On November 30th, it was announced that former United States president, George H. W. Bush, had passed away. Since then, people have mourned his loss and there are those who have even been learning more about him.
For example, you may have noticed that Bush loved to wear colorful socks. Was it a coincidence? Apparently not. He once revealed why he loved them.
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In an interview with his granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, for the TODAY show, Bush himself expressed his love for bright socks. While declaring himself a "sock man", he told Jenna that he just loved "a good sock."
In his later years, Bush became known for sporting a wide range of colorful socks with delightful patterns and prints for each occasion. His daughter, Doro Bush Koch, also revealed another reason why her dad often preferred this footwear.
In her book, “My Father, The President," Doro claims that it became difficult for George Bush to walk due to a condition called vascular parkinsonism, which was diagnosed in in 2007.
The former president had to rely on wheelchairs and scooters to get around. This meant that his ankles were always visible.
Doro wrote that wearing colorful socks was his way of finding brightness in the situation and maintaining joy despite his limited abilities.
Over the years, Bush's socks had some unique meanings, depending on where he was and the purpose of the event. For example, when his late wife, Barbara Bush passed away, he used his socks to subtly honor her.
He wore a pair that was decorated with books to recognize her lifelong commitment to family literacy.
The socks worn by the 41st President of the United States of America at today’s funeral for former First Lady Barbara Bush. pic.twitter.com/12libHt1Jv— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 21, 2018
For his 89th birthday, Bush was very much the hero as he sported a pair of socks with the Superman brand on it.
It was, again, all about celebrating himself when he wore red socks with his own face on them while he received an award from the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation in Houston.
How did George HW Bush ever convince America that he was boring? The man has socks featuring his face. h/t @pagelav pic.twitter.com/65ERTRJS9J— DavidKenner (@DavidKenner) December 4, 2013
Bush will be remembered for a lot of things and being a proud sock man would definitely be one one of them.