Our Views: Bombs away, at age 90

In this photo provided by the All Veteran Parachute Team, former President George H.W. Bush, right, is congratulated on his parachute jump by his son, former President George W. Bush, far left, his wife Barbara Bush and his tandem team partner Mike Elliott on his 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/All Veteran Parachute Team, Kenneth Wasley) Show caption
In this photo provided by the All Veteran Parachute Team, former President George H.W. Bush, right, is congratulated on his parachute jump by his son, former President George W. Bush, far left, his wife Barbara Bush and his tandem team partner Mike Elliott on his 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/All Veteran Parachute Team, Kenneth Wasley)

At age 75, a parachute jump is pretty darn impressive. Maybe not prudent, but pretty darn impressive (as comedian Dana Carvey might say). But at age 85, and then at 90?

Well, happy birthday to George H.W. Bush, who set an example that many of us will have trouble reaching.

The former president has been an example of derring-do his whole life. For a time in World War II, he was the Navy’s youngest aviator. And now he’s the oldest president to jump out of an airplane — we’re pretty sure.

What we are sure of is that he had a great time.