George H.W. Bush home from hospital, grateful for 'superb care'
Former President Bush, the oldest living former US president, was taken to the hospital a week ago for what was described then as a precaution.
HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital Tuesday after a stay of about a week.
Bush left Houston's Methodist Hospital, was resting at home and is "grateful to the doctors and nurses for their superb care," said family spokesman Jim McGrath in a brief statement.
Bush, the oldest living former US president, was taken by ambulance to the hospital a week ago for what was described then as a precaution. His hospital stay included Christmas.
Bush made two public appearances last month. He was at Texas A&M University where his son, former President George W. Bush, talked about his book about his father. He also served as the coin-toss captain for the Houston Texans during a Nov. 23 game that honored the US Armed Forces.
He spent Sunday at the hospital watching the Texans game on television.
He spent two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president before being elected the nation's 41st president in 1988. After one term, highlighted by the success of the 1991 Gulf War in Kuwait, he lost to Democrat Bill Clinton amid voters' concerns about the economy.
Bush has skydived on at least three of his birthdays since leaving the White House. In June, he celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. During the winter, Bush and his wife, Barbara, live in Houston.