tv Former Presidents Participate in Hurricane Relief Concert CSPAN October 22, 2017 1:09am-1:41am EDT
solidarity and we are not yet through the worst hurricane season. we need to be thinking about other citizen. the worst hurricane season in recent memory, and inferno that has blackened the homes and hillsides across california. so much has been taken. i went down to houston a few weeks ago and i was on my way to a shelter. the suns barely up and it was as humid as could be, you could feel the exhaustion in the air. we get there and the shelter was alive. it was full of life, hope and prayer. texas out of their homes. there were people everywhere. people from the south, people
from the northeast, they were telling me they had to be there. they would stay and do whatever was needed. they just got up and came. it was truly something. so yes, much has been taken. but not our spirit. not our nation's resilience, not our faith. so in these moments, when people are suddenly isolated and separated from everything they know, it is those unspoken bonds between us. it is that common humanity which brings us together and lifts us up. a lot of people are hurting tonight. please keep them in your prayers. may they in the fullness of time find comfort and renewal. thank you for having me. god bless you and your families, this archdiocese, and god bless the united states of america. thank you. [applause]
cardinal dolan: all right, folks. it is the bottom of the ninth, here i am. mi right? [applause] [applause] [applause] cardinal dolan: all right, folks. it is the bottom of the ninth, here i am. mi right? we are close to, we are close to three quarters of a century. this celebrated evening has been one of joy, civility, most of the time, unity, patriotism, friendship, grateful memories, and charity.
you know what? those are all virtues. and this event is really all about virtue. the virtue of a wonderful politician named alfred emanuel smith, whose service to god, this state, this city, was legendary. the happy warrior who stopped smiling only for a few moments, when confronted with rejection and bigotry because of his own ethnic background and deep catholic faith when he ran for president. the virtue of john castle, who this evening received the award named after that happy warrior. the virtue of patty heaton, whose joy and commitment to god and country is so luminously radiant. thank you, patty.
the virtue of a national leader admired by all sides for his own patience, determination and sense of duty, whose own faith and patriotism, love of family and loyalty to friends, and i am sure honored to be one of them, is so uplifting, speaker paul ryan. the virtue of the alfred e. smith board, led by mary erdoes, who makes this home, the abundance of civil and political, philosophical and communications leaders, and of all of you folks whose generosity has made this the most successful non-presidential campaign year ever, bringing us close to $3.5 million for direct service -- [applause]
cardinal dolan: direct service to women and children, of all faiths or none all, in this grand city. and right now, everybody, we summon the virtues of humility and gratitude, as i thank all of you, and as we all praise our god from whom all blessings flow. so good night and god bless. and safe home. thank you. [applause] [background chatter]
>> we talk with hillary clinton to discuss her recent book "what happened." >> you say in the book, -- >> one of the things about these c-span, you cover everything. i understand the pressure the press is under. dollars oro get ad eyeballs or clicks. i get that. our presidential election is a really big deal. what happens when
someone is not vetted. the trump campaign did a good job in changing the subject all the time. announcer: watch our interview with hillary linton tomorrow at tomorrow oninton c-span2. presidentsrmer attended a hurricane relief conference. >> what you want to do is help your fellow americans with your donation by texting. americaappeal.org. now a few words from the 45th
president of the united states, donald j. trump. >> my fellow americans, the heartbreaking devastation caused and theurricanes terrible wildfires in california have impacted many of our fellow. we pray for those who lost their homes or their livelihood. in the aftermath of these terrible storms, the american people have done that we do best. we came together, helped one another and we remained resilient. we came together as one as we rested to the aid of texas, florida, louisiana, puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands. as we rebuild, some of america's finest public servants are heading the one america appeal.
presidents jimmy carter, george h.w. bush, bill clinton, george obama, milanirack and i want to express our deep gratitude for your tremendous assistance. this effort reminds us we are one nation, under god all unified by our values and devotion to one another. i want to thank every person, including everyone here tonight who has contributed to this vital effort. i want to thank groups are taking such a big effort to make a difference. we will rebuild and come back stronger than ever to or. thank you, god bless you and may god bless the united states of america. [applause] >> thank you, president trump.
texas, florida and puerto rico face the aftermath of hurricane --hurricane harvey, maria, communities are on the way to recovery. here to talk is our chairman. thank you so much. you are outstanding. thank you for your patriotism and for being such a great mc to night. thank you to the artists here tonight for volunteering your talent. privilege to share
these tories of everyday americans who acted on an impulse to help others. houston, aown of half-mile from our home, an entire neighborhood, like so were flooded.es went down the street to help with the cleanup, and we were inspired by what we saw, a neighborhood darkened by flood damage shining with the bright light of neighbors helping neighbors, of community rising up. we worked side-by-side with groups from the first baptist church, ernst & young, and 400 samaritans purse volunteers. corporations, churches, service clubs all across the city. the mayor saw this happen, all proactively helping their members, parishioners, and employees and many others to clear contaminated flooring, walls, and property. volunteers all united in service. when it came to pulling people out of homes and pulling up
damaged floors, no one cared whether you were rich or poor, black and white, brown, christian, jew, or atheist, gay or straight. the truth is service unites. [applause and cheers] neil bush: and people committed to serving others unite around our common humanity. natalye paquin: strength, resiliency, and generosity flows from those simple acts of service. the inclination of one american to help another creates kinder and gentler communities, and it binds us together as a nation. the recent natural disasters have shown us that yes, neighbors help neighbors, and fellow americans help each other regardless of where they are.
in new orleans, sherry deetch led a group of volunteers to houston, where they conducted rescue efforts to save animals trapped in homes. rafael from his home in chantilly, virginia organized a group that collected and shipped 120,000 pounds of relief aid with the support of the 113th air national guard wing. these stories show how individuals translate common interests into a common cause, making a difference in the lives of others. [applause and cheers] ♪ >> points of light are the souls of america. they are ordinary people -- >> who reach beyond themselves to touch the lives of those in need, bringing hope and opportunity, care and friendship. >> by giving generously of themselves, these remarkable individuals show us all --
>> not only what is best in our heritage, but what all of us are called to become. >> we were seeking refuge at live oak center. we heard it was a shelter. when i walked to the doors, the power was out, ceilings had fallen, sewage running in and out of the bathrooms. >> we have about 250 people here. >> i noticed a couple of young kids, ages 16 to 19, they knew they wanted to help were not sure how. i asked, who is ready to work? they all raised their hand. when you are in a position to help others, when they cannot help themselves, it is your duty to do so. it is no longer a me situation, it is a we situation. >> seeing the storm as it was coming and having been through hurricane andrew, i remember what it was like. i just didn't want someone else to kind of go through that. utilizing social media, putting out posts, saying hey, we have a group of veterans who are looking to help. who needs help?
i was nervous about individuals who did not have the means to put up shutters, clear debris, do any of the dirty stuff a lot of people would shy away from. if you just put it out there and ask others around you, how can we do this? that gets you started. >> the story begins with me being a wedding planner and having a couple that was getting married on september 3. and a text that i sent to them with a photo of downtown, which was where our location was, submerged. from there, i asked them if they would like to spend their weekend doing a recovery initiative. they loved that idea, and they thought they would have 100 people at their wedding party that would join them. this was a selfless act that ignited an incredible idea. >> so i am calling out with a
pledge to find you and to pair you up with an initiative. >> that went viral. and we have now cleared 250 homes and moved thousands of volunteers to help houston recover. >> there were moments in the middle of the night that i thought about, how do we do more? how do we engage more individuals quickly, help those hundreds of thousands of families? we were able to mobilize 700 parishioners to serve at food banks or 800 at the georgia brown center. we were able to send truckloads of milk and water. we were able to mobilize people to rip out the carpets, the sheets. whatever we can do to ensure that we help human beings, to ensure that we can improve their quality of life, that is truly a blessing that god has bestowed on all of us. >> this kind of volunteer work is different than traditional
volunteer work. we built these tools and resources that are really helping people with relief, with recovery, with rescue. if it was not for the rescue act, people would have been stranded. there was flooding, there was rising water. so it was really, really impactful. ♪ >> volunteers, being the one there for somebody in their time of need, matters. in the spirit of point of light, you are that point of light for someone else. >> we just did what we needed to do, because that is what humanity does. to help a fellow brother and sister just be one was a celebration that love is stronger than water. >> a lot of what we did, i like to believe helped people make it through this difficult time when they were just looking, hoping, praying for there to be a little bit of help.
>> oftentimes people just get overwhelmed with thinking they have to do something huge to have an impact. it really is just something as small as going to your neighbor and asking if they need help. >> if today i am able to help one person, one fellow being, but it was great to see that tomorrow, when i need help, i can count on my neighbor, my community, my city, and my country to be able to help. ♪ [applause and cheers] jimmy carter: it is a great pleasure for me to be here with the other presidents to carry
out this project. i have just enjoyed seeing what the points of light does for the country. i have seen it for many years. i like to remind people that it is located in georgia. we have worked with habitat for 36 years, one week each year. and it is known for volunteer work. we are ahead of any other n . last year there were 67 million americans who volunteered to help other people in america. that came to 8 billion hours of work, worth $184 billion, so that is what volunteers did last year. this year they will do more. five ofabout one out of a total population. we want to see what the other four people do. build 6000 agreed to
houses in a devastated area, and -- [applause] jimmy carter: and to do this, all of us habitat volunteers will raise $100 million. and we have already raised $20 million, so we have got a long way to go. this is a wonderful project, and thatu want to contribute, is fine. if you want to contribute to 1-800-habitat.er so let's all work together. and make work together america still a greater volunteer nation. thank you very much. [applause and cheers]
bill clinton: when president george h.w. bush was trying to persuade the congress to pass the americans with disabilities act, he said, our problems are great, but the heart of america is greater. that is what we are here to celebrate. us,ere all citizens, even before we were politicians. and after our time was over, we became citizens again. we have been volunteering since before our constitution, when benjamin franklin organized the first volunteer fire department in philadelphia. our neighbors, our friends have gotten an enormous amount of equity from these volunteers,
and a lot of money, but make no mistake about it. these were grievous storms back to back. there is still work to be done , and ourand in florida friends in puerto rico and the american virgin islands have only begun to dig their way out of what could be still a calamitous disaster. but it can be a new beginning if we just do what we ought to do and prove that the heart of america, without regard for race or religion or political party, is greater than our problem. [applause and cheers] >> howdy, texas. [applause and cheers]
barack obama: so all of us on this stage could not be prouder of the response of americans when they see their neighbors, and they see their friends, they see strangers in need, americans step up. [applause and cheers] barack obama: and as heartbreaking as the tragedy that took place during texas, in florida, in puerto rico, in the u.s. virgin islands, have been, what we have also seen is the ,pirit of america at its best when ordinary people step up and do extraordinary things. is a part of that process. i want to thank presidents george w. bush and most of all in outstanding american,
somebody who has always shown grace and character and courage, and served america nobly throughout the years, president george h.w. bush. we are so proud to be with you tonight. [applause and cheers] barack obama: he sets an example for all of us, as does first lady barbara bush. [applause and cheers] barack obama: and that spirit of volunteerism, that spirit that says we are all in this together , that in dire times and ignores all the differences we had before, that spirit is five pointsby the of light recipients whose
stories you just saw on the screen and who are here tonight. so it is my great pleasure to bring these outstanding americans to the stage so that you can acknowledge the extraordinary work they have done, i hope everybody who is watching is inspired by the work they have done. [applause and cheers] >> in 1989, in 1989, president george h.w. bush created the daily point of light award to
celebrate the power of an individual to make a difference in the lives of others. he was the first president in american history to institute a daily presidential recognition program from the white house. the work he began has taken root in america's fabric and has been built upon by every succeeding president. points of light proudly stewards his legacy by continuing to individuals with daily point of light awards, over 6000 to date. we are grateful to have president carter, president bush 41, president clinton, president bush 43, and president us.a stand with recognize andwe honor the following individual
points of light. zachary bering, for his volunteer leadership at an evacuation shelter. [applause and cheers] natalye paquin: leah albina for using her technology skills to be a virtual volunteer for storm survivors in texas and her home state of florida. shani for mobilizing 2500 members of the islamic imam fleet and volunteers. for using her professional skills as a wedding planner to organize volunteers to begin rebuilding more than 250 homes, and derrick o'keefe for organizing volunteers to prepare for and respond to hurricane irma and for coordinating the supply ships to puerto rico and
george w. bush: i too am here to urge you to give to this fine find, and i want to thank -- all ofnd i want to thank the volunteers. i speak for the folks when i say we admire and love george h.w. bush. [applause and cheers] >> c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that i