A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush has told the Houston Chronicle that Bush’s “guarded condition” in a hospital ICU is “not the end game” for the former President, according to his doctors:
HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital after suffering “a series of setbacks,” including a stubborn fever, his spokesman said.
In a brief email Wednesday, Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman in Houston, said the 88-year-old former leader had been admitted Sunday to the ICU at Methodist Hospital. McGrath said Bush, the oldest living former U.S. president, was alert and talking to medical staff.
“His doctors have said emphatically this is not the end game,” McGrath told the Houston Chronicle.
He said doctors are cautiously optimistic about Bush’s treatment and that the former president “remains in guarded condition.” He said Bush was surrounded by family.
Early Thursday, McGrath told The Associated Press he had no new information on Bush’s condition and that he would release another statement “when events warrant it.”
Bush has been hospitalized since Nov. 23, when he was admitted for a lingering cough related to bronchitis after having been in and out of the hospital for complications related to the illness. . . . Read More
Good news. Praying for a strong recovery for President Bush.
BREAKING: A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush has issued a statement tonight indicating the former President has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit of a Houston, Texas Hospital because of a “persistent fever” and a “series of setbacks”. Here’s the statement:
“Following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever, President Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital on Sunday where he remains in guarded condition. Doctors at Methodist continue to be cautiously optimistic about the current course of treatment. The President is alert and conversing with medical staff, and is surrounded by family.”
Here is video of former President George H.W. Bush (Bush 41) and wife, Barbara, formally endorsing Gov. Mitt Romney for President.
Romney appeared with the Bushes in Houston, and the former President said of Romney, “He’s a good man and he’ll make a great President.” Of Romney’s challengers, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, Bush said “It’s time for people to all get behind this good man.”
Former President George H.W. Bush (Bush 41) will formally endorse Gov. Mitt Romney for President tomorrow in Houston, Texas:
YAHOO NEWS: Former President George H.W. Bush plans to endorse Mitt Romney at an event Thursday in Houston.
Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho says the two will appear together and speak to reporters.
Formal backing from the 41st president is another sign that the Republican Party is uniting behind Romney as pressure builds on challengers Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to leave the race. . . . Read More
Videos like this won’t help Newt Gingrich. He has repeatedly touted himself as a “Reagan Conservative,” but in this video clip from 1988, then Rep. Newt Gingrich was asked directly if Vice-President George H. W. Bush could run on the policies of Ronald Reagan. His answer?
“If George Bush runs as a continuation of Reaganism, I think he’ll lose.”
BREAKING: Former President George H.W. Bush (Bush 41) has announced his support of Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential Nomination:
HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Less than two weeks before Iowa Republicans make their crucial caucus choices on the night of Jan. 3, George H.W. Bush offered words of support, if not an official endorsement, to an old friend, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
“I think Romney is the best choice for us,” former President Bush told the Houston Chronicle this week. “I like Perry, but he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere; he’s not surging forward.”
Bush said he had known Romney for many years and also knew his father, George Romney, a former Republican governor of Michigan who ran for president in 1968.
Bush said he supported Romney because of his “stability, experience, principles. He’s a fine person,” he said. “I just think he’s mature and reasonable – not a bomb-thrower.” . . . . Read More
NOTE: We initially called this an “endorsement,” but it is apparently not an official endorsement. Bush “supports” Romney.
Here is audio of Gov. Rick Perry talking to Laura Ingraham on her radio show today.
Ingraham asked Perry if there is an “anti-Perry push” opposing him on the part of former George W. Bush people. Perry praised Bush 41 – President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush – as people he has the highest respect for. He also said he considers former President George W. Bush “a friend,” and that he has “respect” for him – but that he is not George W. Bush. Perry said he is focused on the jeopardy the U.S. is in as a result of Barack Obama’s “experiment” on the U.S. Economy.
Perry said, “I’m not an establishment figure – never have been, and frankly don’t want to be.” That is why he believes some GOP establishment figures are trying to talk him down.
Perry made clear that getting the U.S. Economy turned around, and Americans back to work, is the most important priority facing the nation. He said dealing with China effectively and other Foreign Policy matters is linked to the U.S. rebuilding its economy.
On dealing with a rising China, he pointed out that President Obama scrapped development of a new generation fighter jet because he said China could not develop a new fighter until at least 2025. Perry said China is going to deploy that fighter in 2017. He said he would seek to rebuild the U.S. Military as a counterweight to China.
Ingraham told Perry that Mitt Romney recently said he had not been “perfect” when it came to Health Care. Perry chuckled, and said “I think Mitt is finally recognizing that the Massachusetts Health Care Plan is a huge problem for him. It was not almost perfect.” Perry pointed out RomneyCare was the model for ObamaCare.
Ingraham asked Perry to promise he would not vacation on Martha’s Vineyard if he is elected President. Perry responded, “I’m not even sure I know where it is.”
A lot has been said in recent weeks by the media trying to compare President Obama to Ronald Reagan. Of course – there is no comparison. The media raves about Obama’s great speaking skills, when actually, his speaking ability is not all that good. He has trained himself to be fairly good at reading a teleprompter, but even that does not work out so well at times!
To illustrate the difference between “The Great Communicator” and President Obama, over the next several days, we will post some of Ronald Reagan’s best moments, and some of President Obama’s gaffes. To be sure, as with any human being, Reagan had his moments that were not so good – but nothing on the scale of President Obama.
To start off with, above is video of Ronald Reagan on February 23, 1980 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Reagan had agreed to underwrite the cost of a debate with rival George H.W. Bush, but also wanted to include other GOP candidates. When the debate moderator “Mr. Green” threatened to shut off Reagan’s microphone to prevent him from speaking, Reagan spontaneously took the microphone and said, “I’m paying for this microphone, Mr. Green.” In that moment, Reagan displayed his strength and ability to act under pressure. He went on to win the New Hampshire Primary and the GOP Nomination.
Here is video of President Barack Obama presenting America’s highest civilian award – the Medal of Freedom – to 15 recipients yesterday at the White House. Those receiving the award included former President George H.W. Bush, and legendary basketball star Bill Russell.
Here is video of former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara telling Larry King that they really like Gov. Mitt Romney and believe he would be a great President. King had asked them if they had any “personal favorites” for 2012. Bush said “no,” but then said “We like Mitt Romney.” They said they liked other candidates also, but particularly singled out Romney for praise.
Here is video of former President George H.W. Bush being asked by Larry King what he thinks of the “Tea Party.” Bush 41 said he wasn’t sure what to think about it:
“Well, I don’t know what it really is, Larry. Some of the ideas make a lot of sense. . . . I’m confused by it, frankly, but I think it’s alright.”