Former US presidents hold concert benefiting hurricane relief efforts

by Garry Watts October 25, 2017, 0:16
Former US presidents hold concert benefiting hurricane relief efforts

While his tweet garnered 73,000 "likes" and a ton of appreciative responses, it was former US President Barack Obama's response that really took the cake. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush came together for the "Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal" concert at Texas A&M University's Reed Arena in College Station to raise money for relief efforts from the recent hurricane devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S.

President Donald Trump praised the five living former presidents Saturday night during a hurricane relief concert in Texas.

His video statement was shown at Saturday's fund-raising concert.

Grammy award victor Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the concert.

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"With damage estimates from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria topping $300 billion and requiring months and years of rebuilding ahead, we hope this strong start to the One America Appeal is just that - a start", said David Jones, CEO of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation in the press release. "This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and devotion to one another", he said.

"The heart of America, without regard to race or religion or political party, is greater than our problems", Clinton said. Clinton and George W. Bush combined to seek donations after Haiti's 2011 quake.

The event was originally aimed at raising funds for victims of hurricane Harvey, which hit the Texas Gulf Coast on August 25 and killed more than 80 people.

Having so much ex-presidential power in one place is unusual. In it, George W. Bush says, "People are hurting down here". While Clinton was talking about the enduring disaster in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the younger Bush leaned over to Obama, making him laugh.

A website accepting donations, OneAmericaAppeal.org, was created with 100 percent of proceeds pledged to hurricane relief.


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