January 17th, 2010
12:16 PM ET
4 years ago

George W. Bush: 'We're a safe haven' for donations to Haiti

Washington (CNN) – The public can rest assured that donations made to a new bipartisan fundraising effort for Haiti will be accounted for and properly spent, former President George W. Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Bush joined his predecessor, former President Clinton, at the White House Saturday as President Obama announced that his two forerunners have agreed to join forces to lead what is hoped to be a massive private fundraising effort in support of quake-stricken Haiti.

“Here at home, Presidents Bush and Clinton will help the American people to do their part,” Obama said Saturday.

In a sit-down interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King taped soon after the White House announcement, Bush said the public needn’t worry about any money donated to the new Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

“One of the thing I am concerned about is that on these – during these crises, all kinds of fake charities spring up,” Bush told King, “that, you know, take advantage of people’s goodwill, and we’re a safe haven. We will make sure the money is accounted for and there’s transparency, and properly spent.”

The joint effort between Bush and Clinton is reminiscent of a similar effort by Clinton and 41st president George H.W. Bush to raise private funds and awareness after the massive Indian Ocean tsunami in 2005.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • George W. Bush • Haiti • State of the Union
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Chipster

    I loved when former President Bush said, "..you want to help...just send cash!"

    Thank you, President Bush, for cutting to the chase and telling it like it is. Just send money. The organized relief groups can make that money go much farther than individuals can. The American people are so generous. God bless you Bush and Clinton.

    Be certain you send to a reputable charity or to the Bush/Clinton fund. There are already a lot of scams online and NEVER, ever, ever respond to an email requesting money for this or any other charity. Go directly to the charity's website and be sure it's secure.

    Non of the relief efforts will ever send you an email that asks you to click on a link in the email to donate. Delete any such email immediately – absolutely do not click on any link.

    January 17, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. ICARE - countdown to 2011

    Thank you for reporting this. I often wonder which foundation will be the better one to donate to...

    January 17, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. bs

    I agree with President Bush.

    I think the Feed the Children group is also excellent. These people are true Christians. They have been helping the children for years .

    January 17, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. joyce

    I am so pleased to see the two former presidents working in a
    totally bi-partisan and Christian manner to help our neighbor, Haiti.
    I chose to give my donation directly to their fund, as I feel confident
    that these two great leaders can pull together and help rebuild Haiti
    after all the emergency needs are attended to.

    January 17, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Not a fan of Bush, but I do commend him for putting politics aside and helping the people of Haiti in this disaster.

    January 17, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. ramdeesl

    I agree with Bush

    January 17, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    Please use our donations to buy goats, chickens or other farm animals for Haitians in the country side so they can self-sustain in the long term. These animals and their offspring can provide proteins and other nutrients for many families for the long term. Thanks for the good work!

    Heifer International also does such charity work.

    January 17, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Fitz in Texas

    "The public can rest assured that donations made to a new bipartisan fundraising effort for Haiti will be accounted for and properly spent, former President George W. Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union."

    I would trust President Bush with these donations. Most of the other folks up their in Washington I wouldn't.

    January 17, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. worriedmom

    God Bless You President Bush and President Clinton for having the hearts to help fellow mankind! You are setting a great example for others!

    January 17, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |