GEORGE H W BUSH remained in intensive care last night even though he had rallied to pay tribute to his former wartime commander General 'Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf, who died in Florida at the age of 78.
Mourning the loss of Gen Schwarzkopf as "one of the great military leaders of his generation", the former president praised the man who led coalition forces in ejecting Saddam Hussein's troops from Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War.
"General Norm Schwarzkopf epitomised the 'duty, service, country' creed," he said.
Other tributes poured in for the Vietnam veteran who died on Thursday and whose nickname derived from his volcanic temper and can-do attitude. Troops knew him as 'the Bear'. "We have lost an American original," said US President Barack Obama.
Fears increased last weekend when Mr Bush developed a persistent fever.
However, in an email to the media and supporters, Jean Becker, his long-time chief of staff, wrote: "Is he sick? Yes. Does he plan on going anywhere soon? No. He would ask me to tell you to please put the harps back in the closet." (© Daily Telegraph, London)