George H.W. Bush Improving

    FILE - In a Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush, and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, arrive for the premiere of HBO's new documentary on his life near the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. The 41st president will spend Christmas in a Houston hospital after developing a fever and weakness following a monthlong, bronchitis-like cough. Bush’s spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, that doctors remain “cautiously optimistic” that he will recover, but they want to keep him in the hospital. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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    Some good news to ring in the new year. Former president George H.W. Bush is continuing to improve at Houston’s Methodist Hospital—and is even “singing” with staff, family spokesman Jim McGrath said on Saturday. The jovial Texas native is reportedly “alert” and happily conversing with medical staff. McGrath says Bush’s doctors are “cautiously optimistic” that the current treatment for his bronchitis will be effective. The 88-year-old, who has been hospitalized since Nov. 23, was moved to the intensive care unit Sunday when he developed a fever. Aides have remained confident throughout the ordeal that he will recover.

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