When our country is in crisis and we are desperately in need of leadership that is to coin a word Presidential, we must in these uncertain but dangerous times break through the orange haze and turn to our former leaders for guildenss, wisdom and most important action. In a rare show of political unity, the five living former United States presidents appeared on the same Texas stage on Saturday night to help raise money for hurricane recovery efforts.
The joint appearance by the former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Jimmy Carter — at the “Deep From the Heart” concert was part of a larger disaster relief campaign that began in September. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused extensive property damage and killed more than a hundred people in the United States.
About an hour into the concert, our countrys current mistake took time out from throwing paper towels and videoed a thank you to his predecessors for their “tremendous assistance” .
Four of the five living former presidents have made brief remarks at a concert to benefit victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter called on Americans to donate to the appeal that has raised $31 million so far. They avoided politics in their remarks and none of them mentioned absent President Donald Trump.
President George H.W. Bush did not address the crowd but smiled and waved from the stage. The 93-year-old elder Bush suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease and although appearing in a wheelchair the former President patriotism was as strong as ever.
Grammy award winner Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the concert.
An appeal to help hurricane victims backed by the five living former presidents has raised $31 million since it began on Sept. 7.
Jim McGrath, spokesman for former president George H.W. Bush, confirmed the figure Saturday. The former presidents all attended a concert in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A&M University as part of the appeal.
They have joined together to raise money after devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were on stage at the start of the concert joining together to raise money to help victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Our sorry excuss for a current leader could not make the concert but sent a video message I am sure from one of his golf cources. He says;
“In the aftermath of these terrible storms, the American people have done what we do best,” President Trump said. “We came together, we helped one another and, through it all, we remained resilient.”
He added, “This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation, under God, all unified by our values and our devotion to one another.”
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.”
The public show of togetherness in College Station, Tex., provided a stark contrast to recent speeches by George W. Bush and Mr. Obama, who appeared to criticize Mr. Trump without explicitly referring to him. Frankly is is hard to say his name without upchucking in your mouth.
Their remarks garnered attention in part because Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama have maintained relatively low profiles after leaving office and have largely avoided speaking out against Mr. Trump since he was inaugurated in January.
For a few hours on Saturday, however, all six leaders seemed to put aside their differences to help the hurricane victims.
Several of the former presidents waved from the stage as an American flag flashed on the screen behind them, taking their seats after the national anthem.
Soon after Mr. Trump’s video was played, the former presidents returned to the stage. In brief remarks, Mr. Carter and Mr. Clinton praised Americans’ volunteerism. Mr. Obama thanked both members of the Bush family, who live in Texas, and spoke about the important work of citizens.
“Americans step up,” Mr. Obama said. “And as heartbreaking as the tragedies that took place here in Texas, and in Florida, in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been, what we’ve also seen is the spirit of America at its best.”
George W. Bush spoke last, urging viewers to donate and honoring his father.
“We really admire and love George H. W. Bush,” he said before standing behind his father, who remained seated. The former presidents then received a loud standing ovation.
The presidents have a history of coming together after natural disasters.
Mr. Clinton teamed up with the elder Mr. Bush to raise money after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. When he was commander in chief, Mr. Obama asked Mr. Clinton and George W. Bush to lead an effort to help Haiti after an earthquake in 2010.
Donations to the current campaign, One America Appeal, will help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, according to the campaign’s website. It has raised more than $31 million, officials announced on Saturday.