January 20th, 2010
07:48 PM ET
13 years ago

Obamas give money to Haiti relief fund

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/20/art.bobcw0120.gi.jpg caption="The president and first lady have donated $15,000 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund."]
Washington (CNN) - The first couple made a big contribution to help Haiti on Wednesday, giving $15,000 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund set up after last week's earthquake the devastated the Caribbean nation.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama "have been inspired by the way that millions of Americans have responded with tremendous generosity to the Haiti crisis - even in these tough economic times," said Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. "So, today, they sent their own check for
$15,000 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to support the ongoing relief efforts in that country."

Obama asked his two immediate predecessors - former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton - to set up the fund to raise money for relief and recovery efforts in Haiti and ensure that contributions continue long after the news media moves on to other stories.

According to the Web site for the fund, http://www.clintonbushhaitifund.org, it has received 126,000 contributions to date.

Filed under: Haiti • Michelle Obama • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. File under "Sarcasm"

    Remind me, how many millions has he made off his books. And Haiti is only worth $15000. I'm happy he made a contribution but that's like most of us kicking in 25 cents as I read somewhere their net worth is $8-10 million.

    January 20, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  2. R

    This is nice. But why wait to be inspired by the people before donating? Shouldn't have they been the first to do so?

    January 20, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  3. arch

    $15,000? Why didn't he donate his salary for 1 year. He is not hurting and will never be hurting.

    January 20, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  4. aware

    It is in bad tast to announce the amount of a gift! But then Obama is out of touch with reality.

    January 21, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  5. Nea

    Say what you want about this President at least he leads by example, And i PRAY he havent given up on getting health care fixed in this country, yes, people need jobs too but im afraid some just want to blame the President while they just sit on their butt and complain about not having a job.People blaming and complaing is not going to get you anywhere at least go and look for a job, Do you part first Please!

    January 21, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  6. Preston k

    Pkm nice job mr obama lets see if the gop members will matchit

    January 21, 2010 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
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