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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

George H.W. Bush: ‘I Don’t Know Much About The Bieber’

June 12, 2012

George H.W. Bush 'I Like a Colorful Sock"--VIDEO

Apparently, former President George H.W. Bush is not a huge fan of pop star Justin Bieber.

“I don’t know much about the Bieber,” the former president told his granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, in an interview that aired on the Today Show, on the occasion of his 88th birthday. He later said of the singer's hit, "Baby," "I don't think I like it," though Jenna insisted after singing it, "No, you like it." Bush may have been having a little fun with his granddaughter. At one point he refers to the singer simply as "Bieb."

 

The reason for the Bieber query? Bush the elder had been compared -- apparently favorably -- to Bieber in his choice of socks.

“I like a colorful sock,” Bush said. “I’m a sock man.”

At a time when the presidential race is extremely tight, with President Obama's second-term ambitions by no means assured, the 41st president also reflected on his loss to Bill Clinton in 1992 and how it devastated him.

“A terrible feeling, awful feeling,” he said. “I really wanted to win and worked hard. Later on people said, ‘He didn't really care.’ That's just crazy. I worked my heart out. It was terrible to adjust. But then you figure, well, life goes on. See what the next challenge is.”

He described his marriage to wife Barbara as both "a challenge and a reward," but said she is a person who "calls all the shots."

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