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Barbara Bush remains hospitalized in Houston

Former first lady Barbara Bush remained hospitalized with a respiratory-related issue, but her condition hadn’t changed, a spokesman for her husband’s office said yesterday.

Bush, 88, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday, though it wasn’t announced until former president George H.W. Bush’s office released a statement Tuesday night.

“She is in great spirits, has already received visits from her husband and family, and is receiving fantastic care,” the statement read, promising to provide updates as warranted.

Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the former president, said there was “nothing new to report” yesterday.

In the meantime, President Obama said he hopes Bush gets well soon.

“Michelle and I send our best wishes to Mrs. Bush for a speedy recovery,” the president said in a written statement. “Barbara is blessed to have both a loving, supportive family by her side and a vibrant spirit that we hope will have her feeling better soon.”

He added: “I know I speak for Americans everywhere when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and her family on this New Year’s Day.”

Bush and her husband, the 41st president, live in Houston and still make public appearances. Last week, they honored a Houston businessman and philanthropist with a Points of Light Award, a volunteer service award started by the former president.

Also yesterday, former president Bill Clinton tweeted: “I’ll be rooting for Barbara Bush’s full recovery while she’s rooting for Baylor today. All the best to her and to @GeorgeHWBush.”

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