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Former President George H.W. Bush has shaved his head to show support for a boy who has leukaemia.
A Secret Service agent in his security detail has a two-year-old son who is losing his hair as a side-effect of treatment for the cancer.
George H.W. Bush has shaved his head to show support for a boy who has leukaemia
George H.W. Bush, 89, lost his greying locks earlier this week at his coastal home in the state of Maine, said a spokesman on Wednesday.
The former president acted after he saw other agents in his detail had shaved their heads.
A spokesman for George H.W. Bush identified the toddler only as Patrick.
George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, lost their second child, four-year-old Robin, to leukaemia almost 60 years ago.
The security detail have launched a website to help pay for Patrick’s medical treatment.
Republican George H.W. Bush, whose son is former President George W. Bush, was only himself released from hospital in January, two months after his admission for a bronchitis-related cough.
George H.W. Bush was the 41st US president, and served one term in office, from 1989-1993.
A computer hacker has stolen personal emails and photographs belonging to former US President George H.W. Bush and his family, according to US media.
One photograph posted on the internet showed the 88-year-old Republican politician in bed in hospital, where he was recently treated for bronchitis.
The stolen emails are reported to include addresses and personal details of several members of the Bush family.
A spokesman for George H.W. Bush confirmed that an investigation was underway.
“We do not comment on matters under criminal investigation,” Jim McGrath told the Houston Chronicle.
The hacker broke into email accounts of several members of the Bush family, news website the Smoking Gun reported.
The hacked emails are reported to include messages expressing serious concern about the health of the former president, including a personal note sent by President Barack Obama through an aide.
George H.W. Bush was discharged from hospital on January 14 after a seven-week stay, during which he was treated for a bronchitis-related cough.
A computer hacker has stolen personal emails and photographs belonging to former US President George H.W. Bush and his family
The purloined photos include pictures of his son, former President George W. Bush.
One shows the younger George Bush posing beside a life-size cardboard cut-out of himself with a moustache drawn on it; others are said to show paintings by him, including self-portraits.
The Smoking Gun said it had been in contact with the hacker, who goes by the alias “Guccifer”.
He said he taken “a lot of stuff” including “interesting mails” about the former president’s time in hospital, the website reported.
George H.W. Bush was the 41st US President, serving one term from 1989-1993. He was defeated by Democrat Bill Clinton when he stood for re-election.
Before becoming president he was Ronald Reagan’s vice-president from 1981-1989. He also served as vice-president, CIA director, US ambassador to China and congressman from Texas.
His son George W. Bush served as 43rd president in 2001-2009.
Former US President George H.W. Bush, who has been hospitalized in Houston since November, may be released from the facility in the coming days, a family spokesman said on Sunday.
“We are hopeful that the president can be discharged this coming week, but we’re still taking everything one day at a time,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in an email.
George H.W. Bush’s son, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, said on Saturday that his father was expected to be released from the hospital on Monday, according to TCPalm.com.
George H.W. Bush, 88, who led a coalition that pushed Iraqi forces out of Kuwait in 1991, was admitted to Methodist Hospital on November 23 for bronchitis and then transferred to intensive care in December after coming down with a persistent fever and other complications.
The former president was moved to a regular patient room after his condition improved last month.
Former US President George H.W. Bush, who has been hospitalized in Houston since November, may be released from the facility in the coming days
George H.W. Bush has lower-body parkinsonism, which causes a loss of balance, and he has used a wheelchair for more than a year.
The 41st president, who is also the father of former President George W. Bush, served as a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, envoy to China, CIA director and as vice president for two terms under President Ronald Reagan.
George H.W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president, is the country’s oldest living former president by a few months.
As well as visits on Christmas Day, the 41st president has also been visited at least twice by his sons, George W. Bush, the 43rd president, and Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida.
George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, live in Houston during the winter and spend their summers in a home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Former President George H. W. Bush’s condition has improved, allowing him to be moved out after nearly a week in intensive care, his spokesman has said.
George H. W. Bush, 88, will continue treatment at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, where he was admitted on 23 November suffering from bronchitis.
“The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said.
George H. W. Bush is the oldest living former president and a World War II veteran.
He was admitted to intensive care on December 23 with a fever.
Former President George H. W. Bush’s condition has improved, allowing him to be moved out after nearly a week in intensive care
But on Saturday, Jim McGrath said the former president’s condition had improved.
“So he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery,” he said.
George H. W. Bush was Ronald Reagan’s vice-president for two terms, from 1981 to 1989, when he became the 41st US president. He was defeated by Democrat Bill Clinton when he stood for re-election in 1992.
His son George W. Bush served as 43rd president in 2001-09.
Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf, who led troops in the 1991 Gulf War, has died aged 78, US media report.
General Norman Schwarzkopf – known as Stormin’ Norman – was commander of coalition forces in the first Gulf War in 1990-91.
The US-led coalition drove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait.
Former President George H. W. Bush described General Norman Schwarzkopf as “one of the great military leaders of his generation”.
General Norman Schwarzkopf spent his retirement in Tampa, Florida, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of US Central Command.
His military success made him one of America’s most famous modern generals although some criticized him for negotiating ceasefire terms which allowed Saddam Hussein to remain in power.
President George H.W. Bush, who was in office during the first Gulf War, said he “mourned the loss” of General Norman Schwarzkopf, “one of the great military leaders of his generation”.
George H.W. Bush, who remains in intensive care at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, issued a statement, saying: “A distinguished member of that Long Gray Line hailing from West Point, General Schwarzkopf, to me, epitomized the <<duty, service, country>> creed that has defended our freedom and seen this great nation through our most trying international crises.
“More than that, he was a good and decent man – and a dear friend. Barbara and I send our condolences to his wife Brenda and his wonderful family.”
Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf, who led troops in the 1991 Gulf War, has died aged 78
US Republican Senator John McCain tweeted that General Norman Schwarzkopf was “one of the great American heroes”.
“We thank him for his service,” he said.
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta also paid tribute to the general, saying his 35 years of service had “left an indelible imprint on the United States military and on the country”.
“His bravery during two tours in Vietnam earned him three silver stars, and set him on the path lead our troops into battle in Grenada, and then to take charge of the overall allied effort in the first Gulf War as Commander of United States Central Command,” he said.
“General Schwarzkopf’s skilled leadership of that campaign liberated the Kuwaiti people and produced a decisive victory for the allied coalition. In the aftermath of that war, General Schwarzkopf was justly recognized as a brilliant strategist and inspiring leader. Today, we recall that enduring legacy and remember him as one of the great military giants of the 20th Century.”
During Operation Desert Storm, General Norman Schwarzkopf famously used one of his regular news conferences to taunt his opponent.
“As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier: other than that, he’s a great military man – I want you to know that,” he said.
General Norman Schwarzkopf’s sometimes fiery temper meant that he clashed with subordinates and superiors alike including the then Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell.
Despite this and his bluff appearance, he was smarter and more diplomatic than many critics gave him credit for, our correspondent adds.
After the first Gulf War, General Norman Schwarzkopf became a national celebrity, but always rejected suggestions that he run for office himself.
General Norman Schwarzkopf: Career highlights
- Born on 22 August 1934 in Trenton, New Jersey
- Aged 12, he moves to Iran where his father, a high-ranking army officer, trained the police and was an adviser to the Shah
- Studies in Switzerland and Germany, attends US Military Academy at West Point, New York. Gains masters degree in guided-missile engineering from the University of Southern California
- Highly decorated for his services in the Vietnam and Grenada wars
- Named commander-in-chief of the US Central Command in 1988
- Best known for leading allied forces as part of Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf War in 1991
- Often referred to as “Stormin Norman”, he used to taunt Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein
Former US President George H.W. Bush has spent Christmas with his wife Barabara and other family members in a Houston hospital after developing a fever and weakness following a monthlong, bronchitis-like cough, his spokesman said Monday.
A hospital spokesman had said George H.W. Bush, 88, would be released in time to spend the holiday at home, but that changed after he developed a fever.
“He’s had a few setbacks. Late last week, he had a few low-energy days followed by a low-grade fever,” Jim McGrath, George H.W. Bush’s spokesman in Houston, told The Associated Press.
“Doctors still say they are cautiously optimistic, but every time they get over one thing, another thing pops up.”
Jim McGrath said the cough that initially brought George H.W. Bush to the hospital on November 23 is now evident only about once a day, and the fever appears to be under control, although doctors are still working to get the right balance in Bush’s medications. No discharge date has been set.
“Given his current condition, doctors just want to hang on to him,” Jim McGrath said, adding that he didn’t know what had caused the fever.
Former US President George H.W. Bush has spent Christmas with his wife Barabara and other family members in a Houston hospital
George H.W. Bush’s wife, Barbara, his son, Neil, and Neil’s wife, Maria, are expected to visit on Christmas, Jim McGrath said.
Since he was hospitalized, George H.W. Bush has been visited by many of his children and grandchildren, including former President George W. Bush, who came twice, and former Florida Gov Jeb Bush, Jim McGrath said. With 37 members in the immediate family, George H.W. Bush has received many emails and phone calls, Jim McGrath said.
George H. W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president, and his wife, Barbara, live in Houston during the winter and spend their summers in a home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
The former president was a naval aviator in World War II – at one point the youngest in the Navy – and was shot down over the Pacific. He achieved notoriety in retirement for skydiving on at least three of his birthdays since leaving the White House in 1992.
Being in the hospital for such a long time has not been easy for George H. W. Bush, who is accustomed to being active, Jim McGrath said. But the president has said he’s determined “not to get grumpy about it”.
“He’s just the most relentlessly positive person and he does enjoy joking with the nurses.”
Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated for bronchitis in hospital in Houston, Texas, family and hospital officials have said.
George H.W. Bush, 88, has been in hospital for six days with a “lingering cough”, his spokesman Jim McGrath told CNN.
His condition is not considered life-threatening and the former president is expected to be discharged this weekend, reports say.
George H.W. Bush is the oldest living former president and a World War II veteran.
Former President George HW Bush is being treated for bronchitis in hospital in Houston
He was Ronald Reagan’s vice-president for two terms and president for one, serving in the White House from 1989 until 1993.
His chief of staff, Jean Becker, said President George H.W. Bush was admitted to Houston’s Methodist Hospital on Friday, after several visits in recent weeks, the Houston Chronicle newspaper reported.
His son, former President George W. Bush visited on Sunday with his wife, Laura.
Jean Becker added that there had been concerns George H.W. Bush’s condition might have developed into pneumonia and news of his treatment had not been made public “out of respect” for the former president.