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When Late President George H.W. Bush Played Dreidel During Hanukkah

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The late President George H.W. Bush playing dreidel with a young visitor to the White House during Hanukkah. Former Vice President Dan Quayle is seen on the far left. Photo: Screenshot.

As the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, was memorialized in Washington, DC, on Thursday, the flood of tributes and fond memories included a video of the late commander-in-chief spinning a dreidel with a young visitor to the White House during the Hanukkah holiday.

In the encounter, the young girl explained to the president that each Hebrew letter of a dreidel results in a different outcome for the spinner. “How many guys can play? Can you get four in the game?” President Bush asked, to the sounds of laughter.

The president then invited his vice president, Dan Quayle, to come and join the game. Taking a turn himself with a larger dreidel, Bush landed on the letter “nun.” “What do I do now?” he asked. “It’s ‘nun,’ you can’t do anything,” the young girl answered.

Taking a spin with a smaller dreidel, Bush eventually landed on the letter “gimel.” Asking again what to do, the young girl told the president, “It’s ‘gimel,’ you take everything!” To loud applause, the president then swept the handful of coins on the table in front of him into the palm of his hand.

Watch the late President George H.W. Bush spin a dreidel during Hanukkah:

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