January 17, 2013 |
President Obama begins his second term with a job approval rating higher than it was for much of the last two years but still well below that of most other presidents who have won reelection. A new Pew Research Center opinion survey, released Thursday, found that 52% of the public approves of the job Obama is doing. A little over a year ago, his approval rating had fallen to a low point of 44%, the independent polling outfit noted. But Obama's rating still lags when compared with all but one of the last seven presidents who won another term. Bill Clinton, the last reelected Democrat, launched his second term with a 59% approval rating. He concluded it at 61%, despite having been impeached along the way. Ronald Reagan was at 62% when he took the oath of office for the second time in 1985.
January 14, 2013 |
George H.W. Bush, the nation's oldest former president, was released on Monday from a Texas hospital after nearly two months of treatment, his spokesman announced. Bush, 88, was released from Methodist Hospital in Houston after being treated for bronchitis, a bacterial infection and a persistent cough, spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement emailed to reporters. Over the weekend, the family said that Bush would be released shortly after receiving final clearance from doctors. “Mr.
January 14, 2013 |
George H.W. Bush, the nation's oldest former president, could be released this week from a Texas hospital after nearly two months of treatment, according to a family spokesman. Bush, 88, could be released from Methodist Hospital in Houston, if doctors give him the final approval, spokesman Jim McGrath said in an email to reporters. “We are hopeful that the president can be discharged this coming week, but we're still taking everything one day at a time,” McGrath said. If Bush is released, it is unclear whether he will return to his Houston home or be sent to a rehabilitation facility.
December 29, 2012 |
Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved out of intensive care at a Houston hospital after his condition improved, a family spokesman said Saturday. Bush, the oldest surviving president at 88, is now in a regular patient room at Methodist Hospital, where he will continue his recovery, the spokesman said. “The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. Bush was admitted to the Houston hospital Nov. 23 suffering from a bronchial cough . McGrath said earlier this week that a series of setbacks, including a persistent fever, caused doctors to move Bush into the intensive care unit Sunday.
December 27, 2012 |
Hospital officials on Thursday declined to provide any update regarding former President George H.W. Bush's condition, citing a desire by the family for privacy. Bush, 88, was in the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital in Houston, a hospital spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday night. Hospital spokesman David Bricker would not say whether Bush was still in the intensive care unit Thursday. When the family decides that “events warrant” an update, a family spokesperson or the hospital will release more information, Bricker said.
December 27, 2012 |
Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital Sunday, a spokesman announced Wednesday. There aren't a lot of details, but the former president, who is 88, originally went to Methodist Hospital on Nov. 23 with a lingering cough. That improved, but he remained in the hospital over Christmas and was admitted to the ICU after setbacks that included a persistent and rising fever . We spoke with Dr. Kent Shoji, emergency room physician at Marina Del Rey Hospital in Marina del Rey - who isn't involved in the former president's care - about the various causes of lingering fevers.
December 24, 2012
HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush will spend Christmas in a Houston hospital after developing a fever and weakness following a monthlong, bronchitis-like cough, his spokesman said Monday. A hospital spokesman had said the 88-year-old ex-president would be released in time to spend the holiday at home, but that changed after Bush developed a fever. "He's had a few setbacks. Late last week, he had a few low-energy days followed by a low-grade fever," said Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman.
December 8, 2012
Re "Let's take the plunge," Opinion, Dec. 5 Jack Shakely misrepresents the effects of George W. Bush's tax cuts by choosing a questionable ending date for his analysis. His starting point was the date of tax-cut implementation, 2003, and his ending date was late 2012, a period that included the Great Recession that began in 2007. Had Shakely looked at the effects of the tax cuts between 2003 and 2008, he would have found that this period was characterized mostly by economic growth, increases in tax revenue and decreasing budget deficits.