Web­site pub­lishes obit­u­ary for Bush

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Berlin — Ger­many’s re­spected news weekly Der Spiegel mis­tak­enly pub­lished an obit­u­ary Sun­day for former U.S. Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, hours af­ter a fam­ily spokesman said the 88year-old was re­cov­er­ing from ill­ness.

Bush was hos­pi­tal­ized in Hous­ton Nov. 23 and moved to in­ten­sive care Dec. 23 af­ter he devel­oped a fever.

On Satur­day, spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush was moved out of in­ten­sive care into a reg­u­lar room again af­ter his con­di­tion im­proved.

The un­fin­ished obit­u­ary ap­peared on Der Spiegel’s web­site for a few min­utes Sun­day be­fore it was spot­ted by In­ter­net users and re­moved.

In it, the mag­a­zine’s New York cor­re­spon­dent de­scribed Bush as “a col­or­less politi­cian” whose im­age only im­proved when it was com­pared to the later pres­i­dency of his son, Ge­orge W. Bush.

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