Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was sad to see his long-term friend and mentor President George H.W. Bush pass away, but he has some unforgettable memories with the 41st president.
President Bush passed away late Friday night in his home in Houston. As IJR previously reported, dozens of political figures sent their condolences to the Bush family.
“The Terminator” actor was no exception. He posted a heartfelt blog post recounting his time with the former president.
President Bush has left us for one last flight but his destination isn't unknown. He's flying into the arms of the love of his life, Barbara. This evening, each of us should take a minute to look up and offer him a silent thanks. FULL STATEMENT: https://t.co/XbuFYztrmg
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) December 1, 2018
The former president tapped the actor and bodybuilder to be the Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports throughout his presidency, kickstarting his political career. Schwarzenegger wrote:
“He taught me so much, but most of all, he taught me the power of serving a cause greater than yourself. I count myself lucky for many reasons; but for the opportunity to call George Bush a mentor, I can’t help but think I’m the luckiest man in America.”
In his post, he shared a photo that the former president had given him after a sledding incident at Camp David in January of 1991.
He explained the photo during an interview on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper.
Former California Gov. Arnold @Schwarzenegger remembers when he went sledding with former President George H.W. Bush, their sled flew "totally out-of-control" and “crashed into Barbara Bush.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/EO9FeGxINc
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) December 2, 2018
“I have to laugh every time I see the photograph or someone mentions it because, you know, he invited me up to Camp David more often than anybody else, I think. I was up there literally every month and we had a great time, but he was exhausting because we were doing sports from morning to night. We were doing skeet and trap shooting, horseshoe throwing, and working out with the weights and doing ‘wallyball’ which is volleyball against the wall with the Marines there. They went on and on — bowling. By the time I went to bed at night I was exhausted. That’s all I can tell you.
But there was one day it was snowing up there and there was this toboggan and he was trying to teach me how to slide that because I was only used to sledding down with Austrian sleds which you direct kind of with your feet. So we went down totally out of control and of course, we crashed into Barbara Bush who broke her leg then, after that. So that’s why he sent me this picture.”
As the former California governor explained, they did break the first lady’s leg during the incident. When President Bush sent him the sledding picture, he captioned it, “Arnold — Turn, damn it. Turn!!”