Fmr. President Bush still hospitalized, watching football

HOUSTON, TX- NOVEMBER 04: Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush shakes hands with Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 before the Houston Texans played against the Buffalo Bills on November 4, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Texans won 21 to 9.(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images) Thomas B. Shea

Former President George H.W. Bush remains in the care of Houston's Methodist Hospital, where he has been since November due to complications from bronchitis, but it sounds like he's at least having a little fun.

A memo from Bush's office today said in the last several days he "has taken great pride watching big football wins" by his home-state Texas A&M and the Houston Texans. "While no immediate timeline has been set for the President's discharge, the Bushes wish to thank everyone for their many kind messages."

The 88-year-old former president was released from the hospital's intensive care unit several days after Christmas due to an "improved" condition, after suffering from what a spokesman described as a "persistent" fever.

His chief of staff Jean Becker said at the time that Bush, who also has a form of Parkinson's disease, "has every intention of staying put," and advised well-wishers to "put the harps back in the closet."

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