Bush 41 jumps on his 90th birthday
June 12th, 2014
08:46 AM ET
9 years 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."

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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.

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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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soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Michael Westen

    I say he needs to parachute in Iraq along with his son to see the mess they created first hand.

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

    bush should fill in at the white house until obama can be replaced with a PRESIDENT!!

    June 12, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. laxattack33

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

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

    How is this BREAKING NEWS?!! CNN, I was once a huge fan, but you have become a laughing stock of News Media.

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

    The lazy and stupid left just have to show their ignorance again. Here is a real man who fought in WWII and they worship a community organizer who would cry if he had to even go into the military. What a bunch of wusses liberals are.

    June 12, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. Norma Pennie

    Good for you President Bush. Happy Birthday!!! If you think being President is an easy job why don't you try it.

    June 12, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Chris-E...al

    Good luck with that my friend . I watch from down here ! Up up and away .

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

    sighhhhhh..... How I wish he were our President the last 6 years. A real man with true talents and the ability to work with people. Never a partisan divider and hate monger. Happy Birthday and may you have many more!!

    June 12, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    That's amazing. I've always wanted to skydive but never had the nerve. 90 years old and still going.

    Happy Birthday Bush 41!

    June 12, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Timba

    Let Dick Cheney pack his chute! Oops, did I do that?

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

    Ah yes. The benevolent peace loving all tolerant komrade libs showing precisely how hypocritical they are with the vile comments about Bush 41.


    PR2 USN 1974-1979

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

    How is this BREAKING NEWS?!! CNN, I was once a huge fan, but you have become a laughing stock of News Media.

    oh please... cnn has been running 2-3 hillary clinton puff pieces a day on the ticker. of course they never run anything good about republicans unless it is about ghwb and his birthday jump.

    June 12, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. Joe Shmoe1963

    Poppy, if only George de Mohrenschildt could see you now. He would be so proud. Happy Birthday!

    June 12, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. carl nelson

    Please drop him over Baghdad.

    June 12, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. AdMan

    Happy Birthday and enjoy the jump Mr. President! Thank you for your service and sacrifices you and your family have made to this great country.

    June 12, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. Bruce

    Happy Birthday George. It saddens me when I see who occupies the W.H. now. We would love to have you back

    June 12, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. James

    Is he going to jump over an oil field somewhere? Just curious.

    June 12, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Dee Wan

    Godspeed, President Bush. Having made hundreds of jumps I know the feeling... but at 90 – WOW!

    June 12, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. Jeremy

    Good for him. Hope he doesn't break a hip! Old man.

    June 12, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Why all the nasty comments about the duly elected President? This is about Bush 41... The one that couldn't get reelected unlike President Obama, who was reelected in a electoral landslide. I think it's great what Bush 41 is doing at his age. However I do enjoy reading all of the envious, illiterate, hate filled comments by the nobodies that have never accomplished 1/10th of what President Obama has. Carry on haters!

    The Rosewood Syndrome is in full force today!!😃😃😃😃😃

    June 12, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. MRHD

    Can't blame Bush 41 for Iraq. He knew what would happen if he went all in and overthrew Saddam, so he didn't. His son wasn't nearly bright enough to understand that, and that's all on Bush 43.

    June 12, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Chappie96376

    I hear Mosul is nice place for a jump this time of year – you created them you deal with them

    June 12, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. Jeremy

    I don't understand why everyone keeps bashing Obama. He's way better than this old man's former boss, Old Ronnie Reagan, who I believe let Wall Street run wild and began the collapse of the Middle Class. Not to mention his idiotic son, GWB who ran this country into the ground as fast as his old man's jump! Go jump into the middle on the Atlantic, for all I'm concerned!

    June 12, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Mr

    He really is insane. Lol.

    June 12, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Happy Birthday!!

    @ Wake Up People . . .

    Wake Up Many Rivers - and go cross them already - you wouldn't be missed, unlike a good man such as President Bush.
    Happy Birthday, Mr. President! We hope one day quality leadership will return to the White House . . . thank goodness the current mess in there is nearly over.

    June 12, 2014 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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