Ex-President Bush to Spend Christmas in Hospital
Doctors 'cautiously optimistic,' but want him to gain strength
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 24, 2012 4:13 PM CST
In a Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, President George H.W. Bush, and his wife, Barbara Bush, arrive for the premiere of HBO's documentary on his life.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

(Newser) – Former President George HW Bush will spend Christmas in a Texas hospital after developing a fever and weakness following a monthlong, bronchitis-like cough. A Bush spokesman said today that doctors remain "cautiously optimistic" the 88-year-old will recover, but they want to keep him in the hospital. A hospital spokesman had said last week that doctors expected Bush to be released in time to spend Christmas at home.

The spokesman says Bush came down with a fever last week, but that he's largely overcome the painful, lingering cough that initially put him in the hospital on Nov. 23. No word on the cause of the fever or weakness.

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Dec 25, 2012 11:11 PM CST
God bless the Bush/Cheney families, and the John Wayne family too. -------- REALLY
Dec 25, 2012 7:15 PM CST
Get well Mr. Bush, having a son like GWB is enough to make anyone sick. Wishing you the best.
Dec 25, 2012 8:01 AM CST
The far left never ceases to amaze me with their meanness, their pettiness, their vindictiveness, and their total lack of class. We get it that you hated Jr., but dad was a really nice guy that served his country in many ways. He even teamed up with Bill Clinton to help so many people in need. But I suppose I should not expect more from people who hate anyone with religious beliefs, who hate successful people, who hate all business and industry, who rarely give to charity, and who volunteer for nothing but protest sit-ins.