Former presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

Former presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

President Donald J. Trump did not attend, but appeared in a video message pledging his administration's support to the cause.

Lee Greenwood opened the concert and served as master of ceremonies for the event, titled "Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal", which also featured artists including The Gatlin Brothers, Yolanda Adams, Robert Earl Keen and Sam Moore. Country singer Lee Greenwood, known for his hit "God Bless the United States of America", is expected to emcee the event.

Vote Gaga 2020? Last night at the One America Appeal benefit concert, Lady Gaga took a moment to pose with all five of the living former USA presidents, and we have to say, she looks rather presidential. She tweeted: "Nothing more handsome than everyone putting their differences aside to help humanity in the face of catastrophe".

He's also thanking presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama - frequent subjects of his wrath- for helping to spearhead the effort, calling them "some of America's finest public servants".

Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush are putting aside politics for the event.

The elder Bush and the volunteer programs he started came in for special praise before the crowd of Texans.

"I speak for the folks right here when I say we really admire and love George H.W. Bush", the younger Bush said.

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The Georgia native said that Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit he's worked with for 36 years, would build 6,000 homes in hard-hit areas.

The former presidents formed the organisation "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 Caribbean.

As of Saturday night, the charity had raised US$31 million. They appealed for national unity to help those hurt by the hurricanes.

There is precedent for former presidents joining forces for post-disaster fundraising.

Dubbed "Deep in the Heart" in a dual reference to the song "Deep in the Heart of Texas" and the idea that Americans' compassion for victims runs deep, the concert is taking place at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Hurricane Irma subsequently hit Florida and Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, while both devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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