Michelle Obama and Laura Bush appear in the concert of Global Citizen special to share messages of gratitude

“Michelle and I are delighted to join you this evening in their homes for this special program,” Bush said.

The two women took turns to talk.

“We’ve had the profound privilege to meet you and your families. Your hopes, your struggles, and your triumphs,” Obama said. “The spirit and courage of the American people are most evident in times of crisis, and during this period of physical separation, we have never been closer. Not only in our great country but this evening we are with the people of the world, “Bush said.

Then, they expressed their gratitude to the health workers and first responders, as well as pharmacists, veterinarians, sanitation workers, and those who work in supermarkets or to deliver food and supplies to households. “You are the fabric of our country and your strength will bring us through this crisis,” Bush said.

Obama ended the message by saying: “The days ahead will not be easy, but our global family is strong. We will continue to be here for each other and we will overcome this crisis. Together. Thank you.”

In their lives after the White House, both Bush and Obama have maintained initiatives that began in part while serving as first ladies, most of which help to empower women and girls around the world. Bush heads the Women’s Initiative of the George W. Bush Institute, which helps to promote health care, education, economic opportunities, and human rights. Obama has numerous causes through the Foundation for Obama, including the Girls the Opportunity Alliance, which focuses on educating young women from all over the world to empower them for a successful future.

The two have expressed an affinity mutual among themselves, on display in a handful of events in recent years that Bush and Obama have shared the stage.

In 2016, during an event at the Presidential Center George W. Bush in Dallas organized by Bush, Obama will be joined by video.

“As you all know, I admire and respect deeply Laura,” Obama said at the time. “And I think that it is important to collaborate with people you admire and respect, regardless of party. That is what makes a democracy work, and of truth.”

Saturday “One world: together in the home” The event is aimed to raise funds for the Fund of Solidarity Response COVID-19 to the World Health Organization.

The event of a one-hour duration began online before being transmitted simultaneously in major tv networks. Musicians and artists from all over the world, including Lady Gaga, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Maluma, and Lizzo, made appearances.

This story has been updated with additional information about the work after the White House of Obama and Bush.

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