In light of the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, here is a list of ten facts — both political and non-political — about the two-term president you may not have known:
- George W. Bush had both the lowest and highest approval ratings in United States history. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, his approval rating was at 90 percent. Just before the 2008 elections, his approval rating was at 25 percent.
- He is the only president to earn a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), which he obtained in 1975 from the Harvard Business School
- In Texas, George Bush was the first governor to be elected to two consecutive terms. He resigned in 2000 after winning the presidential election.
- Four presidents have won an election without the popular vote. Bush was the last to do so, receiving half a million votes less than Al Gore in 2000. The other three are John Quincy Adams in 1824, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, and Benjamin Harrison in 1888.
- The 2002 State of the Union address was the first to broadcast live on the Internet.
- In 1993, Bush ran the Houston Marathon and finished in 3 hours and 44 minutes. He was the first president to have finished a marathon at some point in their life.
- He is also one of four presidents who were cheerleaders at their alma mater. The other three are Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan.
- During his time at Yale University, George Bush was arrested for stealing a Christmas wreath from a hotel. The charges were later dropped.
- Bush ran for a seat in West Texas for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, but lost to Democrat Kent Hance.
- The Texas Rangers baseball franchise was owned by George Bush from 1989 to 1994. In 1991, a new stadium was in the process of being built and cost $191 million. The stadium was funded by a voter-approved local tax increase.
Did we miss anything about George Bush that is not widely known? Let us know in the comments.