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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:06 PM
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A Helping Hand for Haiti - A NY Times Op-Ed by Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/opinion/17clinton.htm...



This weekend, President Obama asked us to spearhead private-sector fund-raising efforts in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that ravaged Haiti. We are pleased to answer his call.

Throughout both our careers in public service, we have witnessed firsthand the amazing generosity of the American people in the face of calamity. From the Oklahoma City bombings to 9/11, from the tsunami in South Asia to Hurricane Katrina, Americans have rallied to confront disaster natural or man-made, domestic or abroad with the determination, compassion and unity that have defined our nation since its founding.

After the tsunami, Americans gave more than $1 billion to help the people of South Asia. The recent earthquake in Haiti is estimated to have had an impact on nearly three million people 30 percent of Haitis population. We know the American people will respond again. Just as any of us would reach out to a neighbor in need here at home, we will do everything we can to give aid, care and comfort to our neighbors in the Caribbean, now and in the months and years to come.

With advances in technology, giving to relief efforts is easier than ever before. Organizations like the Red Cross have been stunned at the amount of money pouring in through an innovative fund-raising effort that allows cellphone users to text a $10 donation that will be added to their cellphone bills. The State Department raised more than $1 million in the first 24 hours, with millions more coming in the days since the earthquake. This money is being channeled to reliable charities with long experience in disaster relief, ensuring that Americans contributions are put to effective use.

More at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/opinion/17clinton.htm...
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pretzel4gore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:26 PM
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1. screw clinton
frickin traitor
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