Bush donates wild socks to charity

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.