Former US President George H.W. Bush, 88, spent Christmas in the hospital after being rushed to the ICU for a severe case of bronchitis. However, it’s clear that he still has a very healthy sense of humor – and would like us all to “put the harps back in the closet.”
Word that Mr. Bush had been rushed to the hospital emerged online a short while ago, with a spokesperson for the Bush family saying that his condition was stable but serious.
At the same time, the publicist insisted that the President was getting the best care possible at Houston’s Methodist Hospital.
Now, Bush’s chief of staff Jean Becker says in an email cited by CBS News that the former President is asking all those worried about his health to fret no more: he has every intention of bouncing back to good health from this.
“He is 88 years old, he had a terrible case of bronchitis which then triggered a series of complications, partially brought on by the fact that he also has a form of Parkinson's disease,” Becker says, adding that Mr. Bush will remain hospitalized for “a while.”
His condition is nothing to make light of, but neither should it be reason for concern or, in the case of some media outlets, speculation for worst case scenario.
“Is he sick? Yes. Does he plan on going anywhere soon? No. He has every intention of staying put. He would ask me to tell you to please put the harps back in the closet,” Becker explains.
The aide also insists that the President is being cared for by the best in the business.
“Is there anything you can do? Yes, of course. Keep him and the family in your prayers. I am thinking heaven has not seen such a barrage of prayer intentions since ‘It's a Wonderful Life’,” Becker adds.