Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

'Unprecedented': Five Living US Presidents to Attend Disaster Relief Concert

The concert, which was streamed live on the One America Appeal website, featured performances by country band Alabama, Grammy-winning "Soul Man" singer Sam Moore, gospel legend Yolanda Adams as well as Texas musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.

Former President Obama said he "could not be prouder" of Americans for their response to help victims of the recent hurricanes that struck the U.S.

"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", Trump says in the message.

He spotlighted George H.W. Bush as "an outstanding American, somebody who has always show grace and character and courage and served America nobly throughout the years". Clinton then teamed with Bush senior to raise money after the 2011 Haiti quake. "Presidents have the most powerful and prolific fundraising base of any politician in the world".

Amid criticism that his administration was initially slow to aid storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, Trump accused island leaders of "poor leadership", and later tweeted that, "Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes" while saying that Federal Emergency Management Agency, first-responders and military personnel wouldn't be able to stay there forever.

"We're big fans of both Georges", said one couple to KBTX.

President Donald Trump, in a video address recorded for the One America Appeal concert Saturday night, lauded the nation's five living former presidents for the hurricane relief effort and promised the United States will "come back stronger and better than ever before". His father, George H.W. Bush, then replies, "We love you, Texas". It was launched last month after Hurricane Harvey battered Texas and expanded when Hurricane Irma hit Florida and Hurricane Maria devastated parts of the Caribbean, together causing several hundred deaths and billions of dollars in damage.

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