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Former President George H. W. Bush feted with sock pictures for 89th birthday

Updated 2:35 p.m. ET

Santa-hatted Snoopy socks, mustard yellow mustache knee highs and Elmo toe hosiery adorn Americans' feet Wednesday, honoring the birthday of a president who is apparently a wacky sock fanatic.

The library of Former President George H.W. Bush, who's celebrating his 89th birthday Wednesday, solicited pictures from well-wishers of their colorful socks to celebrate Bush's birthday.

"Join us in wishing President Bush a Happy Birthday by wearing your most colorful or outlandish socks," reads a message on The George Bush Library Foundation's website. "All are invited to submit a photo wearing crazy socks to share in the birthday festivities."

"George has taken to wearing the weirdest socks," his wife Barbara Bush humorously explained at "A Celebration of Reading" event in Houston in April. "The most colorful, the most wacky. They're better if they're terrible."

For instance, at his son George W. Bush's portrait unveiling at the White House last year, the elder Bush wore red, white and blue striped socks. At the George W. Bush library dedication earlier this year his socks were bright pink with blue accents.

Former President George H.W. Bush and great-grandaughter Mila show off their socks on his 89th birthday, June 12, 2013. via Facebook

Bush joined Wednesday's sock soiree too, posting a picture on his Facebook page with a different patterned sock on each foot (under his presidential slippers) along with his great-granddaughter Mila's birthday booties (Mila's mother is George W. Bush's daughter, Jenna). Later Wednesday, his office emailed a photo of the former president donning Superman socks - a gift from a friend, according to his office - while driving a golf cart.

Bush, who spent seven weeks in the hospital in December and January, is spending his birthday at his home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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