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Former President George H.W. Bush remains in hospital, 'in great spirits'

"President Bush had a good day and his prognosis remains positive," Bush's office said in a statement.
George HW Bush
Former President George H.W. Bush acknowledges the crowd at his presidential library before his son former President George W. Bush discusses his new book \"41: A Portrait of My Father\" , on Nov. 11, 2014, in College Station, Texas.

President George H.W. Bush will remain in a Houston hospital Thursday night, but his spokesman said the 90-year-old "is in great spirits."

The 41st president of the United States was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital Tuesday after suffering from shortness of breath. A spokesman said the hospital trip was just a precaution.

"President Bush had another terrific day and is in great spirits. He was visited by Mrs Bush as well as his son Neil and daughter-in-law Maria Bush, and has received well wishes from family, friends and fellow citizens," his office said in a statement Thursday. "He asked that his sincere wishes for a very Merry Christmas be extended to one and all."

Bush spent nearly two months at Houston Methodist in January 2013 for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues. This June, he skydived to celebrate the birthday milestone.

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