Entries in President George H.W. Bush (2)


President George H.W. Bush to Spend Christmas in Hospital?

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(HOUSTON) -- President George H.W. Bush will likely spend the Christmas holiday in the hospital, where he’s been battling bronchitis and a lingering cough since late last month.

In a statement released to ABC News on Monday, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said that no release date has been set for the 88-year-old former president.

“It seems like every time they address an issue another one crops up, so it's frustrating,” McGrath said. “But doctors say they are cautiously optimistic."

Bush has been hospitalized since Thanksgiving. Doctors have said the former president’s condition is stable, but that he needs to “build up his energy.”

His family has said publicly the former president is no longer able to walk unassisted, a frustration for a man who enjoyed an active lifestyle of golf, fishing, jogging, and power walks on the beach near his summer home in Maine.  In Houston, where he and his wife Barbara Bush have lived since leaving the White House almost 20 years ago, President Bush has been in and out of the hospital for health concerns and two hip replacement surgeries.

The former president became emotional last summer in a birthday interview with his granddaughter Jenna, a contributor to NBC’s Today.  He read a portion of a letter to his family about growing old.

“As the summers finish out, and the seas get a little higher, winds a little colder,” he wrote, “I’ll be making some notes, writing it down lest I forget so I can add to the report on getting older. Who knows, maybe they will come out with a new drug that makes legs bend easier, joints hurt less, drives go farther, memory come roaring back and all fears about falling off fishing rafts go away.”

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Condolences Pour In Following Geraldine Ferraro's Death

Brian Ach/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- Following the death of former congresswoman and vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro on Saturday, President Barack Obama along and several others expressed their condolences to Ferraro’s family.

President Obama said that he and First Lady Michelle Obama were saddened to learn about the death of Ferraro, and that Ferraro would be remembered as a trailblazer who broke down barriers for women and Americans of all walks of life.

“Whether it was as a public school teacher, assistant district attorney, Member of Congress, or candidate for Vice President, Geraldine fought to uphold America's founding ideals of equality, justice, and opportunity for all,” President Obama said in a statement.  “And as our Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission, she stood up for those ideals around the world.”

Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin offered her condolences to Ferraro’s family as well. Palin also described Ferraro as being someone who broke down barriers, and said that the world will miss Ferraro.

“When I had the honor of working alongside Geraldine on election night last year, we both discussed the role of women in politics and our excited expectation that someday that final glass ceiling would be shattered by the election of a woman president,” Palin said.

Former President George H.W. Bush said both he and his wife, Barbara, are saddened by Ferraro’s death. President Bush said although he and Ferraro were one-time political opponents, he was happy to have become friends with Ferraro over time.

Also issuing a statement was Ellen Malcolm, founder and chairperson of EMILY’s List, a group dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to political office, and which backed Ferraro in her run for office.

“Geraldine was so tough, and so much fun – and she fought her disease with the same toughness, charm and positive attitude that she showed as a political leader,” Malcolm said. “We’ll miss her, and continue to think about her with every new woman who runs.”

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