George H.W. Bush Spends Christmas Day in Hospital

George H.W. Bush has spent his Christmas day in hospital, remaining in care at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas. He has remained there for the past two days, after being admitted for extreme shortness of breath on Tuesday evening.

He was kept for the night as a precaution, and is said to be still under observation. Spokesperson Jim McGrath recent released a new update on the situation, saying the former POTUS had enjoyed another stable day and that all continued to be well. Bush is said to have wished a Merry Christmas to one and all, thanking all those who have wished him a speedy recover for their love and concern.

Given that all is said to be well and the 41st President of the United States is reportedly not suffering any kind of serious illness, the question has been raised as to why he is still being kept in hospital care rather than being released to his family. The reason behind these extended precautions most likely lies with the fact that Bush Sr. was admitted to the same hospital two years ago for complications due to bronchitis and similar ailments, proceeding to spend the next seven weeks in care before he was released.

The situation became so bad that it was believed the politician was truly on his death bed, as his health had deteriorated so much over the aforementioned two plus months that his family and loved ones did not believe he was going to get through it. They gathered around his bedside regularly for last goodbyes, but their worries went unconfirmed when Bush ended making a full and total recovery. He also suffers from a Parkinson’s form that has left him unable to retain the use of his legs, meaning he must use either a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around on a daily basis.

These health issues have in no way stopped Bush from living his life to the fullest, however. He celebrated his 90th birthday by completing a tandem skydiving jump while on vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine. This was not the first time he has engaged in such an activity; in fact, Bush has gone skydiving on at least three of his birthdays since his presidency ended in 1993. He only served a single term before being succeeded by Democrat Bill Clinton, who is said to be a close friend of his predecessor. The reasons behind this union, including how it got started and the way in which the two keep it going despite their political difference, is described in George W. Bush’s recent book 41: A Portrait of My Father.

Bush Sr. is the oldest living former president, with Jimmy Carter coming in an extremely close second (Carter’s birthday is in October 1924 whereas H.W’s is in June.) He and his wife Barbara have the longest running presidential marriage, and are set to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary at the beginning of January.

It remains to be seen when, or even if, George H.W. Bush will be released from hospital after his admittance on Tuesday evening. Jim McGrath has yet to release any new updates on the situation.

By Rebecca Grace

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