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  • Associated Press In this photo provided by the Office of George W. Bush, former U.S. presidents George H.W. Bush and his son pose for a photo.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:00 am

Bush first president to reach 94 years old

Associated Press

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

The 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 former 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,” he wrote.

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.

Another son, Neil Bush, called in a newspaper opinion piece for people to volunteer and “to become a point of light.”

As president, Bush encouraged others to be “points of light,” reflecting his belief that people need to help out in their communities.

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 isn't far behind, at 93, and he'll celebrate his 94th on Oct. 1. Two other former U.S. presidents made it to 93: deceased Republicans Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.