George H.W. Bush, wife, to miss GOP convention
HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, will skip the Republican National Convention next month in Tampa because of health reasons, a Bush spokesman said on Tuesday.
The spokesman, Jim McGrath, said it will be the first time since 1976, when Bush was director of the CIA and refrained from partisan activities, that he won't attend the Republican Party gathering. Bush and his wife have endorsed Mitt Romney.
The 88-year-old Bush has a form of Parkinson's disease that afflicts his legs. He now gets around using a wheelchair or motorized scooter.
McGrath said the situation surrounding Bush's mobility will keep the couple from attending the August convention.