America’s five living former presidents have joined together on an effort to raise money for recovery and relief initiatives after Hurricane Harvey.
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter announced the creation of their One America Appeal project Thursday.
“Hurricane Harvey brought terrible destruction, but it also brought out the best in humanity,” Clinton said in a video announcing the group’s collaboration.
“As former presidents, we wanted to help our fellow Americans begin to recover,” Obama continued.
“People are hurting down here, but as one Texan put it, ‘We’ve got more love in Texas than water,’” George W. Bush added before George H.W. Bush declared, “We love you Texas.”
Some Twitter users on Friday praised the group’s efforts concerning Harvey, which struck Texas and Louisiana late last month and into this one.
Harvey killed at least 71 people in areas it hit while also displacing tens of thousands of people and costing tens of billions in damage.
George H.W. Bush’s office on Thursday said the collective’s push would include an appeal during the opening of the National Football League’s (NFL) 2017 regular season this week.
Donations will be collected and distributed by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation through a restricted account, the statement added.
A person familiar with the group’s collaboration on Thursday told CNN that the White House was notified before the project became public.
The effort was always intended to be former presidents only, they continued, without President Trump’s participation.
CNN’s source added that the decision was not intended as a slight to Trump and was not related to some of the animosity between him and his predecessors.
Trump on Thursday tweeted out support for the project, noting he is “proud” to associate with One America Appeal.
George H.W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush, spearheaded the project as Harvey heavily impacted their home state of Texas.