January 16th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Presidents Clinton, Bush lead effort to raise funds for Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) – President Obama announced Saturday that President George W. Bush and President Clinton have agreed to lead an effort to raise funds for Haiti.

Clinton, who is the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, said he wants to accomplish a fundraising effort like the one he organized with President George H.W. Bush after the Asian tsunami in 2005.

"Right now, all we need to do is get food and medicine and water and a secure place for them to be," he said.

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  1. Gerry NH

    Good for both presidents I hope they get allot of donations to help Haiti.

    January 16, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. ralph sosa

    Good to see our Humanity at its best
    G-D bless the Haitian community

    January 16, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. payback

    .....BI-PARTISAN,.................WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ENOUGH SAID!

    January 16, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Silence Dogoode

    This is what it's all about. People from all walks of life putting aside our political, personal and religious differences to help people who are in need. Thank you to President Obama and Former Pres Bush and Clinton. it is a good thing you are trying to accomplish. You are being great role models for coming together to assist others.

    January 16, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Good for these ex-Presidents and I wish them well.

    However, I have to take a moment here to praise Dr. Sanjay Gupta for the work he did last night, alone with his security and camera teams, at a field hospital in Haiti, after doctors and nurses were ordered by the UN to leave for security reasons. Dr. Gupta, on Anderson Cooper last night, seemed shocked at this development. There were patients just out of surgery who needed attending, and he stayed. What a treasure you have there, CNN. I don't know words sufficient enough to praise this man.

    January 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. strong

    For once I won't be cynical.

    I hope these 2 ex presidents do real good for these poor people of Haiti. Hope it is just not photo op for them.

    January 16, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. AJ

    Bush is actually doing something decent for someone? Really? There's something fishy about this. This is a one relief effort I will not be donating to. Anything with Bush involved can't be good!

    January 16, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Meka

    And as we ALL WITNESSED, Bush was trying to make a JOKE of the situation.

    IT DOESN'T SURPRISE ANYONE!

    January 16, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Paul H

    People are going to wail on Bush over how Hurricane Katrina aftermath was handled. But I think way to much blame was put toward Bush administration, and not enough blame was put on the local government, or the local authorities in general.
    The initial response to these things always comes from the local authorities first, then federal aid rolls in for support, or clean up. The state of Louisiana was ill prepared for this disaster, there for anything after that was going to be ill prepared as well.
    The fact that Bush, and Clinton are manning up to do this for Haiti is wonderful. I'm glad it's happening.

    January 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Clement

    If Miss Clinton landed in Haïti before some non-American crafts with help on board, it will be a shame !
    Spanish planes, French planes (one with a mobile hospital) were'nt allowed to land for 2 days ! American's crafts only ?
    It might not to be said that America slow down help ! It s a shame.

    European country are more experienced in rescue for earthquakes, floods, than USA (remember Katrina...) : if always thinking America is the better in every way, USA makes a big mistake ! (remember Ieaq and "the Old Europe"... :-(

    I think CNN won't spend a cent of reporting errors of judgment of USA's organisation in Haïti, because of jingoism.
    A true patriot want his country to improve. And we can improve only by checking our mistakes, and correct them.

    January 16, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. maple flower

    Bush is ONLY involved to try and save face after his disastrous handling of Katrina. If he has ANYTHING to do with distributing money and resources, I'm sure he will choose to help businesses and the wealthy over the poor and suffering. I urge fellow Americans to contribute to an organization NOT tainted by his presence so we can be sure the money goes where it is INTENDED!

    January 16, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Jay, Illinois

    Probably the only thing Bush has done to benefit nonwealthy people in his whole life.

    Clinton has a record of doing these things. Bush is probably doing it because it just looks good.

    January 16, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Willy Brown

    Glad to see President Bush leading Clinton & Obama.

    January 16, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. B

    I don’t understand what they expect "W" to do. I am surprised that he found his way back to the White House !

    After what he Totally failed on concerning Katrina.

    Idiot !

    January 16, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Let the Bush bashing begin. I'm sure all you liberals will never be able to point out anything he can do that is good, so you'll just repeat all the bad stuff you can think of. You'll bring up Katrina, no matter that the failure was with the city and state officials as well, then the wars (because they have nothing to do with this) and then the economy (because there were no democrats involved in that at all). Of course, you'll ignore the tsunami response all together (because that might make him look good).

    January 16, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |