Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama addressed a benefit concert for the victims of the recent hurricanes that have ravaged the southeastern US as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – an event from which current President Donald Trump was conspicuously absent.
Clinton and Obama were among the five living former presidents who appeared together for the first time since 2013 on Saturday.
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Democrats Obama, Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George HW and George W Bush gathered on stage in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University, putting aside politics to try to unite the country after the storms.
Texas A&M is home to the presidential library of the elder Bush.
His wife Barbara and George W Bush’s wife Laura Bush were in the audience.
Though none of the presidents mentioned Trump by name, their joint appeal for unity and praise for the country’s post-hurricane clean-up appeared in stark contrast to what many say has been the divisive nature of the current presidency.
The concert featured the country music band Alabama, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ‘Soul Man’ Sam Moore, gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Texas musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.