Former President George H.W. Bush, and his wife former first lady Barbara Bush, arrive for the premiere of HBO's new documentary on his life near the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine,June 12, 2012.
Former President George H.W. Bush, and his wife former first lady Barbara Bush, arrive for the premiere of HBO’s new documentary on his life near the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine,June 12, 2012.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been moved to an intensive care unit at a hospital in Houston, Texas.

The former president, 88, was admitted to the hospital last month suffering from bronchitis.  His spokesman says Bush was moved to the intensive care unit Sunday after a “series of setbacks,” including a persistent fever.  The spokesman says Bush continues to be alert and that doctors are “cautiously optimistic” about his treatment.

The former president’s wife, Barbara, and a son and grandson spent Christmas Day with  Bush.

Bush served as the 41st U.S. president from 1989 to 1993.  The highlight of his presidency was the international coalition he assembled that drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait in 1991.

Bush also served as a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, ambassador to China and director of the CIA.  He was vice president from 1981 to 1989 under the late President Ronald Reagan.

His sons include the 43rd president, George W. Bush, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

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