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

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"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 new 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.

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

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President Bush, left, and Russian President Vladimir, second from left, wave from the bow of a boat after a fishing trip in Kennebunkport, Maine, Monday, July 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
U.S. President George W. Bush, right, looks on while visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin holds up his catch during an outing at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, Monday, July 2, 2007. On Tuesday Putin and President Bush with his father, former president George H.W. Bush, roamed close to the shoreline around the Bush family's oceanfront estate for about an hour and a half. Later President George W. Bush acknowledged that Putin was the only one who caught a fish, but Putin called it a "team effort." (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev)
Fishing guide Billy Bush (2nd L) hands Russia's President Vladimir Putin (3rd L) the fish Putin caught as former U.S. President George H. W. Bush (L) and U.S. President George W. Bush (3rd R) applaud during a fishing trip in the waters off Kennebunkport, Maine. July 2, 2007. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
U.S. President George W. Bush tips his cap at the cameras while fishing with his father, former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and Russian President Vladimir Putin 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)
KENNEBUNKPORT, ME - JULY 2: In this handout photo provided by the White House, former President George H.W. Bush (L) and President George W. Bush (R) watch as Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) holds up his catch, with the help of fishing guide Billy Bush on July 2, 2007, during a morning outing at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine. (Photo by Eric Draper/White House via Getty Images)
KENNEBUNKPORT, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (R) applauds as Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) catches a striped bass 02 July 2007 while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean off of the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Having last month offered to host a controversial US missile defense system on a Russian base in Azerbaijan, Putin grabbed the headlines with a proposal to extend the US scheme to other parts of Europe, with NATO participation. While welcoming the idea as 'very constructive and bold,' Bush checked Putin by insisting that the Czech Republic and Poland must remain 'integral' to the system. AFP PHOTO/ RIA NOVOSTI/ KREMLIN POOL/ MIKHAIL KLEMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLEMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Former President George H.W. Bush, left, and his son, President George W. Bush, right, react as fishing guide Billy Bush helps Russian President Vladimir Putin to unhook his catch during an outing at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, Monday, July 2, 2007. On Tuesday Putin and Bushes roamed close to the shoreline around the Bush family's oceanfront estate for about an hour and a half. Later President George W. Bush acknowledged that Putin was the only one who caught a fish, but Putin called it a "team effort." (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev)
Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin casts while outing at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, Monday, July 2, 2007. On Tuesday Putin and President George W. Bush with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, roamed close to the shoreline around the Bush family's oceanfront estate for about an hour and a half. Later President George W. Bush acknowledged that Putin was the only one who caught a fish, but Putin called it a "team effort." (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev)
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"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.

"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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