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President George W. Bush

Self Description

November 2001: "George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. Formerly the 46th Governor of the State of Texas, President Bush has earned a reputation as a compassionate conservative who shapes policy based on the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, strong families and local control.

President Bush was born July 6, 1946, and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He received a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He served as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard before beginning his career in the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975, working in the energy industry until 1986. After working on his father's successful 1988 presidential campaign, he assembled the group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989.

He served as managing general partner of the Texas Rangers until he was elected Governor on November 8, 1994, with 53.5 percent of the vote. In an historic re-election victory, he became the first Texas Governor to be elected to consecutive four-year terms on November 3, 1998, winning 68.6 percent of the vote.

President Bush is pursuing the same common-sense approach and bipartisan spirit that he used in Texas. He has proposed bold initiatives to ensure that America's prosperity has a purpose. He has also addressed improving our nation's public schools by strengthening local control and insisting on accountability; reducing taxes on all taxpayers, especially for those Americans on the fringes of poverty; strengthening the military with better pay, better planning, and better equipment; saving and strengthening Social Security and Medicare by providing seniors with more options; and ushering in the responsibility era in America.

President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian, and they have 19-year-old twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna. The Bush family also includes their dogs, Spot and Barney, and a cat, India."

Third-Party Descriptions

May 2016: "The overtime rule dates back to the passage of the 1938 law that established a federal minimum wage. The cutoff has been raised several times over the years. In 2004, the Bush administration also made it easier to exempt workers above the cutoff under the duties test."

July 2013: "Soon after, President George W. Bush, under a secret wiretapping program that circumvented the FISA court, authorized the N.S.A. to collect metadata and in some cases listen in on foreign calls to or from the United States. After a heated debate, the essential elements of the Bush program were put into law by Congress in 2007, but with greater involvement by the FISA court."

June 2013: 'George W Bush briefly "discontinued" that bulk internet metadata collection, involving Americans, after a dramatic rebellion in March 2004 by senior figures at the Justice Department and FBI, as the Washington Post first reported. One of the leaders of that rebellion was deputy attorney general James Comey, whom Barack Obama nominated last week to run the FBI.'

November 2012: 'As this cacophony crescendoed, a third trend developed as political operatives realized they had more room to stretch the truth. In 2004, an aide to President George W. Bush dismissed a journalist for being part of a “reality-based community” of people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” But even Mr. Bush believed there were limits to truth-bending. The ads that attacked the military service of Senator John Kerry came from the ostensibly independent “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.” After the ads aired, Mr. Bush belatedly called them “bad for the system.”'

October 2012: 'Last week, speaking to The Columbus Dispatch, Mr. Romney declared that nobody in America dies because he or she is uninsured: “We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.” This followed on an earlier remark by Mr. Romney — echoing an infamous statement by none other than George W. Bush — in which he insisted that emergency rooms provide essential health care to the uninsured.'

March 2012: "Much of the debate over phone surveillance in recent years has focused on the federal government and counterterrorism operations, particularly a once-secret program authorized by President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11 attacks. It allowed the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on phone calls of terrorism suspects and monitor huge amounts of phone and e-mail traffic without court-approved intelligence warrants."

June 2011: 'Every major Republican candidate for president eventually runs into the same problem: Musicians and songwriters are overwhelmingly liberal, and they don't like it when their songs get used at GOP campaign events. After Rep. Michele Bachmann took the stage to Tom Petty's "American Girl," Monday, the musician's lawyers sent the campaign a cease-and-desist order to stop using the song. Petty was similarly unenthused when George W. Bush used "I Won't Back Down," in 2000, and the rock band Heart was none-too-pleased when Sarah Palin adopted "Barracuda" as her theme song. Does this mean Bachmann has to find a new song?'

July 2011: "President George W. Bush signed that bill about three weeks before Menachem was born. But Mr. Bush also said he would not obey it."

July 2011: "While the administration of George W. Bush focused on headline-making raids that resulted in arrests of immigrant workers, the Obama administration has gone after employers with ICE’s I-9 audits on the theory that employers who hire unauthorized workers create the demand that drives most illegal immigration."

July 2011: "And despite the 2005 peace deal brokered by the George W. Bush administration, forces aligned with both sides continue to clash."

May 2011: "Cheerleading has been a colorful presence on the sidelines of football games ever since. Men did the cheering at first, and they have maintained a presence — in the early 1960s, George W. Bush was the head cheerleader at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. But beginning in the 1920s, women joined their ranks, and cheerleading eventually became a mostly female pastime. Around the same time, participants began adding jumps and other acrobatic stunts to their routines."

May 2011: "Still, in recent years, President Bush did seek and receive congressional authority for Afghanistan and Iraq prior to launching those missions."

April 2010: "Some people wondered whether the first couple should have given more money away than the 6 percent of their adjusted gross income that they did dole out, though people did credit the couple for redirecting to charity all of the $1.4 million the president was awarded for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Others noted that George and Laura Bush gave away a much higher percentage of their income in 2007: 18 percent."

April 2010: "President George W. Bush had attempted comprehensive reform but failed when his own party split over the issue. Once again, Republicans facing primary challenges from the right, including Governor Brewer and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, have come under tremendous pressure to support the Arizona law, known as SB 1070."

April 2010: '“It shouldn’t be something people should be punished for,” said Robert J. Shiller, the Yale economist who helped develop Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Index of housing prices. “It was a national mistake. President Bush, in his weekly radio addresses, was extolling the benefits of homeownership. Implicit in this, he was telling people they were doing the right thing to take these highly leveraged mortgage loans. We can’t reasonably think people should be punished for doing that when there is a crisis that is not of their doing.”'

March 2010: "WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s program of surveillance without warrants was illegal, rejecting the Obama administration’s effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed counterterrorism policies of former President George W. Bush."

February 2010: "The focus on missing e-mails revives a controversy that for years dogged the Bush administration, which had fought a lawsuit seeking electronic messages from government officials. Only after President George W. Bush returned to Texas did his officials turn over the 22 million documents."

September 2009: "Under both Republicans and Democrats, administrations have historically fought efforts to disclose who comes inside the gates, arguing that it would intrude on presidential prerogatives...President George W. Bush resisted releasing records of industry executives who participated in the energy task force led by Vice President Dick Cheney, ultimately losing in court."

May 2009: 'Representative Nick J. Rahall II, Democrat of West Virginia and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, called the directive “proof positive” that the Obama administration will work to overturn the environmental legacy of President George W. Bush. The Pew Environment Group, an arm of the Pew Charitable Trusts, called it “a critical step.”'

June 2009: 'The series of two-minute trailers is the latest salvo in a long-running political battle over whether there should be curbs on bringing civil lawsuits. President George W. Bush often criticized what he called “junk lawsuits,” but trial lawyers fought back, citing research by the RAND Institute and other groups that as few as 2 percent of injured people file lawsuits.'

December 2008: "Current and former career officials at OSHA say that such sagas were a recurrent feature during the Bush administration, as political appointees ordered the withdrawal of dozens of workplace health regulations, slow-rolled others, and altered the reach of its warnings and rules in response to industry pressure."

December 2008: "WASHINGTON — President Bush changed his mind on Christmas Eve, pulling back a pardon he had extended a day earlier to a Brooklyn developer at the center of a Long Island real estate fraud case and adding a bizarre twist to the episode."

December 2008: "Although the impact of Bush's judicial appointments is most often noticed at the Supreme Court, it has played out much more frequently and more importantly here and in the nation's 12 other appellate courts, where his appointees and their liberal counterparts are waging often-bitter ideological battles. After Bush's eight years in office, Republican-appointed majorities firmly control the outcomes in 10 of these courts, compared with seven after President Bill Clinton's tenure. They also now share equal representation with Democratic appointees on two additional courts."

November 2008: "The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere....authorized by a classified order that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed in the spring of 2004 with the approval of President Bush..."

November 2008: 'Somewhere up north, a polar bear, on a melting ice floe, is wiping its sweaty brow, thinking, “Fewer than 80 days before these oil freaks are out of office.” It hardly bears repeating that George W. Bush’s record on the environment makes his own father look like Teddy Roosevelt by comparison. By taking environmental policymaking away from scientists, and turning it over to industry cronies, Bush has made a mockery of the nation’s environmental laws and values.'

November 2008: 'During the 2004 presidential campaign, in the first televised debate between President George Bush and Senator John Kerry, the moderator asked each candidate, "What is the single most serious threat to the national security of the United States?" In rare agreement, Kerry and Bush both cited nuclear terrorism.'

October 2008: "The U.S. Senate is investigating allegations by two National Security Agency whistleblowers who have described widespread monitoring of innocuous telephone conversations by the Bush administration's clandestine program....If the allegations prove true, that would fly in the face of assertions by President Bush that innocent conversations would never be intercepted."

September 2008: 'The vote mentioned in his statement came on the Fetal Farming Act of 2006, signed into law by President Bush. But though the bill was unanimously approved in the House and Senate, its sponsors were criticized for failing to make clear that "fetal farming" doesn't exist.'

September 2008: "President George W Bush has authorised US military raids against militants inside Pakistan without prior approval from Islamabad, the BBC has learned."

August 2008: '"South Ossetia and Abkhazia are part of Georgia," Bush said, and the United States "will work with our allies to assure Georgia's independence and territorial integrity."'

July 2008: 'To catch on nationwide, however, class-based integration would have to generate momentum that it has so far lacked. In his State of the Union address in January, President Bush urged action “to help liberate poor children trapped in failing public schools.” And yet a provision in the No Child Left Behind Act that theoretically allows students to transfer depends on the availability of open spaces elsewhere and has barely been utilized. The administration may have advocated class-based integration to the Supreme Court, but Bush officials haven’t used their signature education law to make it happen.'

July 2008: "Felons are asking President Bush for pardons and commutations at historic levels as he nears his final months in office, a time when many other presidents have granted a flurry of clemency requests."

July 2008: "The World Court ruled in 2004 that the Mexican nationals deserved to have their cases reviewed because of claims they did not to have an opportunity to seek legal help from Mexican consulates, a right granted under the 1963 Vienna Conventions. After the court's ruling, President Bush asked courts in Texas to comply. But they refused, setting off another round of legal fights. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court backed the Texas courts, saying that they were not bound by international rulings and that Bush could not force them to review the cases."

July 2008: "The White House on Wednesday disavowed the actions of a Houston businessman and Bush campaign fund-raiser who was caught on videotape apparently trying to trade access to top administration officials — including Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — in exchange for six-figure donations to President Bush’s library foundation."

July 2008: "President Bush cast a futile veto on Tuesday, rejecting a bill that would protect doctors from cuts in their Medicare payments. But hours later, the House and Senate voted to override the veto, making the Medicare measure the fourth bill to become legislation over Mr. Bush’s opposition."

July 2008: "President Bush has the legal power to order the indefinite military detentions of civilians captured in the United States, the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled on Tuesday in a fractured 5-to-4 decision."

July 2008: "The reluctance by Republicans to embrace President Bush’s plan came as shares in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plunged again on Tuesday, raising the chances that the federal government might need to take over the companies — a prospect that some fiscal conservative lawmakers likened to socialism."

July 2008: "President Bush lifted a presidential moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf on Monday, hoping to prod Congress to act to clear the way for exploration along the country’s coastline in response to soaring energy prices."

July 2008: "Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts made a surprise return to the Senate last week and helped Democrats pass a bill to rescind a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors. The White House says President Bush will veto the bill because it would also reduce subsidies paid to insurance companies that care for some Medicare beneficiaries."

July 2008: "Obama's campaign has declined to confirm the dates of his trip, but politicians here continued to squabble over where, exactly, to lay out the red carpet for the presumptive Democratic nominee, who, in contrast to President Bush, is very popular with the German public."

July 2008: "The spotty disclosure records of Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain, despite repeated entreaties from watchdog groups, compare unfavorably with that of George W. Bush in his two runs for president."

July 2008: "President Bush had threatened to veto the bill if it did not protect companies such as AT&T and Verizon Communications from about 40 lawsuits alleging they violated the privacy of their customers by helping the government conduct a secret surveillance program without court warrants after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."

July 2008: "President Bush's recent executive order mandating that all federal contractors use E-Verify and legislation pending in Congress that would make the program mandatory for all employers nationwide have heightened concerns among critics that thousands of legal Americans will be unfairly denied jobs. That's because E-Verify relies mainly on the Social Security database, which the Government Accountability Office has found to be fraught with errors. Studies have also shown that almost half of employers who are already using E-Verify are not abiding by rules designed to protect citizens like Tinoco."

July 2008: "President Bush on June 9 ordered all federal contractors to check new workers with E-Verify. The administration is pressing forward with a rule that would pressure employers to fire within 90 days any worker whose identity information does not match the records of the Social Security Administration, as frequently happens with illegal immigrants. The first version of the rule was held up last year by a federal court injunction."

July 2008: "The judge, Vaughn R. Walker, the chief judge for the Northern District of California, made his findings in a ruling on a lawsuit brought by an Oregon charity. The group says it has evidence of an illegal wiretap used against it by the National Security Agency under the secret surveillance program established by President Bush after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."

July 2008: "Justice Kennedy’s conclusion about the absence of federal law was mistaken. Not only did Congress add child rape to the military death penalty in 2006, but President Bush, in an executive order last September, added the new provision to the current version of the Manual for Courts-Martial."

July 2008: "Bush administration officials knew that a Texas oil company with close ties to President Bush was planning to sign an oil deal with the regional Kurdistan government that ran counter to American policy and undercut Iraq’s central government, a Congressional committee has concluded."

June 2008: "President Bush moved Thursday to drop North Korea from a list of countries that sponsor terrorism and to lift some trading sanctions, after the isolated totalitarian state turned over a long-delayed report that includes details of plutonium production in its nuclear program."

June 2008: "President Bush, the Navy, and the Council on Environmental Quality all concluded as a matter of national security that the sonar training should be permitted to continue without environmental restrictions."

June 2008: 'The House approved a bipartisan plan Friday to overhaul the nation's wiretapping laws....Before the vote, President Bush said Friday that the bill "will help our intelligence professionals learn our enemies' plans for new attacks."'

June 2008: "A coalition of immigrant Muslim groups endorsed George Bush in his 2000 campaign, only to find themselves ignored by Bush administration officials as their communities were rocked by the carrying out of the USA Patriot Act, the detention and deportation of Muslim immigrants and other security measures after Sept. 11."

June 2008: "Scott McClellan, President Bush’s former press secretary, told the House Judiciary Committee on Friday that he had been unfairly vilified by Bush supporters for his recent book criticizing former White House colleagues over the Iraq war and their involvement in leaking the identity of an intelligence officer."

June 2008: "House and Senate leaders agreed yesterday on surveillance legislation that could shield telecommunications companies from privacy lawsuits, handing President Bush one of the last major legislative victories he is likely to achieve."

June 2008: "After months of wrangling, Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress struck a deal on Thursday to overhaul the rules on the government’s wiretapping powers and provide what amounts to legal immunity to the phone companies that took part in President Bush’s program of eavesdropping without warrants after the Sept. 11 attacks."

June 2008: 'In 2004, President Bush charged that his opponent for reelection, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), was advocating a pre-Sept. 11 mind-set after Kerry compared Islamic terrorism to other global scourges such as drug trafficking and said it is "primarily an intelligence and law enforcement operation that requires cooperation around the world." The charge appeared to help Bush sway security-minded voters on his way to reelection.'

June 2008: "President Bush, reversing a longstanding position, will call on Congress on Wednesday to end a federal ban on offshore oil drilling, according to White House officials who say Mr. Bush now wants to work with states to determine where drilling should occur."

June 2008: "But it has never been clear what roles were played by President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and their subordinates in approving the interrogation techniques used after the Sept. 11 attacks against terrorism suspects. Only gradually has the fog of secrecy begun to lift, and two hearings on Tuesday showed there is a long way to go."

June 2008: "Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a former Democratic presidential candidate from Ohio, introduced a resolution to impeach President Bush into the House of Representatives on Tuesday."

June 2008: "The United States has an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, a record number. Its last mass amnesty program, which began in 1987, legalized 2.7 million. President Bush proposed an immigration plan that would give some workers a path to legalization. But it died last year under assault from people who said it would lead to more illegal immigration."

June 2008: "President Bush and European Union leaders threatened Iran on Tuesday with new financial sanctions unless the country curbs its nuclear ambitions and opens facilities to international inspection."

May 2008: "In the case of this year’s focus on improvised explosives, the main killer of American troops in Iraq, Homeland Security officials say the attention to the domestic threat stems from a classified strategy that President Bush approved last year that is designed to help the country to deter and defeat I.E.D.’s before terrorists can detonate them here."

May 2008: "The House easily overrode President Bush's veto of a $307 billion farm bill last night in what appeared to be the most significant legislative rebuff of Bush's presidency. But a legislative glitch is likely to force embarrassed Democratic leaders to pass the bill all over again today -- and prompt a second showdown with Bush next month."

May 2008: "With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan far from over, President Bush is threatening to veto a bill that would pay tuition and other expenses at a four-year public university for anyone who has served in the military for at least three years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A main reason is the fear that it would hasten an exodus from the ranks."

May 2008: "On Monday, President Bush signed a bill temporarily suspending the purchase of crude oil for the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Mr. Bush had initially opposed such action but relented after the House and Senate approved the bill by wide margins."

May 2008: 'The numbers are likely to increase if the departments of State and Defense continue with stabilization and reconstruction plans. President Bush's fiscal 2009 budget also would pull together more than 2,000 federal employees from 15 agencies for a "response corps" and would create a civilian reserve corps of about 2,000 drawn from state and local governments and nonprofit organizations.'

May 2008: 'President Bush has forcefully backed the Army's restrictions, asserting in a January 2005 interview with the Washington Times that there should be "no women in combat." Since her heroic actions, however, Brown was promoted to specialist and has been congratulated by Cheney in Afghanistan, praised in a meeting with Bush at a NATO summit in Romania, and offered a job on the White House staff.'

May 2008: 'After President Bush said recently that India’s burgeoning middle class was helping to push up food prices by demanding better food, officials in India complained that not only do Americans eat too much — if they slimmed down to the weight of middle-class Indians, said one, “many people in sub-Saharan Africa would find food on their plate” — but they also throw out too much food.'

May 2008: "With demand beginning to outstrip supply, prices have soared, and food riots have erupted that have undermined the stability of foreign governments. World leaders are scrambling to respond. On May 1, President Bush asked Congress for an extra $770 million to pay for food aid and to help farmers improve their productivity."

March 2008: "This month, the House passed a bill that would require insurance companies to provide mental health insurance parity. It was the first time it has approved a proposal so substantial....President Bush, who has voiced support for the more limited coverage called for in the Senate bill, has said he would not support the House version, which estimates a cost to the government of $3.8 billion over the next decade through coverage from federally funded insurance. The bill also includes ways to offset the cost."

March 2008: 'President Bush said in a statement, Jackson "made significant progress in transforming public housing, revitalizing and modernizing the Federal Housing Administration, increasing affordable housing, rebuilding the Gulf Coast, decreasing homelessness, and increasing minority homeownership." VideoWatch Jackson talk about his career at HUD »'

October 2007: "Key lawmakers have written a bipartisan House resolution that urges a group of nations engaged in nuclear trade to place toughly worded constraints on future nuclear dealings with India....Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to the pact in July 2005, but it has faced many hurdles. Congress gave preliminary approval last year in a bill known as the Hyde Act."

March 2008: 'Sudan was just one country the State Department highlighted where an authoritarian government has been behind egregious human rights abuses. In presenting the report at a news conference, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice quoted President Bush, who said, "Freedom can be resisted, and freedom can be delayed, but freedom cannot be denied."'

March 2008: 'Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, while not commenting directly on the State Department report, told reporters Wednesday that foreign leaders, including President Bush, have expressed support for the Beijing Olympics by committing to attend the opening ceremony. He warned that activists who wanted to tarnish China's image "will never get their way."'

January 2008: "Bush last month rejected a defense spending bill that would have left the current Iraqi government financially liable for the actions taken by the former regime of Saddam Hussein."

January 2008: "Nearly 40 percent of Americans owed no federal income tax last year, though even low-income workers paid taxes for Social Security and Medicare. While Mr. Bush has refused to disclose specifics of his $145 billion plan, administration officials and Republican lawmakers favor a proposal that would offer rebates of up to $800 for individuals and $1,600 for families — but only if they paid that much in taxes last year."

December 2007: "Mr. Bush and administration officials have issued veto threats. A White House spokesman, Tony Fratto, said the president, like the Republicans in the House, saw a donation of contraceptives as “providing support with taxpayer dollars to nongovernmental organizations that promote abortion as a method of family planning.”"

December 2007: "President Bush and lawmakers of both parties are finally in full agreement on something. All proclaim that middle-class taxpayers should be spared a surprise bill in the coming months posed by the alternative minimum tax."

November 2007: Bush said Saturday that he supported Musharraf because 'we share a common goal' in the fight against Al Qaeda, an endorsement the general appeared to use to his advantage Sunday as he justified his extrajudicial measures.

November 2007: "President Bush threatened to veto an earlier version of the [Employment Nondiscrimination Act], but a White House spokesman, Tony Fratto, said the administration would need to review recent changes before making a final decision. Few Democrats expect Mr. Bush to change his mind."

November 2007: "The rescue of the Florida Everglades, the largest and most expensive environmental restoration project on the planet, is faltering....Supporters say the effort would get sorely needed momentum from a long-delayed federal bill authorizing $23 billion in water infrastructure projects..It went to President Bush last week, and he has pledged to veto it because, he says, it is stuffed with political pork. Other critics agree, and say the bill does not ensure that the most crucial projects, including those in Florida and Louisiana, would get the highest priority.

October 2007: President Bush acknowledges that the current means of caring for wounded and traumatized vets is 'an antiquated system that needs to be changed.' A bipartisan commission says the need for fundamental improvements in care management and the disability system 'requires a sense of urgency and strong leadership.'

October 2007: In arguing in favor of such protections earlier this month, President Bush said that any legislation 'must grant liability protection to companies who are facing multibillion-dollar lawsuits only because they are believed to have assisted in the efforts to defend our nation following the 9/11 attacks.'

October 2007: "controversial 2001 Bush executive order—recently overturned, in part, by a federal judge—that authorized more extensive layers of review from both current and former presidents before papers are released."

October 2007: President Bush sent legislation to Congress yesterday to revamp the health-care and disability system for U.S troops wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan by eliminating duplicative bureaucracy and providing more assistance to families dealing with the long-term effects of their injuries.

October 2007: When the House votes Thursday on whether to override [President George W. Bush's] veto, Republicans will insist that the answer is yes. They will express outrage that rich children could get coverage from the government while hundreds of thousands of poor children still go uninsured. Democrats say it is a total distortion for Mr. Bush and his Republican allies to say that the bill allows coverage with family incomes up to $83,000 a year.

October 2007: While President Bush and other officials have publicly stated their desire to close the facility, the administration has engaged in heated internal debates and has not come to a consensus on how to do so, as well as on the fate of the detainees who would need to remain in custody. Guantanamo's population has been slowly dwindling as U.S. officials have negotiated the transfer of hundreds of detainees to their home nations.

October 2007: Powers granted by the temporary legislation – which expires in February 2008 – have allowed intelligence professionals 'to gather critical information that would have been missed with this authority,' said President Bush Wednesday. 'Keeping this authority is critical to keeping America safe.'

October 2007: For President Bush, getting new nuclear plants built has been a priority since his first months in office. 'America should also expand a clean and unlimited source of energy: nuclear power,' Bush said in May 2001. In a Gallup poll in March 2007, 53 percent of Americans surveyed favored the use of nuclear energy, little changed from the 57 percent who favored it when Gallup first asked the question in 1994.

October 2007: The state's eight-member Democratic congressional delegation fought to get a guaranteed dental benefit included in the reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which covers millions of children from working poor families with incomes too high to get Medicaid. Yesterday, the bill, which would have added $35 million over five years to extend coverage to 4 million children, was vetoed by President Bush, who said it was too costly.

October 2007: Bush expressed his opposition to the measure and his belief that passage would be 'harmful' to U.S.-Turkey relations to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe.

August 2007: But President George W. Bush, who has called New York’s and other states’ plans a step toward socialized medicine, seems likely to veto any law that directly authorized the expansions. It is not clear if there would be enough votes in Congress to override him.

August 2007: President Bush is right on the factual record, according to historians. But many of them also quarreled with his drawing analogies from the causes of that turmoil to predict what might happen in Iraq should the United States withdraw.

August 2007: The Senate and the House have passed legislation that would dramatically increase funding and make it possible to sign up millions of new children for coverage. But President Bush wants to keep the program largely unchanged and has promised to veto either bill, saying they would inappropriately increase the federal role in health care.

August 2007: Mr. Bush has repeatedly stated that his administration does not use torture. But he has also acknowledged that in certain instances harsh interrogation methods have been authorized and used to help protect the nation.

August 2007: The CIA techniques have come under harsh criticism from human rights groups who argue that they are abusive and torturous, especially when used in combination over long periods of time. President Bush last month signed an executive order that requires the CIA to treat detainees humanely, but a classified list of techniques that are approved for the agency's use has been kept from public view.

August 2007: The Bush administration's chief intelligence official said yesterday that President Bush authorized a series of secret surveillance activities under a single executive order in late 2001. The disclosure makes clear that a controversial National Security Agency program was part of a much broader operation than the president previously described.

July 2007: A surgeon general's report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle global health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public health, chiefly because the report did not promote the administration's policy accomplishments, according to current and former public health officials.

June 2007: The White House said Friday that, like Vice President Dick Cheney's office, President Bush's office is not allowing an independent federal watchdog to oversee its handling of classified national security information.,0,863839.story

June 2007: Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Bush authorized the NSA to spy on calls between people in the United States and terrorism suspects abroad without warrants. The administration said that it needed to act more quickly than the surveillance court could and that the president has inherent authority under the Constitution to order warrantless domestic spying.

June 2007: President Bush has asserted that he is not necessarily bound by the bills he signs into law, and yesterday a congressional study found multiple examples in which the administration has not complied with the requirements of the new statutes.

June 2007: Mr. Bush, who learned of the sentence while traveling in Europe, expressed sympathy for Mr. Libby and his family through a spokeswoman, Dana Perino, who was accompanying the president on Air Force One from the Czech Republic to Germany. But as to the possibility of a pardon, Ms. Perino said only, “The president has not intervened so far in this or any other criminal matter, so he’s going to decline to do so now as well.”

June 2007: President Bush and some senators champion the point system as a way to select immigrants most likely to make long-term economic contributions to the United States. Supporters say it would be the most systematic effort in the nation’s history to evaluate would-be immigrants, using objective criteria to measure job skills, education and other attributes.

April 2007: At the heart of the dispute is a tension locked into the Constitution over who directs a war. As commander in chief, Bush says that he and generals on the ground determine the deployment of US forces, not members of Congress.

April 2007: During his first campaign for president, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush told ABC's 'Good Morning America' in 1999 that he was opposed to Wiccan soldiers practicing their faith at Fort Hood, Tex. 'I don't think witchcraft is a religion, and I wish the military would take another look at this and decide against it,' he said.

April 2007: What's happened: Shortly after 9/11, President Bush signed an executive order that allowed the National Security Agency (NSA), without getting a warrant, to wiretap the overseas communications of people suspected of having contact with Al Qaeda, even if the call ended in the United States. When the story broke in 2005, critics said it was a violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Passed in 1978, this act established a special court, known as the FISA court, where intelligence agencies could seek approval for wiretaps in national-security investigations. Mr. Bush says that legislation passed after 9/11 gave him authority to supersede the FISA court.

March 2007: President Bush met at the White House this week with a Russian general who has been accused of overseeing some of the most notorious atrocities against civilians during the brutal second war in Chechnya.

March 2007: The Clinton Justice Department brought the unprecedented civil suit against the country's five largest tobacco companies in 1999. President Bush disparaged the tobacco case while campaigning in 2000. After Bush took office, some officials expressed initial doubts about the government's ability to fund the prosecution, Justice's largest.

March 2007: Bush and Bartlett were arguing that some of the fired attorneys had underperformed by failing to prosecute the raft of offenses that make up voter fraud -- things like vote buying, double voting, and voting by felons, illegal aliens and the deceased. And it is true that at least two of the prosecutors who were let go might not have pursued voter fraud cases to the satisfaction of their bosses at the Department of Justice. But under the Bush administration, pursuing voter fraud is not always about performance. It's often about politics.

March 2007: President George W. Bush’s 2001 executive order restricted the release of presidential records by giving sitting presidents the power to delay the release of papers indefinitely, while extending the control of former presidents, vice presidents and their families. It also changed the system from one that automatically released documents 30 days after a current or former president is notified to one that withholds papers until a president specifically permits their release.

January 2007: President Bush yesterday defended a Pentagon program to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq, saying that U.S. troops would use all necessary measures to protect themselves and Iraqi civilians from harm.

January 2007: Speaking at a roundtable before an audience made up largely of journalists, Bush promoted his plan to offer new tax incentives for people to get modestly priced health insurance through their employers or on their own.

January 2007: The President asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a 'signing statement' that declared his right to open people's mail under emergency conditions.

November 2006: Moreover, the biggest current emitter of the gases, the United States, has rejected the protocol in part because most lawmakers and President Bush say its exemption for rising powers like China is unfair.

October 2006: When he signed the new terror legislation into law earlier this week, President Bush said the measure fulfilled his most important requirement - that the Central Intelligence Agency be authorized to continue using aggressive interrogation tactics against Al-Qaeda leaders and operatives.

October 2006: In 1997, George Bush, who was the governor, pushed through legislation that exempted faith-based day care centers and addiction treatment programs from state licensing, allowing them to be monitored instead by private associations controlled by pastors, program directors and other private citizens. Other laws enacted on his watch steered more state financing to these “alternatively accredited” institutions.

September 2006: The post-Sept. 11 discourse used by President Bush and adopted by Uribe (including rechristening narcotraffickers and guerrillas as narcoterrorists) has made it even harder to replace 'hard' measures with softer ones. The US political cycle also plays a part in drug-fighting methods, adds Bruce Bagley, an expert on drug trafficking at the University of Miami. 'No one in the US wants to look 'soft' on drugs, and nothing looks tougher than spraying hundreds of thousands of hectares of coca fields,' he says. 'Talking about [alternative] development won't get you re-elected.'

August 2006: 'Whatever happens in the U.N., we must not create a vacuum into which Hezbollah and its sponsors are able to move more weapons,' Bush said. 'Sometimes the world likes to take the easy route in order to solve a problem. Our view is, it's time to address root causes of problems. And to create a vacuum . . . is unacceptable.'

June 2006: WASHINGTON, June 26 — President Bush on Monday condemned as 'disgraceful' the disclosure last week by The New York Times and other newspapers of a secret program to investigate and track terrorists that relies on a vast international database that includes Americans' banking transactions.

January 2006: Generally, Bush's signing statements tend to be brief and very broad, and they seldom cite the authority on which the president is relying for his reading of the law. None has yet been tested in court. But they do appear to be bulking up the powers of the presidency. Here are a few examples:

December 2005: WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 - President Bush and two of his most senior aides argued Monday that the highly classified program to spy on suspected members of terrorist groups in the United States grew out of the president's constitutional authority and a 2001 Congressional resolution that authorized him to use all necessary force against those responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks.

December 2005: President Bush said yesterday that he secretly ordered the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans with suspected ties to terrorists because it was 'critical to saving American lives' and 'consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution.'

December 2005: Congressional leaders of both parties called for hearings and issued condemnations yesterday in the wake of reports that President Bush signed a secret order in 2002 allowing the National Security Agency to spy on hundreds of U.S. citizens and other residents without court-approved warrants.

November 2005: President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence.

October 2005: President Bush said yesterday that it was appropriate for the White House to invoke Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers's religion in making the case for her to skeptical conservatives, triggering a debate over what role, if any, her evangelical faith should play in the confirmation battle.

December 2001: ...Bush, as outgoing governor of Texas, shipped his official records to his father's presidential library at Texas A&M University. By doing so, he succeeded in removing his gubernatorial papers not only from the custody of the Texas State Library and Archives, but also, possibly, from the ownership, oversight and right of access of the people of Texas.


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Opponent (past or present) American Freedom Agenda (AFA) Organization Aug 30, 2007
Financial Recipient from (past or present) Campaign for Working Families (CPW) Organization Jan 8, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) Harvard University Organization
Founder/Co-Founder of Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) Organization Dec 12, 2006
Founder/Co-Founder of President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors (PCCWW) Organization Oct 18, 2007
Founder/Co-Founder of President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) Organization Mar 22, 2008
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Texas (State Government) Organization
Former Owner of (partial or full) Texas Rangers Organization
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) US Federal Government - Executive Branch Organization Oct 13, 2003
Student/Trainee (past or present) Yale University Organization
Appointed/Selected Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., Esq. Person May 14, 2006
Cooperation (past or present) Supporter of (past or present) Ayad Allawi Person Dec 18, 2011
Advised by (past or present) Joseph "Joe" M. Allbaugh Person Sep 8, 2005
Supervisor of (past or present) Attorney General John Ashcroft Person Dec 18, 2005
Advised by (past or present) Dan Bartlett Esq. Person May 30, 2008
Appointed/Selected W. Ralph Basham Person Nov 23, 2007
Supported by (past or present) M. Teel Bivins Person May 19, 2004
Supported by (past or present) Kirk Blalock Person May 19, 2004
Appointed/Selected Scott J. Bloch Esq. Person Jun 12, 2007
Opponent (past or present) Blumenthal Person Jun 26, 2016
Advised by (past or present) Sen Roy Blunt Person Jun 5, 2013
Supervisor of (past or present) Joshua B. Bolten Person Jan 12, 2009
Represented by (past or present) Supervisor of (past or present) John R. Bolton Esq. Person Sep 15, 2005
Advised by (past or present) Supervisor of (past or present) Stuart W. Bowen Jr., Esq. Person Jun 6, 2006
Appointed/Selected L. Paul Bremer III, MBA Person Sep 30, 2006
Appointed/Selected John Hope Bryant Person Aug 21, 2006
Family Member President George Herbert Walker Bush Person Aug 29, 2006
Family Member Gov. John "Jeb" Bush Person Aug 29, 2006
Family Member Laura Bush Person Mar 22, 2008
Family Member Neil Bush Person Jul 5, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Andrew H. Card Jr. Person Sep 6, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) Dr. Richard H. Carmona M.D., M.Ph Person Jul 1, 2006
Appointed/Selected Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale Ph.D. Person Mar 13, 2012
Financial Recipient from (past or present) Appointed/Selected Donald J. Carty Person Aug 17, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Elaine L. Chao Person Nov 7, 2005
Supervisor of (past or present) Vice President Richard ("Dick") B. Cheney Person Jul 13, 2005
Advised by (past or present) Richard A. Clarke Person Feb 10, 2006
Appointed/Selected Paul D. Clement Esq., MS Person Apr 9, 2007
Successor to President William ("Bill") Jefferson Clinton Person May 14, 2006
Representative to (past or present) Ambassador Daniel R. Coats Person Dec 12, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) James L. Connaughton Person Oct 8, 2006
Appointed/Selected Commissioner Christopher Cox Esq. Person Dec 25, 2008
Appointed/Selected Susan J. Crawford Esq. Person May 12, 2008
Representative to (past or present) Appointed/Selected Supported by (past or present) Financial Recipient from (past or present) Ambassador John J. Danilovich Person Feb 27, 2008
Appointed/Selected Ms. Donetta L. Davidson Person Feb 21, 2007
Appointed/Selected Lurita Alexis Doan MA Person Dec 2, 2006
Supported by (past or present) Rep. Jennifer Dunn Person May 19, 2004
Supported by (past or present) Donald L. Evans Person May 19, 2004
Advised by (past or present) Fred F. Fielding Esq. Person Dec 25, 2008
Appointed/Selected Mr. Arnold Fields Person Mar 29, 2010
Appointed/Selected Alice S. Fisher Esq. Person Nov 23, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Ari Fleischer Person May 30, 2008
Appointed/Selected Edwin G. Foulke Jr., Esq. Person Apr 27, 2007
Supported by (past or present) James B. Francis Jr. Person May 19, 2004
Supervisor of (past or present) David Frum Person Apr 21, 2010
Appointed/Selected Supervisor of (past or present) Robert M. Gates Ph.D. Person Jan 28, 2007
Supported by (past or present) Jack N. Gerard Person May 19, 2004
Supervisor of (past or present) Michael Gerson Person May 26, 2010
Supervisor of (past or present) Advised by (past or present) Alberto R. Gonzales Esq. Person Feb 1, 2007
Appointed/Selected Emilio T. González Ph.D. Person Dec 1, 2006
Appointed/Selected Rep. Porter J. Goss Person May 15, 2006
Supported by (past or present) Lanny Griffith Esq. Person May 19, 2004
Advised by (past or present) Stephen J. Hadley Person Nov 15, 2005
Supported by (past or present) Katherine Harris Person Oct 18, 2006
Advised by (past or present) Mark "Thor" Fernlund Hearne II, Esq. Person Nov 3, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) John L. Henshaw Person Jan 7, 2009
Appointed/Selected Dr. James W. Holsinger Jr. Person Nov 16, 2007
Advised by (past or present) Robert "R." Glenn Hubbard Person Dec 2, 2006
Representative to (past or present) Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. Person May 29, 2006
Opponent (past or present) Saddam Hussein Person Jan 1, 2007
Appointed/Selected Supervisor of (past or present) Friend (past or present) Alphonso Jackson Esq. MA Person Apr 2, 2008
Advised by (past or present) Clay Johnson III Person May 19, 2004
Appointed/Selected Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad Ph.D. Person Mar 29, 2010
Advised by (past or present) Secretary of State Henry Alfred Kissinger Person Oct 1, 2006
Appointed/Selected Dr. Dale E. Klein Ph.D. Person Jan 30, 2007
Opponent (past or present) Prof. Paul R. Krugman Ph.D. Person Oct 2, 2008
Cooperation (past or present) Pres. Aleksander Kwasniewski Person Sep 6, 2008
Appointed/Selected David D. Lauriski Person Apr 8, 2010
Friend (past or present) Financial Recipient from (past or present) Kenneth Lee Lay Person Aug 17, 2006
Advised by (past or present) Dr. Edward P. Lazear Person Jan 25, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Governor Michael O. Leavitt Person Aug 17, 2006
Appointed/Selected Jim Letten Esq. Person Aug 6, 2011
Supported by (past or present) Kevin J. Martin Esq. Person Dec 26, 2005
Appointed/Selected Supervisor of (past or present) Sen. Melquiades "Mel" Rafael Martinez Person Oct 12, 2007
Advised by (past or present) Supervisor of (past or present) Mary Matalin Person Oct 3, 2006
Opponent (past or present) Supported by (past or present) Sen. John McCain Person Jun 9, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Vice Adm. John "Mike" M. McConnell Retd. Person Jul 9, 2007
Advised by (past or present) Kenneth "Ken" B. Mehlman Person Sep 13, 2005
Friend (past or present) Fred Meyer Person May 19, 2004
Advised by (past or present) Harriet E. Miers Esq. Person Oct 12, 2005
Appointed/Selected Charles Miller Person Oct 3, 2006
Cooperation (past or present) Prime Minister Leszek Miller Person Sep 6, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Rep. Norman Yoshiro Mineta Person Apr 1, 2008
Appointed/Selected Mr. Robert S. Mueller III Person Aug 28, 2006
Appointed/Selected Supervisor of (past or present) Judge Michael B. Mukasey Esq. Person Jan 10, 2008
Appointed/Selected Thomas P. O'Brien Esq. Person Nov 27, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Sean O'Keefe Person Feb 8, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) Paul H. O'Neill Person Aug 28, 2006
Succeeded by Pres. Barack Hussein Obama Esq. Person Jan 20, 2009
Advised by (past or present) Theodore B. Olson Esq. Person Jan 17, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Roderick "Rod" R. Paige Person Sep 24, 2008
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Richard W. Painter Esq. Person May 16, 2011
Possible/Unclear Stephen Payne Person Sep 5, 2009
Supervisor of (past or present) Dana Perino Person May 30, 2008
Advised by (past or present) Richard Perle M.A. Person Jul 15, 2011
Supported by (past or present) Jeanne Johnson Phillips Person May 19, 2004
Supervisor of (past or present) Appointed/Selected Rep. Robert "Rob" Jones Portman Person Feb 4, 2007
Appointed/Selected Supervisor of (past or present) Financial Recipient from (past or present) Donald E. Powell Person Feb 17, 2007
Appointed/Selected John M. Reich Person Nov 26, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Ph.D. Person May 5, 2006
Appointed/Selected Chief Justice John G. Roberts Esq. Person May 14, 2006
Appointed/Selected James E. Rogan Person May 12, 2010
Advised by (past or present) Karl Rove Person Aug 13, 2005
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Appointed/Selected Rep. Joe Scarborough Person Sep 30, 2006
Appointed/Selected Mary L. Schapiro Esq. Person Dec 25, 2008
Appointed/Selected Bill Schuette Esq. Person Nov 16, 2012
Appointed/Selected Supervisor of (past or present) Douglas Shulman MPA, JD. Person Sep 7, 2009
Supervisor of (past or present) Robert Anthony "Tony" Snow Person May 30, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Secretary Margaret Spellings Person Nov 22, 2005
Appointed/Selected Bob Stallman Person Sep 7, 2006
Possible/Unclear William R. Steiger Person Jul 31, 2007
Appointed/Selected Michael J. Sullivan Esq. Person Feb 5, 2007
Appointed/Selected Karen P. Tandy Esq. Person May 14, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) George John Tenet MIA Person Jun 16, 2006
Advised by (past or present) Travis Thomas Person May 19, 2004
Appointed/Selected Larry D. Thompson Esq. Person Jul 2, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) Tommy G. Thompson Person Sep 7, 2006
Appointed/Selected Advised by (past or present) Commissioner Michael E. Toner Esq. Person Jan 23, 2007
Advised by (past or present) Frances Townsend Person Nov 21, 2007
Financial Recipient from (past or present) Charles Wyly Person Aug 10, 2006
Financial Recipient from (past or present) Sam Wyly Person Aug 10, 2006
Appointed/Selected Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer Person Mar 22, 2008
Opponent (past or present) President Omar Hassan al-Bashir Person Sep 20, 2006

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