Fans are remembering George H.W. Bush with one colorful tribute

By Dave Quinn
December 08, 2018 05:30 PM
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Fans are remembering former President George H.W. Bush with one colorful tribute.

In the wake of Bush’s death at age 94 on Dec. 1, his followers have started tweeting photos of their colorful socks in recognition of the 41st president’s penchant for eclectic accessories.

The fashionable footwear became more and more visible throughout the last decade of Bush’s life. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007 and began using wheelchairs for mobility, putting his ankles on display.

“Brandishing colorful socks is simply his way of making the best of his mobility situation and still finding the joy in life,” his daughter Dorothy Bush Koch wrote in her book, My Father, The President, Today reported.

His granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, once said he even referred to himself as the “sock man.”

George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in June 2018
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George H.W. Bush and Barbra Streisand in 2016
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George H.W. Bush with former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Barbara Bush, former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush in 2013
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Posted under the hashtag #SocksForBush, Bush’s fans have been showing photos of their own socks.

“A little color today to honor 41 #socksforbush #Bush41 #lifeofservice,” wrote one user.

“His was the first election I can really remember,” said another. “We have the watch now sir.”

After four days of memorials and ceremonies in his honor, the former president was laid to rest at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, on Thursday.

Following his second funeral service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas — where he worshipped for more than 50 years — Bush was buried on Thursday at the family gravesite beside his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush (who died in April at the age of 92) and their daughter Robin (who died of leukemia in 1953 when she was only 3).

According to a tweet by his spokesperson, Jim McGrath, Bush “will be carried to his final rest wearing socks that pay tribute to his lifetime of service, starting as an 18-year-old naval aviator in war. That legacy is now being carried, in part, by the brave, selfless men and women aboard [USS George H.W. Bush.]”

The late Bush previously had an emotional state funeral on Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., where oldest son, former President George W. Bush, gave a moving eulogy.

“We’re going to miss you,” said the 43rd president, one of the George H.W. Bush’s five surviving children who were in attendance. “So through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man. … The best man a son or daughter could have.”