George W. Bush
Living Person
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1946
Religion: Methodist
Occupation: Pilot, Businessman, Politician, Author of Non-Fiction, Artist
Parents: George and Barbara Bush
Spouse: Laura Bush
Children: Barbara and Jenna
Relatives: Prescott Bush (grandfather)
Political Party: Republican Party
Political Office: Governor of Texas,
President of the United States
Turtledove Appearances:

George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. He attained the presidency in the very close and controversial election of 2000. He is one of five presidents to be elected without a leading number of popular votes, but is the only one to then win a term in his own right.

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks occurred took place eight months into Bush's first term. In response, Bush announced a global "War on Terrorism". As of part this war, Bush ordered an invasion of Afghanistan at the close of 2001, and an invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Bush administration justified the war in Iraq as one of pre-emption, based on a selective reading of intelligence that concluded that Iraq was amassing chemical weapons and/or played a role in the September 11 attacks. Neither conflict went as the Bush administration expected. The war in Afghanistan became the USA's longest war in 2018.

Domestically, Bush followed a generally fiscally and socially conservative course. After his re-election in 2004, Bush received increasingly heated criticism from across the political spectrum for his handling of the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, and numerous other challenges. In December 2007, the United States entered its longest post-World War II recession, often referred to as the "Great Recession", which again impacted his popularity.

Bush is the eldest son of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush. He is the second president to have been the son of a previous president (John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, was the first). Given the tumultuous history of his presidency, Bush had both the highest approval ratings of any president (attaining this in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks) and some of the lowest (during the 2008 Recession).

Bush's habit of speaking in bizarre malapropisms, including pronouncing "nuclear" as "nucular," has become a popular subject of comedy.

George W. Bush in "Bedfellows"

Type of Appearance: Direct (as "W")
Spouse: O

W married his long-term partner O in a ceremony in Boston to substantial press-coverage. Both admitted to the press that each would be nothing without the other.

After the ceremony, performed in front of a justice of the peace, O and W shared a public and passionate kiss staged for the media. They then went home to hammer out the honeymoon. O was a little disturbed by W's suggestion that O start wearing a burka when visiting W's mother and father. W then laughed at this little joke.

W had a folksy quality, although that often made him appear unintelligent. He enjoyed nicknaming everyone and everything, calling O "Sam", for example.[1]

Literary Comment

While the character of "W" is never specifically called by the name "George W. Bush", Harry Turtledove makes it absolutely clear that the two are one and the same.

George W. Bush in "Election Day"

"Election Day"
POD: July 16, 1999
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Political Office(s): President of the United States

The controversial presidency of George W. Bush had some impact on the 2016 presidential election, as another legacy candidate, John F. Kennedy Jr., sought the office.[2] His opponent, Donald Trump, seized on this as part of the campaign, and referenced it again when he conceded the race to Kennedy.[3]

See Also


  1. See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, pgs. 69-75, HC.
  2. Alternate Peace, loc. 544, ebook.
  3. Ibid., loc. 653.
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Clinton
President of the United States
Succeeded by
Barack H. Obama
Preceded by
Ann Richards
Governor of Texas
Succeeded by
Rick Perry
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bob Dole
Republican nominee for President of the United States
2000, 2004 (won both)
Succeeded by
John McCain