President Obama on Wednesday wished former first lady Barbara Bush a “speedy recovery” after she was hospitalized for a respiratory condition.
“[First lady] Michelle [Obama] and I send our best wishes to Mrs. Bush for a speedy recovery,” said the president in a statement from Hawaii, where he is vacationing. “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.
“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,” Obama added.
The wife of former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston on Monday. A statement from former President Bush's office said that Barbara Bush was in “great spirits” and “receiving fantastic care.”
The former first lady is 88 years old. In 2009 she underwent heart surgery.
Former President George H. W. Bush, 89, was hospitalized for more than 6 weeks a year ago after suffering a severe case of bronchitis and developing an infection.
Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday also wished Barbara Bush well, tweeting: “I'll be rooting for Barbara Bush's full recovery while she's rooting for Baylor today. All my best to her and @GeorgeHWBush.”