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Bush donates wild socks to charity

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George H.W. Bush said his wife is getting fed up with his flashy socks, so the former president has donated an exceptional pair of bright, cactus-themed socks to charity. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland said the socks that Bush wore in a photo with Bill Clinton in Kennebunkport last month will be auctioned on Oct. 26 at its Harvest Ball. The socks include a letter of authenticity in which Bush wrote: ‘‘I absolutely love a crazy pair of socks.’’ Unfortunately, he wrote that ‘‘Barbara, on the other hand, has had enough.’’ The Harvest Ball helps to sustain Harvest, the magazine of the Diocese of Portland.

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