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I recommend this book for any history lover who would love insights into the personalities and loves of some of the greatest and possibly worst! Presidents are people too -- diverting reading in election year anger. Great book from a great writer. I have not read all of this book. Just wanted to point out one error. The Vermont judge Eisenhower went fishing with was not Milford R.

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Smith, it was Milford K. Smith of Rutland, VT. He was my dad and fishing with Eisenhower was one of his favorite memories. Photos of the fishing trip hang or used to hang inside Mountain Top Inn, above Chittenden Dam, where they fished. See all 4 reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

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Bush attended high school at Phillips Academy , a boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts , where he played baseball and was the head cheerleader during his senior year. In the fall of , Bush entered Harvard Business School. He graduated in with an MBA degree. At the time of his election, he was the only U.

Bush was initially engaged to Cathryn Lee Wolfman in , but the engagement eventually fizzled out. Bush and Wolfman remained on good terms after the end of the relationship. After a three-month courtship, she accepted his marriage proposal and they wed on November 5 of that year. Prior to getting married, Bush struggled with multiple episodes of alcohol abuse. Bush has been an avid reader throughout his adult life, preferring biographies and histories.

Walt Harrington, a journalist, recalled seeing "books by John Fowles , F. Other activities include cigar smoking and golf. He had moved to Montgomery, Alabama , to work on the unsuccessful U. Senate campaign of Republican Winton M. In , Bush established Arbusto Energy , a small oil exploration company, although it did not begin operations until the following year. In , his company merged with the larger Spectrum 7 , and Bush became chairman.

He then served as managing general partner for five years. In , Bush ran for the House of Representatives from Texas's 19th congressional district. The retiring member, George H. Mahon , had held the district for the Democratic Party since Bush's opponent, Kent Hance , portrayed him as out of touch with rural Texans, and Bush lost the election with Bush and his family moved to Washington, D. Sununu that he should resign. Bush declared his candidacy for the Texas gubernatorial election at the same time that his brother Jeb sought the governorship of Florida.

His campaign focused on four themes: Richards had vetoed the bill, but Bush signed it into law after he became governor. Supporters pointed to his efforts to raise the salaries of teachers and improve educational test scores. In , Bush signed a law that required electric retailers to buy a certain amount of energy from renewable sources RPS , [74] [75] [76] which helped Texas eventually become the leading producer of wind powered electricity in the U. Throughout Bush's first term, he was the focus of national attention as a potential future presidential candidate.

Following his re-election, speculation soared, and within a year he decided to seek the Republican presidential nomination. Incumbent Democratic president Bill Clinton was completing his second and final term, and the field for nomination for President of both parties was wide open. Bush portrayed himself as a compassionate conservative , implying he was more centrist than other Republicans.

He campaigned on a platform that included bringing integrity and honor back to the White House, increasing the size of the United States Armed Forces , cutting taxes, improving education, and aiding minorities. Despite this, Bush regained momentum, and according to political observers, he effectively became the front runner after the South Carolina primary —which according to The Boston Globe —made history for his campaign's negativity. The New York Times described it as a smear campaign.

Representative , and Secretary of Defense —to be his running mate. At the time, Cheney was serving as head of Bush's vice presidential search committee. Bush continued to campaign across the country and touted his record as Governor of Texas. When the election returns were tallied on November 7, Bush had won 29 states, including Florida.

The closeness of the Florida outcome led to a recount. Gore ruling, [88] the Court reversed a Florida Supreme Court decision that had ordered a third count, and stopped an ordered statewide hand recount based on the argument that the use of different standards among Florida's counties violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Bush was the first person to win an American presidential election with fewer popular votes than another candidate since Benjamin Harrison in In his bid for re-election, Bush commanded broad support in the Republican Party and did not encounter a primary challenge.

He appointed Ken Mehlman as campaign manager, and Karl Rove devised a political strategy. The Bush campaign advertised across the U. Kerry and other Democrats attacked Bush on the Iraq War , and accused him of failing to stimulate the economy and job growth. The Bush campaign portrayed Kerry as a staunch liberal who would raise taxes and increase the size of government. The Bush campaign continuously criticized Kerry's seemingly contradictory statements on the war in Iraq, [55] and argued that Kerry lacked the decisiveness and vision necessary for success in the War on Terror. In the election, Bush carried 31 of 50 states, receiving a total of electoral votes.

He won an absolute majority of the popular vote Bush was the previous president who won an absolute majority of the popular vote; he accomplished that feat in the election. Additionally, it was the first time since Herbert Hoover 's election in that a Republican president was elected alongside re-elected Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress. Bush had originally outlined an ambitious domestic agenda, but his priorities were significantly altered following the September 11, terrorist attacks. Over an eight-year period, Bush's once-high approval ratings [98] steadily declined, while his disapproval numbers increased significantly.

Bush took office during a period of economic recession in the wake of the bursting of the dot-com bubble. The increase in spending was more than under any predecessor since Lyndon B. The surplus is the people's money. O'Neill , opposed some of the tax cuts on the basis that they would contribute to budget deficits and undermine Social Security. During the to years, GDP grew at an average annual rate of 2. Bush entered office with the Dow Jones Industrial Average at 10,, and the average peaked in October at over 14, When Bush left office, the average was at 7,, one of the lowest levels of his presidency.

Unemployment originally rose from 4. In December , the United States entered the longest post— World War II recession, [] which included a housing market correction , a subprime mortgage crisis , soaring oil prices , and a declining dollar value. The Bush administration pushed for significantly increased regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in , [] and after two years, the regulations passed the House but died in the Senate. Many Republican senators, as well as influential members of the Bush Administration, feared that the agency created by these regulations would merely be mimicking the private sector's risky practices.

Many economists and world governments determined that the situation had become the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. In November , over , jobs were lost, which marked the largest loss of jobs in the United States in 34 years. Bush undertook a number of educational agendas, such as increasing the funding for the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health in his first years of office, and creating education programs to strengthen the grounding in science and mathematics for American high school students.

Funding for the NIH was cut in , the first such cut in 36 years, due to rising inflation. One of the administration's early major initiatives was the No Child Left Behind Act , which aimed to measure and close the gap between rich and poor student performance, provide options to parents with students in low-performing schools, and target more federal funding to low-income schools. This landmark education initiative passed with broad bipartisan support, including that of Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

It was to be funded by an increase in the cigarette tax. Following Republican efforts to pass the Medicare Act of , Bush signed the bill, which included major changes to the Medicare program by providing beneficiaries with some assistance in paying for prescription drugs, while relying on private insurance for the delivery of benefits.

Bush began his second term by outlining a major initiative to " reform " Social Security, [] which was facing record deficit projections beginning in Bush made it the centerpiece of his domestic agenda despite opposition from some in the U. Bush embarked on a day national tour, campaigning for his initiative in media events known as "Conversations on Social Security", in an attempt to gain public support.

In May , Bush signed an executive order to create an interagency task force to streamline energy projects, [] and later signed two other executive orders to tackle environmental issues. In , Bush announced the Clear Skies Act of , [] which aimed at amending the Clean Air Act to reduce air pollution through the use of emissions trading programs. Many experts argued that this legislation would have weakened the original legislation by allowing higher emission rates of pollutants than were previously legal.

Later in , Bush declared the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a national monument, creating the largest marine reserve to date. Bush has said that he believes that global warming is real [] and has noted that it is a serious problem, but he asserted there is a "debate over whether it's man-made or naturally caused". Critics have alleged that the administration [] misinformed the public and did not do enough to reduce carbon emissions and deter global warming. In his State of the Union Address , Bush declared, "America is addicted to oil" and announced his Advanced Energy Initiative to increase energy development research.

In his State of the Union Address , Bush renewed his pledge to work toward diminished reliance on foreign oil by reducing fossil fuel consumption and increasing alternative fuel production. Bush said, "This means that the only thing standing between the American people and these vast oil reserves is action from the U.

My administration has worked with Congress to invest in gas-saving technologies like advanced batteries and hydrogen fuel cells In the short run, the American economy will continue to rely largely on oil. And that means we need to increase supply, especially here at home. So my administration has repeatedly called on Congress to expand domestic oil production. Federal funding for medical research involving the creation or destruction of human embryos through the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health has been forbidden by law since the passage in of the Dickey-Wicker Amendment by Congress and the signature of President Bill Clinton.

However, Bush did not support embryonic stem cell research. Testing can be done on only 12 of the original lines, and all approved lines have been cultured in contact with mouse cells, which creates safety issues that complicate development and approval of therapies from these lines. The bill would have repealed the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, thereby permitting federal money to be used for research where stem cells are derived from the destruction of an embryo.

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The issue had been debated for 13 years before it finally became law. The measure is designed to protect citizens without hindering genetic research. Bush also urged Congress to provide additional funds for border security and committed to deploying 6, National Guard troops to the Mexico—United States border.

Bush argued that the lack of legal status denies the protections of U. A heated public debate followed, which resulted in a substantial rift within the Republican Party, most conservatives opposed it because of its legalization or amnesty provisions. On September 19, , former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that Bush offered to accept , Palestinian refugees as American citizens if a permanent settlement had been reached between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Hurricane Katrina struck early in Bush's second term and was one of the most damaging natural disasters in U. Katrina formed in late August during the Atlantic hurricane season and devastated much of the north-central Gulf Coast of the United States , particularly New Orleans. Bush declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on August 27 [] and in Mississippi and Alabama the following day. As the disaster in New Orleans intensified, critics charged that Bush was misrepresenting his administration's role in what they saw as a flawed response.

Brown ; [] it was also argued that the federal response was limited as a result of the Iraq War [] and Bush himself did not act upon warnings of floods. During Bush's second term, a controversy arose over the Justice Department's midterm dismissal of seven United States Attorneys.

Bush maintained that all of his advisers were protected under a broad executive privilege protection to receive candid advice. The Justice Department determined that the President's order was legal. Attorney positions for political advantage, no official findings have been released.

On March 10, , the Congress filed a federal lawsuit to enforce their issued subpoenas. In all, twelve Justice Department officials resigned rather than testify under oath before Congress. In , the Justice Department investigator concluded that though political considerations did play a part in as many as four of the attorney firings, [] the firings were "inappropriately political", but not criminal. According to the prosecutors, there was insufficient evidence to pursue prosecution for any criminal offense.

The White House ordered Goss to purge agency officers who were disloyal to the administration. The CIA has been accused of deliberately leaking classified information to undermine the election. The administration pursued a national missile defense. In , Bush then launched the invasion of Iraq , searching for Weapons of Mass Destruction, which he described as being part of the War on Terrorism.

Bush began his second term with an emphasis on improving strained relations with European nations. He appointed long-time adviser Karen Hughes to oversee a global public relations campaign. Bush lauded the pro-democracy struggles in Georgia and Ukraine. In March , Bush reversed decades of U. Bush's visit was in stark contrast to the stance taken by his predecessor, Bill Clinton, whose approach and response to India after the nuclear tests was that of sanctions and hectoring.

The relationship between India and the United States was one that dramatically improved during Bush's tenure. Midway through Bush's second term, questions arose whether Bush was retreating from his freedom and democracy agenda, which was highlighted in policy changes toward some oil-rich former Soviet republics in central Asia. In an address before both Houses of Congress on September 20, , Bush thanked the nations of the world for their support following the September 11 attacks.

The September 11 terrorist attacks were a major turning point in Bush's presidency. That evening, he addressed the nation from the Oval Office , promising a strong response to the attacks. He also emphasized the need for the nation to come together and comfort the families of the victims. Three days after the attacks, Bush visited Ground Zero and met with Mayor Rudy Giuliani , firefighters, police officers, and volunteers. To much applause, Bush addressed the gathering via a megaphone while standing in a heap of rubble: The rest of the world hears you.

And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. In a September 20 speech, Bush condemned Osama bin Laden and his organization Al-Qaeda , and issued an ultimatum to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, where bin Laden was operating, to "hand over the terrorists, or After September 11, Bush announced a global War on Terror. The Afghan Taliban regime was not forthcoming with Osama bin Laden, so Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban regime.

Dissent and criticism of Bush's leadership in the War on Terror increased as the war in Iraq continued. On October 7, , U. The main goals of the war were to defeat the Taliban , drive al-Qaeda out of Afghanistan, and capture key al-Qaeda leaders. In December , the Pentagon reported that the Taliban had been defeated, [] but cautioned that the war would go on to continue weakening Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders. Efforts to kill or capture al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden failed as he escaped a battle in December in the mountainous region of Tora Bora , which the Bush Administration later acknowledged to have resulted from a failure to commit enough U.

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Bin Laden's successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri , remains at large. Despite the initial success in driving the Taliban from power in Kabul, by early the Taliban was regrouping, amassing new funds and recruits. Beginning with his January 29, State of the Union address, Bush began publicly focusing attention on Iraq, which he labeled as part of an " axis of evil " allied with terrorists and posing "a grave and growing danger" to U. In the latter half of , CIA reports contained assertions of Saddam Hussein 's intent of reconstituting nuclear weapons programs, not properly accounting for Iraqi biological and chemical weapons , and that some Iraqi missiles had a range greater than allowed by the UN sanctions.

In late and early , Bush urged the United Nations to enforce Iraqi disarmament mandates, precipitating a diplomatic crisis. More than 20 nations most notably the United Kingdom , designated the " coalition of the willing " joined the United States [] in invading Iraq. They launched the invasion on March 20, The Iraqi military was quickly defeated. The capital, Baghdad , fell on April 9, On May 1, Bush declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq. The initial success of U. The report of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group , led by James Baker , concluded that the situation in Iraq was "grave and deteriorating".

While Bush admitted that there were strategic mistakes made in regards to the stability of Iraq, [] he maintained he would not change the overall Iraq strategy. In January , free, democratic elections were held in Iraq for the first time in 50 years. A referendum to approve a constitution in Iraq was held in October , supported by most Shiites and many Kurds. In March , Bush praised the Iraqi government's "bold decision" to launch the Battle of Basra against the Mahdi Army , calling it "a defining moment in the history of a free Iraq".

He also praised the Iraqis' legislative achievements, including a pension law, a revised de-Baathification law, a new budget, an amnesty law, and a provincial powers measure that, he said, set the stage for the Iraqi elections. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, Bush issued an executive order that authorized the President's Surveillance Program. The new directive allowed the National Security Agency to monitor communications between suspected terrorists outside the U. Senate leaders that the program would not be reauthorized by the President, but would be subjected to judicial oversight.

Bush authorized the CIA to use waterboarding and several other " enhanced interrogation techniques " that several critics, including Barack Obama, would label as torture. Army Field Manuals which assert "that harsh interrogation tactics elicit unreliable information", [] the Bush administration believed these enhanced interrogations "provided critical information" to preserve American lives. Rumsfeld , U. The law also denied the detainees access to habeas corpus and barred the torture of prisoners. The provision of the law allowed the president to determine what constitutes "torture".

On March 8, , Bush vetoed H. Bush publicly condemned Kim Jong-il of North Korea and identified North Korea as one of three states in an " axis of evil ". He said that "the United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons. This was a result of a series of three-way talks initiated by the United States and including China. On June 22, , "While South Korea prospers, the people of North Korea have suffered profoundly," he said, adding that, "communism had resulted in dire poverty, mass starvation and brutal suppression.

Bush expanded economic sanctions on Syria. Bush's order prohibits Americans from doing business with these institutions suspected of helping spread weapons of mass destruction [] and being supportive of terrorism. On May 10, , Vladimir Arutyunian , a native Georgian who was born to a family of ethnic Armenians , threw a live hand grenade toward a podium where Bush was speaking at Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was seated nearby. Arutyunian was arrested in July , confessed, was convicted and was given a life sentence in January Bush emphasized a careful approach to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians; he denounced Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat for his support of violence, but sponsored dialogues between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Bush supported Sharon's unilateral disengagement plan, and lauded the democratic elections held in Palestine after Arafat's death. Bush also expressed U. From to , Bush authorized U. Bush condemned the militia attacks Darfur and denounced the killings in Sudan as genocide. Departing from previous practice, he stood among a group of U. Bush twice invoked Section 3 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment , which allows a president to temporarily transfer the powers and duties of his office to the vice president, who then becomes acting president. On June 29, , Bush underwent a colonoscopy and chose to invoke Section 3 of the amendment, making Vice President Dick Cheney the acting president.

The medical procedure began at 7: EDT and ended at 7: Bush woke up twenty minutes later, but did not resume his presidential powers and duties until 9: EDT after the president's doctor, Richard Tubb , conducted an overall examination. Tubb said he recommended the additional time to make sure the sedative had no after effects. On July 21, , Bush again invoked Section 3 in response to having to undergo a colonoscopy, again making Vice President Cheney the acting president. Bush invoked Section 3 at 7: He reclaimed his powers at 9: In both cases, Bush specifically cited Section 3 when he transferred the presidential powers to the Vice President and when he reclaimed those powers.

Roberts was confirmed by the Senate as the 17th Chief Justice on September 29, After facing significant opposition from both parties, who found her to be ill-prepared and uninformed on the law, [] Miers asked that her name be withdrawn on October Four days later, on October 31, Bush nominated federal appellate judge Samuel Alito. Alito was confirmed as the th Supreme Court Justice on January 31, In addition to his two Supreme Court appointments, Bush appointed 61 judges to the United States courts of appeals and judges to the United States district courts. Each of these numbers, along with his total of judicial appointments, is third in American history, behind both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Bush experienced a number of judicial appointment controversies. Debate during one confirmation session lasted "39 stupefying hours" according to The New York Times. On August 3, , the Senate did not consent to keep existing nominations in status quo , returning 40 judicial nominations, and total nominations. At the outset, Judicature magazine noted that the "Senate Democrats were gearing up for the approaching confirmation hearings" before the first set of nominees were sent to the Senate.

Bush's judicial nominees and will subject them to intense scrutiny. The Senate confirmed only 8 out of 60 judicial nominations by October In February , the Democrats successfully filibustered the nomination of Miguel Estrada. Bush's upbringing in West Texas , his accent, his vacations on his Texas ranch, and his penchant for country metaphors contribute to his folksy, American cowboy image. Bush has been parodied by the media, [] comedians, and other politicians. In contrast to his father—who was perceived as having troubles with an overarching unifying theme—Bush embraced larger visions and was seen as a man of larger ideas and associated huge risks.

Tony Blair wrote in that the caricature of Bush as being dumb is "ludicrous" and that Bush is "very smart". He doesn't want anybody to think he's smarter than they are, so puts on a Texas act. In and again in , Time magazine named George W. Bush as its Person of the Year , a title awarded to someone who the editors believe "has done the most to influence the events of the year".

Within the United States armed forces, according to an unscientific survey, the president was strongly supported in the presidential elections. Bush received heavy criticism for his handling of the Iraq War , his response to Hurricane Katrina and to the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse , NSA warrantless surveillance , the Plame affair , and Guantanamo Bay detention camp controversies.

I frankly don't give a damn about the polls. Bush was criticized internationally and targeted by the global anti-war and anti-globalization campaigns for his administration's foreign policy. Bush was described as having especially close personal relationships with Tony Blair of Great Britain and Vicente Fox of Mexico, although formal relations were sometimes strained. Later in Bush's presidency, tensions arose between him and Vladimir Putin , which led to a cooling of their relationship. In , most respondents in 18 of 21 countries surveyed around the world were found to hold an unfavorable opinion of Bush.

Respondents indicated that they judged his administration as negative for world security. A March survey of Arab opinion conducted by Zogby International and the University of Maryland found that Bush was the most disliked leader in the Arab world. The Pew Research Center 's Global Attitudes poll found that out of 47 countries, in only nine countries did most respondents express "a lot of confidence" or "some confidence" in Bush: During a June visit to the predominantly Muslim [] Albania , Bush was greeted enthusiastically.

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    Bush said in , "Ultimately history will judge the decisions I made, and I won't be around because it will take time for the objective historians to show up. So I am pretty comfortable with it. I did what I did. Following the inauguration of Barack Obama , Bush and his family flew from Andrews Air Force Base to a homecoming celebration in Midland, Texas , following which they returned to their ranch in Crawford, Texas.

    On August 6, , Bush was successfully treated for a coronary artery blockage with a stent. The blockage had been found during an annual medical examination. In reaction to the shooting of Dallas police officers , Bush stated: Murdering the innocent is always evil, never more so than when the lives taken belong to those who protect our families and communities.

    Since leaving office, Bush has kept a relatively low profile [] though he has made public appearances, most notably after the release of his memoirs in and for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in In March , he delivered his first post-presidency speech in Calgary , Alberta, [] [] appeared via video on The Colbert Report during which he praised U. Bush released his memoirs, Decision Points , on November 9, During a pre-release appearance promoting the book, Bush said he considered his biggest accomplishment to be keeping "the country safe amid a real danger", and his greatest failure to be his inability to secure the passage of Social Security reform.

    When asked by Leno why he does not comment publicly about the Obama administration , Bush said, "I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor. Bush criticized Obama's handling of Iran, specifically with respect to sanctions and a nuclear deal, saying: Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That's how Americans should view the deal. Bush Institute hosted a daylong forum on education and health with the spouses of the African leaders attending the summit.

    Bush has spoken in favor of increased global participation of women in politics and societal matters in foreign countries. On November 2, , Bush spoke at an event to business and civic leaders at the George W. Bush published a biography of his father, George Bush , called A Portrait of My Father. It was released on November 11, He added that people had said during his presidency that he should withdraw American troops from Iraq, but he chose the opposite, sending 30, more troops in order to defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq , and that Al Qaeda in Iraq was defeated.

    Bush was also asked about Iran but declined to answer, stating that any answer he gives would be interpreted as undermining President Barack Obama. In February , George W. Bush spoke and campaigned for his brother Jeb Bush in South Carolina during a rally for the Jeb Bush presidential campaign in the Republican Party presidential primaries. While Bush endorsed the Republican Party's presidential nominee Mitt Romney , he declined to endorse the Republican nominee Donald Trump [] and he did not attend the Republican National Convention , which formally nominated Trump.

    In February , Bush released a book of his own portraits of veterans called Portraits of Courage full title: Following the white nationalist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia , Bush and his father released a joint statement condemning the violence and ideologies present at the rally; "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms.

    We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country. Subsequently, Bush gave a speech in New York where he noted of the current political climate, "Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.

    In January , at President Obama's request, Bush and Bill Clinton established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to raise contributions for relief and recovery efforts following the Haiti earthquake earlier that month. On May 2, , President Obama called Bush, who was at a restaurant with his wife, to inform him that Osama bin Laden had been killed.

    After serving as president, Bush began painting as a hobby after reading Winston Churchill 's essay "Painting as a Pastime". Subjects have included people, dogs, and still life. Bill Arning, director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston , called his portraits "thickly painted in what I would call 'high-amateur' mode" and wrote, "I would say they need to be less based on photographic reproduction. You can tell when someone is taking a found photograph and making a painting out of it [ President Bush's legacy continues to develop today.

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    Critics often point to his handling of the Iraq War , specifically the failure to find weapons of mass destruction , that were the main rationale behind the initial invasion—as well as his handling of tax policy , Hurricane Katrina , climate change and the financial crisis —as proof that George W. Bush was unfit to be president. Several historians and commentators hold the view that Bush was one of the most consequential presidents in American history. Princeton University scholar Julian Zelizer described Bush's presidency as a "transformative" one, and said that "some people hate him, some people love him, but I do think he'll have a much more substantive perception as time goes on".

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