Five Former US Presidents Join Forces at Relief Concert Saturday

Elias Hubbard
October 22, 2017

President Donald Trump did not attend the concert, but praised the effort in a video message released earlier, terming it a "wonderful" and "vital effort".

The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation announced plans for the "Deep from the Heart: The One American Appeal" concert Wednesday.

Proceeds will go to hurricane relief efforts to Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.

"As we begin to rebuild, some of America's finest public servants are spearheading the One America Appeal", said Trump.

An appeal to help hurricane victims backed by the five living former presidents has raised $31 million since it began on September 7. Those standing in line told KBTX that seeing five living former presidents under one roof is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Excited concertgoers started arriving around 3 p.m., CBS affiliate KBTX reports.

"Obama is going to be fantastic", said one woman. Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, which made landfall after Harvey and Irma had battered Texas and Florida.

"Presidents have the most powerful and prolific fundraising base of any politician in the world, stated University of Houston political science professor Brandon Rottinghaus, cited by AP". 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. It is set for October 21 at Texas A&M University's Reed Arena.

"To presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Melania and I want to express our deep gratitude for your tremendous assistance", he added.

Sam Moore walks on stage to perform during a hurricanes relief concert in College Station, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.

As the Trump administration is noted to have been slow to bring aid to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, the U.S. 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".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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