Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush still hospitalized

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Former U.S. President
George H. W. Bush is continuing to recover at a Houston hospital
six weeks after being admitted for a bronchial infection, and it
was not clear when he would go home, his spokesman said on

"In recent days he has taken great pride watching big
football wins by Texas A&M and the Houston Texans," said the
spokesman, Jim McGrath, in a statement. "While no immediate
timeline has been set for the President's discharge, the Bushes
wish to thank everyone for their many kind messages."

Bush, 88, a Republican who during his one term in office led
a coalition that ejected Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, was
admitted to Methodist Hospital Nov. 23 for bronchitis. He was
transferred to intensive care in December after setbacks
including a persistent fever, McGrath has said. Later in
December, his condition improved enough for him to be moved to a
regular patient room, McGrath said at the time.

Bush has lower-body parkinsonism, which causes a loss of
balance, and has used wheelchairs for more than a year.

The 41st U.S. president, and father of former President
George W. Bush, served as a congressman, as ambassador to the
United Nations, as envoy to China, as CIA director and as vice
president for two terms under Ronald Reagan.

(Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)