Lone Survivor

President George W. Bush Character Analysis

The 43nd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009, Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000, and the president most associated with the “War on Terror” of the early 21st century. Bush was president during the American military’s invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and he was alternately described as a strong leader and an incompetent fool. Marcus Luttrell hero-worships Bush, whom he sees as the living, breathing embodiment of “Texas values” (even though Bush was actually raised in Connecticut and attended such elite east-coast schools as Philips Andover Academy, Yale, and Harvard).
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President George W. Bush Character Timeline in Lone Survivor

The timeline below shows where the character President George W. Bush appears in Lone Survivor. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Politics and the War on Terror Theme Icon
Bigotry and America’s Enemies Theme Icon
Machismo and the Navy SEALs Theme Icon
...six SEALs fly off to do “God’s work” on behalf of their commander in chief, President George W. Bush . (full context)
Politics and the War on Terror Theme Icon
...any remaining opposition in the city. Just one day after Luttrell arrived in the city, President George W. Bush announced that Saddam Hussein and his political party had fallen. But Luttrell’s work was just... (full context)
Politics and the War on Terror Theme Icon
Bigotry and America’s Enemies Theme Icon
Ethics and the “Rules of Engagement” Theme Icon
On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush announced that phase one of the war in Iraq was complete: the military’s new job... (full context)
Chapter 12
Politics and the War on Terror Theme Icon
Machismo and the Navy SEALs Theme Icon
...throughout his time in Afghanistan, and he asks Mullin to give the patch directly to President George W. Bush . He adds, “President Bush is a Texan. He’ll understand.” (full context)
Epilogue
Politics and the War on Terror Theme Icon
Bigotry and America’s Enemies Theme Icon
Machismo and the Navy SEALs Theme Icon
Survival and Trauma Theme Icon
...Luttrell receives the Navy Cross for his heroism in combat. There, he shakes hands with President George W. Bush . Bush smiles in a way that seems to say, “We’re both Texans, right?” Bush... (full context)