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Monday 3 January 2005

Elder Bush, Clinton to Lead Relief Effort

Former presidents Clinton and George Bush Sr to lead american charity drive. More Info


President Bush on Monday tapped two former presidents — his father, President George H.W. Bush, and his predecessor, President Clinton — to lead a nationwide, private fund-raising campaign to help victims of the Asian tsunamis.

"I ask every American to contribute as they are able to do so," Bush said in the White House's Roosevelt Room, the two former presidents at his side.

Clinton and the first President Bush are to lead an effort to encourage the American people and American businesses to support relief and reconstruction activities in areas devastated by the tsunamis, the president said.


"In the coming days, Presidents Clinton and Bush will ask Americans to donate directly to reliable charities already providing help to tsunami victims," Bush said. "I've asked the former presidents to solicit contributions both large and small."

The president urged Americans to give money instead of other items. "Cash donations are most useful," he said.
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Blogger Darcy said :

Hats off to President Bush for leading the worldwide relief effort in Asia. In these dire times it takes a great President to lead such a force and Mr. Bush has taken that post.
HATS OFF TO THE PRESIDENT

Mon Jan 03, 10:52:00 PM IST  
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Mon Jan 03, 11:16:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

our great president has suddenly awakened from his dream vacation to realize that his chance to show leadership in a humanitarian effort to save peoples lives (and not war to kill people for a change) is fading away fast... and decided to spend some more money from his rich coffers after Japan's "in your face" grant of $500 mn (compare that to US's initial $35 mn!) has ashamed the US...

surely the richest country on this planet can do better than that... !

nik

Mon Jan 03, 11:22:00 PM IST  
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Mon Jan 03, 11:51:00 PM IST  
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Mon Jan 03, 11:51:00 PM IST  
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Mon Jan 03, 11:52:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Hi......
I watched the President this morning just holding my breath. I hoped that on top of his announcement of the charity drive, that he would use the opportunity to tell the nation he had decided to forgo his inagural parties.......he did not. I am so disappointed and saddened by this continued selfishness. He asks all of us to give, and, please don't get me wrong, that is what all of us who can SHOULD do, but why didn't he take this golden opportunity to give up the balls and extravagance to save lives???? Again, this president disappoints me and makes me ashamed to be American. (Although the people of this country, especially now, give me hope.)

Thanks for reading.

Mon Jan 03, 11:54:00 PM IST  
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Tue Jan 04, 12:00:00 AM IST  
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Tue Jan 04, 12:09:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

I was shocked to hear how little was being spent, but then learned this is actually typical for the U.S. Typically, money is given over time as it becomes clear where the money will be spent. This seems like bad timing though, given recent events.

Tue Jan 04, 12:13:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

I am glad to hear former President Bill Clinton is involved in this humanitarian effort...I am sure he will be a major force in raising much needed funds!
Clinton fan in Winnipeg, Canada.

Tue Jan 04, 12:16:00 AM IST  
Blogger Christopher said :

I watched this morning also, and while I applaud this action, it shouldn't have taken a week for him to get off of his duff and do something. The original $35 million dollar pledge is a terribly small sum of money and it was ridiculed all over the globe. I'm glad to see that he eventually upped the ante ten-fold to $350 million, but it was only done to save face. I have always been a big supporter of President Bush, but this really irked me. I posted a rather lengthy comment about this on my own blog. Instead of pasting the entire post here, I'll just note the link: http://choosechris.blogspot.com/2005/01/tsunami-relief-efforts-update.html.

Tue Jan 04, 12:33:00 AM IST  
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Tue Jan 04, 01:37:00 AM IST  
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Tue Jan 04, 02:48:00 AM IST  
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Tue Jan 04, 02:49:00 AM IST  
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Tue Jan 04, 02:50:00 AM IST  
Blogger k.r.a.k.t.i.k said :

Err...

Listen people, this blog is for tsunami relief. Looks to me like y'all have some issues with which you're getting carried away at a forum not meant for them. Please restrict your comments to helping suggestions and likewise, and please keep your Bush-Bashing and Neo-AmericanPatriotism elsewhere, thank you.

TK

Tue Jan 04, 03:25:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

This is more a question than a comment. Someone told me that President Carter was deliberately left out of the loop to solicit for aid for the SEA-EAT. Is this true, and if so, why?

Fri Jan 07, 04:24:00 AM IST