Former president George HW Bush hospitalized in Houston – USA TODAY

Former President George H.W. Bush, 90, was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution after experiencing shortness of breath on Tuesday night. VPC

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00:02 Former President Bush is in the hospital behind me right
00:05 now. Here in Houston accidents and his staff tells us that
00:08 he will now be spending the night here. For observation. Now
00:12 as we said this statement from the office of George H.
00:15 W. Bush says he was brought here by ambulance. As a
00:18 precaution after having some shortness of breath earlier this evening. You
00:22 may remember the former president who is now ninety years old.
00:26 Spent Christmas at Houston Methodist two years ago was well back
00:29 in 2012. At that time it was for a fever and
00:32 weakness that developed. Following a monthlong cost something like bronchitis. Bush
00:37 41 as is often called last appeared in public at the
00:41 George bush presidential library at Texas a and M last month.
00:45 At that time he was in a wheelchair but certainly smiling
00:48 a lot and was in good spirits and will be saying
00:50 on how the ringing the latest developments on the former president’s
00:55 condition as we get that coming. And about the same time
00:58 President Bush was being taken to the hospital and his wife
01:00 Barbara Bush. Was entertaining children at the hobbies. And laying his
01:06 finger aside of his nose and giving a nod up the
01:10 chimney he rose. Mrs. bush joined a very familiar face that
01:14 is Houston Texans star JJ watt. In a reading of twas
01:18 the night before Christmas before the performance of the rockets radio
01:21 city Christmas spectacular earlier tonight.

George H.W. Bush, 90, was taken to the Houston Methodist Hospital Tuesday in an ambulance as a precaution after the former president began to experience shortness of breath, his staff said in a statement.

“President Bush was taken by ambulance to the Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution after experiencing a shortness of breath earlier this evening,” the statement said. “The former president, age 90, will be held for observation, again as a precaution.”

Bush is the oldest-living former president and vice president. He is also the last living former president who is a veteran of World War II.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz said President Obama had been made aware of the situation.

“President Obama and the first lady send their good wishes to the former president and the entire Bush family during this holiday season,” Schultz said.

Bush spent nearly two months in the same hospital and was discharged in January 2013, after treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues.

Bush, who can no longer use his legs, most recently appeared seated in a wheelchair at an event in November at Texas A&M University with his son, former president George W. Bush.

In June, the elder Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in Maine.

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