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.

Bush campaigned 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 Bill Clinton.