October 18, 2013

George H.W. Bush donates wild socks to charity

The former president’s cactus-themed socks will be auctioned to benefit the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

The Associated Press

Former President George H.W. Bush says his wife is getting fed up with his flashy socks, so he’s donated an exceptional pair of bright, cactus-themed socks to a church fundraiser.

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Former President George H.W. Bush wears a pair of his trademark wild socks at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library in Dallas in April 25. He’s donating a pair of socks to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland for a fundraising auction.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland said the socks that Bush wore in a photo with former President Bill Clinton in Kennebunkport last month will be auctioned off 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. Barbara, on the other hand, has had enough.”

The Harvest Ball helps sustain the diocese’s Harvest magazine. The magazine, sent free to its readers, has a readership of about 70,000 in Maine.

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