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George W Bush And His Military Service

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Dubya! And the Military On January 20, 2001 George Walker Bush was sworn into the office as the 43rd President of the United States of America. A controversial Presidential election had just concluded that saw bush lose the nation's popular vote to Democratic candidate Vice President Al Gore. Bush won because of the electoral college, a system that allocates a number of "votes" an individual state has proportional to its population. Most controversial was what came to be called the Florida recount. The election hinged on the state of Florida, rumors ranging from voters being turned away at polling sites in historically democratic voting counties and disappearing ballot boxes were plastered over CNN and every newspaper around the world. The victory was won with a few hundred votes in favor of George W. Bush and the Republican party took a collective deep breath that saw the end of the Clinton Gore administration. The nation's 43rd President was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut and he grew up in Midland and Houston Texas. His father George H. W. Bush laid out a life that saw George W. earn a bachelors degree from Yale in 1968 and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. Bush started as a full time student at Harvard in the Fall of 1973. I will primarily be discussing the five year period Bush spent with the Texas Air National Guard between Yale and Harvard with information acquired under the right of information act. The points I raise will hopefully change your image of Mr. Bush, as well as your vote in 2004. Examined as well, will be Bush as Governor of Texas and how he handled the Texas national guard as governor and briefly the current war in Iraq. On May 27, 1968 George Bush was fresh from Yale and 12 days from losing his student draft deferment. This was at a time 350 Americans were dying every week in Vietnam. The National guard had a waiting list of a year and a half. Congressman George H W Bush pulled some strings and his son was admitted to the guard the day he applied. After basic training Bush was given a direct appointment to the rank of Second Lieutenant without going through officer candidacy school, Bush's appointment was very unusual because he lacked any qualifications. This special procedure got bush into flight school despite very low aptitude scores . Bush scored (Scale of a hundred) 25% on the pilot aptitude test, the lowest acceptable grade and 50% on the navigator test. (www.real changes.org) Bush was assigned to the celebrity 147th unit in Texas. The unit had sons of two senators and seven members of the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys. Bush began training for the F-102 Delta Dagger, a plane being phased out of use. Three months after Bush finished his training the F-102 was retired from oversea operations, assuring he would never fly in Vietnam. This was the result Bush was told d he'd get from the beginning. When Bush began his pilot training...

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