U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush was the last president to have served in the military during the Second World War. He was vice president under Ronald Reagan. Previously he had been a congressman, ambassador, and director of the CIA. George H.W. Bush made a fortune in the oil business, becoming a millionaire by age 40. As president, foreign affairs dominated his administration. Military operations were conducted in Panama and the Persian Gulf. The Soviet Union dissolved two years into his presidency. Domestically, Bush reneged on his 1988 campaign promise of “No New Taxes.” In the wake of an economic recession and budget deficits, he lost his bid for reelection to William J. “Bill” Clinton.
There are three separate branches of government in the United States; the legislative, executive and the judicial. The president is the head of the executive branch, the elected head of state and the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. The executive branch is responsible for executing and enforcing federal law, appointing heads of all executive agencies and federal commissions. The president is responsible for promoting diplomacy with other nations, issuing executive orders, signing pardons and international treaties. When legislation is passed in Congress, the president has the power to sign or veto bills. The Constitution states that the president must be a natural born citizen of the U.S., at least 35 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years. Elections are held every four years and the president is limited to two, four-year terms.
The George H.W. Bush biographical history mug is part of our Presidential series. The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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