Bushes thank Obama, Clinton for well wishes
January 2nd, 2014
03:54 PM ET
8 years ago

Bushes thank Obama, Clinton for well wishes

Washington (CNN) – Former President George H.W. Bush tweeted a thank you on Thursday to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for extending well wishes to his hospitalized wife, Barbara Bush.

The former first lady was admitted to Methodist Hospital for “respiratory-related issues” on Monday, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath. As of Wednesday, Barbara Bush was still hospitalized and McGrath said there had been no change in her condition since she was admitted.

“Barbara thanks @BarackObama & @BillClinton for their get-well wishes and is heeding their advice,” George H.W. Bush tweeted. “Doesnt happen w every President she knows!”

[tweet https://twitter.com/GeorgeHWBush/status/418838270005346307%5D

On Wednesday, Obama said that he and first lady Michelle Obama send their “best wishes to Mrs. Bush for a speedy recovery.”

“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,” Obama said in a statement. “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.”

Former President Clinton – who has become very close with the Bushes over the past decade despite defeating George H.W. Bush in 1992 – tweeted his thoughts to Barbara Bush on Wednesday.

"I'll be rooting for Barbara Bush's full recovery while she's rooting for Baylor today. All my best to her and @GeorgeHWBush," he tweeted.

[tweet https://twitter.com/billclinton/status/418415444362399744%5D

Clinton has become so close to the Bush family that in April, at the unveiling of President George W. Bush’s presidential library, he joked that Barbara Bush was like his mother.

The fact that George H.W. Bush used twitter to thank the leaders was also noteworthy.

Since joining the social networking site in December, Bush has only sent two other tweets – one honoring the late South African President Nelson Mandela and another honoring those who serve in the military.

– CNN’s Dan Merica, Ashley Killough and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

Filed under: Barbara Bush • George H. W. Bush
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. smith

    Where`s Carter? I guess he`s sore for not being invited to the poker games that Bush 1, Bush 2, Obama, and Clinton play.

    January 2, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Fortunately, Barbara is not the type of republican who always does the opposite of what Obama wants, so we all hope for a speedy recovery.

    January 2, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC


    Where`s Carter? I guess he`s sore for not being invited to the poker games that Bush 1, Bush 2, Obama, and Clinton play.
    Can't resist it, can you? I don't think Jimmy tweets. Satisfied?

    January 2, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. PaulCat

    May GOD continue to be with you Mrs. Bush.
    You are one republican that has class.
    Some GOP in congress should take notes.

    January 2, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Smitty

    Well at least W showed a little class. The other two baffons sure don't, As far as Carter, he tried to BK the USA, like his peanut farm and the state of Ga. What a truly failed leader he was.

    January 2, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Pk duster

    Babara hates poor people bv i hope she gets well soon

    January 2, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. anniebella

    I wonder what baffons you are talking about, it's not nice to talk about G.W. Bush and Cheney like that. According to you W has shown some class, well his supporters sure haven't shown any.

    January 2, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Smitty

    @Rudy he don't tweet or think !!! LOL, actually carter is smartest out of all of them, he just couldn't adapt to shrewdness it takes to run a business or a Country. (Too nice of guy)

    January 2, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |