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George Bush

Geburtstag: 6. Juli 1946
Andere Namen: George Walker Bush, Джордж Буш

George Walker Bush [ˈd͡ʒɔɹd͡ʒ ˈwɔːkɚ bʊʃ], meist abgekürzt George W. Bush [ ˈd͡ʒɔɹd͡ʒ ˈdʌbɫ̩juː bʊʃ] , ist ein US-amerikanischer Politiker der Republikanischen Partei und war von 2001 bis 2009 der 43. Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten.

Nach Unternehmertätigkeit in der Ölindustrie bekleidete er von 1995 bis 2000 das Amt des Gouverneurs von Texas. Bei der US-Präsidentschaftswahl 2000 gewann er gegen den Demokraten und damals amtierenden Vizepräsidenten Al Gore und wurde 2004 wiedergewählt.

Als Reaktion auf die Terroranschläge am 11. September 2001 leitete Bush einen „Krieg gegen den Terror“ ein, darunter den Afghanistan- und Irakkrieg; die Einschränkung von Bürgerrechten und das Aussetzen rechtsstaatlicher Grundsätze in Ermittlungsverfahren sorgten für weltweite Kritik. Im Sinne einer neokonservativen Außenpolitik identifizierte Bush eine „Achse des Bösen“ von „Schurkenstaaten“, gegen die die Vereinigten Staaten als hegemoniale Weltmacht das westliche, wirtschaftlich und politisch liberale Modell ausbreiten sollten bis hin zu einem militärischen Interventionsrecht . Bush steigerte die Militärausgaben und das Staatsdefizit erheblich; seine innenpolitische Ausgangsidee des „mitfühlenden Konservatismus“ sorgte für Initiativen wie die No-Child-Left-Behind-Politik, während er mit Steuersenkungen und Deregulierungsmaßnahmen eine angebotsorientierte Wirtschaftspolitik verfolgte. Bushs Ansehen sank nach hohen Kriegsverlusten, dem Hurrikan Katrina und der Finanzkrise ab 2007.

Bush ist Angehöriger einer wohlhabenden und einflussreichen Familie. Sein Großvater war der Unternehmer und Senator Prescott Bush. Sein Vater George H. W. Bush war der 41. US-Präsident. Sein Bruder Jeb Bush war von 1999 bis 2007 Gouverneur von Florida. Sein von Freunden wie Gegnern zuweilen verwendeter Spitzname Dubya ist abgeleitet von der in den Südstaaten üblichen verkürzten Aussprache des Buchstabens W . Bushs Vorname und sein Mittelname wurden angelehnt an die entsprechenden Namen seines Vaters und seines Urgroßvaters .

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„Das muss aufregend sein - auf gewisse Weise romantisch, auf gewisse Weise auch gefährlich. Sie machen Geschichte.“

—  George Bush

George W. Bush in einer Videokonferenz mit US-amerikanischen Militärs und Zivilisten in Afghanistan am 13. März 2008. Welt.de - Präsident Bush findet Afghanistan "romantisch" http://www.welt.de/politik/article1799791/Praesident_Bush_findet_Afghanistan_romantisch.html, 16. März 2008
"It must be exciting for you ... in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You're really making history, and thanks". - Tabassum Zakaria, reuters.com 13 March 2008 http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/03/13/us-bush-afghanistan-idUSN1333111120080313

„Ich möchte sagen, dass die Welt unter meiner Führung freier und friedvoller geworden ist und Amerika sicherer.“

—  George Bush

Spiegel-online O-Töne 2003 http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/o-toene-2003-es-ist-nicht-alles-ein-vergleich-was-hinkt-fotostrecke-291-12.html
"I'll say that the world is more peaceful and more free under my leadership, and America is more secure." - Rose Garden News Conference 28 October 2003. Elizabeth Bumiller, The New York Times 2 November 2003 http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/02/weekinreview/page-two-oct-26-nov-1-the-world-is-more-free-and-more-peaceful.html

„Darin war ich ziemlich gut.“

—  George Bush

George W. Bush auf Bill Clintons Aussage, wonach ständig unterschätzt zu werden das beste sei, was einem widerfahren könne, wenn man politisch tätig ist. Podiumsdiskussion Juli 2017.
("The best thing that can happen to you when you're into politics is to be consistently underestimated." - "I was pretty good at that." -

„Zu oft beurteilen wir andere Gruppen anhand ihrer schlechtesten Beispiele, während wir bei uns selbst immer von den besten Absichten ausgehen.“

—  George Bush

Bush am 12. Juli 2016 in einer Trauerrede zur Beerdigung von fünf in Dallas getöteten Polizisten https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attentat_auf_Polizisten_in_Dallas_am_7._Juli_2016. Sueddeutsche.de http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/trauerfeier-fuer-getoetete-cops-obama-wir-verlangen-zu-viel-von-unseren-polizisten-1.3076245, 13. Juli 2016

„Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It's just a goddamned piece of paper!“

—  George W. Bush

Remarks during an oval office meeting (November 2005), attributed in Doug Thompson, Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a goddamned piece of paper'" http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_7779.shtml, Capitol Hill Blue (9 December 2005). Thompson has since retracted this claim, explaining: "When some White House sources came to me with a story that claimed George W. Bush called the Constitution a 'god damned piece of paper, I believed it without question because of my personal prejudices against Bush. I now believe I was wrong and that the incident never happened. The story in our database was modified to reflect my belief that I was lied to about the statement and I was wrong to print it" ( "Judge us now to see if we have learned from the past" http://www.capitolhillblue.com/node/37544, Capitol Hill Blue (1 January 2011)).
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„As we gather tonight, our nation is at war, our economy is in recession, and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers. Yet the state of our Union has never been stronger.“

—  George W. Bush

2000s, 2002, State of the Union address (January 2002)
Kontext: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, distinguished guests, fellow citizens. As we gather tonight, our nation is at war, our economy is in recession, and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers. Yet the state of our Union has never been stronger.

„At this place, liberty and life were stolen and sold. Human beings were delivered and sorted and weighed and branded with the marks of commercial enterprises and loaded as cargo on a voyage without return. One of the largest migrations of history was also one of the greatest crimes of history.“

—  George W. Bush

Below the decks, the middle passage was a hot, narrow, sunless nightmare; weeks and months of confinement and abuse and confusion on a strange and lonely sea. Some refused to eat, preferring death to any future their captors might prefer for them. Some who were sick were thrown over the side. Some rose up in violent rebellion, delivering the closest thing to justice on a slave ship. Many acts of defiance and bravery are recorded. Countless others we will never know. Those who lived to see land again were displayed, examined and sold at auctions across nations in the Western Hemisphere. They entered society indifferent to their anguish and made prosperous by their unpaid labor.
2000s, 2003, Hope and Conscience Will Not Be Silenced (July 2003)

„In the defense of our nation, a president must be a clear-eyed realist.“

—  George W. Bush

1990s, A Distinctly American Internationalism (November 1999)
Kontext: In the defense of our nation, a president must be a clear-eyed realist. There are limits to the smiles and scowls of diplomacy. Armies and missiles are not stopped by stiff notes of condemnation. They are held in check by strength and purpose and the promise of swift punishment.

„It's one thing to say, you know, I don't appreciate the way he's handled his business. It's another thing to say this man's a racist. I resent it. It's not true“

—  George W. Bush

Interview with Matt Lauer http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/40073863#40074094 (2010), aired 8 November 2010.
2010s, 2010, Interview with Matt Lauer (November 2010)
Kontext: Yes I do, he called me a racist... That's saying he's a racist. I didn't appreciate it then and I don't appreciate it now. It's one thing to say, you know, I don't appreciate the way he's handled his business. It's another thing to say this man's a racist. I resent it. It's not true, and it's one of the most disgusting moments of my presidency.

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„We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.“

—  George W. Bush

2000s, 2001, Freedom and Fear Are at War (September 2001)
Variante: We will not waver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.
Kontext: Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.

„We need to aim high, but we also need to be realistic“

—  George W. Bush

2000s, 2001, Radio Address to the Nation (January 2001)
Kontext: These are the elements of the plan I am proposing. Real reform starts by giving schools and school districts more authority and flexibility. We cannot expect schools to change unless they have the freedom to change. My plan respects the principle of local control. It does not try to run the schools from a central office in Washington. I view principals, teachers and parents as allies in reform. They are ready to raise the standards, ready to take responsibility and answer for results. Those results must be measured by testing every child every year, in tests developed and administered by states and local districts, not the federal government. Without yearly testing, we do not know who is falling behind and who needs our help. Without yearly testing, too often we don't find failure until it is too late. Testing allows us to help children early, before frustration turns into apathy. We need to aim high, but we also need to be realistic. Many schools, particularly those in poor neighborhoods, will need help to meet high standards. And they will have it, including a new $5 billion initiative over five years for reading instruction. The goal is to improve our public schools. We want them to succeed, and when they're willing to change, we'll give them the tools to do so.

„But they have miscalculated: We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it“

—  George W. Bush

2000s, 2006, State of the Union (January 2006)
Kontext: Lacking the military strength to challenge us directly, the terrorists have chosen the weapon of fear. When they murder children at a school in Beslan or blow up commuters in London or behead a bound captive the terrorists hope these horrors will break our will, allowing the violent to inherit the earth. But they have miscalculated: We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it.

„The enemies of liberty and our country should make no mistake: America remains engaged in the world by history and by choice, shaping a balance of power that favors freedom. We will defend our allies and our interests. We will show purpose without arrogance. We will meet aggression and bad faith with resolve and strength“

—  George W. Bush

2000s, 2001, First inaugural address (January 2001)
Kontext: Together, we will reclaim America’s schools, before ignorance and apathy claim more young lives. We will reform Social Security and Medicare, sparing our children from struggles we have the power to prevent. And we will reduce taxes, to recover the momentum of our economy and reward the effort and enterprise of working Americans. We will build our defenses beyond challenge, lest weakness invite challenge. We will confront weapons of mass destruction, so that a new century is spared new horrors. The enemies of liberty and our country should make no mistake: America remains engaged in the world by history and by choice, shaping a balance of power that favors freedom. We will defend our allies and our interests. We will show purpose without arrogance. We will meet aggression and bad faith with resolve and strength. And to all nations, we will speak for the values that gave our nation birth.

„Our enemies believed America was weak and materialistic, that we would splinter in fear and selfishness. They were as wrong as they are evil.“

—  George W. Bush

2000s, 2002, State of the Union address (January 2002)
Kontext: During these last few months, I've been humbled and privileged to see the true character of this country in a time of testing. Our enemies believed America was weak and materialistic, that we would splinter in fear and selfishness. They were as wrong as they are evil.

„I'm amazed that there is such misunderstanding of what our country is about, that people would hate us.“

—  George W. Bush

Remarks in a press conference, after questions by Ken Walsh of U.S. News & World Report (11 October 2001), as published https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/pagedetails.action?collectionCode=PPP&browsePath=president-57%2F2001%2F02%3BA%3BJuly+1+to+December+31%2C+2001&granuleId=PPP-2001-book2-doc-pg1218-2&packageId=PPP-2001-book2&fromBrowse=true in Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: 2001, Book II (2003), Government Printing Office, p. 1226-1227.
2000s, 2001
Kontext: I'm amazed that there is such misunderstanding of what our country is about, that people would hate us. I am, I am—like most Americans, I just can't believe it, because I know how good we are, and we've got to do a better job of making our case. We've got to do a better job of explaining to the people in the Middle East, for example, that we don't fight a war against Islam or Muslims. We don't hold any religion accountable. We're fighting evil. And these murderers have hijacked a great religion in order to justify their evil deeds. And we cannot let it stand.

„Freedom and democracy are under attack“

—  George W. Bush

2000s, 2001, Freedom and Democracy Are Under Attack (September 2001)
Kontext: The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war. This will require our country to unite in steadfast determination and resolve. Freedom and democracy are under attack.

„Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America; that's not the America I know. That's not the America I value.“

—  George W. Bush

I've been told that some fear to leave; some don't want to go shopping for their families. Some don't want to go about their ordinary daily routines because, by wearing cover, they're afraid they'll be intimidated. That should not and that will not stand in America. Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don't represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior.
2000s, 2001, Islam is Peace (September 2001)

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