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Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized for Shortness of Breath

George H.W. Bush
Former Republican President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized in Houston, Texas, on Dec. 23, for shortness of breath

Former President George H.W. Bush suffered a health scare this week. The 41st Commander in Chief was hospitalized on Tuesday, Dec. 23, after he experienced shortness of breath, his spokesman told Reuters.

Bush, 90, was "taken by ambulance to the Houston Methodist Hospital [in Texas] as a precaution," the spokesman said, adding that he would be "held for observation, again as a precaution." 

The Republican politician was previously hospitalized during the holiday season in 2012, according to Reuters. At the time, he was being treated for bronchitis, and had to remain in the hospital for seven weeks.

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More recently, Bush celebrated his 90th birthday with a parachute jump over Kennebunkport, Maine. He also appeared with his son, former President George W. Bush, at a Texas A&M University event in November.

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Current President Barack Obama was among those who sent get-well wishes to the elder Bush after news broke of his hospitalization on Tuesday.

"The President has been made aware that President Bush was admitted to the hospital," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement to Reuters. "President Obama and the First Lady send their good wishes to the former President and the entire Bush family during this holiday season."

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