Appeal backed by former presidents raises $31M

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The former presidents formed the organisation "One America" to help with hurricane relief after the storms left devastation and death in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast and Caribbean.

At the beginning of the concert, George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation CEO David B. Jones said the One America Appeal fundraising initiative had already raised more than $31 million from across over 80,000 contributors.

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.

The presidents left around 9 p.m., when the concert was scheduled to end, With the addition of Lady Gaga causing a change to the timing of the event, Lyle Lovett and Alabama did not have a presidential audience, but the Bush grandchildren filled in the seats in the front row where the five-plus Bush wives had been seated and let their hair down and danced alongside Dorothy Bush Koch.

Four of the five former presidents - Obama, George W. Bush, Carter and Clinton - made brief remarks that did not mention Trump.

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Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush are putting aside politics for the event. Clinton and George W. Bush combined to seek donations after Haiti's 2011 quake. Coincidentally, their first gathering was in 2013 when Obama was still in office during the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library in Dallas.

"It's certainly a triple, if not a home run, every time", said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. "When they send out a call for help, especially on something that's not political, they can rake in big money".

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". "I would go, yes", Carter said, explaining that he, like many, is "afraid, too, of a situation" sparked by the war of words between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "Ex-presidents are able to step back and be seen as the nation's grandfather".

Trump says in the video that the American people "came together as one" in the wake of a series of devastating hurricanes that hit Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in recent weeks.

All in all, it was a successful event for One America Appeal - the only interest that really, truly mattered on Saturday evening - and, thanks to the support of five ex-presidents, a major win for a united America. His father, George H.W. Bush, then replies, "We love you, Texas". 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit hurricane victims.

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