Bush 41 socks raked in $1 million for RNC
Former President George H.W. Bush sports some Superman socks for his 89th birthday.
June 6th, 2014
12:28 PM ET
5 months ago

Bush 41 socks raked in $1 million for RNC

(CNN) - Fundraising off President George H. W. Bush's vibrant sock fashion has proven to be a boon for the Republican National Committee.

The RNC told CNN Friday it's raised around $1 million in fundraising off of a pair of striped yellow, orange, green and blue socks it created under Bush's name.

In April, supporters starting getting email blasts from RNC officials and Bush 41 himself, urging a contribution of $35 or more to get a pair of socks embroidered with the Republican elephant symbol and the 89-year-old's signature.

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"I'm a self-proclaimed sock man. The louder, the brighter, the crazier the pattern – the better," he said in one of the emails.

Colorful socks are Bush's trademark. His unique style has inspired bipartisan tributes to the Republican president.

In its latest pitch, the RNC is pushing donors to contribute by midnight Friday to get their conservative dads a pair in time for Father's Day this weekend.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Ashley Killough and Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. just asking

    you just gotta love this guy!!

    #sock-it-to-me-41

    June 6, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    That's hilarious. "Limited Edition" it says. Yet, they have another million pairs in stock.

    June 6, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    That's hilarious. "Limited Edition" it says. Yet, they have another million pairs in stock.
    --

    Yes, it will be limited to the number of orders they recieve for the next year. I'll send you a pair Rudy. I'm sure you would wear them with pride!

    June 6, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    I didn't vote for him, but he's certainly the only one in the family (except Barbara) with a reasonable amount of working grey matter

    June 6, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Tony

    This pretty much sums it up. Republicans have nothing to run on, so they are running on George H.W. Bush's socks.

    June 6, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    you just gotta love this guy!!
    --------------------
    I do. He rocks the socks. I wonder how much of a commission he gets for each pair sold with his signature on them.

    June 6, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. just asking

    Rudy NYC
    I do. He rocks the socks. I wonder how much of a commission he gets for each pair sold with his signature on them.
    -–

    the guy is a class act from start to finish. zero percent would be my guess.

    June 6, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. OK, who invited the GRINCH?!!

    Tony
    This pretty much sums it up. Republicans have nothing to run on, so they are running on George H.W. Bush's socks
    --

    booooooo.... hiiiisssssss....

    June 6, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    He can sell his socks, hair etc. Nonsense, crazy.

    June 6, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Chris-E...al

    Those socks sure are bright and colorful :)

    June 6, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Democrats will now be pushing Bill Clinton to do the same. I can hardly wait for the $35 Clinton signature cigar.

    June 6, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    I wonder if he WASHED them?????

    June 6, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. rs

    That's a lotta socks!

    June 6, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. rs

    Hmmm. Maybe the GOP could sell Clint Eastwood chairs, too.

    June 6, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Dead Bear

    Awesome! Now I'll know which of my coworkers/friends/neighbors are Republicans by the goofy socks... whose colors look strikingly similar to the gay pride flag, by the way.

    June 6, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    "I'm a self-proclaimed sock man. The louder, the brighter, the crazier the pattern – the better," he said in one of the emails.
    –from the article.

    An apt way of describing what the GOP has now become: loud and crazy.

    June 6, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. SOUTHERN SNOTTIE

    SOUTHERN HOTTIE
    An apt way of describing what the GOP has now become: loud and crazy.
    -–

    But Obama and his party can lay sole claim to "Liar of the Year". It's why he and other Democrats just keep falling and falling in the polls. Too many lies.

    June 6, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. salty dog

    Are those the socks that soaked up the best part of w? Yes the best part of w ran down his leg. Sad but oh so true.

    June 6, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @SOUTHERN SNOTTIE
    SOUTHERN HOTTIE
    An apt way of describing what the GOP has now become: loud and crazy.
    -–

    But Obama and his party can lay sole claim to "Liar of the Year". It's why he and other Democrats just keep falling and falling in the polls. Too many lies.

    June 6, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
    ****************************************************************************************************************************************
    You mean lies like weapons of mass destruction?

    GOP response: *cricket sounds*

    June 6, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |