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George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
It is with great pride that we inaugurate our Legendary Conservatives section with George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States. He is the second son of a President to take our nationís highest office. He was inaugurated on January 20, 2001, after the most contentious presidential election since that of Rutherford B. Hayes in the 1870ís. There was an intense legal wrangle in late 2000, after the election, over the electors of Florida, which Mr. Bush won by 537 votes. Liberals and Democrats were and are bitter that their efforts to recount only heavily Democratic counties in Florida were halted after litigation that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Many leftists regard the election to be illegitimate, and state that Albert Gore, Jr. should be president.
Mr. Bush is a graduate of Harvard University, with a Masterís of Business Administration. Previously, among other positions, he was the principal general partner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, and a two-term governor of Texas. He is married to Laura Bush and has twin grown daughters, Jenna and Barbara. In his younger years, he was considered something of a wildman and a playboy, but his Christian conversion and marriage to Laura marked a radical change in his life. He is now a teetotaler, and his relationship with his wife is widely considered to be as excellent and apssionate as that between late great Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy.
Speaking of Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush started his term emulating the policies of Mr. Reagan, who his himself soon to be rightly enshrined in our Hall of Legends. He pushed through a substantial tax cut in order to stimulate an economy harmed by the Clinton-era stock bubble, which burst in the spring of 2000. Mr. Bush encountered a strong recession, a bear-market that was eroding the investments of the many who partook of the irrational exuberance of the 1990s, and then something he was not expecting. In fact, nobody expected it.
On September 11, 2001, evil terrorists, members of the Al-Qaeda terror network, hijacked four airplanes. Two hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center, leveling them and two other surrounding buildings in under one hour. Another plane struck the Pentagon. The fourth plane, destined for either the Capitol or the White House (it is not known) crashed in Pennsylvania after several brave passengers wrested control of the plane away from the terrorists. Over 3,000 people died that day, in Al-Qaedaís de facto declaration of the war on terror.
Our president responded rapidly, and declared the Bush Doctrine. That doctrine states that terrorists will be hunted down and neutralized; any nation that supports or harbors terrorists is equally subject to our wrath. The United States was joined by many countries, including but not limited to Great Britain. The liberal Prime Minister, Tony Blair, struck up a friendship with President Bush, knowing the real danger posed by these terrorists. Afghanistan, the home base of Al-Qaeda, was routed by our troops; the Taliban, the puppets of Al-Qaeda, were unseated.
Then, as we continued to hunt down terrorists, our President turned his attention to Iraq. Saddam Hussein had previously used weapons of mass destruction on his people, was by far the most violent despot in the history of the Middle East, and had flouted seventeen orders of the United Nations. He was openly paying terrorist suicide bombersí families $25,000 per attack in Israel. Despite vocal opposition from extreme leftists, George Bush attacked Iraq and unseated Saddam Hussein. New facts about his regime, from mass graves to the stockpiles of weapons he held, are coming out every day. Al-Qaeda has come into Iraq to fight us, if it was not already there. The Iraq war has had a side benefit besides drawing Al Qaeda away from the United States. Libya has surrendered its weapons of mass destruction; the only reasonable explanation was the fear of George Bush.
In 2002, with the Iraq issue near to the people, the midterms broke with tradition and increased the Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. President Bush, although hounded by the left in an political fight the viciousness of which has not been seen since the days of Adams and Jefferson, managed to rebound the economy and to prevent any repeats of the terror attack of September 11, 2001.
So far in the 2004 election, Mr. Bush has maintained his dignity and calm, even when faced with a news media actively trying to elect John F. Kerry, his opponent, with falsified stories and "polls" that have no semblance of actual scientific method. Movie makers created yellow propaganda anti-Bush films that remind one of Goebbels. There have been numerous books attempting to discredit the man, but he is secure in himself and his open faith in God. He is not swayed by the winds of political change. George W. Bush is the epitome of integrity. He is rightly inducted to our Hall of Legends.