March 18th, 2010
09:31 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton, Bush to visit Haiti next week

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will travel to Haiti next week to meet with government officials and others involved in relief efforts after January's earthquake.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will travel to Haiti next week to meet with government officials and others involved in relief efforts after January's earthquake.

(CNN) - Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will travel to Haiti next week to meet with government officials and others involved in relief efforts after January's massive earthquake.

The two former presidents will make the trip on behalf of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, established to raise money for long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in the impoverished nation, according to a statement from the fund Thursday.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake January 12 killed at least 220,000 people and demolished large parts of Port-au-Prince, the nation's capital. About 300,000 people were injured and 1 million were left homeless, the government said.

In the aftermath of the January earthquake, President Barack Obama asked President Clinton and President Bush to raise funds for high-impact relief and recovery efforts to help those who are most in need of assistance," said the fund's statement. "In response, the two presidents established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to respond to unmet needs in the country, foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life over the long term for those affected and assist the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and 'build back better.' "


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Infrastructure

    Any remaining buildings that are standing should be torn down. When the rebuilding effort begins, ALL of the buildings should meet code.

    March 18, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Andy

    These 2 are doing alot of good together much before now and they are a dem and a repub,wish they would pass on their notes to others.Believe they have mutual respect for each other,I do.

    March 18, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Patrick

    I'm proud of both of them.

    March 18, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    I think Bush and Clinton is showing America and the World that even though we have DIFFERENCES – we all come together for a CAUSE (wow, I like that even though Bush is not my favorite person).

    This is good for America!!!

    March 18, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Fitz in Texas

    Maybe while they are over there they might fly the American flag that the Obama administration won't allow.

    The Obama administration says flying the flag could give Haiti the wrong idea.

    "We are not here as an occupation force, but as an international partner committed to supporting the government of Haiti on the road to recovery,"

    Yet, all the other nations fly their flag. The American people have given the most to Haiti, yet this President refuses to fly our flag. Down right disgusting on the part of this administration.

    March 18, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. John

    Clinton, Bush to visit Haiti next week

    GWB will show up, walk around, shake hands, and grin.

    But he'll leave the actual work and responsibility to others.

    As usual.

    March 18, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. marty

    It will be interesting to see exactly what George will actually do to help the people of Haiti. Hopefully, Bill will be the 'decider'.....we don't want more of the 'Katrina promises', NYC photo-ops, or Mission accomplished banner waving. This is just too serious.

    March 18, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Good For you

    God bless you for helping the needy and for motivating us all.

    March 18, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. a canuck

    Obama is smart......he knows how to keep these guys busy and out of trouble...and Haiti will benefit in the long run.... this is how experience as a community organizer comes in to play...do ya get it ?

    March 18, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'm not so sure throwing money at Haiti is the answer right now until the their so-called government shows more effort to rebuild. Maybe the only humane thing to do is only address the health issues these people are facing until their government shows some effort in putting together a plan to rebuild and that doesn't just mean a only a government palace. I find it deplorable the government would force these people off the palace grounds.

    March 18, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Anonymous

    After GWB screwed over New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina, how can anyone justify him going to Haiti? Hope the people of Haiti can stand a joke.

    March 18, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |