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Bush undergoes surgery to clear blocked artery

Former US President George W. Bush underwent surgery Tuesday to clear a blocked artery in his heart but plans to resume his normal schedule this week, his office said. Doctors detected the problem during a routine check-up on Monday on the 67-year-old ex-president and successfully implanted a device called a stent to unblock his artery in an operation carried out in Texas, the office said. "President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday," the office said in a statement.

Ex-President George W. Bush stent implanted for blocked heart artery

By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George W. Bush underwent successful surgery at a Dallas hospital on Tuesday to place a stent in a blocked heart artery. Doctors discovered the blockage on Monday during Bush's annual physical at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, according to a statement from spokesman Freddy Ford. They recommended a stent to open the blockage, and Bush, 67, underwent surgery on Tuesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, the statement said.

George W. Bush undergoes heart surgery

Washington, Aug 6 (EFE).- Former U.S. President George W. Bush is hospitalized in Dallas after successfully undergoing heart surgery on Tuesday to clear an artery, his spokesman said. "At the recommendation of his doctors, President Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage," Freddy Ford said. "The procedure was performed successfully this morning, without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital," the spokesman said in a statement. Bush, 67, is "in high spirits" and eager get home, Ford said.

George W. Bush peeks out from self-imposed exile; pushes for immigration reform

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Bush says US leaker 'damaged' national security

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Iraq lurks at Bush's Texas-sized party

Something was unmentionable in polite company gathered to dedicate George W. Bush's presidential library here Thursday: the words "Iraq war." But memories of the US invasion in 2003 lingered anyway, like an uninvited guest, as living US presidents came to Dallas to honor one of their own. The gathering of the powerful clan was hardly the place to reargue one of the most divisive issues yet in 21st century US politics. But the silence was notable nonetheless, because the Iraq war may be the defining political moment for presidents Bush and Barack Obama.

Obama, ex-presidents praise 'resolute' Bush

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Obama, former presidents rally around George W. Bush as library opens

By Steve Holland DALLAS (Reuters) - George W. Bush basked in warm praise from President Barack Obama and three fellow former U.S. presidents on Thursday as Bush's library was dedicated in a ceremony that emphasized his resolute response to terrorism while skirting controversies such as his decision to invade Iraq.

Obama invokes Bush to push immigration overhaul

US President Barack Obama on Thursday enlisted George W. Bush in his drive for an immigration overhaul, saying the Republican's failed effort to tackle the issue had paved the way for reform. The fast-shifting politics of today intruded on misty rememberances of yesteryear when Obama introduced the current debate over bringing 11 million illegal immigrants out of the shadows at Bush's library dedication.

Obama, ex-presidents honor Bush at new museum

President Barack Obama lauded George W. Bush Thursday as a leader of "incredible strength and resolve" who faced a storm of terrorism head on, at the opening of his predecessor's library. In a rare gathering of all living US presidents, partisan divides were hinted at but put aside, as Bush was painted as a man of courage and compassion, in front of a building meant to shore up his place in history.
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