In December 1989, I saw then President-elect Bush in a federal building in D.C. I remember that he waved briefly as he passed and that the Secret Service dogs slipped a bit on the marble floor.
My next encounter occurred in June 2007 on a lobster boat of all places. While on vacation in Maine, we first saw a Secret Service boat whiz by, followed by then former President Bush who again waved as he passed. (I needed a better zoom on my camera). I saw the boat four years later at the George H.W. Bush library in Texas. I can’t verify if it’s the exact same boat since the Bushes don’t tell me when they get new ones.
Coincidentally, this is our 41st Nerd Trips post! So here are some random facts about our 41st president:
He was called “Little Pop” or “Poppy” in his younger days.
He is the only president to have parachuted: first in 1944 bailing out of his bullet-ridden World War II plane, then several more times starting in 1998 (when he was in his early early 70s), including jumps on three birthdays (75, 80 and 85).
He was captain of the Yale baseball team.
He famously said, “I am a conservative, but I am not a nut about it.”
As president, he declared that he didn’t like broccoli, so he wasn’t going to eat it anymore. My mom says she sometimes thinks about Papa Bush when she eats broccoli and that somehow his statement still has her questioning whether she really likes it!
So, Happy Birthday Papa Bush! Tonight, we eat broccoli in your honor.
Next post: A trip to College Station, Texas, and Papa Bush’s library