Bush 41 praises Mandela in first tweet
December 10th, 2013
05:37 PM ET
9 years ago

Bush 41 praises Mandela in first tweet

Washington (CNN) – Former President George H.W. Bush – the skydiving, colorful sock wearing, octogenarian – is now on Twitter.

Bush, who is tweeting from @GeorgeHWBush, used his first tweet to herald the late Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died this month. Bush also addressed the fact that he was unable to attend Tuesday's Mandela memorial.

Jim McGrath, the president's spokesman, confirmed the account was actually the former president, tweeting that "You can now follow the 41st President of the United States on Twitter at @GeorgeHWBush."

Earlier this week, a spokesman for Bush told CNN that the former president would not be attending the Mandela memorial, citing the traveling distance and Bush's advanced age of 89-years old.

Bush was the only living president not to attend the event – with President Barack Obama, along with former President George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter all in attendance.

By sending his first tweet on Tuesday, the elder Bush also earns a leg up on his son, Bush 43, who has yet to send his first tweet.

CNN's Dan Merica and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Still a gentleman and one of the last of the Republicans I will ever respect. Of course he should not have made that long trip.

    Stay well Mr. President!

    December 10, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. NC

    The Bush family is a class act. They are to be commended for their many years of service to our country.

    December 10, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. ladies first

    this is remarkable, i'm sure Nelson Mandela is looking down at us with pleasing gestures

    December 10, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |