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June 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mr. President



KENNEBUNKPORT -- President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 85th birthday today by parachuting from an altitude of 10,500 feet into the churchyard of St. Ann's Episcopal Chapel in Kennebunkport. He landed at 1:44 p.m. and was greeted by his wife Barbara Bush.

The plane, a C-31 Fokker, had to make several passes before finding an opening in the clouds where Bush could make the jump.

As Bush landed at the church about 150 people waiting there burst into applause, and the crowd began chanting "Gampy Gammy," the Bush family name for grandfather.

Just offshore from the seaside church, onlookers in pleasure boats erupted into a version of the "Happy Birthday" song.

"It's a great day in the air," Bush said. "It's an exhilarating feeling. I don't feel a day over 84."

I don't know about the rest of you, but I miss both of them lately.

All the best, Mr. President.

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