The five living former Presidents of the United States put aside party politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert held last month to raise money for victims of the devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, along with Republicans George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, gathered in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University, in an effort to unite the country after the storms.
Texas A&M is home to the presidential library of the elder Bush. At 93, he has a form of Parkinson’s disease and appeared in a wheelchair at the event. His wife, Barbara, and George W. Bush’s wife, Laura, were in the audience. Grammy award winner Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the concert that also featured Alabama, the famous country music band, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer “Soul Man” Sam Moore, gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Texas musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. The appeal backed by the ex-presidents has raised $31 million since it began on Sept. 7.
President Donald Trump offered a video greeting at the event that avoided his past criticism of the former presidents. He called them “some of America’s finest public servants.” President Trump stated: “This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and devotion to one another.“
Four of the five former presidents – Obama, George W. Bush, Carter and Clinton – made brief remarks that served to unify at a time when unify America is so badly needed. While the elder Bush did not speak, his presence was important. These five presidents appealed for national unity to help those hurt by the hurricanes. “The heart of America, without regard to race or religion or political party, is greater than our problems,” said Clinton.
While the former presidents, joined by President Trump, collectively called for unity relating to the devastation caused by the storms, it was just “plain good” to see former adversaries join together and call for national unity. Even the current president, who thus far had not been very strong on the need for unity, joined the effort. Hopefully the event, and the obvious need for unity, made a lasting impression on the president.
My prayer is that this call for unity will continue and be expanded into all of the areas of concern in the U.S. We are as badly divided in our country today as I have ever seen before. We badly need “love” to replace “hate” and “unity” to replace “division” in America. God will bless America if we will simply follow the instructions given to us by our Heavenly Father in Chronicles 7:14.
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