Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized

The elder Bush president, now 88, has been in and out of the hospital for bronchitis complications.


Former U.S. President George Bush speaks after he received the Henry A. Kissinger Prize at the American Academy in 2008 in Berlin, Germany.

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George H.W. Bush, the oldest living former president, was admitted to a Houston hospital Thursday for bronchitis, the Associated Press reports.

Bush, 88, has been dealing with a lingering cough and has frequented The Methodist Hospital of late, according to a statement from his office that was released by the hospital.

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"President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis," Bush's office's statement read. "He is in stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours."

Bush, the father of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, also suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease that has limited his mobility, AP reports. George W. and former first lady Laura Bush have visited the paterfamilias in his Houston hospital room.

The elder Bush was hospitalized in part because of fears the lingering bronchitis would develop into pneumonia, according to Jean Becker, his chief of staff.

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In addition to occupying the White House for a term beginning in 1989, Bush served as CIA director, vice president to Ronald Reagan, a congressman, and a UN ambassador.

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Seth Cline is a reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at