As reported on June 12, 2009 on msnbc.com AP
Ex-president plans to celebrate 85th birthday by leaping out of plane
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George H.W. Bush is poised to celebrate his 85th birthday by making a parachute jump in Maine, but the weather could dampen his plans.
Bush is scheduled to make a tandem jump Friday with a member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team near his summer home in Kennebunkport. However, Friday's forecast shows a likelihood of rain in the area.
He made his first jump as a Navy pilot when his plane was shot down over the Pacific during World War II. He also made jumps to mark his 75th and 80th birthdays and on two other occasions.
Editor Rozek’s Notes: Can’t they just get a stripper to jump out of a cake like every other American president has on his 85th birthday? This ‘throwing yourself from a plane’ thing does not seem safe to me! I wonder when the other two jumping occasions were? I wonder if one was after an in air meeting with Sadaam Hussein after he said "Iraq must withdraw from Kuwait completely, immediately, and without condition….” Sadaam replied “You’re not the boss of me!”…George tried to reason with him and then decided to jump from the plane instead.