Can’t you just imagine him singing "Million Reasons?"
On Saturday, October 21, all five living former U.S. presidents attended the One America Appeal benefit concert to raise money towards hurricane relief efforts. Joining the elite president’s club at the Reed Arena at Texas A&M University was "Mother Monster" herself—Lady Gaga. When we saw the pop superstar posing behind the seated Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter in a now-viral photo, we had no idea one of the presidents was a big fan of the "Poker Face" singer—until now.
During the fundraiser, Gaga surprised the audience with live performances of "You and I," "Edge of Glory," and her hit song "Million Reasons" from her fifth studio effort, Joanne. Just two days after the concert on October 23, the 41st president of the United States jokingly said he would’ve gladly sung with Lady Gaga if she asked.
"Not sure abt 39, @BillClinton, 43 and @BarackObama, but I would have sung w @ladygaga if asked," Bush tweeted. "Thanks to all for supporting @AmericaAppeal."
Organized through the George H.W. Bush Presidential Foundation, the "Deep from the Heart" fundraiser at Texas A&M raised $31 million for those affected by the recent string of hurricanes that devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As of Saturday night’s concert, which featured other musical guests such as Lyle Lovett, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Yolanda Adams, and Robert Earl Keen, the donations have continued to pour in to go towards rebuilding and recovery efforts.
In addition to pledging her support by donating $1 million of her own money, Gaga also shared this message of unity and hope on her Twitter: "Nothing more beautiful than everyone putting their differences aside to help humanity in the face of catastrophe."
Echoing that sentiment was George W. Bush, who posted on Instagram that he believed the hurricane devastation also "brought out the best in humanity."
To support hurricane victims, please visit OneAmericaAppeal.org to donate. In the meantime, we’ll be on the lookout for a possible country duet between George H.W. Bush and Lady Gaga.