George H. W. Bush served as the 41st President of the United States. He served a single term and remained in office from 1989 to 1993. His presidency was brief and marked by a very few events of significance.
George H. W. Bush hailed from the Bush family, one of the most prominent political families in the United States. He joined the United States Navy after the deadly Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 and remained in Navy until the end of World War II in 1945.
Bush launched his political career when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966. He was re-elected to this position a second time in 1968. Later, Bush was appointed as an ambassador to United Nations.
He also served as a liaison to China and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. When Ronald Reagan ran for the President, Bush joined his ticket as the Vice-President. He would continue to serve as the Vice President for eight years from 1981 to 1989.
In the 1988 presidential elections, George H. W. Bush ran for the office of the president. He was able to win the elections. Much of his presidential term was spent in handling various foreign affairs issues. In particular, President Bush focused on the affairs of the American continent and the involvement of United States in these affairs. He took many measures which were considered unpopular and controversial.
President Bush signed the North American Free Trade Agreement with the neighboring states of Mexico and Canada. The NAFTA created a trilateral bloc, allowing the three signatory countries to cooperate in various aspects of the economy, labor and employment.
During his presidency, George H. W. Bush authorized military operations in different parts of the world. Notable among these was the invasion of Panama by the United States in 1989. This was done in order to topple an unfriendly and unpopular regime in Panama and reinstate a government that was friendly to the United States.
Another military intervention of this period was the American involvement in the Gulf War. In this war, United States led a coalition of countries against Iraq, successfully forcing back Iraq from its plans of invading the neighboring countries.
During his presidential campaign, Bush had promised that he would be implementing no new taxes. However, he was later forced to renege on this promise in order to improve the deficit of the United States government. He passed bills to implement a number of new taxes which led to a sharp decline in his popularity.
Overall, the economic policies undertaken by President Bush proved to be a failure. He failed to stem a rise in the unemployment rates. Consequently, his economic performance proved vital in his failure during the 1992 presidential election.
George H. W. Bush ran for a second term at office in 1992. His opponent was Bill Clinton of the Democratic Party. Bush lost the race which brought an end to his time in office.