Former President George H.W. Bush , who’s been hospitalized for over a month in Houston while suffering from a lingering cough related to bronchitis, recently got a “real shot in the arm” from being serenaded over the phone by the Oak Ridge Boys .
“ Barbara Bush requested that we call the president and sing to him! All of the Oak Ridge Boys are on vacation, but we all headed to our office upon hearing of this request,” said a statement from singer Duane Allen .
“We asked what song he would like to hear and he said ‘Elvira’ so we blasted some oom pop a mau mau’s in the direction of Houston, Texas,” Allen said.
“I love him like a father, he’s always treated the Oak Ridge Boys like family,” Allen said in an interview with ABC News Radio from Nashville. “It was great to cheer him up and he’s such a dear friend and it made us feel good that he would even want to her us sing.”
After “Elvira”, the band finished up with a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
“Words cannot properly express how much The Oaks’ special performance meant to the president and the Bush family,” Jim McGrath, a spokesperson for the 88-year-old Bush, said in a statement. “This friendship goes back many years, and what happened yesterday gave the president a real shot in the arm as he, thankfully, continues to improve.”
Bush was moved out of the intensive care unit and into a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital on Saturday.
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