Oops: Mag Runs Obit of 'Colorless' HW Bush

'Der Spiegel' accidentally posts incomplete obituary today

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 30, 2012 8:04 AM CST

(Newser) – Reports of former President George HW Bush's demise were greatly exaggerated earlier today when German magazine der Spiegel erroneously published a partial obituary, reports the AP. Adding insult to premature death, Spiegel memorialized Bush as a "colorless politician," whose presidency only looked good when later compared to that of his son, George W Bush. The obit appeared briefly on the website, before quickly being taken down. The elder Bush, for the record, has left the intensive care unit and is reported to be improving.

In this Sept. 21, 2006 file photo, former President George HW Bush, who isn't quite as dead as Der Spiegel reported earlier today.
In this Sept. 21, 2006 file photo, former President George HW Bush, who isn't quite as dead as Der Spiegel reported earlier today.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, Pool, File)
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