2005. President Bush was heavily criticized for his poor handling of the natural disaster, including the length of time it took for him to send aid.
|2010||Bush releases his memoirs
After leaving office, President Bush and his wife returned to Texas where Bush began work on his memoirs. Decision Points was the memoir written by President Bush and released in 2010.
|2013||George W. Bush Presidential Center
The George W. Bush Presidential Center houses the former president's presidential library and papers. It is also the home of the George W. Bush Foundation.