KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush can no longer use his legs, but he isn’t letting that stop him from keeping a vow he made five years ago: to jump from an aircraft on his 90th birthday, which is Thursday.
‘‘It’s a wonderful day in Maine — in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump,’’ the nation’s 41st president announced on Twitter.
It's a wonderful day in Maine -- in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump.— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 12, 2014
Bush intends to jump from a helicopter with a retired member of the Golden Knights, the Army’s parachute team, near his summer home on the Maine coast, spokesman Jim McGrath said.
The announcement was kept secret until the last minute, partly to give Bush himself the option of bagging it. The forecast Thursday called for clouds and scattered showers across southern Maine.
McGrath said Bush likes both a surprise and an adrenaline rush.
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