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George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush ‘both on the upswing’: spokesman

Posted at 12:30 PM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-19 12:32:21-05

HOUSTON, Texas — Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said Thursday former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush are “both on the upswing,” saying “they may not be out of the woods yet, but we can see the edge of the forest.”

McGrath said Barbara Bush continues to be treated for her bronchitis with antibiotics, and she said she feels “a thousand percent better today.”

He said President Bush 41 is also on the upswing. He is alert and remains in stable condition in intensive care, and said he is being actively evaluated for having his breathing tube removed.

McGrath said both had a great night’s sleep.

Their son Neil Bush has been over to visit. No other family members are flying in because they feel everything is stable and moving in the right direction.

Former President George W. Bush is still going to the inauguration on Friday, McGrath said.

Even before he was hospitalized, Bush 41 was already not expected to attend the inauguration due to health concerns.

Bush sent a letter to Trump on Jan. 10, apologizing for missing the ceremony and saying that 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.”