Former President and First Lady Bush after the sky-dive he made on his 85th birthday.
He was a much better president than we knew at the time.
He was a genuine war hero, the president who fought in World War II, an oil man and a former member of Congress/head of the CIA/Vice President.
He was President George H W Bush, and today’s he’s 90 years young.
Former President Bush (or Bush I, as we call him around our house) celebrated his birthday by jumping out of an airplane. Literally.
That ground can get awful hard when it’s coming up at you from a few thousand feet. I don’t know many 90-year-olds who could take the lick involved in a jump like this. But I also know from my elderly relatives that those who live long are tough in way that us wimps can’t fathom. They all have a get-on-with-it, it is what is toughness that allows them to cycle through the infirmities and limitations of advancing age without being vanquished by them.
That toughness gets put on display every time one of former President Bush’s birthdays rolls around. He’s been celebrating the passing years by jumping out of planes for quite some time now. Former First Lady Barbara Bush is pretty tough herself, to let him do it.
Former President George H W Bush is rescued after his plane was shot down in combat.
I would expect no less from the man who survived the getting shot down in combat, losing a child to leukemia and decades of America’s political wars. You’ve got to be made out of cast iron to do all that.
Happy Birthday former President Bush. I hope you have many more.