Former President George HW Bush wrote a personal note to President-elect Donald Trump explaining that he is under doctor’s orders to skip the inauguration ceremony.
Mr Bush, 92, says he cannot brave the cool January weather given his current health condition.
“My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under,” the 41st President wrote. “So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”
Spokesperson for Mr Bush, Jim McGrath, confirmed the authenticity of the letter on Twitter.
Mr Bush had been admitted to a Houston hospital prior to the release of the letter. Former First Lady Barbara Bush was later admitted to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
“Shortly after our previous report on President Bush’s condition, he was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airways that required sedation,” a spokesperson said.
“Barbara Bush was admitted to the same hospital Wednesday morning as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.”
Please take sometime to pray for President Bush!