George W. Bush describes the time he went fishing with Putin

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Remember That Time George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin Went Fishing?

"In early 2007, I called Dad and asked him if he would invite President Vladimir Putin of Russia to Walker's Point (the Bush family home in Kennebunkport, Maine)," Bush writes in his book 41: A Portrait Of My Father.

Reflecting on his father's life and leadership, former President George W. Bush describes how the pair hosted Putin for a weekend of boating and discussions about missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic.

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Former president George H.W. Bush was thrilled to process the request. "Just let me know what you need, son," he said.

"When Putin arrived on July 1, 2007, Dad met his plane at the airport in New Hampshire and accompanied him on the helicopter ride to Walker's Point. Then he took both of us for a speedboat ride," Bush writes.

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U.S. President George W. Bush (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin wave for the cameras while fishing in the waters off Kennebunkport, Maine July 2, 2007. Presidents Putin and Bush are meeting at the Bush family's home in Kennebunkport. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
President George W. Bush, left, and Russian President Validmir Putin, wave as they ride on former President George Bush's fishing boat Fidelity III off Kennebunkport, Maine, Sunday afternoon, July 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin fishes from the bow of the boat in the waters off Kennebunkport, Maine July 2, 2007. U.S. President George W. Bush is hosting Putin at the Bush family home in Kennebunkport. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
President George W. Bush, right, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and former President George Bush, third from right, ride on his fishing boat Fidelity III off Kennebunkport, Maine, Sunday afternoon, July 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) holds up the fish he caught while fishing with former U.S. President George H. W. Bush (L) and U.S. President George W. Bush (R) in the waters off Kennebunkport, Maine July 2, 2007. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
U.S. President George W. Bush (L) and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin fish in the waters off Kennebunkport, Maine, July 2, 2007. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
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"Although initially startled by the idea of a eighty-three-year-old former President driving the boat at top speed, Putin loved the ride. (His interpreter looked like he was about to fly out the back of the boat.)

"The next morning, we had a long conversation about missile defense, in which we found some common ground. We then went fishing. Fittingly, Putin was the only one who caught anything," according to the memoir.

(In 2009, the US and Russia announced a "reset" in relations. It hasn't worked out.)

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