Bill Clinton and George Bush Best of Pals Now for Haiti
January 18, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Former heads of state Democratic President William J. Clinton and Republican President George W. Bush, usually don’t travel in the same circles. But at the request of President Obama, the two former leaders have come together to lend their political goodwill to help coordinate the relief efforts in Haiti. Since the poor Caribbean nation was destroyed by a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, Clinton and Bush have already formed the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and set up a Web site to accept donations. Since its inception the fund has received more than 90,000 contributions.
Their joint statement on the Haiti Fund Web site asks for donations to help save lives and rebuild the devastated island nation:
Our immediate priority is to save lives. The critical needs in Haiti are great, but they are also simple: food, water, shelter, and first-aid supplies. The best way concerned citizens can help is to donate funds that will go directly to supplying these material needs.
“Through the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, we will work to provide immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors. We will channel the collective goodwill around the globe to help the people of Haiti rebuild their cities, their neighborhoods, and their families.
We ask each of you to give what you can to help ensure the people of Haiti can build back stronger and better than ever.Both of us have personally witnessed the tremendous generosity and goodwill of the American people and of our friends around the world to help in times of great need. There is no greater rallying cry for our common humanity than witnessing our neighbors in distress. And, like any good neighbor, we have an obligation and desire to come to their aid.”