Hospitalized Bush 'In Great Spirits'

He had 'terrific' Xmas and should be home soon, aide says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2014 9:14 PM CST
Updated Dec 26, 2014 12:01 AM CST
Former President George HW Bush sits on the sidelines before the start of an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Houston.   (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
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(Newser) – George HW Bush spent Christmas in the Houston hospital where he was taken after experiencing shortness of breath Tuesday night, but he had a "terrific day" and is "in great spirits," a spokesman says. The 90-year-old was visited by wife Barbara and other family members, and the spokesman says Bush "asked that his sincere wishes for a very Merry Christmas be extended to one and all," NBC reports. The spokesman says Bush's prognosis is positive, and the former president's chief of staff says that unlike two years ago, when Bush spent two months in hospital with bronchitis and other health problems, this is just a "hiccup" and he should be home within a few days, reports CNN.

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