He was re-elected in 1984, with Bush serving as his vice president for both terms.Bush finally reached the White House's top seat in 1989; he won the 1988 election against Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis, becoming the first sitting vice president to be elected president since 1837.In 2011, Bush was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.In November 2012, an 88-year-old Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital to be treated for a cough related to bronchitis.made many public appearances, frequently to speak in support of his son.In addition to being a proud and supportive father, he has lent his support to several political causes.That year, it also became known that Bush was suffering from lower-body parkinsonism, a disease that has confined him to a wheelchair.The former president seemed to be in good spirits the following July.
He served as a combat pilot in the war, flying carrier-based torpedo bomber aircraft and a total of 58 combat missions.
He had previously parachuted for his 80th and 85th birthdays.
In July 2015, the 91-year-old former president fell at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and broke a vertebrae in his neck.
His cough reportedly improved, but he remained hospitalized because of other health setbacks.
Bush developed a "persistent fever," according to an Associated Press report, prompting his move to an intensive care unit in December.