Bush 41 jumps on his 90th birthday
June 12th, 2014
08:46 AM ET
4 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. Anonymous

    GWD made America dive to a new low ... nothing new here

    June 12, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Susan

    Happy Birthday President Bush!

    June 12, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. zippyp

    I would LOVE to pack his parachute for him...

    June 12, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. Tommy G

    Great!!! I hope to be around when he does this on the big 100!!!

    June 12, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  5. Anonymous

    I wish Obama would jump

    June 12, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Rich

    Happy Birthday!

    June 12, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. johnpm65

    Look at that. 90 years old and still accomplishing more in a single day than Obama has accomplished in 6 years.

    June 12, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. ScottinSC

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

    June 12, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. bence

    got more money than God bored

    June 12, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  10. biglog1

    Don't use the parachute – and fall on gw while you're at it.

    June 12, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. Brian

    Usual political trolling in full force today. Though it would happen regardless of which president would be celebrating a birthday. Haters going to hate regardless.

    June 12, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. Joseph in Houston

    No matter what folks say about his son as President, This Bush has led a remarkable life of great service to the People of America!

    June 12, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. bence

    my dad said he took the only parachute when his plane went down left his copilot in there

    June 12, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. Jim

    The Old Man is Awesome. Too bad they don't make them like him anymore.

    June 12, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. Rob

    It's pretty pathetic how many "liberal" idiots on here want to see a ninety year old man fall to his death. Very progressive of you.

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

    Cool. It's hard to believe he's 90. time flies.

    June 12, 2014 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. Name

    Look out, nut jobs are around you...

    June 12, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Lizzie

    Have a great birthday Mr. President

    June 12, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  19. AB

    Amazing.............. for someone who was considered by many as a woose, he does got balls. His life outside of office has been interesting as well. Not long ago I read that he shaved his entire head to show solidarity for a kid that had cancer. I also read that he acted as witness to a lesbian couple marriage. And now this….Wish i have that spirit of adventure at 90.

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

    Take Dubya along. Forget his chute.

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

    Happy Birthday President Bush!!!

    June 12, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. deee510

    These bush guys are extreme thrill seakers.haha

    June 12, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. B

    God bless him and his family.

    June 12, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. Nancy

    Jumping out of a plane.... that's not as scary as the soldiers he bailed on in WWII.

    June 12, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. laxattack33

    Thank you, Mr. Bush, for your service in WWII. Thanks for writing that blank check to the United States, in the amount of your life. We are all better for your, and ALL the others', service back then.

    June 12, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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