January 14th, 2010
07:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush pitch in on Haiti relief


Former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush have accepted President Obama's request to lead a private fundraising effort to help Haiti. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) - Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have agreed to help the Obama administration's efforts to help bring swift aid to Haiti, according to two officials familiar with the discussions. The two former presidents will reprise the role that Clinton and ex-President George H.W. Bush played after the tsunami, and are expected to tape public service announcements urging American to make charitable donations. The two leaders are also likely to travel to Haiti at an appropriate time, according to the officials.

Update: Former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush issued the following statement Thursday evening.

We are deeply saddened by the devastation and suffering caused by the recent earthquake in Haiti. The people of Haiti are in our thoughts and prayers.

We are pleased to accept President Obama's request to lead private sector fundraising efforts. In the days and weeks ahead, we will draw attention to the many ways American citizens and businesses can help meet the urgent needs of the Haitian people.

Americans have a long history of showing compassion and generosity in the wake of tragedy. We thank the American people for rallying to help our neighbors in the Caribbean in their hour of suffering – and throughout the journey of rebuilding their nation.

For information on how you can contribute, please visit www.georgewbushcenter.com/haiti and www.clintonfoundation.org/haitiearthquake.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • George W. Bush • Haiti
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Bush? Maybe a building will fall on him and prove there is a god.

    January 14, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Tef

    What is Dubya going to do? Fly over it, go to his gated white community and forget about it? He should be in Port-au-Prince (with the fat radio host) burying bodies as atonement for Katrina!

    January 14, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. tom

    It's good this is happening. At least all the childish bickering has slowed for a while. Everyone needs to unite for this effort.

    January 14, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. msfox2000

    it doesn't seem quite fair to those who suffered and perished in new orleans that bush gets a do-over but i appreciate obama giving him the chance to redeem himself

    January 14, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
1 2 3