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George Herbert Walker Bush And George Walker Bush

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Like Father Like Son - George Herbert Walker Bush and George Walker Bush

Although all individuals are unique no matter how closely related they might be, sometimes their similarities over shadow their differences, and yield a very interesting combination of events that almost have a deja vu effect on its audience. The Bush family serves as the perfect illustration for this phenomenon. From their family history and business life, to their life as the Presidents of the United States, Bush Senior and Junior have led quite parallel lives. The thesis seems to be more complex than this.

George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts. He became ...view middle of the document...

Later he served as an F-102 fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. He received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard in 1975. George Walker Bush then worked with his father’s Presidential Campaign. Just like his father, he also had an interest in baseball, which eventually led him to buy the Texas Rangers Baseball franchise with a group of friends in 1989. He married Laura Welch and had twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna. On November 8, 1994 he was elected Governor of Texas with 53.5% of the votes. He became the first governor of Texas to be elected to two consecutive terms. After two terms as governor, he became the 43rd President (“The White House” Incorrectly cited).

Both George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush have been quite successful businessmen, having both taken business courses at Yale. Each of the Texas-raised Bushes even came to have substantial holdings in the oil-industry. Is this the conclusion based on the sources above?


Introduce source George H. W. Bush’s father, Prescott Bush, was a long time member of the board of directors of Dresser Industries, an oil drilling equipment company in Dallas. George was offered his first job at a Dresser subsidiary, International Derrick and Equipment Company (Ideco) in Odessa, Texas. How do you know this? Why is this information relevant?

According to whom?In 1953, Bush formed Zapata Petroleum with a few financial supporters and two business partners, Hugh and Bill Liedtke. Within a few years of the original formation, they had become millionaires. In 1954, Bush bought a Zapata subsidiary and went into business on his own. In 1958 the company began drilling for oil on the Cay Sal Bank in the Gulf of Mexico. This area had been used by Nixon supporters and the CIA for raids on Cuba the year prior to it being acquired by Bush. Unfortunately, important records and information dealing with his time in the company disappeared in 1969. How do you know this? What’s the source? Explain (in your words) the relevance of this information.

According to whom? In 1977, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush’s son, began his first business by forming his own oil drilling company called Arbusto Energy in Midland, Texas. “Arbusto” means “Shrub” in Spanish, and so the Bush family figured it closely resembled their own name. George ?, only starting out in the business world, needed to acquire financial support from investors for his company. One of these investors was Bush’s friend James R. Bath in 1979. Bath gave Bush $50,000 for a five percent stake in the company. It had been in 1976 that Bath signed a trust agreement as a Houston business representative for Salem Bin Laden. The name Salem Bin Laden sounds very familiar to many Americans because of one of his 17 brothers, Osama Bin Laden, who had orchestrated the Sept 11 attacks on the U.S. . Salem was the oldest son of the late Mohammed bin Laden and was left in charge...

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