George HW Bush releases 1st post-hospital photo

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 12:03 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush appears to be back to his normal duties as a former president since his lengthy stay in a Texas hospital.

Bush had lunch Thursday with his longtime friend, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, at his presidential library at Texas A&M University. Bush's office announced the meeting and released the first photo of a Bush since he left a Houston hospital in January.

Bush was hospitalized for two months as he underwent treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues. At age 88, he's the oldest living former president.

The photo shows a healthy-looking Bush seated in a chair with his wife, Barbara, and Mulroney, along with a mutual friend and prominent Republican supporter, Jose "Pepe" Fanjul. The Cuban-born sugar executive lives in Florida.

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