George H.W. has emotional birthday interview on 'Today'

By Kevin Lewis,

George H.W. Bush had an emotional interview with his granddaughter and Today show contributor Jenna Bush Hager on the former president’s 88th birthday.

Questions ranged from getting older to Bush’s defeat in 1992 to Bill Clinton. It was a “terrible, awful feeling,” he said according to The Cutline. "I really wanted to win and worked hard," Bush said. "Later on, people said, 'Well, he didn't really care,' which is crazy. I worked my heart out."

Tears came to Bush’s eyes when he shared a letter he had written to his family when he was 41 reflecting on his life. The last portion of the letter reads, “Remember the old song, 'I'll be there ready when you are'? Well, I'll be there, ready when you are, because there's so much excitement ahead, so many grandkids to watch grow. If you need me, I'm here. Devotedly, Dad.”

The Bush family is celebrating George H.W.’s birthday in the family owned compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. They also plan to visit the USS George Herbert Walker Bush aircraft carrier that is arriving off the coast of Maine, according to MSNBC.

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