Video – The Oak Ridge Boys sing for George H.W. Bush

posted at 5:01 pm on December 30, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

As we inch our way toward closing out the year here at good ole’ Hot Gas, rather than yet another depressing tale of fiscal cliffs and gun grabbing, something a little nicer to hopefully brighten your day. As we’ve mentioned here before, former President George H.W. Bush has been under the weather, battling some health issues in the Intensive Care Unit until just this weekend. Bush 41 is a long time fan of the Oak Ridge Boys… a fact that his wife hasn’t forgotten.

The Oak Ridge Boys, the gospel-turned-country crooners who had their heyday in the mid-1970s and early 1980s, gave the hospitalized former President George H.W. Bush “a real shot in the arm” on Friday.

“That is great,” Bush can be heard saying in a recording provided by the group after their rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Former first lady Barbara Bush called the band Friday to request a special performance, the group said, which they gladly provided by phone from their offices. The former president, 88, has been hospitalized in Houston for over a month, initially for bronchitis and a lingering cough. He was moved out of an intensive care ward to a standard patient room on Saturday, his spokesman said, after receiving the upgraded attention to treat a fever.

Band member Joe Bonsall said, “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.”

We didn’t get the recording of their singing Elvira, sadly, but their rendition of Amazing Grace is, if anything, even more poignant. Music has the power to sooth, and perhaps heal, so I’m sure it’s helping Bush on the road to recovery. Enjoy the video below.

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…sing it baby!

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 5:02 PM

…3 Bishops in a day!…one a day is enough…I’m retired for the day!

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM

…what’s up with the Vikings?…Green Bay?

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 5:05 PM

….wonder what song JugEars would like to hear under the same circumstances?

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Awesome. Get well Mr. President.

gophergirl on December 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM

…wonder what Mooch would like to hear?
…Beach Boys?

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 5:07 PM

gophergirl on December 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM

…you have a LUCKY Vikings sweatshirt on?

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Best wishes for a full recovery, Mr.President.

JPeterman on December 30, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Contrast this with the current occupant in the WH. Guess he’d be wanting to hear p-diddy or some other gangsta music don’t you know….

sandee on December 30, 2012 at 5:23 PM

We didn’t get the recording of their singing Elvira, sadly, but their rendition of Amazing Grace is, if anything, even more poignant.

Thanks for something lighter- particularly here in DC where things are glum and will be even more dismal if the Redskins lose tonight.

As an aside, I actually heard the Oak Ridge Boys singing Elvira at the 1981 Boy Scout Jamboree. Same timeframe when the union PATCO decided they didn’t have to stay on the job. Ronald Reagan fired the 11,345 striking air traffic controllers who had ignored the order to return to work and banned them from federal service for life. That’s the kind of leadership we need out of the House GOP at this time. And what do we have instead? John effing Boehner.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Jeb’s mom says he is really really bright. Like a forty watt bulb compared to a twenty.

BL@KBIRD on December 30, 2012 at 5:28 PM

That’s the kind of leadership we need out of the House GOP at this time. And what do we have instead? John effing Boehner.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Leadership? We don need no steenking House leadership; because:

Americans elected President Obama to lead, … .

http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/boehner-president-obama-should-lead-not-cast-blame

davidk on December 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Current ‘Amerikan’

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

….wonder what song JugEars would like to hear under the same circumstances?

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yDrtNEr_5M

Solaratov on December 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Solaratov on December 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Hah, superb…you are a good one!

“…motherland, home of the free” heh

великолепный

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2012 at 6:08 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yDrtNEr_5M

Solaratov on December 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

…I think I saw Mooch with a hardhat on… at the 1:04 mark of that clip!
(pssst…just trying to be racist…to ignite a troll!)

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM

who knew the oak ridge boys were rino’s?

renalin on December 30, 2012 at 6:58 PM

As an aside, I actually heard the Oak Ridge Boys singing Elvira at the 1981 Boy Scout Jamboree.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Them and Charlie Daniels and the Air Force Silent Drill Team are the ones I remember! Good times!

GWB on December 30, 2012 at 7:38 PM

This was pleasant to read this evening, and a welcome change of pace. Thanks for posting, Jazz.

Music has the power to sooth, and perhaps heal,

As a musician by trade, I’m a firm believer in this. However, I am supremely annoyed when people spell “soothe” incorrectly. “Sooth” and “soothe” are two different words.

pianomomma on December 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM