Putin wished President Bush happy 90th and sent a gift


Former president George H.W. Bush, left, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, lands on the lawn at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church after making a tandem parachute jump near Bush’s summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, on June 12. Bush made the jump, his eighth, in celebration of his 90th birthday. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

The Kremlin  announced Thursday that President Vladimir Putin “warmly congratulated” sky-diving former president George H.W. Bush “on his 90th birthday and wished him health and prosperity, noting his personal contribution to the development of the Russian-American relations.”

“Yes, they spoke at 2 p.m.,” a Bush spokesman confirmed to Business Insider. “President Putin also sent a portrait. … It is a portrait of President Bush as a young Navy ensign in his dress whites.”

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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