President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush

Award for Contribution to the Romanian-American Alliance

George W. Bush served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009.  On March 29, 2004, Romania and six other countries joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the largest expansion in the alliance’s history.  President Bush hosted a White House ceremony to celebrate the expansion.  For Romania, accession to NATO has represented a major step in the post-communist era and has been a decisive influence on the foreign and domestic policy of the country. President Bush acknowledged Romania’s strong contributions to NATO during his second visit to the country in 2008.

President Bush received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968 and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School in 1975.  He served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968 to 1974.  In 1994, George W. Bush was elected the 46th Governor of Texas. In 1998, he became the first governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive four-year terms. In 2000, he was elected as the 43rd President of the United States.

After the Presidency, George and Laura Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.  The Center is home to the Bush Presidential Museum and Library, which houses George W. Bush’s presidential papers.  The Center also is home to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy organization that focuses on economic growth, education reform, global health, and human freedom.  The Institute supports the rights of women with its Women’s Initiative and honors those who have served in the United States armed forces through its Military Service Initiative.

President Bush is the author of a bestselling memoir, Decision Points (2010), as well as a book about his father, President George H.W. Bush, entitled 41: A Portrait of My Father (2014).  On February 28, 2017, President Bush released his latest book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans. 

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George W. Bush served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009.  On March 29, 2004, Romania and six other countries joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the largest expansion in the alliance’s history.  President Bush hosted a White House ceremony to celebrate the expansion.  For Romania, accession to NATO has represented a major step in the post-communist era and has been a decisive influence on the foreign and domestic policy of the country. President Bush acknowledged Romania’s strong contributions to NATO during his second visit to the country in 2008.

After the Presidency, George and Laura Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.  The George W. Bush Presidential Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the non-partisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center. Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the Bush Institute engages communities in the United States and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The work is achieved through three Impact Centers – Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and an Engagement Agenda.

President Bush is the author of a bestselling memoir, Decision Points (2010), as well as a book about his father, President George H.W. Bush, entitled 41: A Portrait of My Father (2014).  On February 28, 2017, President Bush released his latest book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans.