• Former President George H. W. Bush taken to hospital

    By: Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    MAINE - Former President George H.W. Bush remains in the hospital, according to a family spokesman.

    Bush was taken to Southern Maine Health Care Sunday “after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue,” his spokesman Jim McGrath said on Twitter.

    The former president is described as “awake and alert” and will probably remain hospitalized for a few days for observation, McGrath said.

    Bush was most recently hospitalized in Houston on April 22, one day after the funeral and burial of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush.

    During that hospital stay, he was diagnosed with an infection that had spread to his blood, doctors said at the time, but he recovered and eventually went home.

    At the time he said he was looking forward to visiting the family’s compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.


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    Bush was out and about Saturday, marking the Memorial Day holiday, joining a group of veterans at American Legion Post 159 for a pancake breakfast in Kennebunkport.

    “Delighted to join the veterans, including my dear friend Gen. Brent Scowcroft,” Bush tweeted.

    Scowcroft was National Security Adviser during the presidencies of both Bush and Gerald Ford.

    “This weekend we remember, and thank, all who have given their lives for our great country,” he said Saturday.

    George Bush has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around. 

    He was the youngest naval aviator when he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1943, spurred by the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    He flew 58 combat missions during World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery.

    He had six children with Barbara Bush, and in 1989, he became the first sitting vice president to secure the presidency since 1837.

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