Due to lack of McDonalds and gas stations in the area, former President George Bush.....
...... noshed on Chinese food with his wife and a few family members as he spent Christmas in a Houston hospital, where setbacks following a persistent cough have kept him from going home.
Bush, 88, remains in stable condition at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, spokesman Jim McGrath said Tuesday, adding that it is unclear when the 41st president might be released.
Doctors had expected Bush to be home in time for the holiday. But he felt weak recently and developed a fever.
"They're taking it one day at a time right now," McGrath said. "The doctors are cautiously optimistic that they have his current issues in hand. But they need to see more improvement before they start thinking about discharge."
On the holiday, Bush was visited by his wife, Barbara, his son Neil, Neil's wife, Maria, and his grandson Pierce. They brought Chinese food from Gigi's Asian Bistro in the Galleria area. Two of Bush's other sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, weren't at his bedside on Christmas, but both have visited him during his hospital stay and are planning to come again soon, McGrath said.