Former first lady, Barbara Bush has been hospitalized in Houston, Texas at Texas Medical Center’s Methodist Hospital. She is ailing from the early stages of pneumonia, and is reportedly suffering from a respiratory illness. She will be spending New Years Eve in treatment. Bush, who is 88 years old, is in stable condition.
George H. W. Bush’s office stated that she was “in great spirits,” and is expecting a quick recovery. Bush has had previous medical attention. In 2009 she had ameliorative heart surgery to prevent further heart troubles, and in 2008 she was treated for a perforated ulcer.
Bush helped her son, George W. Bush, to win his election bid for President. She was also supportive of her son, Jeb Bush, when he attempted to run for president.
Bush was First Lady for her husband’s two terms from 1989 through 1993, and was active in many literacy programs across the country. She was tireless in her efforts to ensure that more American adults learn to read. Mrs. Bush appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss how to solve illiteracy in the US. She also appeared regularly on Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, a national radio program that stressed the importance of reading aloud to children. She founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and continues to work for the cause.
She revamped the White House refurbishment trust to a White House Endowment Trust, in order to keep the White House in good order and to fund renovation projects. She personally raised $25 million for the trust.
Three primary schools and two middle schools have been named after her, including Barbara Bush Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona. There is also the Barbara Bush Library in Harris County, Texas and the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
She has made controversial remarks at times, including saying that Hurricane Katrina caused many refugees to desire a move to Houston and other cities in Texas. Bush said, “What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas…” She also contributed an unnamed amount of money to Katrina victims, but allegedly asked that New Oreans agencies work with her son Neil Bush’s software company.
Bush is from what most describe as a “blue- blood'” family, and when she said she thought Sarah Palin was attractive and that she hoped she would stay in Alaska, Palin replied by saying that blue-bloods like the Bushes wanted to pick and choose their political candidates instead of letting competition choose the Republican candidate. It is generally known that most political persons running for higher offices will be nominated by the party, not chosen by competition, or survival of the fittest.
Although she has been the subject of much news in the past, today’s news is that Barbara Bush has been hospitalized at Methodist Hospital for a respiratory illness, and has been reported in stable condition. It is hoped she will be released soon.
By Lisa M Pickering