George H. W. Bush cheers on victorious Duke Basketball
January 18th, 2014
06:06 PM ET
6 months ago

George H. W. Bush cheers on victorious Duke Basketball

(CNN) - Duke trounced North Carolina State in Saturday's basketball game, but the crowd favorite was former President George H. W. Bush who was greeted with a standing ovation and chants of "USA."

The 41st president is 89 and has faced health problems in the last few years that make it difficult to travel.

But he made the trip to Durham, North Carolina, to support Duke coach Michael Krzyzewski, also known as Coach K, for his involvement in cancer research.

Bush celebrated as Duke won 95-60 and took a picture with the Blue Devils in the locker room after the game.

Bush is the founder and co-chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, an organization that challenges executives to reduce the cancer risk of employees and their families.

The organization's website states that Coach K has been an honorary member since its founding in 2001 and always wears a gold pin on his right lapel to symbolize his commitment to its work.

Duke's vice president for public affairs and government relations sent a tweet with a picture of the coach and former president.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. hellsyeahs

    Duke win. Republicans: "This all Obama's fault!"

    January 18, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Kinard

    And this is news, because?

    January 18, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Mightyduk

    I always liked that guy, his son....not so much.

    January 18, 2014 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. Rusty Krus

    Bay of Pigs? Iran Contra? JFK? You are going to answer to GOD soon, not us liberals. Sweet dreams Mr. President.

    January 18, 2014 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    And this is political news .... why?

    January 18, 2014 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. Thomas

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    January 19, 2014 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  7. ukpong edem

    Ex president is cheered 4 his enablement to put such health care phenominon initiatives 4 humanitarian survives.

    January 19, 2014 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  8. don in albuquerque

    Is this another one of those "If your a real American, you'll care about this" moments?

    January 19, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  9. Steve

    So Mr. Bush is helping to fight cancer and some of you want to turn this into a political argument? Maybe if you have cancer strike you or your loved ones, you may gain some perspective.

    January 19, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Name jfk

    Bush. LBJ. Have to face God. Millions now know what Bush has been hiding. Check out Bush in Dallas Nov 22, 1963. Or LBJ ducking onto floor of his car, 30seconds before first shot. The jigs up.

    January 19, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Basketball

    Bush is the founder and co-chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, an organization that challenges executives to reduce the cancer risk of employees and their families.

    January 19, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. don in albuquerque

    @hellsyeahs–Little Bighorn was all Obama's fault too. Issa told me so.

    January 19, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |