George W. Bush was a cheerleader.


He was a cheerleader for his alma mater, Yale University. He was also the head cheerleader in high school at Phillips Academy Andover. The former president wasn’t much of an athlete himself, but he distinguished himself as a friend of all the jocks in school and as a rowdy, outspoken supporter of his school’s teams. He was even once thrown out of a basketball game when he got mad at a referee. Talk about school spirit. Bush even appears in his high school yearbook dressed in a wig and a skirt to mock rival schools.

George Bush’s classmates said that they never imagined that he would one day run for president. Let that be a lesson to cheerleaders everywhere: you too, can some day be president (though graduating from Yale and having a president for a father would also be a big help).

Read more about the former president’s early years.

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