John of John’s Crazy Socks Introduces a Tribute Sock for His Sock Buddy, President George H. W. Bush

John of John’s Crazy Socks Introduces a Tribute Sock for His Sock Buddy, President George H. W. Bush


Melville, NY December 4, 2018: To honor his sock buddy, John Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks is introducing a President George H.W. Bush Tribute Sock. All of the profits from this sock will go to the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation.

“I am so happy that we can make this sock for President Bush,” said John Cronin.


John Cronin and President George H.  W. Sock: Sock Buddies

John Cronin is the co-founder and Chief Happiness Officer of John’s Crazy Socks. John and the former President became friends because of their mutual love of socks. John sent Mr. Bush socks and the former President sent John socks.  But there is more to it than just socks. Both are entrepreneurs, and both are advocates for people with differing abilities.  As John’s co-founder, his father Mark X. Cronin, has said, “Without President Bush and the Americans with Disabilities Act, there would be no John’s Crazy Socks.”

Their connection started back in the spring of 2017, when John learned that former President Bush loved crazy socks. John said, “We should send him some socks.” Mr. Bush liked them enough that his office called and ordered some more. Then the president sent John a letter thanking John for the socks and he sent John a pair of USO socks.

The President’s letter said, “I am happy to see that you and I have the same taste in fun, colorful socks…You are a wonderful example of what Americans can do despite challenges that they face. We are proud of all you have accomplished in the past two years."

John then sent the former President a pair of his Down Syndrome Super Hero Socks. These were special socks that John designed and raise money for the National Down Syndrome Society and ACDS.

President Bush wore those socks on World Down Syndrome Day and tweeted a picture of him wearing the socks. He wrote, “Yesterday I was inspired by my friend John Cronin to wear these beauties from @JohnsCrazySocks marking World Down Syndrome Day. A great sock supporting a wonderful cause.”

When Barbara Bush passed away, President Bush’s office reached out to John for socks to wear to honor his wife’s legacy of promoting literacy. John was so proud to offer some comfort to the President at such a sad time. We continue to celebrate Mrs. Bush’s legacy by making those socks a fundraiser for the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation.

About John’s Crazy Socks

John Cronin and his father, Mark X. Cronin, opened their online store on December 9, 2016 with a mission to spread happiness. “I love crazy socks, they are colorful and fun,” says John.  “They let me be me. My catch phrase is socks, socks, and more socks. The more people that have my socks, the more happiness we can spread.”

Mark Cronin says, “We have built a social enterprise: we have both a social and a business mission and they are indivisible.” The elder Cronin explains that they have built the business on four pillars.

  1. Inspiration and Hope: We want to show the world what is possible when you give someone a chance. We hire people with differing abilities and want to show the world what they can do. So far, we have created 35 permanent jobs and 18 are held by people with differing abilities.
  2. Giving Back: We donate 5 percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics and have Charity and Awareness Socks that raise money for our charity partners like the National Down Syndrome Society, the Autism Society of America and the Williams Syndrome Association. So far, we have raised over $200,000 for our charity partners.
  3. Socks You Can Love: We have over 2,300 different socks making John’s Crazy Socks the largest sock store in the world in terms of choice. We have a Sock of the Month Club, gift boxes and bags and we offer custom socks. Our customers love it: we have over 14,000 online reviews and 96 percent are five-star reviews.
  4. Making It Personal: Every package gets a thank you note from John and some candy.

You can learn more about John’s Crazy Socks by visiting our website and our Facebook page. Learn more about John through his YouTube videos. You can also contact us via email at or call 631-760-5625.