Robert Earl Keen (left) and Lyle Lovett perform onstage during the ‘Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert’ at Reed Arena. (Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Company)
“We are truly honored to have five former presidents and their families as well as so many other special guests here on the campus of Texas A&M tonight,” Young said. “We’re here tonight in service to those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. I’m so proud of our students, faculty and staff for the courage and the actions you took to help the ones in crisis as well as to all the other great first responders who are here and might be listening with us who have done such extraordinary work.”
Young also thanked President George H.W. Bush for his selfless service and choosing Texas A&M for his presidential library 20 years ago this week.
“Your passion for service and ours at this university beautifully align. We’re honored to bear your name, and strive to continue to build on your legacy,” Young said.
Guests at the event also included Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar representing her father the Emir, former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State James A. Baker, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp and members of the System Board of Regents.
Four of the five presidents delivered remarks, with Bush 43 speaking for his father.
“First of all I am thrilled to be able to introduce 39, 42 and 44 to one of the finest universities in the United States. I too am here to urge you to give to this fine fund and I want to thank all the volunteers, but I am here for another reason,” the younger Bush said, looking at his family in the front row of the audience. “We really love and admire George H.W. Bush.”