|Notes for Pres. George Walker BUSH|
|1964-1968 George W. attends Yale University, the alma mater of his father, grandfather and several uncles. He majored in history but again was better known for his extracurricular activities, including the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the Skull and Bones secret society.|
December 1966 - George W. is arrested and charged with disorderly conduct resulting from a college prank of stealing a Christmas wreath from a downtown store. The charges were later dismissed.
December 1966 - George W. becomes engaged to Cathryn Wolfman, a friend from Houston. The two eventually drift apart and the engagement is called off in 1968.
Fall 1970 - George W. applies to University of Texas Law School and is rejected.
1975 - George W. returns to Midland with money left over from his education trust fund and starts to work in the oil business. He begins as a freelance "landman," a middleman who researched land titles for potential oil prospects and attempted to lease the land on behalf of an oil company.
September 4, 1976 - George W. is arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine for operating under the influence. He pleaded guilty, paid a $150 fine and had his driving privileges suspended.
August 1977 - George W. is introduced to Laura Welch, an elementary school librarian and Midland native at a friend's barbecue. The two marry three months later, on November 5, 1977 at the First United Methodist Church in Midland.
November 25, 1981 - Twin daughters were born.
July 1986 - George W. drinks too much while celebrating their collective 40th birthdays with friends at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Waking up the next morning with a hangover, he pledged never to drink again and claims not to have touched alcohol since.
June 22, 1990 - George W. sells 2/3 of his stake in Harken at 2.5 times the original value of the stock, netting $848,560 two weeks before Harken announces a disastrous quarterly report. In April 1991 the Securities and Exchange Commission claims that George W. had filed notice of his sale of the Harken stock eight months AFTER federal law required him to do so. Bush insists he filed the proper paperwork and that it had been lost by the SEC. In October 1993, Bush releases a letter from the SEC saying "the investigation has been terminated as to the conduct of Mr. Bush and at this time, no enforcement action is contemplated."
1998 - George W. and his partners sell the Rangers and Bush earns $14.9 million.
G.W.'s Family History:
1918 - Prescott Bush Sr. leads a raid on a Indian tomb to secure Geronimo's skull for Skull & Bones. (The above mentioned secret society with which G.W. spent his extra curricular hours fraternizing!)
1942 - Three firms with which Prescott Bush is associated are seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act.
The president of the Florida Holocaust Museum said Saturday that George W. Bush's grandfather derived a portion of his personal
fortune through his affiliation with a Nazi-controlled bank. John Loftus, a former prosecutor in the Justice Department's Nazi War Crimes Unit, said his research found that Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a principal in the Union Banking Corp. in Manhattan in the late 1930s and the 1940s. Leading Nazi industrialists secretly owned the bank at that time, Loftus said, and were moving money into it through a second bank in Holland even after the United States declared war on Germany. The bank was liquidated in 1951, Loftus said, and Bush's grandfather and great-grandfather received $1.5 million from the bank as part of that dissolution . . Loftus pointed out that the Bush family would not be the only American political dynasty to have ties to the "wrong side of World War II." The Rockefellers had financial connections to Nazi Germany, he said. Loftus also reminded his audience that John F. Kennedy's father, an avowed isolationist and former ambassador to Great Britain, profited during the 1930s and '40s from Nazi stocks that he owned. "No one today blames the Democrats because Jack Kennedy's father bought Nazi stocks," Loftus said. Still, he said, it is important to understand these historical connections for what they tell us about politics today. The World War II experience points out how easy it was then -- and remains today -- to hide money in multinational funds.
|Lies, Lies, and More Lies....|
While the White House has repeatedly described former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay as simply a "supporter" of George W. Bush, extensive correspondence between the two men paints a far cozier picture of their relationship, according to copies of letters obtained this afternoon (2/15) by The Smoking Gun.
The pages of correspondence, exchanged during the years Bush served as governor of Texas, were released today in Austin by the state archives in response to Freedom of Information requests filed by TSG and other news organizations.
The Bush-Lay material touches on both personal matters (birthday greetings and Bush's knee surgery) and public concerns of Lay and Enron, such as energy legislation and tort reform, and reflects the kind of jocular relationship that reportedly saw the nickname-happy Bush call the Enron boss "Kenny Boy." The Houston-based energy firm, Bush's leading career political contributor, is now bankrupt and the target of a multitude of criminal and congressional probes.
We've arranged the Bush-Lay letters into several batches and, where applicable, have followed an original letter with the recipent's reply. TSG will upload the correspondence as quickly as we can scan the documents. You'll find the first 15 letters below along with links that will get you to the additional pages.
|Of the 6 million votes cast in Florida in the 2000 election, Bush won the state's 25 electoral votes by 537 votes.|
|Texas Air National Guard - May 27, 1968 George W. enlists in the 147th Fighter Group with the Texas Air National Guard. When asked why he wanted to enlist George replied, "I want to be a fighter pilot because my father was." His unit was referred to as the "Champagne Unit" because it included the sons of future Senator Lloyd Bentsen and Governor John Connally.|
September 1968 - After completing basic training George W. is put on inactive duty status so he could work on the Florida Senate campaign of Edward J. Gurney.
1970 - George W. splits his time between his National Guard duties and working on his father's second campaign for the U.S. Senate. Despite support from President Nixon, George Sr. again faced accusations of carpetbagging and was defeated by Lloyd Bentsen.
|Last Modified 26 Oct 2002||Created 7 Dec 2002 by P. J. Wigington Mahan|