Bush 'doing pretty good' after heart procedure
September 27th, 2013
10:38 AM ET
9 years ago

Bush 'doing pretty good' after heart procedure

Washington (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush said he's "doing fine" after having a stent placed in his heart last month.

"Other than the fact that I nearly bled to death when I nicked myself shaving because I'm taking blood thinner, I'm doing pretty good," he joked. "I thought you were going to have to put a tourniquet on me."

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"I'm doing fine," he added. Bush comments came in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" while the former president was hosting the "Warrior Open," a golf tournament in Dallas for wounded warriors.

The 43rd president also weighed in on his new role as a grandfather. His daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, gave birth to Laura 'Mila' Hager in April.

"Captured, completely captured," Bush said, describing what it feels like to be a grandparent. "It's a joy to watch Jenna mother; it's a joy to watch Laura be a grandmother."

"I was telling Laura the other day I can't wait to be able to take Mila around the ranch and answer all her questions about the trees and the animals and the grasses," he added.

Bush also talked about the difference between being a grandparent versus being a parent.

"It's like a practice session in basketball versus the full court press. You can show up and love–and pass back. It's a great experience," he said.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't believe for one second that Dubya was a bad man.
    He allowed himself to be led (read misled) by those around him something that would have never happened if he had not kept himself willfully ignorant of facts. But stupidity and being a nice guy does not absolve him.
    He's guilty of dereliction of duty, mismanagement, lying, and the subsequent unnecessary deaths of men and women in and out of uniform here and abroad.

    September 27, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. CP in Tampa, FL

    Bush has a heart? Who knew.

    September 27, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Jack 2

    The first stent is 50,000 and and any additional are 5,000 extra during the same procedure

    September 27, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Son of Bababooey

    Sorry, my memory isn't as short as most on this comment list. GWB was the worst president in the history of our Union for reasons too lengthy to air here.

    Last month, GWB couldn't attend the Martin Luther King "I Had A Dream" memorial with the other living Presidents because he was "still recovering from heart surgery". Yeah, 3 days later he "feels great" while speaking with Brian Kilmeade live from the golf course.

    This lib will NEVER forget this man's crimes as Governor and President.

    September 27, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. TZToronto

    To put a tour tourniquet on him to stop the bleeding, you'd probably have to put it around his neck. C'est la vie . . .

    September 27, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. alan

    Good Luck George Bush.
    I like you better now that you're not the president and wish you continued good health.

    September 27, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. warren

    George was put in a hard position I respect what he did as a president he did the best he could and time will recognize his contributions, hope you get well and enjoy your life.

    September 27, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Shan

    will keep you in Prayers sir

    from a very liberal christian

    September 27, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. mbane

    Can't believe people actually likes this guy. He started 2 wars for no reason, killed over 130,000 people, devastated hundreds of thousands of lives, decimated 2 countries and caused the second biggest global recession the world has ever seen putting millions out of work and leaving thousands homeless. There's a special place for people like him and his wife in hell.

    September 27, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Strangways

    wow – as president he took more vacations and spent more time working out than any other Oval Office occupant, so wonder what the heart issue was. I do hope he recovers even though I thought he was an awful president, way in over his head.

    September 27, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Joey G

    Maybe he could read a story about goats to her.

    September 27, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Momma taught me that if you don't have nothing nice to say, it's best not say nothing at all.
    And yet you did anyway.

    September 27, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. ksiner

    But wait, it was government run healthcare, how the heck did he survive? All kidding aside I'm going to say something you'd never hear the hateful republicans say about a president they didn't agree with but I hope he does well and has a speedy recovery. I wouldn't cross the street to shake his hand, I think he was a horrible president, but he was still our president and due our respect. You'll NEVER hear a teapublican say that about Obama.

    September 27, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. musings

    It looks like Mr. Bush has found his sweet spot in life. I didn't like the friends he surrounded himself with in the White House, and didn't like his choice of language a lot of the time, but I always figured him for basically a friendly, pleasant individual, and I find that I like his painting style too. I'm sure he'll be a terrific grandfather. Ranches are the ticket for lots of guys like him. – A Rancher's Daughter.

    September 27, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. edwallace

    God bless you Mr. President...my wishes for a speedy recovery!

    September 27, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. tr

    caused the second biggest global recession the world has ever seen MBANE? if you're younger than 16, than disregard and carry on (it would make substance of your post more understandable), otherwise read a history book...on that of US housing policy for 35 years leading up to said recession. If a sitting president can be blamed for that recession, then most of the blame needs to be laid on Bill Clinton. And yeah, the war in afghanistan was started for no reason, just like our entry into WWII.

    best wishes on a speedy recovery president bush, from a libertarian.

    September 27, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. LOL

    He's guilty of dereliction of duty, mismanagement, lying, and the subsequent unnecessary deaths of men and women in and out of uniform here and abroad.
    Funny this describes President Obama to the tee!!!! I think you stole this sentence!!!!

    September 27, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Winston Smith

    Damn shame. Bet he had the best of care, that the taxpayers could afford though.

    September 27, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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