HLN anchor Robin Meade told the Huffington Post about her skydive with former President George H.W. Bush, which took place Friday on Bush's 85th birthday in Maine.
"People kept asking all week leading up to this, 'Are you afraid?'" Meade said. "And my answer, up until about 1PM Friday, was: no, I'm thinking more about the interview with President Bush 41 and keeping focused on that, and then I can think about the jump. I gotta tell you, the whole way up in the plane ride I kept wondering if I would lose my cookies in front of a president, his family on the ground and on national television. I'm happy to say I never needed the 'party bag"...but when they said in the plane, 'It's time to go," I told my producer my that my knees were shaking. That's when I finally got nervous."
Meade said that while airborne, she "kept sucking down some oxygen for fear I'd get sick," while the former President was consumed looking for his family's Kennebunkport home.
"In the plane, he kept looking for the Bush summer home out the window," she said.
As for the skydive itself, Meade said "the first two or three seconds in free fall didn't feel so hot" but after her body adjusted it felt more like she was flying.
"I think I grunted or squealed once or twice in the jump and when the parachute opens," she said. "It rips and jerks you upward. After the parachute opened I could speak to my tandem partner, Sgt. First Class Kurt Isenbarger, originally from Ohio. He asked as we were parachuting if I wanted to spin and show off and come in fast. I said, no I definitely didn't want to spin. We were coming in fast enough!"
Meade added that she and the former President set a date to skydive again in five years.
"President Bush invited me to go again when he turns 90." she said. "Deal!"
Watch her report:
Robin Meade interviews President George H. W. Bush in Kennebunkport shortly before they skydived together.
President Bush lands after a skydive meant to celebrate his 85th birthday.
Robin interviews President Bush after they both land.
Robin with both Presidents Bush -- George W. and George H. W. -- and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
A close-up of the sky-divers, Robin and President Bush.
Photos: Jeremy Freeman/CNN