While the country mourns the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, John Rich recalls receiving a voicemail years ago from him. The singer shared a voicemail from the late President on his Instagram following his death.
While on TODAY, Rich explained that the late President was returning his previous call where he sang a song he wrote called “The Good Lord and The Man.” Rich penned the song for his grandfather, who was a World War II veteran. It was featured on his third solo album, Son of a Preacher Man.
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“The President had heard about the song so for his birthday I called and I left it on his voicemail and sang the whole song,” John recalls. “I played phone tag with the President. I’m almost glad I missed the call because now I have that.”
In the voicemail, Bush thanks John for his voicemail and admits that he’s about to parachute out of a plane.
“John, this is George Bush. We’re setting up in Maine. The beautiful one just gave me this message for me, a song. I’m very touched by it. I love your music and I love this song particularly so you’re guaranteeing me a happy 85th birthday,” he says. “[I’m] making a quick parachute jump providing the weather clears up. It’s messy up here. Wishing you were here but thank you for this sweet message.”
The late President will be laid to rest Thursday in Texas.