George W. Bush Gets Married To Laura Welch – 11/5/1977

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Future president George W. Bush marries Laura Welch on November 5, 1977 at the bride’s hometown in Midland, Texas. The event was held at the First United Methodist Church. Bush was 31 years old while Welch was 33 when they got married. They would later have their fraternal twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, on 1981.

Bush was the son of George H.W. Bush. The father and son had something two things in common – both worked in the oil business in Texas before they became politicians and went on to lead the nation as presidents of the United States. The father was the 41st president and the son followed suit as the 43rd president.

Laura on the other hand led a simpler life – she was an elementary school teacher in Houston and later became a librarian after getting her master’s degree in library science in year 1972. Her paths crossed with that of Bush in 1977 when both of them attended a friend’s barbecue event. The two hit off and arranged for a miniature golfing for their first date. It was a whirlwind romance that ended in marriage just three months later in a simple gathering attended by family and friends.

Laura was very supportive of her husband’s ambition for political office. She became one of his best campaign assets. When Bush was not elected for a bid for Congress in 1978, they chose to raise their children and Bush went back to doing business in the oil industry just like before. He became the CEO for Arbusto Oil (later known as the Bush Exploration Company) from 1978 to 1988. In 1989, he was the general manager for the Texas Rangers baseball franchise. In 1986, his father was the vice-president to Ronald Raegan, the same year that he struggled with alcohol addiction. He found support in his wife, Laura, who tried her best to help her kick his bad habit. Laura extended her support to the older Bush during his presidential campaign two years later. The younger Bush ran for governor in Texas in 1994 and like her father-in-law, Laura supported his campaign. Bush followed in his father’s footsteps and became the 43rd US president in 2000 amidst controversy against Democratic Vice-President Al Gore.

Unlike her predecessor Hillary Clinton, Laura liked to keep a low profile. She did not care too much about discussing controversial issues such as health care and abortion rights. She chose the safer zone and only openly speaks about education policies which were being pushed by her husband. Laura only decided to become immensely involved after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 where she became concerned about the mental health of children who were affected. The first lady also met with Afghani women who were victims of the Taliban regime right after her husband issued an order to invade Afghanistan. She was the only first lady to have ever delivered a presidential radio address, taking the place of Bush, in November 2001.

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