Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized In Maine

The 41st President has been hospitalized in Maine.

Several weeks after being released from a Houston area hospital in the wake of his wife’s funeral, former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to a hospital in Maine not far from his Kennebunkport summer home:

Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized in Maine on Sunday, days after greeting well-wishers upon his arrival in Kennebunkport.

“President @GeorgeHWBush was taken to Southern Maine Health Care (@SMHCHealth) today after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue,” Bush spokesman Jim McGrath wrote on Twitter.

The 41st president was hospitalized in Texas shortly after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush, in April. Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital for a blood infection, just a day after attending his wife’s service.0>Bush will remain at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford for further monitoring for a few days, McGrath added.

Here is McGrath’s Tweet:

Bush arrived in Maine just about a week ago and is expected to spend the summer there, just as he has done every summer except for those during World War II when he was in the military. Hopefully, this hospital visit will be a short one.

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  1. James Joyner says:

    Judging from the lack of comments, I guess the elder Bush’s declining health is rather baked into our consciousness. I saw the news at a restaurant last evening and was “Oh, no–not again!” He was just out visiting vets in a nursing home earlier in the day. But I guess there’s only so much one can do at that advanced age.

  2. Kathy says:

    @James Joyner:

    It’s hard to say anything without feeling the need to eulogize. He’s 94 years old (born in 1924), but you never know. He might live ten or even twenty more years, or he might not see how the GOP does in the upcoming midterm elections. Yet I think it’s really bad form to eulogize a still-living person.

    I wish him well, and hope he recovers.

  3. Given his age it’s possible, if not probable, that this is simply precautionary at this point. If it were serious, I would imagine he’d be in ICU as he was after his wife’s funeral.