Social media neophyte and 41st President George H.W. Bush had the Twittersphere buzzing Thursday, appearing to post a gossipy "subtweet" while passing along wife Barbara's thanks for get-well messages from presidents Clinton and Obama.
The 88-year-old former first lady was admitted Monday
to Methodist Hospital at Texas Medical Center for treatment of respiratory problems.
The ex-president tweeted:
The 89-year-old Bush just joined Twitter last month,
and has only posted three tweets, Business Insider noted.
But the reaction to his latest post had users guessing about the gossip possibilities, including the omission from the tweet of the couple's son and 43rd president George W. Bush.
And Twitter user Andy Cobb marveled:
User Aiden Pink suggested, however, the sly 'diss' might have been aimed at Jimmy Carter.
None of the above, The Wire commented.
"H.W. was probably referring to the fact that Barbara isn't always keen on listening to advice from her husband," it noted. "But she took the advice of Clinton and Obama, which was to get well. ... Joke (probably!) explained..."
Spokesman Jim McGrath told the Los Angeles Times
Barbara Bush was "still doing great, still in great spirits. We have not heard any plans for discharge just yet — we're still in a wait-and-see mode."
"She's keen to get home to her dogs and her husband — and not in that order," he said.
"When I talk to her, she sounds like she's 100 percent."
McGrath said the former first lady appreciates the good wishes, but "doesn't want anybody to make a fuss — that's Barbara Bush."
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