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Ex-President George H.W. Bush to stay in hospital a third night

Ex-President George H.W. Bush to stay in hospital a third night
Former President George H.W. Bush attends a Nov. 11 event launching President George W. Bush's book "41: A Portrait of My Father." (Larry W. Smith / European Pressphoto Agency)

Despite having “another terrific day,” former President George H.W. Bush will spend a third night in a Texas hospital, his office announced on Christmas.

Bush, 90, is the nation’s oldest former president. His office said Tuesday night that he was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital “as a precaution” after experiencing shortness of breath.

The 41st president “is in great spirits” and wishes everyone a merry Christmas, his office said in a statement Thursday. He received visits from his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, and from his son and daughter-in-law Neil and Maria Bush, it said.  

This isn't the first time Bush has been hospitalized over Christmas. In November 2012, he went to Houston Methodist with a persistent cough. He developed a fever and stayed nearly two months.

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Last year, Barbara Bush was admitted to the same hospital on New Year's Eve with signs of pneumonia. She was released after six days of treatment.

Bush -- the father of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is weighing a run for the presidency -- made headlines in June when he celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving. He marked his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays the same way.

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