The self-declared “sock man,” former President George H. W. Bush, is putting his love of eccentric socks to good use this holiday season.
The 41st president recently gave his red-striped socks featuring his own face on them to the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce in Maine, according to HuffPost Impact.
The unique socks were auctioned last week and sold to the highest bidder for $535.
Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman and speechwriter, tweeted about the successful sock auction today.
Bush , 89, caught lots of attention when he wore the socks earlier this month to accept a service award from the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation.
McGrath tweeted a picture of the handsomely dressed former president alongside his wife, Barbara, and LBJ’s daughters, Luci and Lynda, which showed Bush smiling while wearing his most eccentric socks yet.
41 (w Mrs B) accepting LBJ Award w daughters Luci & Lynda 12/3 in Houston. 41 “honored” b/c “great respect” for LBJ. pic.twitter.com/537hhZOUYe
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 4, 2013
This isn’t the first time he has used his love of eccentric socks to raise money for charity. The Associated Press reported in October that Bush donated a pair of cactus-themed socks to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine.
It looks like the former first lady might be responsible for his recent acts of sock charity.
When Bush donated his cactus-themed socks, he enclosed a letter of authenticity that stated, “I absolutely love a crazy pair of socks … Barbara, on the other hand, has had enough.”