Watch Jenna Bush pay tribute to her grandfather George H.W. Bush by skydiving into the Today show live.
You know, some people write poems or speeches in tribute to their loved ones, but not the Bush’s. They go all out. Jenna Bush went as far as to jump out of a perfectly good airplane to honor her late grandfather and former President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.
On Thursday, the Today show co-host took to the sky to make her grand entrance into the show. She jumped from an airplane at 10,000 feet, plummeting toward the earth at speeds topping 120 mph.
Jenna Bush Goes to Extreme Heights to Honor Grandfather
Why, you ask, did she make this grand, live entrance? Well, on George H.W. Bush’s birthday, he would skydive. This year, Jenna Bush did the honors of continuing the tradition on behalf of her late grandfather.
In the summer of George H.W. Bush’s 90th birthday, he told Jenna, “Don’t forget to enjoy the game. Don’t be scared to be in the ring, and don’t forget to enjoy every moment — to live every moment.” And so she did just that.
Jenna Bush requested the help of the prestigious Golden Knights, the Army’s parachute team that George H.W. Bush had previously jumped with, to execute the dive. Bush was strapped to Sgt. 1st class Joseph Abe-Lynn for the moment.
Upon landing safely, Bush reported back to her co-anchors on the Today show. She explained the exciting experience to them.
“It feels like floating, but it’s one of the most exhilarating, terrifying moments of your life. I feel close to all the people I’ve been missing.” She added that “the view from up here is spectacular” and said she would “do it again a thousand times.”
The Today show captured the nerve-wracking and hilarious moment and posted the clip to their Twitter account. You must watch if you want a laugh.
Honoring George H.W. Bush
Throughout George H.W. Bush‘s life, the former vice president, president, United Nation Ambassador, and CIA Director completed a total of eight skydives. That is quite the resume.
According to Pop Culture, Bush’s first dive came when he was just 19 years old in September of 1944. He was serving as a fighter pilot for the U.S. Navy in World War II when his plane was shot down over the Pacific Ocean. Although George H.W. Bush was injured, he survived. Two of his crew members were not as lucky. Jenna Bush notes that “he jumps for them. He jumped because he lived.”
To honor those brave men, Bush jumped on his 75th, 80th, 85th, and even his 90th birthdays by skydiving with the help of the Golden Knights.
This year, Jenna jumped to honor him.
“Seven years after the last time he jumped. I jump for him. And I will jump because I’m in the game, enjoying every moment and feeling closer to him in the heavens.”
George H.W. Bush died on Nov. 30, 2018, at the age of 94. His passing came just a few months after his wife of 73 years, First Lady Barbara Bush’s death.