President Barack Obama has called former New York City Mayor Ed Koch in the hospital to ask how he’s doin’. The 84-year-old Koch is currently in an intensive care unit at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital after having quadruple bypass surgery last week. The mayor’s former press secretary, George Arzt, says the president called on Wednesday afternoon and said “I’m just calling to tell you that you are in my thoughts and I’m sure you’ll be out soon.”Koch quipped that “as a result of this phone call I’m sure I’m getting a better room.”
Koch was the city’s mayor from 1978 to 1989 and was famed for asking residents “How’m I doin’?”
He is expected to stay in the hospital for at least another month.