July 26th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Bush on shaving head: 'It was the right thing to do'

(CNN) – The decision to shave off his hair in solidarity with a young leukemia patient was simply "the right thing to do," former President George H.W. Bush said in an interview with his granddaughter Friday.

"Little Patrick had leukemia. A lot of the agents shaved their heads and I said, 'Why not me?'" Bush said in a conversation with Jenna Bush Hager that aired on NBC's "Today." Bush Hager is a special correspondent for the network.

"I kind of identify with him," Bush continued, admitting Patrick probably didn't realize he was a former commander-in-chief.

On Wednesday, a photo emerged of a bald-headed Bush with the two-year-old son of a Secret Service agent on his lap. According to a statement from his spokesman, Bush shaved his head after members of his security detail shaved theirs, meant to show support for Patrick.

"They're a wonderful group of people and they're like family with us," Bush said of the Secret Service agents assigned to him.

Bush and his wife Barbara lost their second child, Robin, to leukemia six decades ago at the age of four. When the former first lady saw her husband with a shaved head, she said she was "shocked."

"Surprised and thrilled," she said Friday. "But I think he looks beautiful. He looks younger."


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    If I could send him a pair of Superman socks, I would.

    July 26, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    And thanks to Obamacare, little Patrick won't be denied medical coverage due to a pre-existing condition or have to worry about reaching a lifetime cap.

    July 26, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    While not a fan of anything or anyone named Bush, I must admit this is a nice story. And the picture of former President Bush and the little boy is adorable.

    Best of luck to you little guy. Get well soon!

    July 26, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Data Driven

    Babs is right - he does look better with the cueball.

    July 26, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. plain&simple

    Good man,George Bush!!! Once in private life the real person has come out. There are haters on both sides of the aisle and that nonsense should stop. Thank you Mr. President.

    July 26, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    ...........cool too for this very Hot summer in Houston 98 degree forinheat. Better work on global warming.

    July 26, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    It's actually a pretty good look for him... way to go, big guy!

    July 26, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. Tom

    Ah, the good old days when Republicans worried about doing the right thing. Don't you miss those days? Kudos to Bush. It was a good gesture.

    July 26, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. sonny chapman

    Good man. I still don't understand how a guy who volunteered for combat in WW II let his Lil Boy, George W., skip Vietnam & get into TX. Air National Guard while the kids from TX w/no connections ended up in Nam, some of which, like my wife's first husband, from Jasper, TX, ended up never coming back.

    July 26, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Scott

    The Bushes alwyas were true gentleman and stand up guys. Both Father and Son are good people. What he did for the young man is outstanding. Good job Mr. President.

    July 26, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Scott

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    And thanks to Obamacare, little Patrick won't be denied medical coverage due to a pre-existing condition or have to worry about reaching a lifetime cap.
    _____________________________________
    Obama care has nothing to do with it, his dad who is a goverment employee is covered under the Goverments Health Plan. Leave the politics out of it, I know it is hard for you liberals that drink the Obama Kool-aid.

    July 26, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. S.B. Stein

    George H. W. Bush was a nice guy and shows it with this action. I don't agree with many of his actions or policies (less so with his son), but this was good to see that he is aware of other people and their troubles.

    July 26, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Good for him. He's always been a decent man, and its nice to see a truly noble, selfless gesture on the part of someone without asking for a quid pro quo.

    July 26, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Scott

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    And thanks to Obamacare, little Patrick won't be denied medical coverage due to a pre-existing condition or have to worry about reaching a lifetime cap.
    _____________________________________
    Obama care has nothing to do with it, his dad who is a goverment employee is covered under the Goverments Health Plan. Leave the politics out of it, I know it is hard for you liberals that drink the Obama Kool-aid.
    *********************
    You should have heeded your advice and not made the Kool-aid remark, or any reference to politics. Seems like you failed your own morality test.

    July 26, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    My compliments to former President George H.W. Bush for his generous and heart warming gesture.

    July 26, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. Joi Gibson

    Good luck little man and many blessing to you and your family!!!!

    July 26, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. just sayin

    the bush's are great people. too bad soo many leftists are filled with hate and cannot see that.

    July 26, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Sandy

    Chubby cheek cutie! Good luck little man.

    July 26, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Ron L

    Hate to tell those of you who try to put both Bush Presidents in the same mold. YOU ARE WAY OFF BASE!! The first George H.W. Bush was a better President, more knowledgeable about the world, and did not lead us into two wars without caring about the economic impact it would have on the country. The George W. Bush while he may have been a good man at heart. He made several horrendous decisions because he was not a student of the history of the world before attempting to reshape the middle east. So frankly there is a significant difference in how Americans view and feel about the two of them.

    July 26, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    That little Patrick is too adorable! Each time I look at that picture I just want to smooch those fat cheeks!!

    Once again, great move Mr. President! You're pulling the bald thing off like Michael Jordan and Telly Savalas.

    July 26, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Too bad his son thought killing 5000+ and injuring thousands of Americans as revenge for "wanting to hurt my daddy" was also the "right thing to do".

    Props tp pops for his empathy, apologizing in advance to the GOP for the use of the profane language such as "empathy".

    July 26, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. OK

    It's too bad that this story cannot be seen for what it is, a touching gesture by a man who went through this fight personally with his own child 60 years ago. To little Patrick, a full and speedy recovery. And to those that insisit on using any opportunity to inject politics where it does not belong, your comments speak volumes more about yourself than those you seek to malign.

    July 26, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. if only it could happen

    Hopefully little Patrick will pull through. It is so sad to see children so young with such terrible illnesses. Hopefully someday there wil lbe a cure. And kudos to President Bush! The man is one class act all the way. He should have been given a second term. The country messed that one up.

    July 26, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    W was led down the wrong path by people like Rove and Cheney. He should have stood up for the people of this country instead of the two goons that pulled his strings.

    July 26, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Mac

    If they were so good how come they were absent from the last Republican Convention in 2012?.

    July 26, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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