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    Former US President Bush Undergoes Knee Surgery

    FILE - President George W. Bush lifts his bicycle before taking a mountain bike ride in Beltsville, Md.
    FILE - President George W. Bush lifts his bicycle before taking a mountain bike ride in Beltsville, Md.
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    Former U.S. President George W. Bush has undergone surgery for a partial replacement of his left knee, six weeks after having a similar procedure on his right knee, his spokesman said on Monday.

    The outpatient procedure was conducted on Saturday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago by Dr. Richard Berger of Midwest Orthopedics, who had worked on Bush's right knee in late May.

    Bush, who turned 68 a week ago, is an active mountain biker and golfer.

    Each spring, Bush hosts about 20 wounded soldiers on a three-day, 100-kilometer bike ride, part of the George W. Bush Institute's military service initiative.

    Wounded soldiers bike ride

    Bush first started the rides at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, four years ago.

    He has also taken up painting since returning to his home state of Texas after leaving the presidency in early 2009.

    “President and Mrs. Bush are on their way back to Dallas this morning,” said Bush spokesman Freddy Ford. “He's looking forward to getting back on his mountain bike in a few weeks.”

    President Bush swapped his running shoes - he suffered from runner's knee - for biking shoes in 2003.

    While president, most of his biking occurred at the Secret Service facility in Beltsville, Md., but he also squeezed in cycling trips to the Marine base at Quantico, Va., and Camp David in Maryland.

    Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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    by: Sunny Enwerem from: Lagos Nigeria
    July 14, 2014 2:20 PM
    Stay strong my dearest President! Hope to meet you someday I visit.
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    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
    July 15, 2014 2:16 AM
    What do you mean when you say "my dearest President"?... do you mean His Excellency Mr. President Goodluck Jonathan or the US's former clownish president G. W. Bush?

    by: Valentine from: Lagos
    July 14, 2014 2:07 PM
    I wish he was in power now, he would ve taught Russia, Iran, Iraq n Palestinian a clear lesson. He is a man of action. He understands Putin's politics n terrorism better than Obama.
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    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
    July 15, 2014 3:02 PM
    REMEMBER, meanbill, according to Washington Post, George W. Bush "LIED" and "FOOLED" his own people and the world the justifications of US's invasion and destruction of Iraq and stealing of billions of dollars of Iraq's oil money.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    July 14, 2014 8:08 PM
    US President George W. Bush "quote" said it; .. "The actions we take and the decisions we make in this decade, will have consequences far into the century.. If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy.. This will not happen on my watch" ...... And the whole world knew, what "the Decider" George W. Bush decisions were, and knew what his position was, and where he stood on any issue, guaranteed..... (Bush didn't worry about public opinion polls)...

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