Bush 41 jumps on his 90th birthday
June 12th, 2014
08:46 AM ET
5 months ago

Bush 41 jumps on his 90th birthday

Programming note: CNN will air "41ON41," a film about President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, based on interviews with 41 people who know him best, Sunday at 9 and 11 p.m. ET

(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush Thursday celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving near his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

After what appeared to be a hard landing, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath told CNN that after the morning jump, the former president "is doing great."

Bush jumped in tandem with Mike Elliott, the same man he has jumped with several times before. Bush had previously parachuted seven times – once when he was shot down as a Navy pilot during World War II and the other six voluntary, including jumps to celebrate his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays.

"He loves the adrenaline. He loves the jolt. He loves the thrill," McGrath added.

"It's a wonderful day in Maine - in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump," the former president tweeted Thursday morning, in announcing he was going to jump.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush was "fully on board," McGrath said.

At 90, Bush 41 enjoys 'life to the fullest'

Despite suffering from a form of Parkinson's disease that restricts him to a wheelchair, Bush was committed to jump. He had pledged five years ago to do a jump on his 90th birthday.

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soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Ugly Merican

    Daddy jumps off of airplane while Iraq, the crowning achievement of his Presidency, burns to the ground.

    Mission Accomplished.

    June 12, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. cobra

    He uses a wheelchair to get around and is jumping out of airplanes? That is crazy. He could really get hurt on that landing.
    He's a nice old guy. Not too many repubs like him left. Most of them are crazy nowdays.

    June 12, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Joe Gaurdi

    He should be doing this over Iraq.

    June 12, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Thomas

    An An honorable man , who served in WW2 / Happy 90th Birthday !
    Former President George H.W. Bush

    Now , I understand why he didn't overthrow Saddam Hussein and invade Iraq in the first gulf war .

    June 12, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Mike

    I was not a fan of George H W Bush, or his son George W Bush when both were president, however. I can give him kudos for jumping out of an aircraft for his 90th birthday.

    June 12, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. carolina corpus

    Mirror Mirror you should know since obama is so good at it!! billbfit you should try it maybe your wish would come true for your!!! Great job Mr. President (Bush).

    June 12, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. OldSchool

    Good for Fmr. President Bush, looks like he is having a nice birthday.

    - A Leftist Democrat

    June 12, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Joe Gaurdi

    He should be doing this over Iraq!

    June 12, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. clouseau2

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President. I may not have been a supporter when you were President, but you were infinitely better than your mentally challenged son.

    June 12, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    -removal of Saddam is a huge mistake by USA. Look, there is turbulence, with Saddam sight only middle-east was stable. Now, entire nation in chaos. Pulling troops is not a mistake while USA can not afford to spend. Don't rant on it. Bush idiocy caused chaos.

    June 12, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Fred Beloit

    He isn't jumping out of airplanes or jumping at all. He is riding on someone who is jumping. This is not to disparage his courage nor his physical condition, remarkable for his age, it is simply the truth.

    June 12, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Larry

    Very cool. Wish we had a leader today in the white house

    June 12, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Me

    yeahright

    ScottinSC

    Amazing – the hatred and vitriol in the "tolerant left."

    _____Pot, meet kettle_______

    billbfit
    If his chute doesn't open, if he lands on a leftest it would have been worth it.
    _________________________
    Agreed it is all horrible but if you look at all comments on this thread it is about 5 to 1 Bush/Repubs to Obama/Dems bad comments.....

    June 12, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Maybe he needs to do something really daring. Visit his son, the one that was appointed to the Oval Office, and demand an explanation on why he screwed it up so much for Jeb. Then do another parachute jump into Iraq.

    June 12, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Red State Democrat Senators: Extinction

    Democrats and Obama have shown all red states they despise them, hate them, loath them, think they are leeches and trailer dwelling red necks with no teeth. Why would ANY red state voter vote for a Democrat so they can go to Washington and vote in lock step with Obama and Democrats that would like nothing better than to see all red states persecuted like Arizona has been?

    WAKE UP RED STATES!! NO MORE DEMOCRAT SENATORS!! WHY VOTE FOR YOUR OWN PERSECUTION?!!

    June 12, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. yeahright

    Me
    yeahright

    ScottinSC

    Amazing – the hatred and vitriol in the "tolerant left."

    _____Pot, meet kettle_______

    billbfit
    If his chute doesn't open, if he lands on a leftest it would have been worth it.
    _________________________
    Agreed it is all horrible but if you look at all comments on this thread it is about 5 to 1 Bush/Repubs to Obama/Dems bad comments.....

    --------

    On this thread, yes. But there are plenty of ticker threads where it has been the opposite. Neither side owns the high ground.

    June 12, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Ruppert Jenkins

    90? Da*n, I'm only 60 and I'd likely break a hip doing this jump. Tough guy.

    June 12, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Jane McCoig

    WOW! Way to go 41, I hope I'm around at your age to do a jump like that. Way to go!

    June 12, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Don Jones

    Maybe he should do a jump over Iraq, the country that he attacked on behalf of his great Democratic friends the Kuwaitis.

    June 12, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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