Monday, January 10, 2011


President Bush goes sledding at Camp David with his daughter Doro in January 1991

Because of the hilly terrain, sledding is a popular winter activity at Camp David.

In 1991, President Bush went tobogganing with Arnold Schwarzenegger at Camp David.  Barbara Bush joined in the fun by riding down the hill in a saucer.

When it became clear that the First Lady was headed for a tree, the President's urgent call to  "Bail out! Bail out!" went unheeded. Unfortunately, she hit the tree and broke her leg.

This 1991 New York Times story describes the incident.

President Eisenhower watches his grandchildren sledding down the Aspen Lodge hill - March 1960

Children sledding down the hill behind the Aspen Lodge in 1962

President Carter sledding with daughter Amy and a friend at Camp David in February 1978

Sources: George Bush Library; Jimmy Carter Library; Eisenhower Presidential Library; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library; White House; Barbara Bush: Matriarch of a Dynasty; New York Times

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