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Clinton Bush Haiti Fund launches

January 16, 2010 | 12:04 pm

Aa By Mark Silva

Reporting from Washington -- Three presidents from opposing parties stood united outside the White House this morning to signal the launch of an aggressive private fundraising drive for the earthquake-stricken nation of Haiti.

"These two leaders send an unmistakable message to the people of Haiti and the world," Obama said of the former presidents flanking him in the Rose Garden. "In a moment of need, the United States stands united."

Obama, in turning to his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, and Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton, has borrowed a page from the Bush playbook in the aftermath of a South Asian tsunami that claimed a massive toll in 2004: Bush tapped Clinton and the president's father, former President George H.W. Bush, to spearhead fundraising.

"This is a model that works," Obama said.

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Website: Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

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Photo: President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush announce plans for a Haiti earthquake relief fund to be run by the ex-presidents. Credit: Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images.


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