Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston after being diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia, but his spokesman says the former president "is going to be fine" and is staying for observation.

Bush Sr., who is 92, was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital on Friday but his hospitalization was not made public until late Tuesday afternoon. His spokesman, Jim McGrath, said Bush is staying at the hospital for observation as he recovers.

"President George H. W. Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Friday for observation due to a persistent cough that prevented him from getting proper rest," McGrath said in a statement. "It was subsequently determined he had a mild case of pneumonia, which was treated and has been resolved."

McGrath said Bush "is going to be fine," adding: "President Bush is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength."

Bush, who was in office from 1989 until 1993, is the oldest living former American president. He also served two terms as vice president in Ronald Reagan's administration from 1981 until 1989, and he is further the father of former President George W. Bush, who was in office from 2001 until 2009.

Bush has been dealing with a number of health issues over the years, including a form of Parkinson's disease that has forced him to use a wheelchair. He was also hospitalized in January for treatment of an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia, for which he was admitted to the intensive care unit.

As a result of his frail health, Bush was the only former president to miss the inauguration of President Donald Trump. "My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under," Bush said in a letter to Trump on January 10.

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