Update [1/18/17, 1:52 p.m.]: CNN reported that President Bush was sedated and underwent surgery to clear his airways. Jim McGrath told CNN the president was hospitalized due to “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.”
On Wednesday, Former First Lady Barbara Bush was admitted to the hospital for “fatigue and coughing,” according to McGrath.
Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston, Texas.
The 92-year-old was taken to the hospital after he experienced shortness of breath, according to his spokesman’s Twitter:
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) January 18, 2017
While his exact diagnosis has not been released, Bush’s chief of staff Jean Becker said he is responding to treatments and expects to be released within a few days. She told the Houston Chronicle:
“He’s there. He’s fine and he’s doing really well.”
The president was also hospitalized in 2014 for “shortness of breath,” and in 2012 he spent two months recovering from a bronchitis-related cough.
Upon hearing the news, well wishes for the resilient president seemed to pour in.
People from all political backgrounds wanted to see him get better:
wishing him a healthy recovery. Even though I disagreed with his policies, he is definitely a great American.
— Alex From El Barrio (@AfromElBarrio) January 18, 2017
Wishing President George H.W. Bush a speedy recovery.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 18, 2017
Oh no. Let's hope he pulls through. He's a tough guy.
— ComicArtistPro Secrets (@EthanVanSciver) January 18, 2017
The Vice President-elect wished him well:
Keeping @GeorgeHWBush in our thoughts and prayers this morning. God bless and get well soon!
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) January 18, 2017
Even the creator of the headline-making Broadway musical “Hamilton” sent his best:
Prayers and healing for George H.W. Bush and his family from London.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 18, 2017
Bush’s spokesman Jim McGrath claimed doctors are “very pleased,” and based on the president’s previous speedy recoveries, we’ll hopefully see him back home soon.