Former President George H.W. Bush in June. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO hide caption toggle caption Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO The Two-Way Elder President Bush In Intensive Care December 27, 2012 The nation's 41st president, George H.W. Bush, has been in a Houston hospital since just after Thanksgiving. He went there for treatment of a persistent cough. Since then, he's developed a fever. Doctors are working to bring it down. Bush, 88, is said to be alert and bantering with his nurses.