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January 15th, 2010
09:36 AM ET

Former President Clinton on Haiti: "We will try to help raise long-term American giving"

Former President Bill Clinton is the U.N.'s special envoy to Haiti. In an online article he wrote for Time magazine this week, he says he first went to Haiti in 1975 and the nation, its history and its culture have been special to him ever since. President Obama is committing 100 million dollars towards the disaster and has asked the former President Clinton to work with former president George W. Bush and lead America's humanitarian effort. Former president Clinton spoke with CNN's John Roberts Friday.

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  1. ronvan

    WHO the heck is in charge of this mess? Alot of what we are hearing and seeing could be prevented if SOMEONE was actually in charge and making decisions! And YES, before this disaster becomes "old news" I would like to see our Presidents working HARD, to get commitments from other countries to provide "monies" for the future. One has to hang their heads in disblief as to how screwed up things are getting! Don't we ever learn?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:18 am |
  2. eliz wolfgang

    Stop the sensationalism, Get to the problem and the People. I am talking about the people who need supplies now. I am not talking about the people who are rescued from the rubble; they will be taken care of. I am talking about the people who are in the streets who need food and water. This is not about the survival of the fittest. This is about people helping people.

    If the agencies cannot get through with supplies, use the choppers, but get a get a group of able-bodied, not wounded, MEN and WOMEN together to go and get supplies and bring them back to the people in their sector. Give one or two people in each sector in the streets the authority to do this. Get the fittest that can assist in this endeavor.

    Use word of mouth for communication.

    Let them all know what this will entail and they can go back to their sectors and let the people know. Leadership is needed for this. They in turn will select others who can help in this way; they should not bombard the choppers that are bringing in the supplies. That will defeat the purpose and it is not helping matters.

    But the People should agree if they are going to get thru this…Together and with God’s help

    January 18, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  3. Roman, Butler, Pa

    So when are you leaving for Haiti? These people are doing their jobs and that's to report to the World how desperate things are in Haiti. And I can see each one of them pitching in, in someway or another. But, you, you just complain. So when are you leaving?

    January 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  4. mike

    I feel for the people of Haiti but we have to stop giving accessive aid to other countries. We shouldn't provide more aid then what is needed to get them back to a similiar situation then they were in before the quake. If we do give more there should be some sort of commitment required from them. Be it military bases, access to natural resources or some other form of pay back.
    The same should apply to Iraq and Afganistan. They are of strategic military value and rich in natural resources so we need to take advantage of that.

    January 17, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  5. Joan

    I am having a very hard time understanding why the people in Haiti are having such a hard time getting the help they NEED. The current and pas Presidents keep saying that people in Haiti will not be forgotten> We see no help there except the News people. The help is near why cant they give the hepl they NEED. We as US Americans need to pressure are elected officals to Give the help they NEED.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  6. David Palomares

    Isn't it a shame that news outlets [CNN] around the world were able to get hundreds of journalist in to shove cameras in everyone's face and ask questions like ' What happen' What did you see and oh 'Are you OKAY' .. 'A yeah if i can remove the ton of bricks laying on top of me'
    But yet they can't get the much needed supplies to these people.

    Dr. Gupta walking through all those hurt and maimed showing but not helping. Guess it's not in his contract.
    Nor in Anderson Cooper's to grab a shovel.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:58 am |