On Saturday night, Texas A&M University hosted a benefit concert for the One America Appeal, which is a program organized by all five living former presidents to benefit the victims of the four successive hurricanes that have recently hit the United States. Hurricane Harvey was the first of these, hitting Texas, followed by Irma, Maria, and Nate.
Among the performers to appear at the event was Lady Gaga, who has made her allegiances to liberal, humanist — and anti-Trump — causes well known. She performed her song “Million Reasons.”
The performer posted an image of her with all five living former presidents, from Jimmy Carter down to Barack Obama, on Twitter, drawing wide acclaim from across social media.
Many joked about the association of Lady Gaga with these former presidents as if she was one of them.
Check out her original post below. As she wrote, there is “[n]othing more beautiful than everyone putting their differences aside to help humanity in the face of catastrophe.”
The photo, in a serious sense, underscores the fact that Lady Gaga has a better grasp on what’s required of a president than our current chief executive does.
Our current president, Donald Trump, had better things to do than attend the One America Appeal benefit concert on Saturday. He spent the day golfing and firing off angry tweets, as he does so many weekends. Former presidents and individuals like Lady Gaga are thus left to pick up the slack from Trump’s failed leadership.
Rather than respond like a sensible leader to the crisis created by the massive Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico, Trump has opted to spend his time picking fights with Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of the island’s capital city. He has called her and her allies “politically motivated ingrates” for voicing opposition to the slow arrival pace of legitimate aid for the suffering people of Puerto Rico.
The One America Appeal has so far raised $31 million from over 80,000 donors, with 100 percent of the funds reportedly going to hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Across the affected areas, dozens and dozens of people have died and untold numbers of structures have been destroyed. The island of Puerto Rico was completely without power for some time.
Check out Twitter’s response to Lady Gaga’s tweet below.
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