Update: Barbara Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, after the publication of this article. CR extends condolences to the Bush family.
Amid news that former first lady Barbara Bush is in “failing health,” CBS news mistakenly published her obituary. But reports of the Bush matriarch’s demise are greatly exaggerated.
Here’s how she’s actually doing:
A source close to the Bush family tells CBS News' Jenna Gibson that, while Mrs. Bush's COPD makes it difficult for her to breathe, she is alert and was having conversations last night. She was also having a bourbon.
— Katie Watson (@kathrynw5) April 17, 2018
On Monday, the Bush family announced that Mrs. Bush would not seek further medical treatment and has instead decided to seek “comfort care” as her health fails. Bush has been hospitalized several times over recent years as she struggled with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
According to Bush’s granddaughter, “Today” host Jenna Bush Hager, she is in “great spirits” as she rests with family members.
“She’s a fighter. She’s an enforcer,” Bush Hager said Monday. “We’re grateful for her, for everybody’s prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she’s in it.”
Barbara Bush is spending her time surrounded by people she loves, drinking bourbon, and we love her for that. Cheers, Mrs. Bush.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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