Every Living Ex-President Will Be at Hurricane Relief Concert

Alabama will headline Texas charity event
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2017 12:33 AM CDT
All 5 Living Ex-Presidents Will Gather for Charity Concert
In this Jan. 7, 2009 photo, then President-elect Barack Obama is welcomed by then-President George W. Bush for a meeting at the White House with George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

There are now five living former US presidents for the first time since Ronald Reagan's death in 2004, and they will all gather to help their fellow Americans later this month. Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama will attend a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena on Oct. 21, Today reports. The "Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert" was announced on the website of the elder Bush's presidential foundation. "Our fellow Americans are facing overwhelming challenges" after this "catastrophic hurricane season," the website said. "The staggering, urgent need is simply beyond the capacity of government alone to address every facet."

The event will feature performers including Alabama, Gatlin Brothers, Lyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen. Money raised from ticket sales will be distributed to charities helping hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, CNN reports. "It's important that those affected by these devastating storms know that, even if the path to recovery feels like a road that goes on forever, we're with them for the long haul," George HW Bush said in a statement. Early last month, the five ex-presidents issued a video appeal to help those affected by flooding in Texas after Hurricane Harvey. (More former presidents stories.)

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