As the late radio broadcaster Paul Harvey might say, here's the rest of the story.
It was in 2002 that former President George H.W. Bush sent Aflac Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Amos a thank-you letter and a $1,000 check to be given to the Aflac Cancer Center for sending him a couple of the plush ducks that quack "Aflaaaccc!" when squeezed.
Aflac communications chief Laura Kane pointed out Thursday that the gesture receives a mention in Bush's book released this week, "All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings." It appears a certain presidential pooch could not do without the stuffed creatures back then, according to the humorous passage, with Bush asking Amos for some new ones that were apparently misplaced.
"This will be the most unusual request you have ever received from any President of the United States of America," Bush asked Amos in a letter. "The truth is, I need two more of those tiny, furry AFLAC ducks. Why, you might ask? Well, the answer is Sadie, our beloved dog who sleeps in our bed and dominates our lives, loves the AFLAC duck you gave me. It's quiet around our house now because the AFLAC duck is missing. Frankly, I kind of like the quiet, but Barbara and Sadie both miss hearing that duck go. 'AFLAC, AFLAC!'"
Bush writes about other public figures and events in his scribblings, including his son, former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, President Barack Obama, Sept. 11, 2001, and his granddaughters Jenna, Barbara and Lauren during their "wild" college days.
Kane said the presidential letters are on display at Aflac's corporate headquarters on Wynnton Road.