WATCH: Houston Residents Don Colorful Socks to Celebrate Hometown Hero, George H.W. Bush
We love this idea! In fact, why don't we all do the same to honor him for his funeral?
The city of Houston chose a fitting way to honor the recent passing of former president George H.W. Bush.
A nod to 41’s favorite fashion accessory, Mayor Sylvester Turner asked that attendees don colorful socks to the city’s music-filled tribute to the local hero.
“Houston was the launching pad for his political career,” Turner told the crowd of mourners outside City Hall Monday night. “He embraced this city and we embraced him back.”
A self-described “sock man,” Bush’s adoration for the clothing item only became apparent to the public in the years following his 2007 Parkinson’s diagnosis. By 2012, the former president was reliant on a wheelchair. His new seated position regularly revealed his ankles—and an entire wardrobe of colorful socks along with them. By the time of his death at the age of 94, Bush had a pair of socks for every occasion. Even a special pair for his own funeral.
In an excerpt from her book, My Father, My President, Doro Bush Koch explains her father’s transformation into an unlikely fashion icon.
“Whether he is greeting runners at the Houston Marathon or attending the unveiling for George and Laura’s White House portraits, or recently going to visit the Houston Texan cheerleaders, Dad has taken to wearing socks that can only be described at eye-catching—bright pink, black and yellow stripes, stars and stripes, every color and pattern under the sun. The louder the better.”
“Dad hopes people don’t think ‘this old boy is getting a little strange,’” she continued. “Brandishing colorful socks is simply his way of making the best of his mobility situation and still finding the joy in life. ‘I love being active, (playing) sports, being in the game,’ he told Parade in 2012, when asked about his condition. ‘But you just face the reality and make the best of it.’”
George H.W. Bush will be honored with a state funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on the morning of Wednesday, December 5th. Please join us in wearing colorful socks tomorrow, so we can all honor this American political icon. For inspiration, visit the official George H.W. Bush website’s photo gallery featuring 41 pics of the former president rocking colorful socks.