The nation's 41st president has been in the hospital for over six weeks. Family spokesman Jim McGrath says President George H. W. Bush has been taking great pride watching big football wins in recent days.
"We're very happy to be able to report that President Bush's recovery continues at Methodist Hospital. And recently, a lot of his activities have included watching some great football wins by Texas A&M and the Houston Texans, and he's excited by next week's contest against the Patriots. And so we're on a good track and we just wanted to be able to share that news with your listeners and our fellow Houstonians."
President Bush was hospitalized on November 23rd for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough, and moved to intensive care on December 23rd after developing a fever. While he's been in the hospital, he's received visits from his sons — Neil Bush and former President George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida.
And he's been receiving messages from around the world.
"They are checking in from across the city, across the country, around the world. John Major was a recent former head of state, colleague of President Bush's that he worked with closely on Desert Storm and a number of other issues, just checking in to wish his friend well, and wish him well as he continues along this path to recovery. So, just good news to report, and a lot of well-wishes that the Bush's really do appreciate."
Doctors are balancing his medications and helping the 88-year-old former president rebuild his strength. No immediate timeline has been set for his discharge.