President Obama Sends Well Wishes to Barbara Bush

VIDEO: Bush family matriarch, 88, hospitalized for respiratory problems.

President Obama wished former first lady Barbara Bush, 88, a swift recovery today, after Bush was hospitalized in Houston, Texas yesterday.

Bush suffered from early signs of pneumonia.

"Michelle and I send our best wishes to Mrs. Bush for a speedy recovery," President Obama said in a statement from Hawaii where he and his family are on their winter vacation. "Barbara is blessed to have both a loving, supportive family by her side and a vibrant spirit that we hope will have her feeling better soon."

"I know I speak for Americans everywhere when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and her family on this New Year's Day," he added.

Well wishes also came earlier today from former President Bill Clinton who tweeted:

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