Support pours in for George H. W. Bush after Super Bowl appearance

Former President George H. W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush kicked off Super Bowl LI in their hometown of Houston, Texas on Sunday -- spurring a wave of bipartisan support.

The former first couple helped with the coin toss, with the former president flipping tails. The former president shook hands with members of both teams after the flip.

It was the first high-profile public appearance the duo had made since a recent hospital stay.

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So happy to see President George H.W. Bush & Mrs. Bush looking so healthy & strong #SuperBowl
It's a great honor to visit with Former President @GeorgeHWBush & Barbara Bush. Their service to our nation 🇺🇸 is a… https://t.co/oVJOC5nhXk
President George H.W. Bush such a honorable and decent man. Wonderful moment at #SuperBowl
Strong coin toss to kick off the big game, Dad! @GeorgeHWBush https://t.co/GVsp8zgM3f
Wonderful to see @GeorgeHWBush and Barbara at the #SuperBowl healthy and well. Grateful for their service to our co… https://t.co/aPVK1AOLH2
Hard to put into words seeing @GeorgeHWBush & Barbara Bush at the #SuperBowl right now 🐘🇺🇸 https://t.co/m5XKgJV6B2
Great to see President & Mrs. George HW Bush able to be at #SuperBowl 51!
Nobody has ever loved George Bush more. #Superbowl
Great to see President Bush & Vice-President Pence at the Super Bowl. #SuperBowl #SB51 #txlege @MikePenceVP https://t.co/f7AqQP1BRg
Best part of the #SuperBowl is seeing that George and Barbara Bush are out of the hospital. #41
You both looked fabulous out there @GeorgeHWBush!!! 👏🏼👏🏼 #SuperBowl https://t.co/LIsR5hHcaF
President @GeorgeHWBush and Barbara brought a few tears on our bus!! We so love them... 🇺🇸#cointoss #Superbowl
Thunderous welcome for @GeorgeHWBush and Barbara Bush at #SuperBowl. @NBCDFW https://t.co/VqOM4h7RIj
In what will be without a doubt the greatest moment of the game @GeorgeHWBush coin toss. A great & loyal man. #SuperBowl
Watching George Bush do the coin toss brings tears to my eyes. Such a wonderful man. #SuperBowl
My absolute favorites @GeorgeHWBush and #BarbaraBush! #SuperBowl you now have me in tears! They make me #ProudToBeAnAmerican!
Love this! The crowd goes wild for @GeorgeHWBush and Barbara Bush and the coin toss! #SuperBowl on @FOX2News https://t.co/spmBUBBUWc
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The former president was treated for pneumonia in the intensive-care unit in January, while former first lady Barbara Bush was treated for bronchitis at the same hospital. The illness forced the couple to skip President Donald Trump's inauguration, which the 41st president instead watched from his hospital bed.

Chelsea Clinton tweeted her support for the duo, saying she was "so happy to see President George H.W. Bush & Mrs. Bush looking so healthy & strong."

Florida Senator Marco Rubio also expressed his support, tweeting, "President George H.W. Bush such a honorable and decent man. Wonderful moment at."

SEE MORE: George W. Bush adorably struggles with his poncho at the inauguration

Following the NFL's announcement that Bush would be participating in the coin toss on Tuesday, Bush tweeted that he was "fired up" for Sunday.

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Super Bowl I

Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10

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Super Bowl II

Green Bay Packers 33, Oakland Raiders 14

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Super Bowl III

New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7

(Photo by Fred Roe/Getty Images)

Super Bowl IV

Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7

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Super Bowl V

Baltimore Colts 16, Dallas Cowboys 13

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Super Bowl VI

Dallas Cowboys 24, Miami Dolphins 3

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Super Bowl VII

Miami Dolphins 14, Washington Redskins 7

(Photo by Nate Fine/Getty Images)

Super Bowl VIII

Miami Dolphins 24, Minnesota Vikings 7

(Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl IX

Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6

(Photo by Sylvia Allen/Getty Images)

Super Bowl X

Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XI

Oakland Raiders 32, Minnesota Vikings 14

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XII

Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XIII

Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XIV

Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19

(Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XV

Oakland Raiders 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10

(Photo by Sylvia Allen/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XVI

San Francisco 49ers 26, Cincinnati Bengals 21

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XVII

Washington Redskins 21, Miami Dolphins 17

(Photo by Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Super Bowl XVIII

Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9

(Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XIX

San Francisco 49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16

(Photo by Icon Sportswire)

Super Bowl XX

Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXI

New York Giants 39, Denver Broncos 20

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXII

Washington Redskins 42, Denver Broncos 10

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXIII

San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16

(Photo by Rich Pilling/Sporting News via Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXIV

San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10

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Super Bowl XXV

New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19

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Super Bowl XXVI

Washington Redskins 37, Buffalo Bills 24

(Photo by Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXVII

Dallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17

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Super Bowl XXVIII

Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13

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Super Bowl XXIX

San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26

(Photo by Colin Braley / Reuters)

Super Bowl XXX

Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXXI

Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXXII 

Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXXIII

Denver Broncos 34, Atlanta Falcons 19

(Photo By Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXXIV

St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee Titans 16

(Photo via Reuters)

Super Bowl XXXV

Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7

(Photo credit PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XXXVI

New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17

(Photo via REUTERS/Adrees Latiff GAC/HB)

Super Bowl XXXVII

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48, Oakland Raiders 21

(Photo via REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme GAC/HB)

Super Bowl XXXVIII

New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29

(Photo via REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

Super Bowl XXXIX

New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21

(Photo via REUTERS/Mike Segar MR/SV)

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter kisses the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in the NFL's Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Michigan February 5, 2006.

(Photo via REUTERS/Shaun Best)

Super Bowl XLI

Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17

(Photo via REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Super Bowl XLII

New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14

(Photo via REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

Super Bowl XLIII

Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 23

(Photo via REUTERS/Shaun Best)

Super Bowl XLIV

New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

Super Bowl XLV

Green Bay Packers 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 25

(Photo via REUTERS/Mike Stone)

Super Bowl XLVI

New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17

(Photo via REUTERS/Brent Smith)

Super Bowl XLVII

Baltimore Ravens 34, San Francisco 49ers 31

(Photo via REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

Super Bowl XLVIII

Seattle Seahawks 43, Denver Broncos 8

(Photo via REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

Super Bowl XLIX

New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24

(Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

Super Bowl 50

Denver Broncos 24, Carolina Panthers 10

(Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

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