Former Presidents Gather For Tribute to George H.W. Bush & Volunteer Service

Mar 21, 2011 8:19pm

ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:

All four living former presidents gathered tonight at Washington’s Kennedy Center for a tribute to President George H.W. Bush and volunteer service.

Bush, in a wheelchair, was joined by Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush to highlight the powerful role that volunteer service can play in people's lives.

It marked the first time the four former presidents have come together since President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. President Obama, who is currently on a trip to South America, taped a video message for the event.

Tonight's tribute to the elder Bush — called “All Together Now: A Celebration of Service” — featured a star-studded lineup including Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Jim Nantz, and Garth Brooks, among others.

"He makes everyone feel like they're the star and he's not," Garth Brooks said of Bush 41 as the country music star made his way down the red carpet.

"There are a lot of families in different walks of life that give a lot back, so I don't think we're unique in that regard," said Jeb Bush.

The event will air on NBC next week.

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