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George Bush Sr acts as witness at same-sex wedding

Former US President George Bush Sr has served as an official witness at the same-sex marriage of two long-term friends.

Helen Thorgalsen, who married her partner Bonnie Clement, posted a picture on Facebook of Bush Sr signing some documents with the comment: "Getting our marriage licence witnessed!"

Former President George Bush Sr signs the couple's marriage documents.
Former President George Bush Sr signs the couple's marriage documents. Credit: Facebook/Helen Thorgalsen

Ms Clement told The Washington Post they have known the former president and his wife Barbara for years and they are "blessed to be in their lives".

The couple were married in Maine, which legalised same-sex marriage in December last year.

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George Bush Sr 'watching American football in hospital'

George Bush Sr is still recovering in hospital and is likely to remain there for the foreseeable future, his office has said in a statement:

President Bush's recovery is continuing at The Methodist Hospital, where in recent days he has taken great pride watching big football wins by Texas A&M and the Houston Texans.

While no immediate timeline has been set for the President's discharge, the Bushes wish to thank everyone for their many kind messages.

George Bush Sr out of intensive care

Former President George Bush Sr's condition has improved enough for him to be moved out of the intensive care unit and into a regular patient room at the Houston hospital where he has been receiving treatment, a spokesman has confirmed.

Bush, 88, entered the Methodist Hospital on 23rd November with bronchitis. He was sent to intensive care last Sunday after setbacks including a persistent fever.

"The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes," said a statement from the former president's spokesman.

George Bush Snr likely to remain in hospital for 'a while'

The chief of staff at the hospital where George Bush Snr is being treated has said that the former US president is likely to remain in hospital for "a while".

"He is 88 years old, he had a terrible case of bronchitis which then triggered a series of complications," Jean Becker wrote in a statement.

"Is he sick? Yes. Does he plan on going anywhere soon? No. He has every intention of staying put.

"He would ask me to tell you to please 'put the harps back in the closet,'" she added.

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George Bush Snr in 'guarded condition' after 'setbacks'

The spokesman for the Bush family, Jim McGrath, released this statement on Wednesday:

The president is alert and conversing with medical staff, and is surrounded by family.

Following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever, President Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital on Sunday where he remains in guarded condition.

Doctors at Methodist continue to be cautiously optimistic about the current course of treatment.

– Bush family spokesman

Ex-President Bush on liquids-only diet as fever worsens

George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush, pictured here with his son and fellow former president George W. Bush, in June. Credit: Reuters

Former US President George HW Bush's fever has worsened with doctors putting him on a liquids-only diet, a spokesman for his hospital in Texas has confirmed.

But Jim McGrath said doctors were "cautiously optimistic" about the course of treatment he is on.

Mr McGrath, who was quoted by the Associated Press, said doctors still do not know what is causing the 88-year-old's "stubborn" fever, despite treating it with Tylenol.

Mr Bush was brought to the Houston hospital for the bronchitis-like cough on November 23.

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