Only a few time spans in United States history have produced five former living US Presidents. And even fewer times have brought those men together to put their differences aside and be cordial for the greater good of the American people.
We are living in one of those times. (The last time was in 2013 at the dedication of President George W. Bush’s library in Dallas.)
Most recently, Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter came together for a benefit concert to aid victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The concert, Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal. awas held at Texas A&M University, which is also where H.W. Bush’s library is located. Since the group launched the initiative on September 7, over $31 million from more than 80,000 donors has been raised. Funds from the campaign will be distributed into various charity and relief organizations throughout Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Presidents H.W. Bush and Clinton have been teaming up in regards to disaster aid since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Oh, yeah– Lady Gaga was there, because no one loves Lady Gaga more than a former living President. Alabama, Sam Moore, Yolanda Adams, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen were also on hand.
You’ll recall that just a few weeks ago Presidents Obama, W. Bush and Clinton spent some time together at the Presidents Cup golf tournament and most likely went to a Applebee’s afterwards.
Each of the Presidents spoke to the crowd on-hand in College Station, but only W. Bush was able to crack a joke behind each speaker.
While everyone loved the music, it seems like maybe Presidents Obama and Clinton loved it a little more.
Yes, that’s singing along from President Clinton.
And yes, Lady Gaga changed up the lyrics to shout out President Obama.
After the event, Lady Gaga shared a photo of herself and the #squad saying, “Nothing more beautiful than everyone putting their differences aside to help humanity in the face of catastrophe.”
President Trump was not at the event, but he did appear in a pre-recorded message saying, “In the aftermath of these terrible storms, the American people have done what we do best. We came together, we helped one another and, through it all, we remained resilient. This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation, under God, all unified by our values and our devotion to one another.”
But, for real– what if you were just scrolling through Instagram on a Sunday evening and you casually saw Lady Gaga’s picture and didn’t know what was going on? Too good.