5 former presidents unite for One America Appeal

All five former U.S. presidents got together to launch a campaign to encourage their fellow Americans to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
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‘We’ve got more love in Texas than water’: 5 ex-presidents unite for hurricane relief

September 08, 2017 09:06 AM

All five living former presidents got together in a video and appealed to the American people to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“Hurricane Harvey brought terrible destruction, but it also brought out the best in humanity,” former President Clinton says in the video launching the One America Appeal campaign Thursday night.

“As former presidents, we want to help our fellow Americans begin to recover,” former President Obama says.

“People are hurting down here,” says former President George W. Bush, “but as one Texan put it, ‘We’ve got more love in Texas than water.’ 

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The 30-second clip also includes words and thanks from former presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

President Trump tweeted his support late Thursday:

We will confront ANY challenge, no matter how strong the winds or high the water. I’m proud to stand with Presidents for #OneAmericaAppeal.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2017

The joint appeal was launched to encourage fellow citizens to support recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana but organizers say it will be expanded to include those affected by Hurricane Irma, which is threatening the southeastern U.S. coast.

More than 1 million people have been displaced by the hurricane, which has caused up to $180 billion in damages, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

The presidents’ hurricane recovery campaign is a private effort led by private citizens, the organizers say. They say that donations will go into a special account at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation in College Station and that 100 cents of every dollar will go to hurricane victims.

They’re suggesting donations of $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500.

Tom Uhler: 817-390-7832, @tomuh

To donate to One America Appeal

GBPLF One America Appeal

Post Office Box 14141

College Station, Texas 77841-4141

(Checks should be made payable to “GBPLF One America Appeal”)