5 former U.S. presidents share stage in a benefit concert for hurricane victims

admin   •   October 23, 2017   •   4084

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

Sully, George H.W. Bush’s service dog, returns home to New York

admin   •   December 20, 2018

Sully, the yellow Labrador Retriever, that served as U.S. President George H.W. Bush’s service dog | REUTERS

Sully, the yellow Labrador Retriever, that served as U.S. President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, has returned home to Long Island, New York.

Sully stayed with Bush during the last months of the former president’s life and remained next to his casket while the late president lay in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC.

“We all felt such a tremendous sense of pride in not only having worked with the president, but all the different veterans and veteran’s groups that we work with right here on Long Island and across the country,” said John Miller, the president and CEO of The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs, during a news conference on Wednesday (December 19).

Sully will stay on Long Island, where he was born and trained by America’s VetDogs until early 2019. Then, the young lab be sent to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to work with U.S. military veterans. — Reuters

Bush family pays respects to late patriarch in emotional public viewing of casket

admin   •   December 5, 2018

Former US President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush silently standing at his father’s flag-draped casket | REUTERS

Members of the Bush family paid their respects to their late patriarch on Tuesday (December 4) during an emotional visit to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where the body of former President George H.W. Bush was lying in state.

Former President George W. Bush along with his wife Laura was greeted with hugs and handshakes by well-wishers who have been filing past the flag-draped casket during a public viewing that began late Monday and continues until Wednesday’s funeral.

Also present were the late president’s other son, former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, and twin granddaughters Jenna BushHager and Barbara Bush.

Ordinary Americans, generals, and former Cabinet members have been paying their respects at the Capitol Rotunda to the late president, who died last week at the age of 94 after a life of service as a World War II hero, head of the CIA and wartime president. — Reuters

US Embassy, affiliated offices in PH to close for National Day of Mourning

admin   •   December 4, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines — US Embassy and its affiliated offices will be closed on Wednesday (December 5).

Based on the advisory of the embassy, this is due to the commemoration of National Day of Mourning for former President George H.W. Bush in the United States.

The operation is set to be back on Thursday (December 6). — UNTV News & Rescue

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