Appeal backed by former presidents raises $31M

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They'll be joined by musical guests Alabama, The Gatlin Brothers, Lyle Lovett and more.

On Saturday night, all of the five living former US presidents, without current POTUS Donald Trump, will attend a disaster relief event in the city of Austin, Texas.

CNN quoted a White House official as saying that Trump was "honored to be given an opportunity to participate in relief and recovery efforts", adding that the President "encourages all Americans to be as generous as they can in helping storm survivors through this hard time".

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It was a show of unity and compassion after a week in which Barack Obama and George W Bush broke an unwritten rule to deliver implicit criticism of the present occupant of the White House.

"This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and devotion to one another", Trump said in the message. Clinton then teamed with Bush senior to raise money after the 2011 Haiti natural disaster.

"When they send out a call for help, especially on something that's not political, they can rake in big money", Rottinghaus added.

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Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas' Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane on August 25, eventually unleashing historic flooding in Houston and killing more than 80 people.

Politics was set aside for the sold-out concert at Texas A&M University's Reed Arena, however, as Bush, Obama, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George HW Bush were given a rapturous welcome by the audience.

"It's important that those affected by these devastating storms know that even if the path to recovery feels like a road that goes on forever, we're with them for the long haul", President George H.W. Bush said. His father, George H.W. Bush, then replies, "We love you, Texas".

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"And as heartbreaking as the tragedies that took place here in Texas and in Florida, in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been, what we've also seen is the spirit of America at its best: When ordinary people step up and do extraordinary things".

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