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Sun Apr 15, 2018, 02:18 PM

Barbara Bush in failing health

Source: CNN



By Jamie Gangel, CNN

Updated 2:12 PM ET, Sun April 15, 2018

(CNN)Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, a source close to the Bush family tells CNN.

At 92 years old, Bush has been suffering for some time and has been in and out of the hospital multiple times in the last year while battling with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, and congestive heart failure.

The source said she is being cared for at her home in Houston and has decided she does not want to go back into the hospital.

The office of former President George H. W. Bush released a statement, confirming after a "recent series of hospitalizations," she has decided against seeking additional medical help.



Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/15/politics/barbara-bush-health/index.html

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Reply Barbara Bush in failing health (Original post)
DonViejo Apr 2018 OP
Angry Dragon Apr 2018 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2018 #2
OldHippieChick Apr 2018 #3
Archae Apr 2018 #35
hlthe2b Apr 2018 #4
Roy Rolling Apr 2018 #5
cannabis_flower Apr 2018 #11
Exultant Democracy Apr 2018 #22
CentralMass Apr 2018 #6
riversedge Apr 2018 #7
TNNurse Apr 2018 #8
Hortensis Apr 2018 #9
Lint Head Apr 2018 #10
cannabis_flower Apr 2018 #15
Lint Head Apr 2018 #16
MarcA Apr 2018 #21
Fullduplexxx Apr 2018 #12
jb5150 Apr 2018 #13
DeminPennswoods Apr 2018 #14
hamsterjill Apr 2018 #17
bitterross Apr 2018 #20
hamsterjill Apr 2018 #32
radliberal Apr 2018 #18
geomon666 Apr 2018 #31
cwydro Apr 2018 #34
bitterross Apr 2018 #19
PJMcK Apr 2018 #23
Guy Whitey Corngood Apr 2018 #24
GreydeeThos Apr 2018 #25
Motley13 Apr 2018 #26
MFM008 Apr 2018 #27
democrank Apr 2018 #28
csziggy Apr 2018 #29
Delphinus Apr 2018 #30
ginnyinWI Apr 2018 #33
Hekate Apr 2018 #36
lapislzi Apr 2018 #37
elocs Apr 2018 #38
sdfernando Apr 2018 #39

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 02:20 PM

1. Brave Lady

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 02:22 PM

2. Safe, easy passage to her. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 02:28 PM

3. She is saying "enough". The medical

profession can sometimes make this part harder than it needs to be despite their best intentions.

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Response to OldHippieChick (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:03 AM

35. My Dad did basically the same thing, in 2010.

Said no more chemo for his pancreatic cancer, and he died happy, at my sister's house.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 02:28 PM

4. Gawd, the heat and humidity of Houston is a dumble whammy for those with congestive heart failure

and COPD. I suppose she rarely went out in it, but I'd surely have tried to get her into a more amenable climate if I'd had all the $$ that the Bushes have.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 02:33 PM

5. My Favorite Bush

She played the part of First Lady with grace and aplomb.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:02 PM

11. I think she's a tone deaf rich B, but I still wish her well

Former first lady Barbara Bush said that New Orleans refugees being housed in the Houston Astrodome were “underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/working-very-well-for-them/

STATUS: TRUE.

ORIGINS: On 5 September 2005, Mrs. Bush and her husband,

Bushes at Houston Astrodome

former president George Bush, toured the Astrodome complex in Houston that is being used as temporary lodging for thousands of displaced citizens from New Orleans and visited with evacuees being housed there. On this walk-thru of the make-shift quarters that amount to little more than a sea of cots in a wide open room, they were accompanied by former president Bill Clinton and his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. The visit was intended as a bipartisan show of support for victims and a as forum for announcing the creation of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, a charitable endeavor aimed at facilitating short and long term relief efforts in the afflicted Gulf Coast states.

Later that day, Mrs. Bush was a guest on Marketplace, a show on public radio. During that interview she made these remarks about her interactions with the people quartered in the Astrodome:




Almost everyone I’ve talked to says, ‘We’re going to move to Houston.’ What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.
And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them.

New Orleans residents housed in the various post-Katrina evacuation camps (such as the Astrodome) lost to the hurricane and the subsequent flood their loved ones, homes, jobs, pets, and their possessions. Their city sustained a tremendous amount of damage that may take years to repair, and they may never live there again. That they now have cots to sleep on, food, water, medical care, and the protection of law and order probably isn’t what most of them would consider the book definition of events’ “working very well for

them.”

Scott McClellan, White House Press Secretary, said of Mrs. Bush’s pronouncement: “I think she was making a personal observation on some of the comments that people were making that she was running into.”

Many interpreted the former first lady’s “beautiful mind” remark of 2003 as displaying a similarly callous attitude towards the horrors visited upon others, especially those persons Norma Desmond of Sunset Boulevard would have termed “the little people.”

Barbara “a touch of classist” Mikkelson

LAST UPDATED: 8 September 2005




SourcesSources:

Associated Press. “White House: Mrs. Bush Comment ‘Personal.'”

7 September 2005.
The New York Times. “Barbara Bush Calls Evacuees Better Off.”

7 September 2005 (p. A22).



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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:38 PM

22. Barbra the younger is my favorite, she marched against the war in Iraq.

And she is a total sweetheart not to mention whip smart.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 02:35 PM

6. That is sad news.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 02:38 PM

7. Let nature take its course, yet get the help you need to be comfortable.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 02:49 PM

8. Glad to see a family respecting someone's wishes.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 02:53 PM

9. I hope her death is very easy and she is able to stay

alert until the end. I'll even miss knowing she's around, but I won't be talking about what a nice person she was. She is a strong and unboring woman with very definite good and bad facets.

In her own words describing Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton, and no doubt various others, she is a "I can't say it, but it rhymes with..." Rich for Ferraro, witch for Hillary. Bitch, the real thing, for Barbara, but an unforgettable and very redoubtable one.

I'm guessing her husband literally can't imagine life without her. This must be very hard for him.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:01 PM

10. I'm sure her family is upset with her turn for the worse.

But what she said about other dead human beings, for which the Bush lies was responsible, is still despicable. And I wonder if she regrets it now. Never forget.
"But why should we hear about body bags and deaths, and how many, what day it's gonna happen, and how many this or that or what do you suppose? Or, I mean, it's not relevant. So, why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that, and watch him" (her husband, former president George H. W. Bush) "suffer?"

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #10)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:07 PM

15. She also said

That Hurricane Katrina was working out very well for the poor underprivileged people of New Orleans and that it was scary that a lot of them would be staying in Houston permanently.

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Response to cannabis_flower (Reply #15)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:09 PM

16. Forgot about that. I wish no one dead but her attitude does a little damage to my sympathy.

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #16)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:37 PM

21. And did she ever walk-back or apologize for those remarks? n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:02 PM

12. Is this the same bush that said this

Former first lady Barbara Bush said that New Orleans refugees being housed in the Houston Astrodome were “underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:04 PM

13. Barbara is the least offensive Bush ....

but that really isn't saying much.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:05 PM

14. I think we all hope to pass with the dignity and grace

Barbara Bush has chosen.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:16 PM

17. It serves no purpose to say negative things about her at this point

I wish her peace and comfort as she nears the end, and my sympathies to her family at this stressful time.

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Response to hamsterjill (Reply #17)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:33 PM

20. I disagree. It serves the purpose of pointing out the evil.

We don't need to white-wash these people. Their GOP loyalist will do enough of that. We need to speak the truth. And the truth about her and her spawn is not pretty.

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Response to bitterross (Reply #20)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 09:56 PM

32. Duly noted.

I think the evil is evident and now is not the time to be pointing it out. That time will come. But speaking ill of a dying old lady isn’t my cup of tea.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:18 PM

18. Ma Barker of the Bush Crime Family bites the dust

 

ROT IN HELL!!!

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Response to radliberal (Reply #18)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 08:34 PM

31. I'm not going to waste my beautiful mind on her.

I suppose if I believed in Hell there'd be a fair amount of people I'd wish to be rotting in there.

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Response to radliberal (Reply #18)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 11:49 PM

34. How does it make you feel to type that?

Satisfied? Gleeful? Superior?

I think I’d feel kinda bad.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:32 PM

19. I'm sure Hell will be "Working very well" for her. Just like the Astrodome for Katrina refugees

Too bad I don't believe there really is a Hell. Because I think people like the Bushes really should end up in a place like that.

She spawned W and Jeb. W, until recently, the worst President ever and Jeb, the governor who helped put W into office. Yes, she is responsible for teaching them they deserve the entitlement and privilege they have. Just think of how much better we'd be right now if none of them existed.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/working-very-well-for-them/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 04:20 PM

23. She is irrelevant

That's the nicest thing I have to say about her.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 05:47 PM

24. But who will run the Quaker Oats empire now?! nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 05:58 PM

25. My condolences to Barbara Bush as she begins her final journey

I want to hear Dick Cheney is about to expire.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:06 PM

26. I do not agree with them, but they are decent people, not like what we have now

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:07 PM

27. My mom is experiencing

The same thing.
COPD/ CHF.
Totally drains you
And your family.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:10 PM

28. Wishing Mrs. Bush a peaceful passing

with her family by her side.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:32 PM

29. My mother in law passed from COPD a year ago January

The last year was hard on the family and the last two weeks were agony for all.

May Barbara Bush's passing be as pain free as possible.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:38 PM

30. May your death be peaceful.

Regardless of the differences I had for her I wish her a peaceful death.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:08 PM

33. My mom died of the same two years ago, age 86.

Like Mrs Bush she was in and out of the hospital several times, until finally they recommended hospice. She would be back in the hospital after about two weeks when her numbers would go bad again.

She also had dementia, so it was mainly her doctor's and my call as her primary caretaker. But it was for the best.

Once she entered hospice she lasted just five more days and went peacefully with the help of opiates for pain.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 04:47 AM

36. Go in peace, Mrs. Bush. My mother did the same at the end...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 08:47 AM

37. She has access to the finest medical care the world has to offer

Always has.

She has never been called to account for the cruel things she has said and done.

While I don't wish ill on anyone, I will not be shedding tears for her passing.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 10:34 AM

38. It's too bad that we can't be gracious and show some compassion and empathy

for another human who is close to passing through death's door, something we all will do, but evidently there are those who cannot pass up a chance to make everything into a partisan political opportunity. That is sad.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:02 AM

39. I hope she has a better passing than the Katrina victims!

I mean, she wouldn't want to poison her beautiful mind.

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