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Picture Of Former Presidents With Lady Gaga Goes Viral (Photo)

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A photo of pop star Lady Gaga posing with five former presidents is making the rounds online after the group collaborated to help raise money for those affected by the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The One America Appeal fundraiser on Oct. 21 saw former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama come together to raise money for hurricane victims, reports The Hill.

They were joined by Lady Gaga, who made a surprise appearance at the Texas A&M University event and performed her hit songs "Million Reasons," "You And I" and "The Edge of Glory," notes Billboard.

Later, the pop singer posted a photo on her Twitter page in which she stands behind all five living former leaders of the nation.

"Nothing more beautiful than everyone putting their differences aside to help humanity in the face of catastrophe," she captioned the photo, which had more than 145,000 likes within two days.

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A number of Twitter users said the pop singer fit right in with the former leaders of the nation, with some jokingly calling her a president. George H.W. Bush tweeted two days later that he would gladly "have sung [with Lady Gaga] if asked" and thanked everyone for supporting the cause.

As of Oct. 21, the campaign had raised $31 in private donations from more than 80,000 people, notes The Hill.

"With damage estimates from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria topping $300 billion and requiring months and years of rebuilding ahead, we hope this strong start to the One America Appeal is just that -- a start," David Jones, CEO of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, said in a statement. "The former presidents want to thank each donor who, out of the goodness of their hearts, has given of themselves in such a selfless way to help their fellow Americans."

President Donald Trump did not attend the event, although he did record a video message, which was played for the audience.

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"This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and our devotion to one another," Trump said in the message, according to the Washington Examiner.

During her surprise performance, Lady Gaga shared that she donated $1 million to an effort that supports the mental health and emotional recovery of the hurricane victims, notes Billboard.

"We must also recover mentally, as well as physically," she said. "We need to help these survivors recover from the trauma of losing their homes, losing their lives, watching everything get washed away ... The response to these disasters must encompass the survivors' mental and emotional needs, as well as their physical well-being ... The most special thing of all is how pain is such an equalizer, and in a time of catastrophe, we all put our differences aside and we come together, because we need each other, or we can't survive."

Sources: The Hill (2), Washington Examiner, Billboard, Lady Gaga/Twitter, George H.W. Bush/Twitter / Featured Image: Justin Higuchi/Flickr / Embedded Images: Lady Gaga/Twitter (2)

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