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George H.W. Bush Report Card

By Adelia Du and Keely Wan

Keely Wan

on 24 July 2015

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Transcript of George H.W. Bush Report Card

George H.W. Bush Report Card
In 1990, Iraq invaded it neighbor, Kuwait because of its land, wealth, and oil. The Persian Gulf War was an endeavor to force Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. However, Bush wanted to ensure that the administration had exhausted all diplomatic efforts before going to war.
“Operation Desert Storm” began on January 17, 1991 when the U.S. led massive air strikes against Iraqi forces. The following ground war quickly subdued the Iraqi troops.
The Bush administration had successfully contributed and helped to lead the largest military action since Vietnam War without suffering high casualties, which helped restore the US military’s morale.

Chief Executive
Bush appointed people who worked well together to a team of advisors that would help him. He put together his cabinet by appointing some of his old friends and kept some of Reagan’s original team. In the beginning he nominated John Tower and stuck with him loyally, even though the Senate voted against him due to Tower’s charges with inappropriate behavior (drinking excessively and womanizing).
Bush discussed uniting the executive and legislative branches in foreign affairs which presented a united image of the US to the rest of the world.

Final Grade
1943: becomes youngest commissioned pilot in the naval air force
1945: earns Distinguished Flying Cross
1952: becomes successful in oil industry
1966: becomes Congressman
1970: appointed as US ambassador to the UN
1974: appointed as US liaison in Beijing
1975: Director of CIA
1981: Vice President for Ronald Reagan
The 41st President of the united States, George H.W. Bush.
Guardian of the Economy
Bush ended up breaking his “no new taxes” pledge, in order to lower the deficit. His actions betrayed many conservative Republicans and many never forgave him.

The Saving and Loans industry was collapsing so he tried to bail them out. His efforts cost taxpayers $100 billion.

Overall, the US economy slowed down and middle class Americans grew upset at his inaction on the economic recession.
Chief Diplomat
The Bush administration only imposed limited sanctions on China after the Tiananmen Square Massacre because Bush did not want to ruin the fragile Sino-American relations.
Bush refused to gloat or declare victory over the Soviet Union, in order to avoid a backlash in Eastern Europe.
"Operation Just Cause" was a plan to remove the dictator in Panama from power. It was a success and it bolstered his reputation as a strong, decisive leader. “Operation Desert Storm” was also a success in which its primary aim was to remove Iraq from Kuwait.
Head of State
Chief Legislator
Bush promised to begin a period of "unity, diversity, and generosity" and promised to work with the Democratic Congress. However, he depended on veto power by vetoing a total of 44 bills, while Congress only overrode one. He often shaped legislation by threatening to veto.

He signed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which banned discrimination against the disabled, and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, which aimed to reduce urban smog, prevent acid rain, and stop industries' toxic chemical emissions.

His entire presidency focused more on foreign affairs instead of domestic affairs. However, most American citizens cared more about domestic affairs.
Although, Bush had many accomplishments in foreign affairs, he lost the people's trust after he increased taxes when he promised he wouldn’t in his campaign.


Chief of Party
George H.W. Bush was a prominent Republican businessman.
In the midst of the Watergate Scandal, Nixon asked Bush to be chairman of the Republican National Committee. When Nixon and the Republican Party popularity fell, Bush defended Nixon. However, when Nixon's involvement became clear, Bush focused more on defending the Republican Party although he was still loyal to Nixon.
Overall, he was successful in military endeavors and foreign affairs. However, he did not handle the issues within the US very well.
Adelia Du and Keely Wan
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