I Call Him

I Call Him "Mr. President": Stories of Golf, Fishing, and Life with My Friend George H. W. Bush

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I Call Him "Mr. President": Stories of Golf, Fishing, and Life with My Friend George H. W. Bush by Ken Raynor

A presidential tale of friendship, travel, and the great outdoors!

In I Call Him “Mr. President”, Ken Raynor—head professional at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine for thirty-eight years—tells the story of how President George HW Bush befriended him during Bush’s annual summer sabbatical to seaside Kennebunkport, Maine. Raynor’s personal relationship with Bush led him to experience everything from fishing trips to the wilds of Newfoundland to countless outings on the golf course, including Bush’s last as commander in chief.

Along the way, Raynor assisted Bush, a WWII veteran, in welcoming world leaders, former presidents, celebrities, and PGA Tour stars to the quaint Cape Arundel Golf Club and saw the excitement in their eyes during the outings. But he most cherishes his time after the rounds, in the Bush family home on nearby Walkers Point or in a tiny fishing boat, when the President would put his feet up, stare out at the Atlantic, and recount the days’ events.

In this book, Raynor reflects on the life lessons he gained from a friendship born outdoors that has continued to develop over decades, during golf outings that have ranged from Maine to Augusta National to the White House putting green, international fishing trips, retreats at Camp David, flying in Marine One, and many other unforgettable experiences.
Raynor has likely played more rounds with a POTUS than any PGA professional in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510724655
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Ken Raynoris the head golf professional at Cape Arundel Golf Course and Coral Creek Club. He was inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame in 2005 and was New England PGA Professional of the Year in 2003. Raynor resides with his wife Anne in Kennebunkport, Maine, and Placida, Florida, and fishes both locations with enthusiasm.
Michael Patrick Shiels is the author of several books, including Golf’s Short Game for Dummies and Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects. Shiels, a contributor to Forbes.com, is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and was an advance volunteer for George H. W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns. He serves on the committee for the George H. W. Bush Celebrity Golf fundraiser in Kennebunkport. Shiels resides in Michigan, where he hosts an award-winning syndicated morning radio program.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lady Barbara Bush ix

Preface Meet George Bush Michael Patrick Shiels xi

Preface Friend First Ken Raynor xv

Chapter 1 Desperate Diplomacy 1

Chapter 2 So You Want to Play Golf with a President? 5

Chapter 3 A Kinder, Gentler Friend 33

Chapter 4 Your Place or Mine? A White House Welcome 37

Chapter 5 A Thousand Putts Of Light 53

Chapter 6 Anchor to Windward, Walker's Point, Kennebunkport 89

Chapter 7 Fishing, Fidelity, and Fun 103

Chapter 8 Missions Defined and Missions Completed 139

Chapter 9 Turkey Day During Lame Duck 159

Chapter 10 Glory's Last Shot 169

Chapter 11 I Call Him "Mr. President" 183

Epilogue 189

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