July 26th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
9 years ago

Bush on shaving head: 'It was the right thing to do'

(CNN) – The decision to shave off his hair in solidarity with a young leukemia patient was simply "the right thing to do," former President George H.W. Bush said in an interview with his granddaughter Friday.

"Little Patrick had leukemia. A lot of the agents shaved their heads and I said, 'Why not me?'" Bush said in a conversation with Jenna Bush Hager that aired on NBC's "Today." Bush Hager is a special correspondent for the network.

"I kind of identify with him," Bush continued, admitting Patrick probably didn't realize he was a former commander-in-chief.

On Wednesday, a photo emerged of a bald-headed Bush with the two-year-old son of a Secret Service agent on his lap. According to a statement from his spokesman, Bush shaved his head after members of his security detail shaved theirs, meant to show support for Patrick.

"They're a wonderful group of people and they're like family with us," Bush said of the Secret Service agents assigned to him.

Bush and his wife Barbara lost their second child, Robin, to leukemia six decades ago at the age of four. When the former first lady saw her husband with a shaved head, she said she was "shocked."

"Surprised and thrilled," she said Friday. "But I think he looks beautiful. He looks younger."

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Monica Key

    Why does ex-President Bush still have so many secret service agents? This seems like a big waste, I’ve never heard of anyone threatening him.

    July 26, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Paul Williamson

    George I has led an exemplary life, from his service in the War to his many public service jobs, with not a hint of scandal.
    Its too bad he didn't spend more time with George II and his kid brother when they were young, teaching them right from wrong and to be a leader instead of a politician.

    July 27, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  3. Bryan S.

    I applaud Pres. Bush for his support of this patient -many people do not know that the Bush's themselves lost a child to leukemia in the 60's. When my son was going through his treatments for T-Cell ALL here in Florida, Jeb Bush kept up a personal relationship with my son and daughter.

    While it may not seem such a big deal or important to others, this human touch, the empathy Gov. Bush showed and shared with us, was very much appreciated; and I cannot share how my daughter's spirits rose knowing she was receiving personal emails from Gov. Bush. When a tragedy like childhood cancer strikes, these little things make the difference.

    I didn't agree with the politics of the Bush family, but I will never forget what the Bush's meant to my son and daughters, and cannot thank them enough for Gov. Jeb Bush's support..

    July 27, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. brett

    I agree with you Dumbas. Bush Sr. is an awesome person and was a great president. His son, not so much.

    July 27, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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