George H. W. Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath – New York Daily News

AP PROVIDES ACCESS TO THIS HANDOUT PHOTO TO BE USED SOLELY TO ILLUSTRATE NEWS REPORTING OR COMMENTARY ON THE FACTS OR EVENTS DEPICTED IN THIS IMAGE.Kenneth Wasley/ASSOCIATED PRESS Former President George H.W. Bush (r.) is congratulated on his parachute jump by his son, from left, former President George W. Bush, his wife Barbara Bush and his tandem team partner Mike Elliott on his 90th birthday June 12 in Kennebunkport, Maine. President Bush, center with former President George H.W. Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, pose in front of an aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush after participating in a christening ceremony in Newport News, Va. Oct.. 7, 2006. LAWRENCE JACKSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS President Bush, center with former President George H.W. Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, pose in front of an aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush after participating in a christening ceremony in Newport News, Va. Oct.. 7, 2006.  Former President George H. W. Bush, left, shakes hands with Vice President and Secretary of Harvard University Marc Goodheart, right, as Bush is awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Harvard commencement ceremonies May 29 in Cambridge, Mass. Steven Senne/ASSOCIATED PRESS Former President George H. W. Bush, left, shakes hands with Vice President and Secretary of Harvard University Marc Goodheart, right, as Bush is awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Harvard commencement ceremonies May 29 in Cambridge, Mass.  Former President George H. W. Bush, center, is joined by his sons, former U.S. President George W. Bush, left, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, as he speaks to reporters after his parachute jump with the Army Golden Knights parachute team to celebrate his 85th birthday June 12, 2009 in Kennebunkport, Maine.Robert F. Bukaty/ASSOCIATED PRESS Former President George H. W. Bush, center, is joined by his sons, former U.S. President George W. Bush, left, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, as he speaks to reporters after his parachute jump with the Army Golden Knights parachute team to celebrate his 85th birthday June 12, 2009 in Kennebunkport, Maine. 11028Ron Edmonds/ASSOCIATED PRESS President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush stand with their family on the podium at the Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome, Aug. 19, 1992. Behind the president at rear right is son Neil Bush. Jeb Bush’s son George P. Bush, who gave a short speech praising his grandfather, is a rear far left. 
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Former President George H. W. Bush has been hospitalized Tuesday night for shortness of breath, according to a statement from his office.

The 90-year-old Bush was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution.

He will be held overnight.

Bush, who uses a wheelchair, spent two months in the hospital in 2013 battling bronchitis.

The former president was feeling “great, exhilarated” after taking a parachute jump from a helicopter in Maine to celebrate his 90th birthday in June.

The first time Bush took the plunge was when his Navy plane was shot down in World War II over the Pacific.

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Bush rose from Texas congressman to Republican royalty, serving along the way as CIA Director and two-term Vice President under Ronald Reagan before becoming the 41st President from 1989-93.

Eldest son George W. Bush was president from 2001-09 and another son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is exploring a possible 2016 run for the White House.  

The Yale graduate has been married to wife, Barbara, for 69 years. They had six children together.

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