July 6, 1946 State: Texas Religion: Methodist Marriage: Laura Lane Welch Military service: During the Vietnam War, he served as an F-102 fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard but never saw action. Party: Republican Term: Jan. 20, 2001 - Vice president: Richard Bruce Cheney Highlights of presidency: Bush signed comprehensive education reforms, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which was designed to create accountability, flexibility, more local control and more choices for parents. He created the first-ever Medicare prescription drug benefit for seniors. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Bush has launched military action against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, and an invasion of Iraq. In 2002 he created a new Cabinet department, Homeland Security, to deal with the threat of terrorism. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, nearly destroying New Orleans; the federal government's emergency response was widely criticized as incompetent. In June 2006, Bush created the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, a 139,797-square-mile reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, larger than all of the U.S. national parks combined. Did you know? He is the first Texas governor (1995-2001) to win two consecutive 4-year terms. Bush is the first son of a president to become president since John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams. He is the first president with an MBA degree. Bush was the managing partner and part owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team from 1989 to 1998 and traded Sammy Sosa to the Chicago White Sox (this sentence as published has been corrected in this text). He is the only president to father twins; his daughters, Barbara and Jenna, are named after their grandmothers. Bush drives around his Texas ranch in a Ford F250 pickup.
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