WASHINGTON, December 28, 2014 – George H.W. Bush, our oldest living president, may have only served one term in office, but he has gone on to be one of the most successful and beloved past-presidents leaving millions waiting to hear of his health.
Leading this country with a Christian faith that was continued by his eldest son, George W. Bush, President Bush senior said at an August 1992 prayer breakfast in Houston:
“You know, I’ve been President for 3 1/2 years now. More than ever, I believe with all my heart that one cannot be President of our great country without a belief in God, without the truth that comes on one’s knees…
Or how 48 years ago, aboard the submarine Finback after being shot down in the war, I went up topside one night on the deck, on the conning tower, and stood watch and looked out at the dark. The sky was clear. The stars were brilliant like a blizzard of fireflies in the night. There was a calm inner peace. Halfway around the world in the war zone, there was a calm inner peace: God’s therapy.”
President Bush has a long and distinguished career of political and social service, both roles he maintained after leaving the White House. Upon returning to his home in Houston, he and wife Barbara were active in their church, took positions on local boards and dividing his time between Houston and Kennebunkport, Maine.
It was after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that the former President began working with former President Bill Clinton to create the charitable Bush-Clinton Houston Tsunami Fund. The pair have become fast friends, often declaring their fondness for each other, even if they politically disagree.
That characteristic may be what makes Bush such a great politician. He has the ability to like someone, work with someone, even as he disagrees with their politics.
Bush first served in political office winning the seat for the U.S. Congress in 1966 after serving as Chairman of the Harris County Republican Committee the same year his father, Prescott Bush, retired from the U.S. Senate.
President Richard Nixon wanted Bush to serve as “special assistant to the President”; however Bush lobbied for the role of Ambassador to the United Nations in 1970. In 1973 Bush became Chairman of the Republican National Committee, a position he held when the Senate Watergate Committee was established to investigate Watergate.
It was George H.W. Bush who suggested to President Nixon he should resign in light of the Watergate affair.
Bush then served under President Ford as U.S. Liaison to China, a distinction as the US did not have formal diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic returning to Washington in 1975 after being appointed as Director of the CIA by Ford, removed by Democrat President Jimmy Carter following his election.
Running against Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination in 1980, Bush accepts Reagan’s offer to run as Vice President, adopting his platform. Reagan-Bush defeated Carter-Mondale by a wide victory.
Bush, standing by Reagan through the assassination attempt (1981) and Iran-Contra (1986), accepted the Republican Nomination for presidency in August of 1988, running with Dan Quayle and defeating Dukakis-Bensten.
The Bush presidency lead this country through a tumultuous four-years that included the uprising in Tiananmen Square, the Berlin Wall’s collapse, the invasion of and capture of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, Kuwait and Saddam Hussein, Operation Desert Storm, Clarence Thomas, the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles and so much more before losing to William J. Clinton in 1992.
Political watchers attributed Bush’s re-election loss to the entry of third-party candidate Ross Perot, who won 19% of the vote.
Taken to Houston Methodist Hospital last Tuesday night, President Bush was experiencing breathing unspecified difficulties for which no particular illness has been identified to media
Houston Doctors will keep the 90 year-old Bush in the hospital through the weekend since his bout with shortness of breath. Much of America sighing a breath of relief as doctors also report plans to discharge their patient.
Spokespeople for the 41st President say prognosis is positive and that hospitalization is a precaution.
President Bush, described as being in “great spirits”, did spend Christmas Day at Houston Methodist where he was visited by his wife Barbara, as well as son Neil and daughter-in-law Maria Bush.
Neil is one of six children including political siblings, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Marvin Bush, Dorothy Bush Koch and Robin Bush who died as a child, unable to recover from leukemia.
“President Bush’s condition has improved to the point that doctors have begun discussing dates for his discharge. He will remain at the Houston Methodist Hospital through the weekend for further observation,” Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath said on Saturday.
Bush does suffer from Parkinson’s disease and uses a wheelchair for mobility.
Bush was previously admitted to Houston Methodist in November 2012 (age 88) for treatment of bronchitis and related ailments, an illness that many feared would kill the former President.
This year, President George W. Bush published the best-selling book “41 – A Portrait of My Father.”