Former U.S. President Bush taken to hospital after shortness of breath

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 90, was hospitalized in Houston, Texas, late on Tuesday after experiencing shortness of breath, a family spokesman said. Bush’s latest health scare came two years after he was struck by illness during the 2012 holiday season. He spent seven weeks in a hospital for bronchitis and related ailments before his discharge in mid-January of 2013. He grew so ill during his previous hospitalization that he was believed at one point to be near death, and members of his family gathered around him. However, he marked his 90th birthday this year by taking a parachute jump. His eldest son, former President George W. Bush, just published a best-selling book about his father, titled “41 - A Portrait of My Father.”

President Obama and the first lady send their good wishes to the former president and the entire Bush family during this holiday season.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz