George H.W. Bush
"Read my lips. No new taxes.” --A broken campaign promise made by George Bush in 1988.
Best known for: Forty-first president
Education: Yale graduate (1948) with a degree in economics.
The company Bush most wanted to work for after graduation, Proctor and Gamble, rejected him. After interviewing with several other companies, Bush used his family connections to get a job.
his son George and grandson George W.,
Prescott convinced his partners at the banking house of Brown Brothers Harriman –among them Averell Harriman, a fellow Skull and Bones member-- to wave the firm’s nepotism rule so George could work there. Uncle George Herbert Walker, Jr. offered him a job at G.H. Walker and Co., the private Wall Street banking firm founded by his father, Bush’s maternal grandfather.
of taking those two prospects, George opted for a third family tie. He met with
Henry Neil Mallon, the president of Dresser
Industries. Mallon offered George his first job at
Dresser subsidiary International Derrick and Equipment Company (Ideco), in
1953, Bush got money from Brown Brothers Harriman and, with partners Hugh and
Bill Liedtke, formed Zapata Petroleum. By the late
1950s they were millionaires. Bush bought subsidiary Zapata Off-Shore from his
partners and went into business on his own in 1954. By 1958, the new company
was drilling on the Cay Sal Bank in the
Political leader. Received the Distinguished Flying Cross for
Bravery during World War II;
In 1964, Bush campaigned against the Civil Rights Act. He lost that election but was elected to Congress in 1966 and again in 1968. He was defeated in the race for Senate by Democrat Lloyd Bentsen in 1970.
served as Gerald Ford’s Director of Central
Intelligence (DCI) from November 1975 to January 1977. As head the CIA,
Bush was answerable only to President Ford. He was supposedly the first CIA
“outsider” to hold the agency's top position. During his tenure as DCI he
maintained a policy of disinformation and secrecy, despite a public show of
cooperation with congressional investigations of CIA abuses such as
assassination plots using Mafia hit men. In September 1976, Chilean dissident
1979, the year before he campaigned for the Republican nomination for
president, Bush claimed a nuclear war was winnable. Ronald Reagan won the 1980
nomination and chose Bush as his running mate. As vice president, Bush cast
three tie-breaking votes to renew chemical weapons production, supported sale
of missiles to “terrorist”
In his 1988 run for president against Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis, Bush chose J. Danforth (Dan) Quayle as his vice presidential running mate. Quayle’s qualifications for the position were so questionable, Richard Nixon found it necessary to assure the public that Quayle was no “mental midget.”
Commander-in-Chief, Bush oversaw two major U.S. military deployments. He ordered the invasion of
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