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Boscobel Air Force veteran recalls fond encounters with President George H.W. Bush

Boscobel Air Force veteran recalls fond encounters with President George H.W. Bush

LT. COL. DAN SWENSON, left, walks the tarmac at the Riyadh International Airport in Saudi Arabia alongside then-President George H.W. Bush on New Years Eve, 1992.

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POSTED February 8, 2017 11:19 a.m.

Former president George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara received an enthusiastic standing ovation for performing the coin toss at Sunday’s Super Bowl in Houston less than a week after he got out of the hospital. The 92-year-old 41st president of the United States had been being treated for pneumonia, but vowed he would be at the game in the city he now calls home.

Despite being born into privilege and a former president, Mr. Bush is an amiable and humble man according to those who know him. Boscobel’s Dan Swenson met him several times while serving in the U.S. Air Force and recalls that he was “just the perfect gentleman.”

Swenson served in Bahrain from 1985-87, helping the Middle Eastern country start their first air force with the delivery of 12 brand new F-5 fighter jets. One day, then-vice president Bush paid them the American fliers a visit and thoroughly impressed Swenson.

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For the complete article, please see the Feb. 9, 2017 issue of the Boscobel Dial.

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