• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Subscribe
  • RSS

President Bush 41 Out of Intensive Care

Opening Of New U.S. Embassy

President George H. W. Bush has been moved out of the intensive care unit and seems to be improving nicely.

AP (“Former President Bush moved out of intensive care“):

Former President George H.W. Bush’s condition continued to improve Saturday, prompting doctors to move him out of intensive care, a spokesman said.

“President Bush’s condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said Saturday. “The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes.”

Bush was hospitalized Nov. 23 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough. He was moved to intensive care at the Houston hospital on Dec. 23 after he developed a fever.
On Friday, McGrath said Bush had improved since arriving in the ICU. He said he was alert and in good spirits and was even doing some singing.

McGrath said Saturday morning that future updates on Bush’s condition would be made as warranted.

Bush, the 41st president, is the country’s oldest living former president by a few months.

Happy news, indeed.

He’s managed to keep up his spirits despite his recent scare, including issuing a statement a couple of days ago telling us to ”put the harps back in the closet.” I’m hoping we can keep them there for a while. I’m rooting for him to make at least one more parachute jump to celebrate his 90th birthday. Another on his 100th might be asking for a bit much, but I wouldn’t put it past him.

Related Posts:

About James Joyner
James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway, an associate professor of security studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. He earned a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter.


  1. anjin-san says:

    Good news.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

  2. C. Clavin says:

    A good man.
    May he get in many more sky-dives.
    And pass in the arms of his loving wife.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

  3. michael reynolds says:

    George H.W. is a throw-back to the era when we could oppose someone politically without hating them. I actually was part of a demonstration in front of Mr. Bush’s Kennebunkport estate. I carried a sign that read “One Term George.” Turned out to be prophetic. But I never despised the guy. He’s a public servant, a warrior, a gentleman. May he live to be a hundred.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

  4. just 'nutha' ig'rant cracker says:

    @michael reynolds: Actually, we still can oppose someone politically without hating them, we just seem to choose that option less

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

  5. Gustopher says:

    @just ‘nutha’ ig’rant cracker: George HW Bush respected people he disagreed with in public life, or at least pretended to do so convincingly. The current crop of Republicans really doesn’t do that — they wink and nod, and either say the President is an anti-Colonialist, Kenyan, Muslim, Athiest, Socialist, Fascist, Communist, or they smile and say nothing while the person next to them says that.

    Honestly, the current crop is just objectively more hateful. How could you not hate them?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

  6. James Joyner says:

    @michael reynolds: @just ‘nutha’ ig’rant cracker: @Gustopher: Alas, Bush is backhandedly somewhat responsible for the current climate. That he was a one-term president because he reneged on his “Read my lips: No new taxes!” pledge to cut a deal with Democrats is Republican cannon now. Compromise pretty much ended with the election of Bill Clinton.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  7. Tony W says:

    @James Joyner:

    Compromise pretty much ended with the election of Bill Clinton.

    Well, except for ending “welfare as we know it” and “don’t ask, don’t tell” and a myriad of other policies that reflected Mr. Clinton’s compromises with the Gingrich-led House of the era.

    The younger Mr. Bush, however……

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

  8. anjin-san says:

    Compromise pretty much ended with the election of Bill Clinton.

    What are you smoking?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0