Gov. Holcomb cherishes baseball from former President George H.W. Bush

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – News of former President George H.W. Bush’s death sent shock waves across the nation. 

Inside the Indiana Statehouse, the news hit close to home for Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Holcomb shared a personal story about Bush. The governor’s admiration of Bush, who died Friday, goes back to Holcomb’s college days. 

“I was even teased a little bit about going out and buying eyeglasses that looked like his,” Holcomb said and then smiled and laughed. “I’ve been a fan of his approach to public service for a long, long time.”   

One day in November 2016, soon after Holcomb was elected Indiana’s governor, something showed up in the mail. 

 “I wondered if it was real!” Holcomb said. “I have a lot of friends who are good at pranks. I wondered if … I did check the postmark immediately. Then a friend, who was close to President Bush, it was authenticated.” 

A signed baseball and a letter that reads in part, “A little bird told me that you collect signed baseballs and that you might like to have one signed by me. So, here it is. I hope it is a welcome addition to your collection. Again, Eric, Congratulations. Sincerely, George Bush.”

“That is just precious.” Holcomb said. 

As a nation mourns the loss of a former president, Holcomb reflects on Bush’s service and dedication

“You can bet I wake up every day and try to live up to that high standard,” Holcomb said. “I know I fall short, but he set the standard.” 

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