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George H W Bush
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George H W Bush
Portrait of George H W Bush.

Flag of the President of the United States of America.svg 41st President of the United States
January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1997

Predecessor Ronald Reagan
Successor Al Gore
Vice President Dan Quayle

US Vice President Flag.svg 43rd Vice President of the United States
January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989

Born June 12, 1924
US flag 48 stars.svg Milton, Massachusetts, U.S
Died November 30, 2018
Houston, Texas, U.S
Spouse Barbara Bush (m. 1945, d. 2018)
Political Party Republicanlogo.svg Republican
Religion Episcopal Christian
Profession Naval aviator (1941-1945)

George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 - November 30, 2018), was the 41st President of the United States of America and was the sitting President during World War III. Prior to his Presidency, he was the Vice President of Ronald Reagan. Under his leadership during the war, he would lead the free world to fight against Soviet aggression worldwide.

Pre-World War III

George H W Bush was born in June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts, to Senator Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. He and his family moved from Milton to Greenwich, Connecticut shortly after his birth. Bush began his formal education at the Greenwich Day School. In his years of education, he held a large number of leadership positions anywhere in his school.

Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bush would join the U.S military. He was the youngest pilot in U.S military history, having flown 58 combat missions and earning three medals. He was honorably discharged from the Navy after the end of the war.

After the war, he started his own business career running an oil company that made him a millionaire at the age of 40. He held a lot of business positions in the oil industry. After all those years of work, he turned to politics. In his political career he served as member of the House of Representatives, Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, envoy to China, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and other positions. He served as the Vice-President to President Ronald Reagan during his presidency. After he left as his term was up, Bush had been elected President of the United States. He began to negotiate the Soviet Union for nuclear disarmament and ending the Cold War with Mikhail Gorbachev. However, Gorbachev was overthrown in a coup staged by hardliners from the Communist Party, in which relations with the Soviet Union began to sour again. The hardliners also planned to attack and conquer Western Europe all for themselves. As the President, Bush knew about this and put massive deployments of U.S troops and armored divisions into West Germany. Despite his preparations, the Soviets would become more superior than NATO in the beginning stages of the war.

World War III

President Bush's announcement on TV that the U.S is at a state of war with the Soviet Union. June 4, 1989.

On behalf of Congress, President Bush and the Congress declared war on the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact on June 4, 1989. President Bush ordered the increased deployment of troops and materiel from the U.S.A to Europe as the Soviets started advancing into Europe. He also put all U.S troops stationed in bases in the Middle East and Asia on high alert. With American intervention, the Soviet advance was placed into a halt. The countries of Iceland, Malta, southern France, and other Mediterranean islands were liberated.

President Bush would then face problems as the war came close to the Continental United States. A Soviet-sponsored terrorist attack occurred in New York City, occupying the city's iconic landmarks. While the U.S National Guard and local law enforcement were able to retake the buildings and kill the terrorists, many Americans began to fear the war was getting closer to home. Subsequently, the Cubans were attacking and invading several Caribbean islands, including the U.S territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. President Bush ordered National Guard units from the southern states to liberate these islands. In an act not seen before, he nationalized the Puerto Rico National Guard and the Virgin Island National Guard, banding them together in the defense of Puerto Rico.

Bush visiting California National Guard troops prior to their deployment to Washington state.

In the late days of November 1989, America's fear was soon confirmed. The Soviet Armed Forces mounted an invasion of Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia, and the State of Washington. The major cities of Vancouver, Seattle, Bremerton and Tacoma were occupied by the Soviets. It was the first time since the War of 1812 that foreign enemy troops set foot in the mainland U.S. Although it was done to distract the U.S from the war in Europe, the Bush Administration knew their ploy and instead committed on whatever they could to fight off the Soviets from America. These troops were not alone as civilian insurgents and local law enforcement also fought the Soviets.

On March 1990, China entered the war as an ally of the Soviet Union. China then launched attacks into South Korea, Japan, the Himalayas, the Philippines, Taiwan, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. President Bush ordered more troops to be deployed to South Korea, with the aid of their local allies. In the Philippines, both American and Filipino troops were able to repel the Chinese invasion. The U.S was also able to destroy the PLAN blockade of Guam. Meanwhile, the Chinese were in a heavy stalemate in the Ryukyu Islands, having been forced to fight a war of attrition in Okinawa. The U.S Marines defending the island along with the local SDF took its toll on the PLA.

Later, China attempted to reinforce the Soviets in Alaska and soon sent their North Sea Fleet there. However, at this time, a joint U.S-Canadian force managed to liberate half of the state from the Soviets. Alaskan insurgents also made their attacks on the Communist forces, taking many prisoners and confiscating their vehicles. Because of the losses incurred by the Chinese, many PLA troops and Chinese citizens at home began to wonder the worth of the war. Riots occurred at home demanding the return of PLA troops from North America and the Pacific. These riots were brutally suppressed by the People's Armed Police, the Public Security Bureau, and PLA troops still loyal to the Chinese government. However, upon the return of the overly stretched PLA forces, they sided with the local citizens and other insurgents. Soon, the Second Chinese Civil War began.

The U.S and the West were closely observing the events in China. They sent in the CIA SAD agents and MI6 agents to arm, train, supply, and even fight alongside the locals against the Communist regime. They were deployed to Tibet, Xinjiang, Manchuria, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Months later, the CCP fell, and former CCP General Secretary Zhao Ziyang took the leadership. He ordered all troops to stop fighting and declared China was now a democracy. The U.S and the West recognized Zhao as the legitimate ruler of mainland China.

Meanwhile, in the U.S.S.R, a counter coup was initiated and freed Mikhail Gorbachev. The hardliners were either arrested or killed. Gorbachev, upon retaining leadership, ordered the military to pull back to pre-WWIII positions. Gorbachev and Bush, alongside leaders of NATO and Warsaw Pact, called for an immediate ceasefire. The signing of the peace treaty was done in October 1990 in Geneva, Switzerland. World War III was finally over.

After the War

President Bush would later visit and oversee the reconstruction of the U.S states and territories that were affected during the war, namely Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Florida, Virginia, and New York. He would also visit the Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico. Bush would later run for re-elections in the 1992 Presidential Elections, and win against to Arkansas governor William "Bill" Clinton. The years from 1992 to 1996 would see the growth of areas that were damaged during the war. Also, in Europe, a similar Marshall Plan was enacted to the recently-formed democratic states that emerged after fall of the Iron Curtain.

He would also help the newly-formed Russian Federation, helping it jump start its economy as well as invest in Western businesses.

Bush did not run for President in 1996, since the U.S constitution only lets a President serve a total of two terms. He was succeeded by Al Gore, who would lead America towards to the new millennium.

Bush would frequently appear in public speaking events across the United States. He was present in the inaugurations of the succeeding presidents after him, from Gore to Ryan. He attended Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr's funeral in 2013.

Bush recently went skydiving for his 90th birthday in Maine in 2014. Around the same year, Bush would also recall how he was awakened by his National Security Adviser on the invasion of Washington State and Alaska by the Soviet Union. He mentioned that after dressing into his suit, he was manhandled into the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) beneath the White House. Bush states he was also moved to Mount Weather and into Camp David around the time most of Washington State fell to the Soviets.

The Senior Bush died on November 30, 2018 in his home in Houston, Texas. A week of mourning was held while his body was placed in the Capitol. The funeral took place on December 8, 2018.

Bush Family

  • Barbara Pierce Bush - wife (m. 1945, d. 2018).
  • George Walker Bush - son (b. July 6, 1946)
  • John Ellis "Jeb" Bush - son (b. February 11, 1953)
  • Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush - daughter (died of Leukemia at three years of age)
  • Neil Mallon Bush - son (b. January 22, 1955)
  • Marvin Pierce Bush - son (b. October 22, 1956)
  • Dorothy Walker "Doro" Bush Koch - daughter (b. August 18, 1959)