GOP raises cash using Bush 41 socks
April 21st, 2014
10:44 AM ET
3 months ago

GOP raises cash using Bush 41 socks

(CNN) – What's the GOP’s latest weapon against Democrats?

President George H.W. Bush’s fashion.

The Republican National Committee is fundraising off of a pair of striped yellow, orange, green and blue socks it created under Bush’s name.

bush socks

The 41st president has gained bipartisan admiration for his trend of wearing nontraditional socks. Case in point:

And now, with the RNC's help, Bush basically has his own brand.

“I’m a self-proclaimed sock man. The louder, the brighter, the crazier the pattern - the better,” he said in an email blast from the RNC.

Donors can get the colorful pair if they contribute $35 or more. The socks are embroidered with the Republican elephant symbol and the 89-year-old’s signature.

"When Chairman Reince Priebus asked me to write to you on behalf of the Republican National Committee (RNC), I told him I’d be happy to do it. But on one condition: my letter to you had to involve socks," he said in the email.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • George H.W. Bush • RNC
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. loyalright

    You can bet Obama and the IRS will investigate.

    April 21, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. rs

    Well, it was Bush 41's socks, or Cheney's waterboarding towels. Socks work.

    April 21, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Silence DoGood

    @loyalright
    You can bet Obama and the IRS will investigate.
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    (hyperbole alert)
    Oh yes, the IRS will send the black helicopter, pick up the socks under cover of the hurricane Obama caused, and drop them in Area 51 in the Benghazi locker, guarded by the Death Panel. There – did I hit them all?

    April 21, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. devil's advocate

    I could only imagine the insults and accusations of degrading the office, but, its the gop, so its all good.

    April 21, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    $35 socks, $700 haircuts, $1000 shoes. We are the GOP, no ideas, lots of money.

    April 21, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. God MAY NOT be a Liberal, but He IS a Democrat

    How hypocrtical and exploitive the RNC is. The reasonableness and gentelity of #41 IS NOT a chracteristic or trait of today`s GOP. He`d be called a RINO and PRIMARIED by the likes of Bachmann, Palin, or Blackburn [all versions of the same nitwit]. Democrats need to get cutthroat. Republicans try to latch on to Abraham Lincoln like they reflect his values . . . THEY DON`T They simply realize they can`t get the emancipationproclaimation back in the genie bottle so they might as well try to claim alliance with Lincoln. Lincoln advanced Federal Income taxes . . . are the GOP goons anti-IRS? He used "BIG GOVERNMENT" to redress abuses by the "states rights", pro-slavery crowd . . . the UNION Army, how`s that for big government. It`s laughable that the GOP tries to exploit the appeal of Lincoln and the same is true of the grandfatherly #41. But they didn`t touch #43 in 2008, 2012 and probably won`t in 2016.
    I`ll bet the Democrats fully embrace Obama in 2016 and beyond.

    April 21, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. DRAKE MALLARD

    ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale to Iraq of numerous items that had both military and civilian applications, including poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic plague.”

    As is widely reported, Hussein used these chemical weapons against Iranians in the Iran-Iraq war.

    After the 1991 Gulf War, U.N. inspectors “compiled long lists of chemicals, missile components, and computers from American suppliers, including such household names as Union Carbide and Honeywell, which were being used for military purposes” in Iraq.

    April 21, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Donors can get the colorful pair if they contribute $35 or more. The socks are embroidered with the Republican elephant symbol and the 89-year-old’s signature.
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    That's nice...
    They could've gotten more for them I think.
    Another non-story.

    April 21, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Fred Evil

    Wasn't a huge fan of him as President, would have traded him for his son in moment, but he's always been a good guy I thought. And had a bit more personality than showed through when he was in charge.
    Props,41, nice socks!

    April 21, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. TONE

    You got to be desperate to be using someone socks to make money.

    April 21, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Embarrassed Republican

    Funny...when I think of Bush 41 and socks, I think of him buying socks at Walmart and being completely amazed by the register scanner...showing just how out of touch he was with the average American.

    April 21, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Kings on the back row......

    ..
    ..Where are the socks that Dubya wore when he decided to ATTACK THE WRONG PLACE, IRAQ ?
    ..

    April 21, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Craig in Pa.

    Next, they will auction off 43's underwear he had on when told about the Twin Towers!

    April 21, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Craig – Thanks, you made my day.

    April 21, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. TONE

    What's up right zingers your Koch daddies are having second thoughts about spending their monies.

    April 21, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. iceload

    The GOP loves to be involved in anything that avoids a days work on unemployment, runaway healthcare etc.

    April 21, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Bart Brown

    And continues to deny that Bush43 ever existed...

    April 21, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. DC Johnny

    In other words, GOP Bush Bush blah blah Bush Bush Bush blah blah blah Bush Bush GOP Bush blah.

    Whatever it takes to enrage the electorate against the GOP, CNN. I look forward to more Bush-heavy reporting in the months leading up to the election.

    April 21, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. DC Johnny

    @ Craig in Pa.

    Or the cigar Bill Jeff Clinton was "not" smoking when he was told we could eliminate Bin Laden and decided he was too "busy" to give the go-ahead on the strike.

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    Next, they will auction off 43's underwear he had on when told about the Twin Towers!

    April 21, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. DC Johnny

    @God MAY NOT be a Liberal, but He IS a Democrat

    I'll gladly take the Constitution-abiding views of those American heroes over the ideology this president clearly latches onto, which, whether you like it or not, it clearly that of Marx.

    Your rant lacks as much history and fact as it does grammatical excellence, which is amazing. It's easy to type out an emotionally charged diatribe of random nonsense, especially when you don't really have to debate a person in real time. If you ran into any intelligent conservative, they'd embarrass you quite easily and turn your own words against you in no time.

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    How hypocrtical and exploitive the RNC is. The reasonableness and gentelity of #41 IS NOT a chracteristic or trait of today`s GOP. He`d be called a RINO and PRIMARIED by the likes of Bachmann, Palin, or Blackburn [all versions of the same nitwit]. Democrats need to get cutthroat. Republicans try to latch on to Abraham Lincoln like they reflect his values . . . THEY DON`T They simply realize they can`t get the emancipationproclaimation back in the genie bottle so they might as well try to claim alliance with Lincoln. Lincoln advanced Federal Income taxes . . . are the GOP goons anti-IRS? He used "BIG GOVERNMENT" to redress abuses by the "states rights", pro-slavery crowd . . . the UNION Army, how`s that for big government. It`s laughable that the GOP tries to exploit the appeal of Lincoln and the same is true of the grandfatherly #41. But they didn`t touch #43 in 2008, 2012 and probably won`t in 2016.
    I`ll bet the Democrats fully embrace Obama in 2016 and beyond.

    April 21, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. sonny chapman

    Bush 43 ought to try that. There are plenty National Guardsmen out there who were thrown into the meat grinder of Iraq w/out adequate training or equipment who came back w/out feet from IEDs. Rummy comforted them by saying ,"You go to war with the Army you have." Why did America HAVE to go to war in Iraq in such a damn hurry that THE PLAN was such a SNAFU ?

    April 21, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. smith

    I wonder what Tom Steyer is getting from the Dems for his 100 million dollar donation? Maybe a box of cigars from B. Clinton.

    April 21, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Greg In Arkansas

    "striped yellow, orange, green and blue socks"......how fitting since most politicians are mere "sock puppets" for big money anyway......I guess someone is finally not embarrassed to acknowledge the connection....

    April 21, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |