George H.W. Bush hangs out with Johnny Manziel

Former President George H.W. Bush dropped in on "pro day" at Texas A&M University on Thursday to watch Johnny Manziel, the university's star quarterback, show off his skills in front of hundreds of journalists and National Football League scouts.

Before Manziel took the field, he and the former president sat down for a quick meeting. Mr. Bush tried on a TAMU football helmet as the two shared a laugh.


For what it's worth, according to CBS Sports' Josh Katkowitz, Manziel "showed accuracy, a strong arm and a nice touch" during his big audition.

Mr. Bush, who has maintained his good spirits even as his health has wavered in recent years, was also named the latest recipient of the John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage" award on Thursday.

The award, according to the organization, was given "in recognition of the political courage [Mr. Bush] demonstrated as president when he agreed to a 1990 budget compromise which reversed his 1988 campaign pledge not to raise taxes and put his reelection prospects at risk."

"In his first term in office, President George H. W. Bush risked his reputation and ultimately his political career by forging an important compromise on the budget in 1990 that moved our country forward, and should not be forgotten," said Jack Kennedy Schlossberg, the grandson of former President Kennedy.

The award will be presented during a ceremony at Kennedy's presidential library in Boston on May 4.

  • Jake Miller

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