Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Five Former US Presidents Join Forces at Relief Concert Saturday

Five Former US Presidents Join Forces at Relief Concert Saturday

Donations are coordinated through his foundation which says "100 cents of every dollar "donated will help hurricane victims, funds distributed through programs like the Houston Harvey Relief Fund and the Rebuild Texas Fund".

All five living former US presidents are attending a fundraising concert Saturday to benefit the victims of hurricanes that ravaged homes in the United States and the USA territories of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands in recent months.

Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush were on stage in College Station, Texas, to try to unite the country after the recent storms. "When they see their neighbors and they see their friends, they see strangers in need, Americans step up", Obama said.

The appeal backed by the ex-presidents has raised $31 million since it began on September 7, said Jim McGrath, spokesman for George H.W. Bush. "It can be a new beginning if we just do what we ought to do and prove that the heart of America, without race or religion or political party, is greater than our problems". George H.W. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said all five of Saturday night's attendees haven't been together since the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas in 2013, when Obama was still in office.

Grammy award victor Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the concert.

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On Saturday night, all of the five living former US presidents, without current POTUS Donald Trump, will attend a disaster relief event in the city of Austin, Texas.

Gaga made a surprised appearance at the event, called "Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal", which also included performance by Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Lee Greenwood, Sam Moore, Cassadee Pope, Yolanda Adams, Stephanie Quayle and The Gatlins.

"Melania and I want to express our deep gratitude for your tremendous assistance".

As the Trump administration is noted to have been slow to bring aid to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, the USA president occupied himself instead with tweeted accusations that members of the island's government displayed "poor leadership", and that "electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes".

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