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Emotional Coin Toss by George W. Bush at Super Bowl in Houston

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The oldest living president, George W. Bush, having recently been hospitalized only just one week prior in Houston, recovered from pneumonia to do a memorable and emotional coin toss at Super Bowl LI. Coming out onto the field slowly, he by wheelchair being escorted by a member of the military, and Mrs. Barbara Bush by his side, riding in a golf cart, they received a huge standing ovation as fans, players, and coaches appeared visibly emotional at their presence at the game.

Genuine Compassion and Appreciation

Emotional Coin Toss

Photo: Facebook/BBC Swahili

The Bushes are football fans, and have often attended Houston Texans games at NRG Stadium, what was this year hosting its second Super Bowl. The expression of emotion from everyone in a non-partisan fashion was truly the beauty of it all. Regardless of party favorites, the genuine compassion and appreciation from everyone was obvious. Knowing everything that Bush would have to have gone through in order to simply be able to be at NRG Stadium for that moment, was fully acknowledged by all present.

The 41st President Tosses the Coin to Start Super Bowl LI

Emotional Coin Toss

Photo: Facebook/George Bush Presidential Library Foundation

At the age of 92, George W. Bush is just a few months older than Jimmy Carter, and Barbara herself is 91. Looking terrific, these nonagenarians know how to start a game off right! The coin toss was won by the Atlanta Falcons, who deferred their selection to the second half, after which the players and officials shook Bush’s hand, and the two were kindly escorted back off the field prior to kickoff. The sense at the time, and even still today, is that all those who were present and watching understood the full magnitude of having the 41st president of the United States present for the toss at home in Houston, Texas.

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