Former President George H.W. Bush is unlikely to leave the Houston hospital where he’s being cared for anytime soon but would tell well-wishers to “put the harps back in the closet,” a longtime aide said.
Jean Becker said in a statement Thursday evening that the 88-year-old, who has been hospitalized for longer than a month, is receiving excellent care after a “terrible case of bronchitis which then triggered a series of complications.”
Bush, the oldest living former president, has been in intensive care since Sunday. He was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston on Nov. 23 for treatment of what his spokesman Jim McGrath described as a “stubborn” cough. He had spent about a week there earlier in November for treatment of the same condition.
Becker, Bush’s longtime Houston chief of staff, said “most of the civilized world” contacted her Wednesday after word spread that Bush had been placed in intensive care unit when physicians were having difficulty bringing a fever under control.
“Someday President George H.W. Bush might realize how beloved he is, but of course one of the reasons why he is so beloved is because he has no idea,” Becker said in the at-times lighthearted statement that made multiple references to jokes and the former president’s sense of humor.
While the president’s treatment was “unequaled anywhere,” she said prayers also were needed and welcomed.
It was hoped Bush would be well enough to spend Christmas at home. But while his cough eased, he developed a persistent fever and his condition was downgraded to “guarded.”
This is big news. Poor Dubya must be really worried.
Well we’re just gonna stop here before we run out of nice stuff to say.