41 becomes 1st president to turn 94

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — George H.W. Bush enjoyed a relaxing birthday Tuesday as he became the first former U.S. president to turn 94.

The nation’s 41st president was receiving calls and taking it easy at his seaside home eight days after being released from a hospital where he was treated for low blood pressure, said Chief of Staff Jean Becker.

Bush’s office shared a letter from the president in which he said, “My heart is full on the first day of my 95th year.”

“As many of you know, for years I have said the three most important things in life are faith, family and friends. My faith has never been stronger,” the former president wrote in the letter.

Several of his children were in town, including former President George W. Bush, who posted a smiling photo of the two of them on Instagram.

“I’m a lucky man to be named for George Bush and to be with ’41’ on his 94th birthday,” wrote Bush, the nation’s 43rd president.

Bush became the oldest U.S. president months ago and is the first to celebrate a 94th birthday, said spokesman Jim McGrath.

Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter is to celebrate his 94th birthday Oct. 1.