There are five living former presidents. These men might not have a lot in common politically, but they're putting aside their differences to help the people of Texas in their time of need. They joined forces on Thursday to start a hurricane recovery effort, reported the New York Times.
They are raising money for Hurricane Harvey victims in a campaign called, One America Appeal. The campaign began with a PSA featuring the five former presidents presidents—Presidents George Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter—during the first NFL game of the season on Thursday night.
“People are hurting down here,” said former President and Texan George W. Bush, “but as one Texan put it, ‘We’ve got more love in Texas than water.’”
President Trump endorsed their bipartisan effort on Twitter writing, “We will confront ANY challenge, no matter how strong the winds or high the water...I’m proud to stand with Presidents for #OneAmericaAppeal.”
The fundraising currently focuses on Texas and the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Texas is especially important to the Bushes. George W. Bush was the governor there in the 1990s, and his father lives in Houston for part of the year. However, the campaign is also expected to extend to those who will experience damage as a result of Hurricane Irma. The Category 5 hurricane is expected to strike South Florida and Georgia, the home of former President Carter, during the weekend.
The New York Times reported that this isn't the first time former presidents have come together over natural disasters. Bill Clinton joined with George Bush to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. President Obama also worked with Clinton and George W. Bush to help rebuild Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
It's wonderful to see America come together. We need to celebrate actions like this, so that they will happen more often. Will you be donating? In other hurricane news, President Trump is warning people in the path of Hurricane Irma to take warnings seriously.