All five living former presidents of the United States have launched a joint effort to raise money for relief following Hurricane Harvey.
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHas China already won? Budget impasses mark a critical turning point in Biden's presidency Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE, George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama says US 'desperately needs' Biden legislation ahead of key votes Obamas to break ground Tuesday on presidential center in Chicago A simple fix can bring revolutionary change to health spending MORE announced their “One America Appeal” to help communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.
A 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.”
The “One America Appeal” website included information on Harvey recovery efforts and offers ways for people to donate to help victims.
A statement announcing the campaign said it will also plan to help victims of Hurricane Irma ahead of its projected landfall in Florida.
“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.