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BREAKING: Former President Hospitalized

| by Sean Kelly

Former President George H. W. Bush has been hospitalized with breathing problems, according to his office.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed to the Daily Mail that the former president, vice president and CIA director was expected to make a full recovery after being admitted to the hospital for "shortness of breath."

"Doctors and everyone are very pleased, and we hope to have him out soon," McGrath said. 

A statement to NBC News also confirmed that Bush was "being monitored as a precaution and is resting comfortably."

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Bush was president from 1989 to 1993 before losing his reelection campaign to former President Bill Clinton. He previously served as vice president to former President Ronald Reagan and also held the title of CIA director. 

During his presidency, Bush helped end the Soviet Union and stood up to Saddam Hussein when he invaded Kuwait. 

Health problems plagued the elder Bush president in recent years, including a 2012 hospitalization for a "bronchitis-related" cough. He began using a wheelchair in recent years, and was also recently hospitalized after falling in his summer home and breaking a bone in his neck.

Bush has a form of Parkinson's disease and has been in the hospital for shortness of breath in the past, as well.

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Though immobile, Bush made a tandem parachute jump for his 90th birthday and led a wounded warrior fishing trip on his speedboat following his 92nd birthday celebration.

Bush and his wife, Barbara, recently announced that they would not attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration due to his health issues as well as his age. 

Bush's son, George W. Bush, is planning to attend the controversial inauguration of the 45th president.

"They are pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power -- a hallmark of American democracy -- and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice President Pence," a statement to CBS News read.

The younger Bush did not vote for president in November, opting to leave the field blank. His father reportedly voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, following reports that stated he was intending to do so. 

Bush Sr. is the only living former president who won't be attending the inauguration. Former President Jimmy Carter will be in attendance, as will Bill and wife Hillary. 

Sources: Daily Mail, NBC News, CBS News / Photo credit: Beverly/Flickr 

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