All Living Former Presidents Unite For Hurricane Benefit
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton all gathered in College Station, Texas for the One America Appeal concert, an event that ended up raising $31 million for hurricane relief. One America Appeal was launched by the five Presidents in response to the devastation Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought upon Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The concert, which was streamed live on the One America Appeal website and featured performances by country band Alabama, Grammy-winning “Soul Man” singer Sam Moore, gospel legend Yolanda Adams as well as Texas musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. There was also a surprise appearance and performance by Lady Gaga.
The One America Appeal concert is not the first time former presidents have gathered together for a relief effort after a major natural disaster. George H.W. Bush and Clinton raised money together after the 2004 South Asia tsunami and then again for Hurricane Katrina the following year. Clinton also teamed with Bush senior to raise money after the 2011 Haiti earthquake. Donald Trump sent his well wishes to the effort and expressed gratitude for their efforts, but luckily he didn’t show up to ruin the party.
Big shoutout to these five for coming together and raising so much money for those in need.