As I was leaving the house this morning, I caught a brief “Today” show segment about a bunch of people who shaved their heads to show solidarity for a leukemia patient. Although this thoughtful gesture of support is hardly novel, what made it noteworthy was that one of those going all chrome dome was George H.W. Bush.
The back story is that the 2-year-old patient Jason is the son of a member of Bush’s Secret Service detail. When the toddler started to lose his hair because of treatments to battle the disease, his dad’s co-workers -- and the 89-year-old former commander-in-chief -- decided to lose their locks as a show of support.
The members of No. 41’s Secret Service detail have also launched a website called Patrick’s Pals to help raise money for the tyke’s medical bills, with a motorcycle benefit run organized for Aug. 10 in Kennebunkport. Maine. (The site has also posted a picture of the whole group -- and Patrick -- as members of the clean pate club.)
The gesture is all the more touching given the fact that Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush lost a young child -- their daughter, Robin -- to leukemia in 1953.