Since so many of you have expressed interest in seeing the following email distributed this morning by 41’s chief of staff Jean Becker, I am pasting it below:

Someday President George H.W. Bush might realize how beloved he is, but of course one of the reasons why he is so beloved is because he has no idea.

Most of the civilized world emailed/called/texted yesterday after we released this statement to the media:

December 26, 2012


HOUSTON — Following is a statement by Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath.

“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. The President is alert and conversing with medical staff, and is surrounded by family.”

We had been resisting putting out a statement for a couple of reasons: 1) Out of respect for President Bush and the Bush family who, like most of us, prefer to deal with health issues in privacy; and 2) because he is so beloved we knew everyone would overreact.

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