Dubya! And the Military
On January 20, 2001 George Walker Bush was sworn into the office as the 43rd President of the United States of America. A controversial Presidential election had just concluded that saw bush lose the nation's popular vote to Democratic candidate Vice President Al Gore. Bush won because of the electoral college, a system that allocates a number of "votes" an individual state has proportional to its population. Most controversial was what came to be called the Florida recount. The election hinged on the state of Florida, rumors ranging from voters being turned away at polling sites in historically democratic voting counties and disappearing ballot boxes were plastered over CNN and every newspaper around the world. The victory was won with a few hundred votes in favor of George W. Bush and the Republican party took a collective deep breath that saw the end of the Clinton Gore administration.
The nation's 43rd President was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut and he grew up in Midland and Houston Texas. His father George H. W. Bush laid out a life that saw George W. earn a bachelors degree from Yale in 1968 and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. Bush started as a full time student at Harvard in the Fall of 1973. I will primarily be discussing the five year period Bush spent with the Texas Air National Guard between Yale and Harvard with information acquired under the right of information act. The points I raise will hopefully change your image of Mr. Bush, as well as your vote in 2004. Examined as well, will be Bush as Governor of Texas and how he handled the Texas national guard as governor and briefly the current war in Iraq.