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George H. W. Bush

Presidency

What foreign policy occurrences led to Bush having a really high popularity rating early in his presidency?

Several factors contributed to Bush’s high approval rating. First, the Berlin Wall fell, Communism collapsed, and the Cold War ended. Then, Bush successfully waged the First Persian Gulf War, soundly defeating Iraq after its leader, Sadaam Hussein, invaded Kuwait. These events gave Bush a popularly rating of nearly 90 percent—an unprecedented amount for a president.



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