5 former presidents gather to benefit hurricane victims, Trump included in video message


A concert to raise money for the victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands brought together the five living former presidents of the United States on Saturday evening.

Appearing together for the first time since 2013, Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush were on stage in College Station, Texas, for a concert.

The concert featured country music band Alabama, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ‘Soul Man’ Sam Moore, gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Texas musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.

Earlier on Saturday, President Donald Trump recorded a video greeting (see below) calling the assembled ex-presidents “some of America’s finest public servants.”

“This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and our devotion to one another,” President Trump said in the message.

“I also want to thank every person, including everyone here tonight, who has contributed to this vital effort,” he added.

According to the Associated Press, the appeal has raised $31 million since it began on Sept. 7. A website accepting donations, OneAmericaAppeal.org, was created with 100 percent of proceeds pledged to hurricane relief.

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