All five former living presidents gathered Saturday night for the One America Appeal event to benefit and raise funds for Texas hurricane victims. Bill Clinton told the crowd gathered at Texas A&M University, “The heart of America, without regard to race or religion or political party, is greater than our problems.”
President Donald Trump did not attend the event, which raised over $1 million, but did send a video message. He said, “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. This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and our devotion to one another.”
One surprise attendee, however, was singer Lady Gaga. She told the crowd, “The most special thing of all is how pain is such an equalizer and in a time of catastrophe we all put our differences aside and we come together. Because we need each other, or we can’t survive,” which led into stirring renditions of her songs, “Million Reasons,” “You And I,” and “The Edge Of Glory.”
Gaga also donated $1 million to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Even though Lady Gaga performed solo on stage, accompanied only by a piano, according to Goerge H.W. Bush, that didn’t have to be the case. The former president tweeted after the conclusion of the event, had Lady Gaga asked, he would have been happy to join her on stage!
Now we would have loved to see that!
Via Rolling Stone