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  •  George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan at the Republican National Convention in 1980 
  •  George W. Bush discusses his father 
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This news footage captures scenes of an interview with George W. Bush in 1980, when he and Laura lived in Midland, speaking about his father’s vice-presidential nomination following the Republican National Convention in Detroit. The interview addresses the Reagan-Ford talks, referring to a possible Republican “dream ticket” of Reagan for president and former president Gerald Ford for vice president. The dream ticket unraveled when Ford demanded extensive powers not traditional to the vice presidency, essentially making the two men co-presidents, and Reagan proved unwilling to give up so much autonomy. Instead the vice-presidential nomination went to George H.W. Bush, an experience George W. here describes as a “great thrill.”
George Herbert Walker Bush is the 41st President of the United States and the father of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States. 
Bush was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, to Prescott Bush, a US senator from Connecticut, and Dorothy Walker Bush. He spent his youth in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Andover, Massachusetts, where he become involved in student government, sports, and the school newspaper. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he became an aviator for the US Navy. 
Bush married Barbara Pierce in 1945, and they eventually had six children: George, Robin, John (called Jeb), Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. After earning a degree from Yale University, Bush moved to Midland, Texas, to work in the oil industry, eventually starting two companies. The family then moved to Houston, where Bush began to pursue a career in politics and served as chairman of the Republican Party in Harris County. After a failed campaign for US Senate, he won an election to the US House of Representatives in 1966 and served two terms for Texas. In 1970, he attempted to win a seat in the Senate, but lost again. 
After this defeat, Bush was appointed by President Richard Nixon to be an ambassador to the United Nations. He then served as chairman of the Republican National Committee, chief of the US Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China, and director of the CIA. In 1980, Bush lost the Republican nomination for president, but was chosen as Ronald Reagan’s running mate. He was Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. 
Following Reagan’s second term, Bush was elected president. During his term, he secured a peaceful partnership with Russia at the end of the Cold War, and he led Operation Desert Storm to free Kuwait from Iraq. Despite these successes, Bush’s popularity suffered due to the weak economy, and he lost reelection for a second term to Bill Clinton. He and Barbara returned to Houston in 1992, where they continue to live. 
George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States and the 46th Governor of Texas. 
Bush was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut to Barbara Pierce and George H.W. Bush, who later became the 41st President of the United States. He had five siblings -- Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Dorothy, and Robin, who died at an early age.  They grew up in Midland, Texas before moving to Houston when George was in middle school. He attended Yale University and then, in 1968, he began a two-year active duty service with the Texas Air National Guard. Bush then served with the Alabama National Guard before receiving honorable discharge in 1974. He graduated from the Harvard Business School and moved back to Midland to work in the oil business. There he met Laura Welch, a teacher and librarian. They married in 1977 and have twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara. 
Bush’s first attempt at holding political office was in 1978, when he lost a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in Texas’s 19th Congressional District. He went back to the oil industry in Texas in the 1980s, but then moved to Washington to help his father run his presidential campaign. In between his father’s first and second presidential campaigns, Bush returned to Texas and purchased a share of the Texas Rangers baseball franchise. 
In 1994, Bush pursued the office of Governor of Texas against Democratic incumbent Ann Richards, and he won with 55% of the votes. While in office, Bush pushed tax cuts, education, and renewable energy. He was popular and easily won reelection in 1998. Amid much speculation, Bush announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for the 2000 presidential election. He won the primary against John McCain and chose Dick Cheney as his running mate. They ran his campaign on conservative values and his record as Governor of Texas, but the campaign became notorious for the Florida recount and the ensuing lawsuit, Bush v. Gore.  Bush ultimately won the election with the greater number of electoral votes even though Al Gore had more popular votes. 
Bush’s domestic agenda for his first term was drastically altered after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which led to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He created the Department of Homeland Security and aimed to thwart future terrorist threats, while also hoping to pass tax cuts and improve public education. Senator John Kerry challenged Bush in the 2004 election, but Bush ultimately won. Early in his second term, the federal government was met with harsh public criticism for its inadequate response to the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. The continued War on Terror and the economic recession in 2008 greatly diminished Bush’s reputation.  Bush returned to Texas after leaving office, splitting his time between Dallas and his ranch in Crawford and making occasional public appearances.