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Former president George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush are both hospitalized

Former president George HW Bush and Barbara Bush are both hospitalized

Joe Biden, George HW Bush at MD Anderson Gala
Former president George H.W. Bush was greeted by vice president Joe Biden at the MD Anderson 75th Anniversary Gala in November. Photo by F. Carter Smith

UPDATE: Spokesman Jim McGrath released this statement at 12:19 p.m. "Shortly after our previous report on President Bush’s condition, he was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation. President Bush is stable and resting comfortably in the ICU, where he will remain for observation.

Additionally, Mrs. Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital this morning as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing."


Former president George H.W. Bush is resting comfortably at Methodist Hospital, where he was admitted on Saturday after he experienced shortness of breath. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted the news early Wednesday morning.

At 92, Bush, is the nation's oldest living ex-president (a few months older than former president Jimmy Carter). While Bush has been in fragile health in recent years as he battles Parkinson's Disease and has been confined to a wheelchair, he has been seen in public at major events. In November, he was at a front row table at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 75th anniversary gala, where vice president Joe Biden saluted Bush as "one of the finest men I have ever known in my life."

Also that month, Bush and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, attended the Barbra Streisand concert at Toyota Center where the singer lauded the former president's heroism, humility and bipartisanship. Streisand also saluted Barbara Bush for her work on literacy and for speaking her mind on a variety of subjects. 

An avid sports fan, Bush supervised the coin toss when the Houston Texans faced off against the Detroit Lions at NRG Stadium in late October and attended the Texans playoff game against the Oakland Raiders on January 7 of this year.

And in December, he appeared with former Kansas Senator Bob Dole at the Bush Presidential Library on the Texas A&M University campus to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Get well wishes poured in from political leaders, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and vice president-elect Mike Pence.

Bush was vice president during Ronald Reagan's two White House terms before being elected president in 1988. He lost his reelection bid to Bill Clinton in 1992.

A naval pilot during World War Two, Bush did one last skydive to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2014.

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