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…
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German reports of his demise appear to be an exaggeration. In fact, former president George Bush Sr seems to be on the mend and has been moved from intensive care to a regular patient room, his spokesman has confirmed.
The news comes amid red faces at the respected German news weekly Der Spiegel, which mistakenly ran an online obituary for the 88-year-old, albeit only for a short period of time.
The unfinished obituary lasted just a few minutes on the website before it was taken down. In it, the magazine’s New York correspondent Marc Pitzke described Bush as a “colourless politician” whose image only improved when it was compared to the presidency of his son, George W Bush.
The magazine later tweeted its explanation of how the error had occurred.
“All newsrooms prepare obituaries for selected figures,” the magazine said on its Twitter feed, adding: “The fact that the one for Bush senior went live was a technical mistake. Sorry!”…