Bush Family Quiz:

How well do you know your Bushes?

answers below
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1. In what state was George W. Bush born?

2. During WWII, George W. Bush's grandfather and great-grandfather's companies had property seized by the US government for what wartime crime?

3. What elected office did Prescott Bush eventually hold?

4. What does the W. stand for?

5. During the 2000 Republican National Convention, W. joked that he had broken his marriage vows. Which vow did he break?

6. In 1963, Laura Bush (nee Welch), ran a stop sign in a new car and accidentally killed fellow high school student Michael Douglas. What was the relationship between Laura and Michael?

7. Which Bush owned Silverado Savings and Loan in the 80s?

8. How much did the failure of Silverado cost the US taxpayers?

9. Texas law mandates that gubernatorial records be placed in a state archive subject to Texas's stringent Public Information Act. What has happened to the papers of Gov. Bush?

10. In 1980, the pilot of an airplane claimed that George Bush, running for VP, flew to Paris to meet with representatives of Ayatollah Khomeini to help ensure the Reagan/Bush victory in the presidential election. Who was one of the pilots who died in that same plane in 1988?

11. When Reagan was shot in 1981 by John Hinckley, who was Neil Bush having dinner with that day?

12. Where was Bush when informed of the Sept. 11 attacks, and what was his immediate response?

13. What religion is George HW Bush?

14. What religion is George W. Bush?

15. What religion is Jeb Bush?

16. When W. announced that he was changing religions, what did his mother do?

17. Where does W. have a brand, received as part of a frat initiation?

18. When did W. first run for public office? Who was his major backer?

19. W.'s uncle Jonathan is barred from brokerage trading in what state?

20. Hours after a US spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet, which Bush was on his way to China?

Bonus Question:

21: After George W. Bush admitted he lied about his arrest record and 'fessed up to a conviction on drunken driving, what was his response to questions about other arrests?


A1. W. was born in New Haven Connecticut, July 6, 1946, a fact not mentioned on his Official White House bio.
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A2. The U. S. government investigated both Bert Walker and Prescott Bush, and under the Trading with the Enemy Act seized all shares of Union Banking, including shares held by Prescott Bush. The government held that "huge sections of Prescott Bush's empire had been operated on behalf of Nazi Germany and had greatly assisted the German war effort."
More specifics and even more.
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A3. Senator from Connecticut 1952-1963.
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A4. Walker, the last name of his great grandfather, who was very involved with aiding the Nazis in WWII (see above links, for a sampling).
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A5. On bended knee proposing to Laura he promised that she would never, ever have to give a political speech. (Eighth article.)
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A6. While most accounts of the accident are non-committal, a review of her biography says he was a good friend and one site says High School Sweetheart (last item) and another asserts fiance and the satirical but generally factually accurate whitehouse.org site's bio of her claims Michael was Laura's then-serious boyfriend. She calls this poignant episode a very tragic time in my life; indeed, her official White House biography doesn't mention any part of her life prior to her college graduation.
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A7. Neil Bush. Details of collapse blame it on falling oil prices.
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A8. Neil's incompetent, and possibly illegal "ethical disability" in running of Silverado cost taxpayers a billion dollars, and led to him getting fined by the SEC. See the end of a long article on the Bushs.
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A9. He put them in his father's Presidential library, out of reach of public.
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A10. Salem bin Laden, brother of Osama.
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A11. Scott Hinckley, brother of John.
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A12. On Sept. 11, he was in Florida, reading a kid's book, My Pet Goat, to kids. Some angry letters here. When informed of the attack, he kept reading, and finished the book. See the last paragraph of this account. (This is also covered in Fahrenheit 9/11. Beware of people who think Mel Gibson makes documentaries and Michael Moore doesn't.) He later lied about Air Force One being a target, and bolted to a military base and still hasn't come clean about that day
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A13. Poppy Bush is Episcopalian.
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A14. W. is Methodist.
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A15. Jeb is Catholic.
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A16. Called Billy Graham.
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A17. On his butt. "The resulting wounds only resembled 'a cigarette burn' claimed W."
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A18. W. Ran for Congress in 1978, backed by Enron and employees. See also this article for list of Bush backers and what Enron wanted from W. as president. Though Enron itself was formed from two oil companies in 1985, W. claimed at the time, "There's no such thing as being too closely aligned with the oil industry in West Texas."
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A19. Massachusetts, go to near the end of the entry for 1990. The site is an interesting history of the Bush Family.
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A20. W.'s Uncle Prescott Bush.
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A21. This is a trick question. No reporter has asked W. about OTHER arrests or probed at all about his interesting new Texas drivers license number.
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If you have any other questions about the Bush family, complete with answers and links to valid urls, write me and I may add them to this questionaire.

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