And there you have the very first tweet from former President George H.W. Bush.

Maybe when Bush starts tweeting photos of his amazing socks he’ll earn that “verified” blue check mark. Socks or not, plenty were happy to welcome the 41st president to Twitter.

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Even the White House is hoping for a sock of the day post.

  • Hayekguy

    A shame no sock photos. Welcome to twitter anyway Mr. President.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    Sheesh, you’d think some people would prefer a “GHWBush Socks” Twitter account, rather than one from the man himself.

    • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Ummmm yea, I love the family photos, as long as we see the socks!

      • nc ✓s & balances

        I love the socks too, as much as anyone. But I love the man more, was my point. And he seemed to be ignored a bit.

  • Texan357

    Just to be clear, if people were requesting sock – or pants-crease – photos of Obama, we’d be hauling pitchforks and torches, yes? It’s not OK to insult people for their adoration of Bush The Elder – who, it should be noted, is the only one-term President since Carter – but it’s OK to insult people who have a similar view of Obama?


    Downvote = You agree
    Upvote = You disagree

    That’s right. I went there.

    • RblDiver

      Does Obama wear crazy socks? Does he try to stay out of politics and be a good great-grandpa? Does he try to make everything out to be about him?
      Upvote: Who cares
      Downvote: Who cares still

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Oooooh, look everybody– “Lindsay Crouse” came to play!

      See, if you’d said something like, “Suppose Obama had a harmless socks hobby– would you jump on him for it? You know you would, right? And the people who’d follow him based on that. But not HW? You folks seem to be as uncritical of HW as you accuse other people of being towards Obama!”

      OK, harsh, and maybe fair. But no, you cracked outta turn– you made it political– and you used the word “insult” rather than “poke fun”– and you completely ignored the context of how each man affects the lives of the people of this land– and “adoration” reveals a bit of projection on your part (we “revere,” not “adore,” Poppy).

      And by doing those things, you crumbed the play.

    • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      One is an out of office old man, people enjoy the quirky sock thing. The socks thing has become a meme precisely because he isn’t a sitting POTUS.

      The other inspires pitchforks precisely because his policies are hurting folks.

      What don’t you get about the difference?

    • JBDestiny

      No one needs to ask The Great O to tweet out specific pictures of himself; his staffers have anticipated already whatever his fanboys/girls want to see, and obliged, unsolicited.

    • Chimpestry

      Insult who you want and deal with whatever criticism you receive. I choose not to insult 92-year old ex-Presidents that make a obvious effort to steer away from politics. Sitting Presidents (like Obama) or ex-Presidents that continue to insinuate themselves into current politics (like Clinton) are fair game.

    • Hired Mind

      Big difference: GHWB has never insulted me, or my intelligence. Obama does that on a daily basis.

      Also, people DO engage in adoration of Obama every day. And aside from a bit of fun-poking and rolling of eyes, you don’t hear much from conservatives.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      I tend to hold a sitting President and a former President to different standards. One is the current leader of the United States of America and should act accordingly. The other is in retirement and is free to unintentionally gather giggles over silly things. Carter, Clinton, H.W. Bush and W. Bush are free to be as silly as they please, but being a sitting President isn’t the time or place to be adored for cute antics.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      And that was a nice trick you tried to pull there. Upvote to disagree, downvote to agree. I suspect you counted on folks simply reading the first part of your comment and instinctively giving it a downvote. As you can see, the trick failed and we actually do pay attention to and comprehend what we read around here.

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  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    It took a night’s sleep, and a return to this story, to make this sluggish brain of mine come up with this one, at long last:

    “How many Bush-haters are going to post under their ‘sock-puppet’ names when they see stories like this?”