Ex-pres­i­dent Bush still in hos­pi­tal

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICAS - BY REUTERS

Fo rme r US Pres­i­dent George H. W. Bush, 90, re­mained in a Hous­ton hos­pi­tal on Wed­nes­day as a pre­cau­tion after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a short­ness of breath, a spokesman for the 41st pres­i­dent said.

“No new news to re­port so far,” spokesman Jim McGrath wrote in an email.

On Tu e s d a y evening, Bush was taken by am­bu­lance to Hous­ton Methodist Hos­pi­tal after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing short­ness of breath, McGrath said. He said Bush was be­ing held for ob­ser­va­tion.

Bush’s lat­est health scare came two years after he was struck by ill­ness dur­ing the 2012 hol­i­day sea­son. He spent seven weeks in a Hous­ton hos­pi­tal for bron­chi­tis and re­lated ail­ments be­fore his dis­charge in mid-Jan­uary of 2013.

On Tues­day evening, the for­mer pres­i­dent “was taken by am­bu­lance to the Hous­ton Methdist Hos­pi­tal as a pre­cau­tion after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a short­ness of breath”, ac­cord­ing to his spokesman, Jim McGrath.

The for­mer pres­i­dent, a Repub­li­can, grew so ill dur­ing his pre­vi­ous hos­pi­tal­iza­tion that he was be­lieved at one point to be near death, and mem­bers of his fam­ily gath­ered around him.

He marked his

90th birth­day this year by tak­ing a para­chute jump in Ken­neb­unkport, Maine. His el­dest son, for­mer Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, this year pub­lished a best-sell­ing book about his fa­ther, ti­tled 41 - A Por­trait of My Fa­ther.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama wished his pre­de­ces­sor well in a state­ment is­sued by White House spokesman Eric Schultz from Hawaii, where Obama was va­ca­tion­ing with his fam­ily.

“The pres­i­dent has been made aware that Pres­i­dent Bush was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal,” Schultz said. “Pres­i­dent Obama and the first lady send their good wishes to the for­mer pres­i­dent and the en­tire Bush fam­ily dur­ing this hol­i­day sea­son.”

The elder Bush served as vice-pres­i­dent for eight years dur­ing Ron­ald Rea­gan’s two terms as pres­i­dent be­fore be­ing elected pres­i­dent him­self, de­feat­ing for­mer Mas­sachusetts Gov­er­nor Michael Dukakis, the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, in 1988.

Bush took of­fice in 1989 and served one term in the White House, dur­ing which he or­ga­nized the US-led mil­i­tary coali­tion that de­feated Iraqi forces after Sad­dam Hus­sein in­vaded Kuwait.

He lost his 1992 re-elec­tion bid to Demo­crat Bill Clin­ton.

Bush also served as a con­gress­man, a UN am­bas­sador, US en­voy to China and CIA di­rec­tor be­fore be­com­ing Rea­gan’s run­ning mate in 1980.

KEVIN LA­MAR­QUE / REUTERS

For­mer Pres­i­dent George H. W. Bush ap­plauds dur­ing an event to honor the win­ner of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award at the White House in Wash­ing­ton in this file photo from July 15, 2013.

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