Haiti’s Lucky Bill Clinton’s on the Case

By Yul

Reports from Haiti should make everyone jump up from their comfy sofas and make a donation to the relief efforts. Obama seems on top of the situation, but his reaction reminded me of the android Data on Star Trek: Next Generation.

While I’m glad the cat keeps cool in a crisis, a little unscripted human response to such widespread suffering wouldn’t have been amiss.

And although Obama says the U.S. will continue to help Haiti as long as needed, who knows what he’ll do if Republicans balk? I could hear them whining that Haitians should be able to pick themselves up by their own bootstraps, and to provide them free medical care right now would lead to socialism.

I could see Obama giving up on his monetary pledge in exchange for a truckload of blankets and still claiming his relief effort a big success.

For the sake of Haiti, thank goodness Obama tapped Bill Clinton to head up fund-raising and aid, with George W. Bush as his token sidekick.

Bill’s the only one I’ve seen on TV talking about Haiti. Bush is probably having a Katrina moment in Texas while Laura tries to pound into his head that Haiti’s in REALLY BIG trouble.

Clinton — talking off the cuff to NBC and CBS — came across so strong, reassuring, AND empathetic. Nothing dry or clinical about his descriptions of the suffering. He totally gets the urgency of finding survivors and stabilizing life for the now-homeless. But he’s also hopeful about how quickly Haiti will recover with continuing help, because he says they were already on the right track when they were knocked flat.

I hope Obama has been taking notes.

PS: The William J. Clinton Foundation Web site makes it very easy to help. The Red Cross is also accepting donations.

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7 Responses to Haiti’s Lucky Bill Clinton’s on the Case

  1. Bob says:

    I am glad that both our nations are pulling up their collective sleves and helping out in this disaster.

    Sad to say that it takes an event of this size for Haiti to FINALLY get some help.

  2. catsworking says:

    We were listening to Rush LimPaw just a little while ago and, as you’d expect, he was saying that the last thing Haiti needs is for people to be throwing money at it. It will only lead to bigger problems.

    I guess if he found his house flattened and every stitch of his clothing and food destroyed, he’d have a better understanding of the purpose of money after a disaster.

  3. Adele says:

    Yul, who knew you were a Trekkie? We all need to cut back on our treats and give as much as we can. Maybe Ole Bill will turn out to be a great ex-president — he does have empathy down, although you have to wonder about his empathy for average Americans when he galloped through deregulation of financial institutions and his empathy for the poor when he pushed through a totally inadequate welfare reform program; I’m just sayin’.

    Nothing can beat Pat Robertson’s statement about Hatians having been in league with Satan, during their 19th century revolt and all subsequent disasters being related to that unnatural relationship with the Prince of Darkness. Yecch! And why do politicians (Obama, et.al.)always say we need to remember disaster victims (victims in general) in our prayers? I get so sick of having religion constantly brought up — we need to give materially as much as we can. Prayers aren’t going to provide food, water, medicine or shelter.

  4. catsworking says:

    Adele, you’re right about the praying. If God wasn’t paying attention while the country got flattened, it’s hard to imagine He’s going to be lifting a finger to help it now. Maybe it’s a test for the rest of the world, or maybe just another one of His sick jokes.

    I was thinking that Bill Clinton seems to be taking a page out of Jimmy Carter’s book and trying to be a better person and do some good, after all the trouble he stirred up as president. George W. Bush, on the other hand, has yet to show any such tendencies. I guess he’s giving Obama his space by staying under the radar, which is more polite of him than Cheney has been.

    You just knew Pat Robertson was going to come out with something biblical and stupid about Haiti. He’s become so predictable. When the dust settles, there will probably be some Haitians making voodoo dolls in his honor.

    Yep, I am a Trekker (Hmm… we hardcore fans hate to be called Trekkies), since we only have one TV and we watch what Karen watches. We’ve seen all the original series and Next Gen, but lost interest after that. Deep Space Nine did nothing for us, and nobody could warm up to a female captain (Sorry, Kate Mulgrew! Nothing personal.).

  5. deb says:

    that is who got my money…Old Bill’s foundation.

  6. catsworking says:

    Deb, this morning Karen was reading in the paper about various online scams for Haiti relief that misdirect you to a site that only LOOKS like the real deal and she thought, “Holy crap! Did that happen with the Clinton Foundation?” After she tried to donate to the Red Cross and found the Haiti option buried in the site, and then the donation page dead, she went to Clinton, and his site was so amazingly on target and easy to use, she got sucked right in.

    One red flag popped up when the site said that e-mail acknowledgments might be delayed because of volume, and nothing came yesterday, so she was thinking, “Oh great, they just took the money and ran,” and was considering her options of disputing the charge with her credit card company. But then there it was in her in-box. The acknowledgment. Now she feels so much better.

  7. MorganLF says:

    Bill rules.

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