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George H.W. Bush donates wild socks to charity

In this Sept. 5 2013 phoreleased by Roman Catholic Diocese Portlformer President Bill Clintleft points western cactus-themed socks worn by

In this Sept. 5, 2013 photo released by Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, former President Bill Clinton, left, points to western cactus-themed socks worn by former President George H.W. Bush at Bush's home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush has donated the socks, an autographed picture of the moment, and a signed letter of authenticity to a silent auction for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. (AP Photo/Clinton Foundation via the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland )

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush says his wife is getting fed up with his flashy socks, so he’s donated a bright pair with a cactus theme to a church fundraiser.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland says the socks that Bush wore in a photo last month with former President Bill Clinton in Kennebunkport, Maine, will be auctioned off Oct. 26 at its Harvest Ball.

The socks include a letter of authenticity in which Bush wrote: “I absolutely love a crazy pair of socks. Barbara, on the other hand, has had enough.”

The Harvest Ball helps sustain the diocese’s Harvest magazine. The free magazine has a readership of about 70,000 in Maine.

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