Former President George H.W. Bush: "Best wishes" to Obamas

Former President George H.W. Bush.

Former President George H.W. Bush didn't make it to President Obama's second inauguration today, but the famously polite president didn't forget Mr. Obama: In a statement released this afternoon, Bush and his wife Barbara passed good tidings along to the family.

"Barbara and I send President and Mrs. Obama -- and their wonderful girls -- our best wishes and prayers on this historic day," Bush said in a statement. "May Almighty God bless them and our wonderful country over the next four years."

Bush was recently released from the hospital, where he was treated extensively for a lingering bronchial condition.

His son, George W. Bush, also sat out Mr. Obama's inauguration. Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter -- both Democrats -- did attend.