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Posted: April 16, 2018

Jenna Bush Hager on Barbara Bush: 'She's a fighter'

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Barbara Bush Through The Years

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Jenna Bush Hager said her grandmother Barbara Bush was in “great spirits” Monday after a family spokesman said over the weekend that the former first lady was in “failing health” and that she wouldn’t seek additional medical treatment.

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Bush Hager told her colleagues on NBC’s “Today” show that she and her twin sister, named Barbara for the first lady, spoke with Bush on Sunday night.

“She’s a fighter. She’s an enforcer,” she said. “She reminded me not to believe everything I read.”

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Sunday that Bush, 92, opted to receive comfort care instead of seeking additional medical treatment following a recent spate of hospitalizations. McGrath said the decision was made after Bush conferred with her doctors and family members.

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McGrath didn’t say what specific illness or sickness led to the former first lady’s decision. Bush was hospitalized early last year alongside her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, with a case of viral bronchitis.

>> Related: George H.W. Bush discharged from hospital after pneumonia diagnosis

Bush Hager said Monday that her grandmother was “surrounded by family.”

“She’s with my grandpa, the man she’s loved for over 73 years,” she said. “I think that the fact that they’re together in this and he still says, ‘I love you Barbie,’ every night is pretty remarkable.”

Barbara and George H.W. Bush married in Jan. 5, 1945, making theirs the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history. The couple has six children: George, Robin, John (known as “Jeb”), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy.


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Jenna Bush Hager on Barbara Bush: 'She's a fighter'

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Jenna Bush Hager on Barbara Bush: 'She's a fighter'

In a Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. A family spokesman said Sunday, April 15, 2018, that the former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additional medical treatment.

CBS briefly publishes first lady Barbara Bush’s obituary

CBS News briefly published its prepared obituary for Barbara Bush, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The mistake happened hours after the Bush family announced that the former first lady was in failing health and would not continue treatment for her illnesses, the Bee reported.

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The family said she would seek comfort care.

>>Read: Barbara Bush: Some things to know about the former first lady

The article that was posted by CBS News had the headline: “DO NOT PUBLISH - Former first lady Barbara Bush d*es at age 92 DO NOT PUBLISH.”

The article said that she “passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by loved ones,” the Bee reported.

Many news organizations have obituaries prepared for newsmakers.

This isn’t the first time a news organization published a death notice early. Former President George H.W. Bush also had his obituary published, the Bee reported

Barbara Bush: What you should know about the former first lady

Former first lady Barbara Bush, 92, is in failing health and has decided not to seek further treatment, according to a family spokesman. Along with Abigail Adams, Bush holds the distinction of being the wife of one president and the mother of another. Here are some other facts about the wife of the nation’s 41st president, George H.W. Bush.

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Presidential timber: Not only is Barbara Bush the wife of George H.W. Bush and the mother of the 43rd president, George W. Bush, she also is the fourth cousin, four generations removed, of the nation’s 14th president, Franklin Pierce. She is related to Pierce through her father, Marvin Pierce. 

>> Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health

Meeting George: Barbara Pierce met George H.W. Bush in 1941 at a dance at the Round Hill Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. They became engaged just before George Bush left to become a Navy torpedo bomber pilot during World War II. They were married on Jan. 6, 1945 and have been married 73 years.

Politician’s wife: Barbara and George had six children: George, Pauline Robinson (known as Robin; she died of leukemia in 1953), John Ellis (Jeb), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. During George H.W. Bush’s career as a businessman and a politician, Barbara supervised 29 household moves.

>> Photos: Barbara Bush through the years

That white hair: Barbara’s brown hair turned white during Robin’s treatment for leukemia. While in the White House, Barbara’s hair gave her a grandmotherly look, and her son George dubbed her “The Silver Fox.”

She’s a pearl: The triple-string false pearl necklace Barbara wore to her husband’s inauguration in January 1989 became a national fashion trend. She later said she wore the pearls to cover the wrinkles in her neck.

Book smart: In 1984 Barbara wrote “C. Fred’s Story,” which was about the Bush family dog. "Millie's Book," about another Bush family dog was published in 1990. It was published a year after the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy was founded. In 1994, Barbara published her memoirs.

Information from wire services was also used in this report

George H.W. Bush wishes wife Barbara happy 92nd birthday

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George H.W. Bush wishes wife Barbara happy 92nd birthday

On Thursday, former first lady Barbara Bush celebrated her 92nd birthday! Her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, took to Twitter to to wish her a happy birthday, and wrote the cutest note.

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“Happiest of birthdays to Barbara Pierce of Rye, NY,” he said. “I’m still the luckiest guy in the world.”

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According to a family spokesperson, Mrs. Bush spent her special day at the family’s summer home — Walker’s Point — in Kennebunkport, Maine. She intends to top off the occasion with “a quiet birthday dinner with some family and friends.”

The former first lady also got birthday wishes from other loved ones, including granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager, who tweeted, “Happiest bday to one awesome lady! Love you and your hilarious, strong way, Ganny.”

Former President Bush will celebrate his 93rd birthday next week.

George H.W. Bush discharged from hospital after pneumonia, bronchitis

Former President George H.W. Bush was discharged from a hospital Friday, two weeks after being brought to the facility with a mild case of pneumonia, a spokesman for the 92-year-old said.

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Bush was treated for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis before his discharge Friday morning, spokesman Jim McGrath said.

“President and Mrs. Bush are very pleased to be home spending time with family and friends, and grateful for the outstanding care provided by his doctors and nurses,” he said.

Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 14 with a persistent cough. Doctors determined that the 41st president had pneumonia and successfully treated him, McGrath said.

Dr. Clint Doerr, a pulmonologist at Houston Methodist Hospital, said on Tuesday that despite Bush’s recovery, he continued to deal with chronic bronchitis, “a condition more prevalent with age.”

“This means his airway has a constant, low-level of inflammation that can aggravate the symptoms of pneumonia,” Doerr said.

McGrath said last week that Bush would remain hospitalized as a precaution ahead a scheduled trip to Maine with his wife, Barbara Bush.

>> Related: George H.W. Bush gets a visit from son George W. Bush while in the hospital

“President Bush feels terrific and is buoyed by regular visits from his family and phone calls with friends such as (former Vice  President) Dan Quayle,” he said.

The hospitalization is the second this year for Bush. He was hospitalized for two weeks in January with a case of bacterial pneumonia. His wife, Barbara Bush, was also briefly hospitalized with viral bronchitis.

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