Christmas in the hospital: George H.W. Bush to spend a third straight night under observation but is in ‘great spirits’


  • Doctors will keep former president, 90, for a third night in Houston hospital after he was admitted on Tuesday for ‘shortness of breath’
  • Family spokesman said he had a ‘terrific day’ for Christmas  
  • He spent Christmas 2012 in the hospital near death 
  • Oldest living president suffers from Parkinson’s disease

Former President George H.W. Bush will remain hospitalized through Christmas Day after being admitted for shortness of breath.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Thursday evening that the 90-year-old remained at Houston Methodist Hospital for a third day but ‘had another terrific day and is in great spirits’.

He said Bush was visited by his wife, Barbara Bush, as well as son Neil Bush, after being hospitalized Tuesday night in what was reported as a precaution.

President Barack Obama and first lady lady sent ‘their good wishes to the former president and the entire Bush family during this holiday season’, according to White House spokesman Eric Schultz, after hearing about Bush’s condition while vacationing in Hawaii.


Bush is the oldest living former American president.

He suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease that has forced him to rely on a motorized scooter or wheelchair.

But he’s also skydived on at least three of his birthdays since leaving the White House, including a tandem jump for his 90th birthday in June.

Bush spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care at the same hospital while being treated for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues.