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The president feels lucky nonetheless, Meacham said.
He could be seen floating to the ground using a red, white and blue parachute. A spokesman says he landed safely and softly in Kennebunkport, out of the sight of reporters.
President Makes Parachute Jump
"It's vintage George Bush," he said. "It's that passion for life. It's wanting to set a goal, wanting to achieve it. I'm sure part of it is sending a message to others that even in your retirement years you can still find challenges."
While his activities are now limited, Bush still fulfills his need for speed on his boat, Fidelity. "He's always loved going fast. He loves the speed. He loves the adrenaline," McGrath said.
Bush has celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in Maine.
Thursday marked his eighth jump. He can no longer use his legs because of a form of parkinsonism.
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With the jump, Bush made good on a promise from five years ago, when he also celebrated his birthday by skydiving.
"He's lost his mobility, but he hasn't lost his heart. He's still the genuine person that we've come to cherish," said Ken Raynor, a friend and pro at the Cape Arundel Golf Club.
Other birthday festivities included a private dinner with more than 200 relatives and friends, including some from his White House days: press secretary Marlin Fitzwater, White House counsel Boyden Gray and political director Ron Kaufman, McGrath said. His children, including former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will be there, McGrath said.
Kennebunkport is a special place for the president. As a boy, he visited the family home at Walker's Point every summer, except during World War II. The retreat was later dubbed his "summer White House."
He said on his 85th birthday that he'd like to do it again on his 90th. Thursday's jump would be his eighth.
parkinsonism that has robbed him of use of his legs.
from a helicopter harnessed to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Golden Knights, the Army's parachute team, near his summer home, spokesman Jim McGrath said. Elliott guided Bush to a gentle landing five years ago.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. Bush can no longer use his legs, but he isn't letting that stop him from keeping a vow he made five years ago: to jump from an aircraft on his Puma Evospeed Football Boots Price
"He had a remarkable great run of good health and good family and good friends," he said. "So I know his chief view of life at 90 is one of immense gratitude. He's very grateful for his parents, he's grateful for Barbara, he's grateful for his kids. He knows he's one of the luckiest guys who ever lived, really."
90th birthday, which is Thursday.
The announcement was kept secret until the last minute, partly to give Bush himself the option of bagging it. The forecast Thursday called Adidas Predator Football Boots 2002 for clouds and scattered showers across the southern Maine coast.
The first time Bush jumped from an airplane was when his plane was shot down in World War II over the Pacific. Later, he decided to jump from a plane of his own accord and marked his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays by skydiving.
The first time Bush jumped from an airplane was when his plane was shot down in World War II over the Pacific.
McGrath said Bush likes both a surprise and an adrenaline rush.
"It's a wonderful day in Maine in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump," the nation's 41st president announced on Twitter.
During his presidential years, Bush was known for jogging, tennis and fast paced golf but now uses a wheelchair or scooter because of a form of Adidas Gloro Red
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