Meet Michael Patrick Shiels, host of the award-winning syndicated morning radio program, Michigan’s Big Show, as he talks about the book, I Call Him "Mr. President": Stories of Golf, Fishing, and Life with My Friend George H. W. Bush. Co-written with Ken Raynor, the book tells the story of golf professional Ken’s long-running friendship with the 41st president of the United States.
Praise for I Call Him “Mr. President”
"In this affecting, plainspoken memoir, Ken Raynor and Michael Patrick Shiels give us a warm, engaging portrait of the longtime friendship between Raynor and a pal who happened to be the 41st president of the United States--George Herbert Walker Bush. Through stories from the golf course and on the water as they fished and talked together, Raynor shows us the gracious human side of the former president, a man whose company was unfailingly wonderful and whose decency is much missed in the public arena today. In these pages you will feel as if you were lucky enough to be wrapped in the enveloping embrace of the Bush family's affection―and you'll see why Bush loves Ken. By the end of the book, you will, too." ―Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author and presidential historian
“For me and my family Ken has been an inspiration. Though Ken is a serious golfer he can play fast, and he is just plain a lot of fun to be around out on the links. Pro– mine! Friend, fisherman, great guy.” ―President George H.W. Bush
“I see so many similar characteristics between President Bush and Ken Raynor. They are two very understated gentlemen who are outdoorsmen and family people with unlimited integrity who have a presence about them that represents the finest things in life.” ―Jim Nantz, CBS Sports
About the Book
In I Call Him “Mr. President”, Ken Raynor―head professional at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine for thirty-eight years―tells the story of how President George HW Bush befriended him during Bush’s annual summer sabbatical to seaside Kennebunkport, Maine. Raynor’s personal relationship with Bush led him to experience everything from fishing trips to the wilds of Newfoundland to countless outings on the golf course, including Bush’s last as commander in chief.
Along the way, Raynor assisted Bush, a WWII veteran, in welcoming world leaders, former presidents, celebrities, and PGA Tour stars to the quaint Cape Arundel Golf Club and saw the excitement in their eyes during the outings. But he most cherishes his time after the rounds, in the Bush family home on nearby Walker's Point or in a tiny fishing boat, when the president would put his feet up, stare out at the Atlantic, and recount the days’ events.
In this book, Raynor reflects on the life lessons he gained from a friendship born outdoors that has continued to develop over decades, during golf outings that have ranged from Maine to Augusta National to the White House putting green, international fishing trips, retreats at Camp David, flying in Marine One, and many other unforgettable experiences.
Raynor has likely played more rounds with a POTUS than any PGA professional in history.
About the Authors
Ken Raynor is the head golf professional at Cape Arundel Golf Course and Coral Creek Club. He was inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame in 2005 and was New England PGA Professional of the Year in 2003. Raynor resides with his wife Anne in Kennebunkport, Maine, and Boca Grande, Florida, and fishes both locations with enthusiasm.
Michael Patrick Shiels is the author of several books, including Golf’s Short Game for Dummies and Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects. Shiels is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and was an advance volunteer for George H. W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns. He serves on the committee for the George H. W. Bush Celebrity Golf fundraiser in Kennebunkport. Shiels resides in Michigan, where he hosts an award-winning syndicated morning radio program.