Former President George H.W. Bush wrote a note to President-elect Donald Trump explaining why he won't attend the inauguration on Friday, saying that his doctor told him that sitting outside in January "will likely put me six feet under."
"Barbara and I are so sorry we can't be there for your inauguration on January 20," Bush wrote. "My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we're stuck in Texas."
The former president wished Trump "the very best," and said he'd be with Trump and the country "in spirit."
Bush was hospitalized in Houston on Saturday for shortness of breath but is expected to make a full recovery.
George H.W. Bush sent letter to Trump on Jan. 10 stating he couldn't attend Inauguration: "We will be with you and the country in spirit." pic.twitter.com/zcoieQJmP6
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