George W. Bush
They misunderestimated me.
Bush Turns to Business Record in Run for Govenor Jacob Weisberg and others discuss how George W was never expected to be political. The eldest son of a former president, George W. Bush saw his own political career get off to a slow start. After earning degrees from Yale and Harvard Business School and working in the oil industry in Texas, Bush lost his first bid for the U.S. House in 1978. He would return to the private sector, and to helping his father, George H.W. Bush, on his own campaigns, before defeating Ann Richards in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election.
Six years later, Bush survived a surge from upstart Arizona Sen. John McCain and went on to win of the closest and most controversial elections in U.S. history, defeating Vice President Al Gore by a few hundred votes in Florida after the state’s recount went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, turned Bush into a wartime leader early in his presidency, prompting him to send troops into Afghanistan to pursue the Taliban and al-Qaida, and also to order the controversial invasion of Iraq, a country which proved to have no connection to the terrorist attacks and no weapons of mass destruction.
In 2004, Bush defeated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and was re-elected. During his second term he continue to prosecute the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but failed in his main campaign pledge to partially privatize Social Security. After leaving office in 2009, Bush returned to Texas where he lives in Dallas with his wife, Laura, and has written a book, “Decision Points,” about his presidency.