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George H. W. Bush Spokesman: 'This Is Not The End Game'

December 27, 2012 7:25 AM

HOUSTON (CBS Houston/AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital after suffering “a series of setbacks,” including a stubborn fever, his spokesman said.

In a brief email Wednesday, Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman in Houston, said the 88-year-old former leader had been admitted Sunday to the ICU at Methodist Hospital. McGrath said Bush, the oldest living former U.S. president, was alert and talking to medical staff.

“His doctors have said emphatically this is not the end game,” McGrath told the Houston Chronicle.

He said doctors are cautiously optimistic about Bush’s treatment and that the former president “remains in guarded condition.” He said Bush was surrounded by family.

Early Thursday, McGrath told The Associated Press he had no new information on Bush’s condition and that he would release another statement “when events warrant it.”

Bush has been hospitalized since Nov. 23, when he was admitted for a lingering cough related to bronchitis after having been in and out of the hospital for complications related to the illness.

A fever that kept Bush in the hospital over Christmas had gotten worse and doctors had put him on a liquids-only diet Wednesday following “a series of setbacks.’

“It’s an elevated fever, so it’s actually gone up in the last day or two,” McGrath told The Associated Press. “It’s a stubborn fever that won’t go away.”

But he said the cough that initially brought Bush to the hospital had improved.

Bush was visited on Christmas by his wife, Barbara, his son, Neil, and Neil’s wife, Maria, and a grandson, McGrath said. Bush’s daughter, Dorothy, was expected to arrive Wednesday in Houston from Bethesda, Md. The 41st president has also been visited twice by his sons, George W. Bush, the 43rd president, and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida.

Bush and his wife live in Houston during the winter and spend their summers at a home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The former president was a naval aviator in World War II — at one point the youngest in the Navy — and was shot down over the Pacific. He achieved notoriety in retirement for skydiving on at least three of his birthdays since leaving the White House in 1992.

by Anonymousreply 1701/04/2013

They always say that. But most of the time...it is.

by Anonymousreply 112/27/2012

88 years old with a fever they can't get down = not encouraging.

by Anonymousreply 212/27/2012

Spokesman = Liar

by Anonymousreply 312/27/2012

Oh, is he going to plot another presidential assassination (JFK) or meet with another bin Laden (as he did on 9/10/2001, in NYC) or stage another South American coup from his hospital bed?

by Anonymousreply 412/27/2012

My LA Times said today that W and Jeb have been to the hospital to visit him...

...twice.

What a loving family.

by Anonymousreply 512/27/2012

(Los Angeles Times) Officials mute on George H.W. Bush's condition, cite family privacy

by Anonymousreply 612/27/2012

I give him a few more days.

by Anonymousreply 712/27/2012

Just to throw the press off, but I hear this is working out well for him.

by Anonymousreply 812/27/2012

R5, why haven't George W. & Jeb been to visit him much? Have they gotten all they need from him?

by Anonymousreply 912/27/2012

Is he dead yet?

by Anonymousreply 1001/03/2013

"The end game?" Sorry, are we looking at his health or playing the Game of Thrones? Divas!

by Anonymousreply 1101/03/2013

A prediction:

George H.W. Bush will leave the hospital in a red Studebaker.

[If you don't know what I'm talking about, do an internet search using these terms: "George Bush" + "red Studebaker"]

by Anonymousreply 1201/03/2013

Will you die already!

by Anonymousreply 1301/03/2013

Looks like he he's dodged death again.

by Anonymousreply 1401/04/2013

Life in the closet, coming to an end. Sad pretense, whole ill family.

by Anonymousreply 1501/04/2013

I don't care much for any member of the Bush family. If he lives, great. If he dies, I really don't care. Sounds cold, but there are just some people whose life and death has no emotional affect on me.

by Anonymousreply 1601/04/2013

This is a man who has peripheral connections to the JFK assassination - he is a major figure in American history. When he dies it will be a big deal in terms of the JFK story.

by Anonymousreply 1701/04/2013
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