Both former President George H.W. Bush, and former First Lady Barbara Bush have been hospitalized Wednesday.
The 41st President has been hospitalized, at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday. His spokesman, Jim McGrath, said the cause was an “acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation.”
On Wednesday morning, Barbara Bush was also admitted to the hospital as a precaution after experiencing “fatigue and coughing,” McGrath told CNN.
Bush, 92 – who served a single term from 1989 to 1993, was already not expected to attend the inauguration, sending his apologies and saying he and Barbara “wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country.”
“My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara,” Bush wrote, in a letter first reported by ABC News. “So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”
Several years ago, the elder Bush revealed that he suffered from a form of Parkinson’s Disease that left him unable to walk.
The Bushes have been married for 72 years. Together they had six children. George, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Dorothy and Robin. Robin Bush died in 1953 from leukemia.