Five former U.S. presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama held a concert at Texas A&M University benefiting hurricane relief efforts in College Station, Texas, on Saturday.
“Well, it’s a great pleasure for me to be here with the other presidents to be here to help carry out this project. I’ve just enjoyed seeing what the “Points of Light” [a program spearheaded by President George H.W. Bush recognizing volunteer work] does for the country — I’ve seen that for many years,” said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
The event featured performances by artists Alabama, Lady Gaga, the Gatlin Brothers, Robert Earl Keene and others.
The former presidents formed the organization “One America” to help with hurricane relief after the storms left devastation and death in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Caribbean. The fund has raised more than $31 million for relief.
“There is still work to be done but can be a new beginning if we just do what we ought to do and prove that the heart of America is greater than our problems,” said former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
“All of us on this stage here tonight could not be prouder of the response of Americans — when they see their neighbors, and their friends. When they see strangers in need, Americans step up,” said former U.S. President Barack Obama.
“And I want to thank President George W. Bush and most of all, an outstanding American, somebody who has always shown, grace and character and courage and served America nobly throughout the years, President George H.W. Bush. We are so proud to be with him tonight,” he added.
About 11,000 people attended the concert, which was live-streamed on the one America appeal YouTube channel, theoneamericaappeal.org website and the organization’s twitter feed, a spokesperson for one America told Reuters. — Reuters