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.

What Bush can teach millennials

2009: HLN’s Robin Meade jumped with Bush 

soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Bo Bise

    How about you just jump out with all of your NWO peeps MR. Bush

    June 12, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. DonnaB

    I understand the bucket list thing but at 90 he could break some bones when he touches down.

    June 12, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Radell

    a least bush had the guts to do something obma wont do anything.

    June 12, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. billbfit

    If his chute doesn't open, if he lands on a leftest it would have been worth it.

    June 12, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Definitely not news worthy... but go for it! The very fact he is still able to do this, is a tribute to modern medicine and lifestyle.

    June 12, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Theodore Slipchinsky

    Do you really think that's pruident?

    June 12, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. 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.

    June 12, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Insight

    I don't know his mission.

    June 12, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. sELMERS

    And Obama to ride his bicycle for his 70th.

    June 12, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Roy

    Wish Dick Cheney would give it a try.

    June 12, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. mary mary

    it's kind of hard to be mad at some old duffer still out trying to enjoy life ...

    June 12, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. MirrorMirror

    I didn't know that him and his family knew how to do anything besides LIE and start FAKE WARS...

    June 12, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. KenC

    Congrats Mr. President!

    June 12, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Pslsteve

    Nice to see a President that actually has a pair.

    Happy Birthday President George H W Bush!

    June 12, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Anonymous

    who cares

    June 12, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Michael F.

    How pathetically juvenile, the comment by Radell—especially since President Obama is trying extremely hard to do ALL kinds of things that the Republican House simply blocks over and over...and then the comment by bilftit about how if Bush's parachute fails and he lands on a 'leftist' it would be worth it.

    How VERY sad that one can't read an article about ANYTHING without finding politically divisive, puerile and hate-filled sniping.

    What is becoming of this country?

    June 12, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Jen

    No Republican here, but good on him. It's great that he's able to do something like that at his age, just hope he isn't too sore tomorrow.

    June 12, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. sol

    Get a real rush and try a free fall

    June 12, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Spc. P

    Thanks for spending money on a pointless war and making sure so many died. i and thousands of others could have gotten higher education but instead we waste money i have the strongest amout of hate for someone i once looked to

    June 12, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Michael F. says:
    June 12, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm
    How pathetically juvenile, the comment by Radell—especially since President Obama is trying extremely hard to do ALL kinds of things that the Republican House simply blocks over and over…and then the comment by bilftit about how if Bush’s parachute fails and he lands on a ‘leftist’ it would be worth it.

    How VERY sad that one can’t read an article about ANYTHING without finding politically divisive, puerile and hate-filled sniping.

    What is becoming of this country?

    With all due respect Michael, you must be new here. President Obama can't go and get a hamburger or Mrs. Obama can't try to help homeless vets without vitriol being spewed. I hope they don't run you away... You ain't seen nothing yet!!

    June 12, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Wes

    Happy Birthday Mr. President!!!

    obama is a disaster.

    June 12, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. I AM

    Good for him....what a way to start a day.

    June 12, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. GeorgesP

    Just a 90 year old man still enjoying life. Chapeau, Mr. President!

    June 12, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Michael F. says:
    June 12, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm
    How pathetically juvenile, the comment by Radell—especially since President Obama is trying extremely hard to do ALL kinds of things that the Republican House simply blocks over and over…and then the comment by bilftit about how if Bush’s parachute fails and he lands on a ‘leftist’ it would be worth it.

    How VERY sad that one can’t read an article about ANYTHING without finding politically divisive, puerile and hate-filled sniping.

    What is becoming of this country?

    That's the new norm Michael. And the MSM encourages it. Read some of the other topics and watch the hatred jump off your screen. And if your comment doesn't feed into their vitriol you won't see it.

    June 12, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. J

    Happy BD Mr. President!
    I love you.
    :)

    June 12, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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