Bush 41 jumps on his 90th birthday
June 12th, 2014
08:46 AM ET
6 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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2009: HLN’s Robin Meade jumped with Bush 

soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Bob

    "Breaking" news, indeed...

    June 12, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. Pogostick

    Maybe his son will be on the ground watching his father and maybe his father will fall on him. That would be breaking news.

    June 12, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    -this guy is a crazy guy. Happy b'day anyway.

    June 12, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. Griff

    Happy birthday 41!

    June 12, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Ace

    Re-enacting when he bailed out on his crew in WWII.

    June 12, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Steve

    Go for it Mr President.

    June 12, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. Mabel Schwartz

    Perhaps he could take George W. with him and push him out over Mosul!

    June 12, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. Jack

    Go Mr. President. Show the world what you can do at 90.

    June 12, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. ScottinSC

    Good for him! Do what you enjoy and live life to the fullest! It's a thrilling experience. If I make it to that age and am capable of doing it – I'm in. I've already told both of my kids, 9 & 11, that when they turn 18 if they want to skydive that I'll go with them. Amazing, wonderful, unique experience.

    June 12, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. susan

    His ego still craves the limelight.....why not just quietly do it for the sake of doing it.

    June 12, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. SD123456

    Good luck, Bush Sr. Please take GW with you and lose him on the way down.

    June 12, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  12. bence

    go for it George

    June 12, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  13. Brian from DC

    That entire family is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

    June 12, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. Fred

    Have to laugh. My mom jumped at age 90, so for me its no big deal.

    June 12, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  15. chuck u. farley

    You can imagine my disappointment when I learned he would be using a parachute.

    June 12, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  16. Joseph

    Happy Birthday President Bush 41!!!!

    June 12, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  17. Donna

    What a hoot!!! Happy birthday and God Bless!

    June 12, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  18. Tanya, Harpswell Maine

    I live off the coast of Maine and it is not a nice day today. In fact it is raining and in the 50's.

    June 12, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. WD.HAMMER

    To bad the kid doesn't have the guts his old man has .

    June 12, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. m

    Thank for Thomas, clown.

    June 12, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  21. Jesse

    That was a President. Unlike his successor who gutted CIA and DOD to such a point it enabled repeated attacks by Al Qaeda. After 1993 WTC attack he would have rounded them up. He could outsmart Putin, he didn't require a learning curve of four years. Unfortunately out of necessity he raised taxes.

    June 12, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  22. Enrique Hernandez Delgadillo

    Having Fun

    June 12, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  23. Rich

    I love this guy. He has my full respect.

    June 12, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  24. Tony D

    At 90, George Bush has more guts and stamina that some of the twenty year old losers walking our streets. They just don't make them like him anymore, which is why this country's future is dim. We now prefer to glorify criminal idiots, not real men.

    June 12, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. Joe NYer

    Mr President, you are one high-flying bada**. Have a blessed birthday today with your loved ones.

    June 12, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
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