The Oaks pose with President Bush and wife Barbara earlier this year at the Bushes' home in Maine.
Is there a better tonic for the spirits than The Oak Ridge Boys' classic "Elvira"? Case in point: on Friday (Dec. 28), Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban made a phone call to their ailing friend, President George Herbert Walker Bush, to give him some special "oom pop a mau mau" therapy.
Former first lady Barbara Bush actually made the request of the Oaks, who were closely monitoring President Bush's health reports following his hospitalization in November. The group members were on holiday vacation when the request came in, but Duane rounded them all up to meet at their office for the serenade.
"We called the president and sang for him," said Duane in a statement. "He asked to hear 'Elvira,' so we sang that for him, and then we sang one verse of 'Amazing Grace.'”
The president's team clearly appreciated the gesture, and his health has been improving over the last few days. He has been moved out of intensive care at Methodist Hospital in Houston, and was in good spirits when the Oaks called.
"Words cannot properly express how much The Oaks' special performance meant to the President and the Bush family," reads a statement from President Bush's office. "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."
William Lee summed up the group's feelings, saying, "[My wife] Brenda and I consider President George H.W. Bush, Barbara and their entire family some of our most treasured friends. My partners and I were so honored to help lift spirits by singing yesterday over the phone to him and his family. We wish him speedy recovery."