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Ex-Presidents Bill Clinton & George W. Bush join forces for Haiti relief fund

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House —  Ex-Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush attend a news conference with President Barack Obama. 01/16/10

 Former President Bill Clinton is leaving for quake-ravaged Haiti tomorrow to deliver much needed aid supplies and to meet with local leaders. Clinton is the U.N. special envoy to Haiti. Meanwhile, Haitian officials still fear more than 100,000 people have been killed by last Tuesday’s huge 7.0 earthquake, according to CNN.

Yesterday, Former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush joined President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden of the White House to announce the formation of a new relief effort, the Clinton Bush Fund.  The two former presidents will lead this fundraising operation. 

President Barack Obama:

“… what these gentlemen are going to be able to do is when the news media starts seeing its attention drift to other things but there’s still enormous needs on the ground, these two gentlemen of extraordinary stature I think are going to be able to help ensure that these efforts are sustained. And that’s why it’s so important and that’s why I’m so grateful that they agreed to do it.”

Ex-President George W. Bush:

“I commend the President for his swift and timely response to the disaster. I am so pleased to answer the call to work alongside President Clinton to mobilize the compassion of the American people…. The most effective way for Americans to help the people of Haiti is to contribute money.”

Ex-President Bill Clinton:

“Right now all we need to do is get food and medicine and water and a secure place for them to be. But when we start the rebuilding effort, we want to do what I did with the President’s father(George H.W. Bush) in the tsunami area. We want to be a place where people can know their money will be well spent; where we will ensure the ongoing integrity of the process.”

President Barack Obama:

“In the days ahead they’ll be asking everyone what they can do — individuals, corporations, NGOs, and institutions. And I urge everyone who wants to help to visit”


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20 Responses to Ex-Presidents Bill Clinton & George W. Bush join forces for Haiti relief fund

  1. Manny Ramirez Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 1:14 am #

    It is sad that Obama is probably become the worst president in US History. He was like a lot of people, all talk and no action.

  2. Fronnie Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 1:48 am #


    Where have you been in the past year, under a rock?
    Worst president in US history? Hmm, I think the president that left the country burden with two wars and a failing economy deserves that title more than President Obama.

    On well, some folks see only what they want to see.

  3. Manny Ramirez Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    And where have you been? It has been less than a year and what has your president done? Charisma isn’t going to carry the president. Think about it.

  4. Fronnie Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm #


    I find it interesting you say “your” president. Aren’t you an American?

    Who’s talking about Charisma? You may fall for that —but I don’t.

    Also,I’m give the Obama Administration credit for keeping this recession from sliding into a depression. I could list other things such as tough decisions on the two foreign wars and the fact we are very close to getting a national health plan.

    No matter what Obama does, I suspect you would still call it nothing.

  5. Manny Ramirez Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    Hmmmmm national health plan? I think that just tanked a few hours ago when a Republican just won the Massachusetts Senate Seat. GOODBYE national health plan. Obama just lost complete control. So continue giving credit to Obama and his administration.

    So what do plans now do you and Obama have?

  6. Fronnie Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 12:40 am #


    Since I’m not a member of the Obama Administration, I don’t know the president’s next move. However, I do know that we need a national health plan. Fear of change during difficult times is not uncommon. Hopefully, it will not slow down or derail this much needed health plan.

  7. Mark McGuire Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 1:22 am #

    “Much needed health plan?”

    Yeah, that’s what we need, more free health care for illegals!

    How about folks get a job that offers health care? Your job doesn’t offer health care? Pay for it like you pay for car insurance. Can’t afford it? Have less kids. Go to school, get a better job. Why should I subsidize people who made poor choices?

    Get rid of all the illegals and maybe we will have enough money to solve this problem. Secure the borders first!

  8. Fronnie Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 2:56 am #

    Mark & Manny,

    You know you need to get more original names and stop hiding behind the personas of famous ballplayers. It’s very distasteful. Don’t you both have enough imagination to come with your own names.

    Mark-whoever-you-are … you sound like you have a thing against illegals. You’re really not someone I want to have a discussion with.

    So come up with new names. I don’t want my blog used by people who want to make outrageous attacks while exploiting the names and images of famous people who are very much alive.

  9. Big Mac Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 12:41 am #

    Sorry to offend with my “name.” I am new here and saw a “Manny Ramirez” posted and thought it would be funny. Guess I could have use OJ Simpson, Goose Gossage, Fernando Valenzuela, Ron Cey, Pete Rose or Michael Jordan or even John Doe. No offense intended.

    As far as having “a thing against illegals.” As a matter a fact, YES, I do have something against illegals. Don’t you? I could go into a lot of reasons why this is, but how about we just break it down like this: These folks come here ILLEGALLY! As in they BREAK THE LAW! What in the world could you have as an argument for that?

  10. Fronnie Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    Big Mac,

    The new name is much better. Yes, the “Manny Ramirez” user sends the wrong message. I’m hoping he will follow your example and come up with a new name as well.

    As for “illegals,” you are right, they are in this country illegally —however, I don’t think that is a reason to “hate” on them.

  11. Manny Ramirez Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Quit skipping the issue Mz Lewis. Where in any part of Big Mac’s piece did he say that he hated them? Please dont be like your fellow blogger and start changing the subject when you start losing a debate.

    Obama HAS and IS in a a lot of trouble. The Democratic Party is starting to crumble. Obama is a MAJOR problem why the Democratic Party is crumbing. The proposed healthcare program was a joke to begin with.

    So instead of making issue with my name, as I have possessed since I started posting a few months ago. Make for a healthy debate. I know you hate to lose and if it weren’t for me, no one would on here.

    Happy Thursday to you. 🙂

  12. Manny Ramirez Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    P.S. Maybe my name is really Manny Ramirez.

  13. Fronnie Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm #


    I think we’ve done that dance before. Your chosen moniker has always been a problem. It would be nice if you would fix that personal issue.

  14. Fronnie Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm #


    As for the Democratic Party and President Obama — yes they have suffered a setback. However, I’m a believer that “it ain’t over until it’s over.”

  15. ECIO Friday, January 22, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    I am ECIO-possessor of great strength (Latin). Ok Happy now Mz. Lewis?

    Like in any great sport, it’s “GAME OVER” for Obama and his crew. It has now been over a year. Obama’s approval value is dwindling pretty rapidly. Even more so, over Tuesday’s GOP victory in Massachusetts.

    I think I spoke about charisma earlier. Charisma will not carry or make people happy. Strong leadership with conviction is what will lead people to follow. So far this has not happened at all during Mr. Obama’s tenure.

  16. Fronnie Friday, January 22, 2010 at 2:54 am #

    Welcome ECIO,

    I would not count President Obama out so quickly. Many did that during the presidential election and got a shock when Obama won.

    I agree charisma is nice, but strong leadership is what is needed. It will be interesting to watch to see how the Obama Administration weathers this new political storm.

  17. Big Mac Friday, January 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    I never said that I “Hated” illegals as “Manny” was nice enough to point out. In fact, I DO NOT hate anybody… Okay maybe I do hate a few people, but they are not illegal aliens!

    Look, government health care is not the answer. There are so many problems with such a system that I could not begin to discuss them here as it would take me all day and just don’t have the time to detail them.

    I don’t have anything against Obama, per say, I just don’t agree with his general philosophy on most topics. I specifically don’t want government health care.

    What I will say is that it will cost you, me and all the other working stiffs MORE MONEY! Like I said in my original post: If you don’t have insurance, GET A JOB. If you have a job without medical insurance, get a better job. If you can’t secure a better job, get some technical expertise, go to school, study, do something besides wake up at 11am and smoke weed all day – – Then go get a better job that offers medical insurance.

    Why should I subsidize folks who never picked up a book or thought it might be important to pick up a skill to help them and their family in life? WHY? Why should I subsidize a woman and her 7 kids from six different fathers, none of which by the way are home? WHY? I won’t even get into the fact the mom and/or dads are illegal and come have their kids here and by default, (the kids) become citizens!

    Life is all about choices. Good choices, bad choices. I have made some bad choices and paid the consequences of those choices. However, overwhelmingly (thanks to my parents by the way) I have made what I consider good choices. As a result, I have been able to get a good job which allows me to provide for my family, which includes medical insurance.

    Why should I give up my hard earned money to folks who consistently made poor choices throughout their lives? WHY?

  18. Fronnie Friday, January 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Big Mac,

    Your first rant against “illegals” was so intense and over the top, example “Get rid of all the illegals,” that it went beyond just being opposed to undocumented folks working in this country.

    Get real. We can’t “get rid of all the illegals” at this point. What we can do is managed the present situation with stiffer regulations for employers who hire “illegals” and tougher restrictions at the borders …etc. Also, I believe offering methods and plans for those “illegals” who are here to come out of the shadows and become citizens —with all the taxpaying responsibilities that go with that.

    As for health insurance — let’s hope you don’t get laid off from that good job you have right now. Hard working Americans should be able to continue to get health insurance no matter which company or job they are working. That’s what a national health plan would do. It’s not a free ride.

  19. Big Mac Friday, January 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    I disagree that my comments were over the top. They just aren’t soft or extremely liberal. It’s the truth! Your liberal viewpoint is just that, liberal. You want amnesty, right? That’s what you are saying. Let’s reward folks for breaking the law. I must disagree with you and just don’t understand that viewpoint.

    We (Americans) have let this go for soooo loooong that the answer does probably lay in a compromise of sorts. That compromise should include people paying a debt to our society for breaking the law! The solution should not include me paying for it!

    While getting laid off is always possible, I have a couple built in safeguards. I chose a profession and employer where it is unlikely I will get laid off. I have a small business on the side which would bring me some income if I were laid off. I have saved some money for that rainy day too. In an emergency (which getting laid off would be) I could use that savings. A couple other options are COBRA and purchasing my own policy (using the savings of course).

    IT ALL GOES BACK TO CHOICES! You see, I made sacrifices earlier in life so I could have a couple skills to sustain me and my family. The skills make me marketable to employers and customers. I gave up trips, cars and really nice stuff earlier in life and as a result I am very stable now. I also continue to spend within my means and don’t expect society to bail me out!!


    BTW – I disagree, IT IS A “FREE RIDE!” Not for you and me, but for the illegals AND others who expect society to bail them out of their poor decisions!!

  20. ECIO Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    Today’s topic, Obama is being woo’d as “anti-business” by 77 % of American investors. Gee, I wonder why? These people don’t have any confidence in Mr. Obama.
    Time is running out. Wake up Obama.

    For the most part, I do agree with Big Mac. I think there is too much fraud going on in this country too. I believe the laws are too liberal for financial crimes. I often wonder how a taxi cab driver can pay $600,000 for a home. I have a nice job and I can barely afford my $300,000 home.

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