George H.W. Bush meets with an old friend
Photo courtesy: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
March 7th, 2013
05:15 PM ET
2 years ago

George H.W. Bush meets with an old friend

Washington (CNN) – Almost two months after leaving the hospital, former President George H.W. Bush is beginning to venture out a little bit more. He and Mrs. Bush on Thursday met with former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at the Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas. During Bush's presidency Mulroney was one of Bush's closest friends.

The 88-year-old Bush left a Houston hospital in mid-January after a lengthy bout with bronchitis and several complications. He had been hospitalized since November.

Last Friday the 41st President also visited the center to attend a reading of a play by former White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater entitled "Empires Fall," about the end of the Cold War, and he attended a private dinner for the library.

"Since President Bush's extended stay in the hospital, this is the second time in a week that they have visited the Library Center," Fred McClure, chief operating office of the George Bush Foundation, said in a statement.

Bush associates said the visits energized him.

"I had been told that it wasn't like that he would stay for the entire play and that he wouldn't come to dinner. He stayed for the entire play, went to the dinner and outlasted a lot of the other guests there. He just had a wonderful time," Andrew Card, head of the presidential center, told CNN earlier this week. "Probably the most empowering thing for him was to be with the young students at the Bush school."

Card described the president's current condition as "a little weaker than what we would like" but that his "mind is strong."

"He doesn't really like to give public speeches any more. He's got a wonderful wave, a wonderful handshake, and he knows how to give you a hug that you'll carry with you for a long time," Card said.

Just this week publishers released an updated book of the president's letters and writings.

Also see:

George H.W. Bush on bonding with Bill Clinton

From Katrina to 9-11, Bush 41 opens up about his presidential son

Public to get rare insight into President George HW Bush


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Wr

    He looks great!

    March 7, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. kayla

    please, enough already

    March 7, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Pete

    Pres.Bush, as much as you try here to elevate him away from his past legacy as one of this countries worse presidents he's just not relevant politically anymore no matter how his health is..Remember his most famous quote "NO NEW TAXES"yet he then raised taxes the highest in years eventually costing him his job to Bill Clinton the next year...Just let him rest in peace because he's got enough of a burden having to answer stupid questions about his really worthless son that haunts him daily,that alone is enough of a punishment to bare!!

    March 7, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    And I'm supposed to care because????????? Slow news day?

    March 7, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Ind.

    CNN up to it's silly tricks again.

    March 7, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Blinded by the republican lies

    Well said Pete @5:34p.m.

    March 7, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Sir, enjoy your life without any biased opinions. Get well soon too.

    March 7, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I wonder if he hates his kid as much as the rest of us do.

    March 7, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. g

    i think mulroney is wanted for treason in canada

    March 7, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |