KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine – Fresh off a successful parachute jump to celebrate his 90th birthday, former President George H.W. Bush vowed another celebratory jump into Baghdad when American troops re-secure the city, which remains in peril due to potential attacks from ISIS.
“I wanna be there when we take back Iraq,” the elder Bush said. “It’s only a matter of time before we make this happen and take control of the country, just like back when I was president. It’ll be déjà vu all over again.”
Bush Sr., who authorized Operation Desert Storm back in 1991 during his sole term as leader of the free world, completed his eighth jump on June 12. The ex-president, who can no longer use his legs due to his ongoing issues with Parkinson’s disease, made the jump strapped in with a retired member of the Army’s parachute team. He also made similar jumps to commemorate his 75th and 85th birthdays, respectively.
“People think just because I’m old I can’t do this kind of stuff anymore,” he added. “That’s poppycock.”
When asked for details of the jump, Bush Sr. said he plans to land in Baghdad with his son, George W. Bush, who authorized the invasion of Iraq to search for weapons of mass destruction and depose Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.
“I want to see the look on the faces of these Arab bastards when we blow into Baghdad,” said the Bush the elder. “I remember every last one of ’em, especially the ones who helped Saddam when he wanted to assassinate me. I was a spook for a long time, and I’ve got a lot of friends in high places. And in the CIA, we never forget.”
Bush said he’s also spoken with President Obama about making the jump during their conversations about Middle East strategy.
“He’s assured me he’s willing to consider it,” Bush Sr. confirmed. “I told him that if he didn’t, I’ve got enough kids and grandkids and great-grandkids to run for the White House and screw over the Democrats for the rest of the century.”
Representatives of former President George W. Bush said that he had no comment on the impending jump, especially when asked if he might consider recreating his “Mission Accomplished” flight as part of the effort.