Hundreds Give George H.W. Bush a Hero's Homecoming to Kennebunkport, Maine, After Wife’s Death
Former President George H.W. Bush has returned to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, for the first time since his wife's death
George H.W. Bush has returned to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, this time without his beloved wife of 73 years.
Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets waving American flags as Bush, 93, waved out the window of his car on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s where he’s spent every summer except 1944,” Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman, told the Press Herald. “The bonds run deep. He couldn’t be happier to be here. Maine is good for his soul.”
The former president’s son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, also shared a sweet photo of his father smiling with his arm out the window.
“My beloved dad is in Maine,” the younger Bush captioned the shot.
Maine politicians also added their welcomes on social media.
“Welcome home to Kennebunkport, President Bush!” wrote Sen. Susan Collins on Twitter. “I always love visiting with you at Walker’s Point. It’s great to have you back in Maine.”
Rep. Chellie Pingree added, “We’re so happy you’re back for another Maine summer, @GeorgeHWBush!”
“Finally had the chance yesterday to catch some new friends in action @HamiltonMusical,” Bush wrote on Twitter, adding that he was “properly attired in Hamilton socks” while being “surrounded by family and friends.”
“Not a big hashtag man, but congratulations #HamFam!!” he added, after praising the production’s “epic story and performance.”
McGrath previously told PEOPLE that before the former first lady died, she and her husband had been looking forward to seeing the show together during the touring production of Hamilton’s Houston run.
Before he took in the full show, the cast and crew of Hamilton brought “complete joy” to the grieving widower when they put on a private concert for Bush in his Houston office.
“History never sounded so powerful,” he tweeted.