George HW Bush

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Jeb Bush: 'I'm My Own Man'

Possible 2016 candidate seeks to distinguish himself from HW, Dubya

(Newser) - He's got two former presidents—and about two dozen top-level advisers to those presidents—by his side, but Jeb Bush says he's got his own foreign-policy views. "I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had... More »

George HW Bush Leaves Hospital

Bush 41 'now resting at home': spokesman

(Newser) - George HW Bush has left the building known as Methodist Hospital in Houston a week after he was hospitalized for shortness of breath . "He is now resting at home, grateful to the doctors and nurses for their superb care," says a spokesman, as per ABC News . At 90,... More »

Hospitalized Bush 'In Great Spirits'

He had 'terrific' Xmas and should be home soon, aide says

(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... More »

George HW Bush Hospitalized

He experienced shortness of breath, spokesman says

(Newser) - Former President George HW Bush has been hospitalized after experiencing shortness of breath. He was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital last night as a precaution and the 90-year-old "will be held for observation, again as a precaution," a spokesman says. Bush spent nearly two months in... More »

Dubya on Jeb 2016: 50-50 Odds

Former governor 'wrestling with the decision,' says former prez

(Newser) - Former President George W. Bush is giving even odds about whether another Bush will try to occupy the White House. Brother Jeb, a former Florida governor, is "wrestling with the decision" of running for the Republican nomination in 2016, George W. Bush says. "I think it's 50-50,... More »

George W. Bush Writes Book on His Dad

'I loved writing the story of his life,' younger Bush says

(Newser) - George W. Bush has been keeping himself busy writing about the other George Bush to have occupied the White House. The Crown Publishing Group says the younger George's biography of his father will be released this November and will cover "the entire scope" of the 41st president's... More »

George Bush Skydives for 90th Birthday

Keeps promise he made 5 years ago

(Newser) - It wasn't that long ago that George HW Bush was thought to be on death's door at the hospital . Today, though, he marked his 90th birthday in style—by skydiving, reports CNN . Bush jumped out of a helicopter tethered to a retired member of the Army's Golden... More »

The First Bush Is Underrated

Strong and moderate, HW steered the country well in his brief tenure, Ned Lamont argues

(Newser) - History does not tend to look kindly on one-term presidents—with the probable exception of James Polk, who managed to double the size of the country in four years. But Ned Lamont at Real Clear Politics wants to add "another one-termer to the pantheon: George Herbert Walker Bush."... More »

Barbara Bush Leaves Hospital Today

... and celebrates 69th wedding anniversary on Monday

(Newser) - Barbara Bush is getting out of the hospital this afternoon after a nearly week-long stay for a respiratory-related issue. A spokesperson says the 88-year-old family matriarch is "great" and responded well to treatment at Houston Methodist Hospital. The release comes just in time for her and husband George HW... More »

Elder Bush Is Official Witness at Gay Wedding

George HW attended marriage of two friends in Maine

(Newser) - George HW Bush is making some headlines for serving as the official witness at a gay marriage over the weekend. Bush the elder attended the wedding in Maine of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, who own a store in Kennebunk, reports BuzzFeed . A Bush spokesman confirms to the Washington Post... More »

Elder Bush Shaves Head for Young Cancer Pal

Son of Secret Service member is ill

(Newser) - George HW Bush has a new look for a good cause. The former president shaved his head this week to support the young son of a member of his Secret Service detail who has leukemia, reports the Huffington Post . In fact, all members of the security detail shaved their heads... More »

For First Time in 8 Years, US Likes George W. Bush

Gallup favorability ratings tip into positive territory

(Newser) - It's a milestone any former president would love: For the first time since 2005, more Americans approve of George W. Bush than disapprove, reports Gallup . He now stands at 49-46—up 9 in the "view favorably" category and down 13 in "view unfavorably" since he left office... More »

Elder Bush's Loud Socks Steal Show (Again)

George HW known for his distinctive style in foot fashion

(Newser) - They were hard to miss, really—the pink socks worn by George HW Bush at today's dedication of his son's presidential library. A sartorial slip by the 88-year-old? Nope, loud socks are becoming his signature style, reports Today.com , which notes that he busted out red-white-and-blue ones earlier... More »

Ex-Presidents Cost US $3.7M Last Year

Nancy Reagan waived her $20K pension

(Newser) - Don't expect this budget item to be chopped any time soon: The government spent $3.7 million on the four living ex-presidents last year, excluding Secret Service costs, according to a Congressional Research Service report. The cash covered pensions, benefits for office staff, and expenses like travel and postage,... More »

In Hacked Emails, Bushes Prepare for George's Death

Plus: A look at W's paintings

(Newser) - A hacker has breached the personal email accounts of several Bush family members and friends, and discovered that the family was actively preparing for George HW Bush's death during his recent hospital stay. In material given to the Smoking Gun , the former president's chief of staff sent Bush'... More »

George HW Bush Leaves Hospital

Former president discharged after nearly 2-month stay

(Newser) - Former President George H.W. Bush has left a Houston hospital where he spent nearly two months recovering from an illness that began with a bronchitis-related cough. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath says the 88-year-old Bush was released today from Methodist Hospital. He was admitted Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving,... More »

Oops: Mag Runs Obit of 'Colorless' HW Bush

'Der Spiegel' accidentally posts incomplete obituary today

(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... More »

Elder Bush Moved Out of Intensive Care

41st president in good spirits and alert: spokesman

(Newser) - Former President George HW Bush's condition continued to improve today, prompting doctors to move him out of intensive care, a spokesman said. "President Bush's condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital... More »

Aide on Bush's Health: 'Put Harps Back in Closet'

She recommends against 'overreacting'

(Newser) - George HW Bush may still be in intensive care in a Houston hospital, but he would have a message for all those who fear he is near death—"put the harps back in the closet," an aide tells the AP . Jean Becker, the former president's longtime chief... More »

Elder Bush in Intensive Care

Former president in guarded condition after 'series of setbacks'

(Newser) - Former President George HW Bush today remains in an intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, having suffered "a series of setbacks," including a stubborn fever. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said last night that the former president has been in the ICU at Methodist Hospital since Sunday and... More »

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