Bill Clinton, George W. Bush join for Haiti

Former presidents come together to raise money to help earthquake victims

By Alex Koppelman
Published January 15, 2010 2:15AM (EST)

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush aren't exactly kindred spirits. But they'll be working together for at least a little while now, as President Obama has asked them to lead fundraising efforts in the wake of the earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this week. Below, a joint statement the two put out Thursday:

We are deeply saddened by the devastation and suffering caused by the recent earthquake in Haiti. The people of Haiti are in our thoughts and prayers.

We are pleased to accept President Obama's request to lead private sector fundraising efforts. In the days and weeks ahead, we will draw attention to the many ways American citizens and businesses can help meet the urgent needs of the Haitian people.

Americans have a long history of showing compassion and generosity in the wake of tragedy. We thank the American people for rallying to help our neighbors in the Caribbean in their hour of suffering - and throughout the journey of rebuilding their nation.

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Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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