Donald Trump and Mike Pence joined the nation in sending well-wishes to former President George H.W.Bush and his wife, Barbara, as they both remain in the hospital.
President-elect Trump offered his thanks to the former president for a personal letter he had sent last week and wished him a “speedy recovery.”
Just days after sending Trump the letter explaining why he would not be attending the inauguration due to doctor’s orders about his health, Bush ended up being hospitalized for shortness of breath.
“My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas,” Bush jokingly wrote in his letter apologizing to Trump for missing the inauguration.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 18, 2017
— Michelle (@jrabinowitz06) January 18, 2017
The 92 year-old former president was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital for pneumonia, KTRK ABC13 reported.
His wife, Barbara, who was experiencing fatigue and coughing, was admitted Wednesday as a precaution.
Trump tweeted out his well-wishes for them both and thanked them for the “wonderful” note.
Looking forward to a speedy recovery for George and Barbara Bush, both hospitalized. Thank you for your wonderful letter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
Vice President-elect Mike Pence encouraged Americans to “remember President Bush and his wonderful wife Barbara in their prayers.”
Pence sends prayers on behalf of himself, Pres.-elect Trump for George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush. “They’re on the hearts of every American.” pic.twitter.com/P24fSH1Xzt
— ABC News (@ABC) January 19, 2017
After an election year that hit close to home with a contentious battle between Trump and former GOP candidate Jeb Bush, the letter from the elder Bush was a reminder of what class and dignity should look like.
“He sent the letter because he wanted the incoming president and his team and the country to know he’s rooting for his success, Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath said, according to KTRK. “Because the president’s success, regardless of party, is the country’s success.”
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GHWB is such a class act. https://t.co/YqPrZAwMWP
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) January 18, 2017
Best absence letter ever. But in all seriousness, I hope the former president gets well soon. https://t.co/ZKpMhWlUYG
— Mark Zinni (@MarkZinni) January 18, 2017
— Susan Kelleher (@southjerseylady) January 18, 2017
— Virginia Torbert (@Moonlitechirp) January 19, 2017
@ABC So nice to see this man continues to have a sense of humor
— Peggy123 (@newingpeg) January 18, 2017
— Maith (@jmflatham) January 18, 2017
— amccarthy (@amccart79705274) January 18, 2017
@ABC GHWB #41 is always a classy man. What a role model! You restored my faith in politicians today.
— Melody Engram Witt (@EngramWitt) January 18, 2017
— Judy Smith (@judyleesmith) January 18, 2017
— T Sugar (@Tom4102) January 18, 2017
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