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5 ex-US presidents appear together for hurricane aid

5 ex-US presidents appear together for hurricane aid

"This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and our devotion to one another".

At the start of the relief concert all five of the U.S. Presidents-Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter-took the stage, put their hands over their hearts and stood together during the playing of national anthem.

The former presidents formed the organization "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.

Texas A&M is home to the presidential library of the elder Bush.

The concert, which was hosted by country singer Lee Greenwood, featured a number of rock and country performers including Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Moore and Yolanda Adams. His wife, Barbara, and George W. Bush's wife, Laura, were in the audience.

"The heart of America, without regard to race or religion or political party, is greater than our problems", said Clinton.

Rousing applause greeted all of the Presidents, but especially George W. Bush and Barack Obama. "Presidents have the most powerful and prolific fundraising base of any politician in the world". Donations are coordinated through his foundation which says "100 cents of every dollar "donated will help hurricane victims, funds distributed through programs like the Houston Harvey Relief Fund and the Rebuild Texas Fund".

Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane on August 25, unleashing historic flooding in Houston and killing more than 80 people. After a string of hurricanes - Harvey, Irma and Maria - battered Caribbean islands and the southern U.S.in recent months, Trump criticized Puerto Rican leaders grappling with the devastation and suggested there could be a limit to how much aid the USA territory may get from the federal government.