Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—The spokesperson of the Methodist Hospital in Houston George Kovacik said former President George H. W. Bush was in stable condition, but didn’t know when he would be discharged from the hospital.
“He has a nagging cough and we have no idea when he will be released,” Kovacik said. “They’re not in any hurry, so they’re just keeping him here, but there’s really no change in his condition. He’s stable and he’s still here,” Kovacik added.
Bush has been in and out of the hospital for treatment of the cough since last month. The highlight of last weekend for Papa Bush, was the Houston Texans 24-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans, a win that secured the Texans a spot in the NFL playoffs. The 88-year-old president is an avid fan of the Texans.
“He was keeping track of when kickoff was and we were following the game there for a little bit,” his spokesman in Houston, Jim McGrath said. McGarth also said Bush was in good spirits.
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Newscast Media AUSTIN—Some people where born with a sense of destiny. A sense of purpose, if you will. They believe there was something that was started that they were born to finish. Such is the case of George P. Bush.
Soon after the 2012 presidential election, there was bewilderment on the GOP side about what direction the party would take, and who would lead it. It would be another Bush who would spark speculation among analysts, that the prominent political family had the solution to the vacuum looming, after what many viewed was a questionable election.
George P. Bush did not waste time second-guessing his next move. His cousin Jenna, one of the Bush twins, always teased him that he was the “future” president of the United States.
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Newscast Media — Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California will be interviewing former president George W. Bush and will focus the interview on service and leadership.
“The forum will include a personal conversation between Pastor Rick and President Bush,” David Chrzan, Warren’s chief of staff, told The Orange County Register. “The goal is to create a forum where the community around Saddleback Church can hear from speakers who are great leaders and those who have positively impacted humanity.”
Bush’s visit to Warren’s megachurch on Monday comes in the middle of the renowned pastor’s “Decade of Destiny” campaign. Since last month, Warren has been positioning the 30-year-old church for a decade of expansion, enhanced operations and blessings.
The upcoming civil forum at Saddleback can be viewed live at (www.saddlebackcivilforum.com)
Newscast Media DALLAS, TX– Tuesday was a very special day for former president George W. Bush who was joined by his wife, Laura, and about 3,000 friends and acquaintances to formally begin the process of building his presidential center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
“This is the beginning of a process,” Bush said. “It’s the continuation of a journey that began over a decade ago.”
Designed by renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern and landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will house the 43rd president’s library and museum as well as the Bush Institute. It will cost an estimated $300 million, and Bush has said over 160,000 donors made sure funds were secured before the groundbreaking took place.
The center’s location is along the eastern edge of Southern Methodist University, the alma mater of former first lady Laura Bush. It is in the heart of Dallas and easily accessible to visitors. Utilizing green building materials and energy-efficient technologies, the Bush Center has been designed to attain Platinum certification, the highest possible distinction under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
Although the physical home of the Presidential Center will open in 2013, its work is well under way. Opportunities for SMU students have included classroom visits by former President George W. Bush and internships at the Bush Center. Students and faculty also have participated in conferences at SMU sponsored by The Bush Institute. Topics have included education leadership, educating the women and girls of Afghanistan, natural gas development, and the use of technology by cyber-dissidents to promote democracy.
Through February 6, 2011, visitors can preview some of the Presidential Center’s historic holdings at SMU’s Meadows Museum. The free exhibit, “Breaking New Ground: Presenting the George W. Bush Presidential Center,” showcases the building design, ongoing initiatives of The Bush Institute and key artifacts and papers of the Bush Administration. http://newscastmedia.com/bush-presidential-center.htm
Newscast Media — Former president George W. Bush appeared on the Rush Limbaugh show to promote his book “Decision Points” and acknowledged that Limbaugh and conservatives played a major role in killing what Limbaugh dubbed the “Amnesty” bill. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Limbaugh attacked George Bush, John McCain and Ted Kennedy for being “illegals’ best friends.”
Below is part of the interview:
RUSH: What was the objective of that legislation? What were you trying to accomplish with your comprehensive immigration reform because many people thought it was amnesty and that he they opposed it.
PRESIDENT BUSH: No, I know, and that’s what happens a lot of times these
issues get labeled and people react poorly. I couldn’t have said it more plainly. I was against amnesty. I don’t know many people who were for amnesty when it comes time for comprehensive reform. … I was trying to basically recognize that our economy required immigrants to work. I mean, there’s a lot of jobs Americans won’t do and therefore there needed to be an orderly, legal way for people to come and work on a temporary basis and that if you’d paid your taxes and had been here for a while and were a good citizen you had a chance to become a citizen, but you had to get at the back of the line.
RUSH:The politics of it though, many people feared that the Democrats simply wanted to register all these people as new Democrat voters, they weren’t concerned about any compassion they weren’t concerned about labor markets or any of that, they just saw they have a new form of Democrat votes and registration, and when Republicans went along with it, people were pulling their hair out saying why do we want to help Democrats out with their political efforts?
PRESIDENT BUSH:I know, I know, a lot of people view things through the political lens, I thought it was good policy though, and not all Democrats were for it on Capitol Hill, I might add. Anyway it is still an issue that needs to be solved at some point in time.
In the interview when Rush asked about the Arizona law, Bush answered implying that if his immigration bill had been passed it would have solved the Arizona immigration issue.
Newscast Media — Bypassing the traditional means of promoting a book, former president George W. Bush is taking advantage of social media and is making his soon-to-be released book “Decision Points” go viral.
“I wanted to give readers a glimpse at the presidency from my perspective,” Bush said in the three-minute clip, which was posted earlier this month by Amazon.com and publisher Crown Books. The book publisher’s promotional site for the book also links to the former president’s Facebook page and a Twitter feed.
Some of the topics include his reasons for entering politics, the difficulty of the decision he made to run for president, and some of his early Oval Office choices, including his controversial policy on stem-cell research.
Bush said that the book opens with his retelling of his decision to stop drinking at age 40 and the role “faith” played in that decision. Later chapters will focus on the “horrors and heroism” of Sept. 11, 2001; the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina; the decision to wage wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the financial crisis facing America when Barack Obama took office.
“I reflect on what I got right, what I got wrong, and what I’d do differently if I had the chance,” the former president said in the video.
Bush will sit down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer for a prime-time special airing Nov. 8 and will appear live on TODAY Nov. 10.
Decision Points which will be released Nov. 9, will have a print run of 1.5 million copies — the same number given six years ago for Bill Clinton’s “My Life.” http://newscastmedia.com/bush-decision-points.htm
Former presidents George H. W. Bush and his son George W. Bush at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, honoring the troops. Over 10,000 Houstonians attended the event.
George W. Bush currently lives in Dallas while his father George H. W. Bush lives in Houston. PHOTO GALLERY>> http://www.newscastmedia.com/bushes.htm