George H.W. Bush is listed in stable condition but lingering cough likely to keep him hospitalized
8:39PM December.1.2012 – HOUSTON — Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush remains in stable condition at a Houston hospital, but a lingering cough related to bronchitis likely will keep him there through the weekend.
Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said Saturday there is no change in the status of the 88-year-old Bush from earlier in the week. But Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the 41st president, said “he still has the cough and we’re now not expecting him to be discharged this weekend.”
The Houston Chronicle reported on Thursday that Bush, who is 88, has been in the hospital for a week.
Bush, a Republican and the 41st president, took office in 1989 and served one term in the White House. The father of former President George W Bush, he also served as a congressman, UN ambassador, envoy to China and CIA director; he was vice-president for two terms under Ronald Reagan.
As president, Bush routed Iraq after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990 and his approval ratings soared into the 90% range. But just 20 months later he was defeated in his re-election bid, by the Democrat Bill Clinton.