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92. George H.W. Bush: From Pilot to President
George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st president
the United States, and the first president to
the country in his family. Bush was a
-term vice president during Ronald Reagan's terms in office,
served as president for one term. His catchphrase
his election campaign and during his presidency was
create "a kinder and gentler nation." He was
to bring the country back to traditional American
Born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts,
was a member of a politically involved family.
enlisted into the United States Navy on his
birthday, and became the youngest pilot. He eventually
in 58 combat missions during World War II.
earned a Distinguished Flying Cross after being shot
in the Pacific Ocean by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.
was rescued by a navy submarine. After his
to the U.S. military, Bush enrolled into Yale
, which is one of the most prestigious schools
the country. He excelled academically, and in sports
Yale, where he played baseball. He was a
of the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity.
the 1980 Republican nomination, but lost to Reagan.
was, however, chosen as running mate, and the
men won the election easily. Bush won the
presidential election, and became the first president to
post Cold War. His presidency was marked by
-Eastern threats to the American people, primarily from Iraq's
Hussein. He sent more than 400,000 troops to
after Hussein invaded its Middle-Eastern neighbor. Bush's presidency
marred by a stagnant economy, and discontent with
status quo. He lost the 1992 presidential election