Brittany Soares reports taht all five living former presidents of the United States have launched a joint effort to raise money for relief following Hurricane Harvey.
In a 32-second video, former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama announced their “One America Appeal” to help communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The video advertisement starring each of the former presidents is slated to air during the first game of the new NFL season Thursday night.
“Hurricane Harvey brought terrible destruction — but it also brought out the best in humanity,” Clinton says in the video.
“As former presidents, we wanted to help our fellow Americans begin to recover,” Obama says.
“People are hurting down here, but as one Texan put it, ‘We’ve got more love in Texas than water,’” George W. Bush, a former governor of Texas, says.
His father, George H.W. Bush, then says, “We love you, Texas.”
“One America Appeal” is a charitable fund that will aid the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The presidents are making a direct appeal to American citizens to donate to the rebuilding efforts that are estimated to cost $180 billion.
According to the press release, “A special restricted account has been established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and quickly distribute donations to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar goes to assist hurricane victims.”
The “One America Appeal” website included information on Harvey recovery efforts and offers ways for people to donate to help victims.
The fundraising effort is firstly focused on people affected by Hurricane Harvey, the destructive storm that dumped more than 50 inches of rain in parts of southeast Texas and caused billions of dollars in damages and lost economic activity. The state is of particular importance for President Bush, who was governor there in the 1990s, and his father, President George Bush, who lives part of the year in Houston.
However, a statement announcing the campaign said it plans to expand to help victims of Hurricane Irma once it hits.
“As the nation carefully watches the advance of Hurricane Irma, the presidents stand ready to expand their appeal to help those affected by that storm,” the statement said.
Irma, an enormous Category 5 hurricane churning through the Caribbean, is forecast to turn toward South Florida over the next day and then strike Georgia, where former President Jimmy Carter lives.
The presidents have a history of coming together to help victims of natural disasters. President Bill Clinton teamed up with the man he defeated in the 1992 presidential election, George Bush, to raise money after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. President Barack Obama asked Mr. Clinton and George W. Bush to lead an effort to help Haiti after an earthquake in 2010. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund raised $54.4 million.
The devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the upcoming Irma truly does need as much help from American citizens as it can get.
However, while it seems nice to see all the past living presidents get together to promote citizens helping one another out in hard times, I can’t help but wonder how much money the ex-presidents are planning on donating out of their own pockets…
President Trump and his wife have announced that they will donate a collective $1 million of their own money to 12 different charitable organizations helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
But what about our prior leaders?…
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