Entries in George H.W. Bush (3)


Former President George H.W. Bush Serenaded by Oak Ridge Boys 

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former President George H.W. Bush, who has been hospitalized for a month, got a “real shot in the arm” from being serenaded over the phone Friday by country music superstars the Oak Ridge Boys, spokesman Jim McGrath said.

“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 hear 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,” McGrath 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 had been moved to the intensive care unit and placed on a liquids-only diet on Dec. 23 after a “series of setbacks” including a persistent fever, McGrath said. He was moved out of the intensive care unit and into a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital on Saturday.

Two days after Christmas, Bush’s chief of staff Jean Becker sent an email to family and friends saying the octogenarian former commander-in-chief had no plans to go anywhere soon, and to tell everyone to “put the harps back in the closet.”

The 88-year-old former chief executive was admitted to Houston’s Methodist Hospital on Nov. 23, suffering from a lingering cough related to bronchitis.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Will Family Drama Reign at Lauren Bush, David Lauren's Wedding?

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Britain's royal wedding was a must-not-miss event. But it seems its American equivalent (not the reality TV one) may not carry quite the same cache.

Lauren Bush, the model, philanthropist, granddaughter and niece of former presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush, will wed David Lauren, the son of fashion mogul Ralph Lauren, at the elder Lauren's Colorado ranch on Sunday. But her presidential forefathers may not be in attendance.

A spokesman for George H.W. and Barbara Bush told ABC News the couple will be unable to go because the ranch's high altitude could pose a threat to their health. A spokesman for George W. Bush declined to comment on his private schedule.

Elevation may not be the Bush's only concern about the wedding.

Sharon Bush, Lauren's mother, endured a very public divorce with George W.'s brother, Neil Bush, in 2003 after 23 years of marriage. The divorce proceedings brought forth a bevy of details about the couple that were disclosed publicly and didn't exactly help the family's reputation. Among them: He engaged in extramarital affairs with multiple female escorts during business trips in Thailand and Hong Kong, he contracted herpes from one of these encounters, and she extracted his hair to either place a voodoo curse on him or administer a drug test, depending on whose testimony you believe.

A contentious settlement followed, and Neil Bush quickly got remarried to Maria Andrews, a former volunteer in Barbara Bush's office. He and Sharon Bush will attend Sunday's wedding; she'll reportedly be escorted by Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia.

But there'll be plenty happening at the wedding to distract guests from potential family drama. Like... a rodeo.

Yes, though they may be high-society scions, the bride and groom to be aren't afraid to get down and dirty. According to the New York Post, the elder Lauren and his wife have planned a rodeo for Monday, the day after the wedding, in Telluride, Colo. Guests will also hit the field for a softball game on Saturday. Teepees, cabins and a saloon at the 17,000-acre Rocky Mountain ranch, which has been dubbed Double RL by the designer and was featured on Oprah, will no doubt fuel the fun as well.

As for the question on many inquiring minds: Once married, the bride will likely not be known as Lauren Lauren.

"I think it will be Lauren Bush-Lauren," she said in the April issue of Harper's Bazaar. "That's not final, but I think it's nice to have the same name as your husband. I am sort of old-fashioned in that way."

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Stars to Honor President George H.W. Bush Monday Night

White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Reba, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood have signed on to perform at an event in Washington, D.C. Monday night honoring former President George H.W. Bush.

The concert will recognize Bush's leadership in promoting service and volunteerism in America through his Points of Light campaign.  It will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Cee-Lo Green, Sam Moore and Sheryl Crow will also perform, and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are expected to attend.

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