KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (UPI) — Former president George H.W. Bush says shaving his head in a show of support for a 2-year-old boy with leukemia was the “right thing to do.”
The 41st president got a shiny dome earlier this week in honor of Patrick, the son of one of the Secret Service agents in his protection detail.
“A lot of agents shaved their heads,” Bush told granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager, a contributing correspondent to the “Today” show. “I said, ‘Well why not me?’ It was the right thing to do.”
Bush and more than 20 men in his protection unit shaved their heads to show solidarity with the toddler. He said he hoped his action brought “a little happiness” to the boy.
Shaving his head also had personal meaning to the former president and his wife, Barbara. Their daughter, Robin died from leukemia when she was 3.