George HW Bush Hospitalized

Days after attending Barbara Bush's funeral
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 23, 2018 11:06 PM CDT
George HW Bush Hospitalized
Former Presidents George W Bush and George HW Bush arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Former President George HW Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said Monday. Jim McGrath said on Twitter that the 93-year-old Bush is "responding to treatments and appears to be recovering," the AP reports. He was admitted Sunday morning to Houston Methodist Hospital after an infection spread to his blood, McGrath said. McGrath wouldn't elaborate Monday night on the specifics of Bush's condition, saying additional updates would be issued "as events warrant." But he said the 41st president was eager to get well so he can get to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. "He's the most goal-oriented person on this planet," McGrath said.

First lady Melania Trump, who attended Barbara Bush's funeral, sent her best wishes to the former president Monday evening. "Sending healing thoughts of strength, along with prayers, for President George HW Bush tonight," Melania Trump tweeted. Barbara Bush was laid to rest Saturday in a ceremony also attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and their wives. She was 92, and she and her husband had been married 73 years—the longest presidential marriage in US history. Their son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, indicated during his eulogy Saturday that his father had been hospitalized recently at the same time Barbara Bush was in the hospital for the last time. Those hospitalizations were not publicly disclosed at the time. "I think Dad got sick on purpose so that he could be with her," Jeb Bush said.

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