WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has tapped former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to lead private sector fundraising efforts for Haiti.
Enlisting ex-presidents' help in responding to a natural disaster is just what Bush did in 2004 after a tsunami ripped across Asia. Back then, it was Clinton and former president George H.W. Bush who assisted in relief efforts.
In a joint statement, George W. Bush and Clinton said, "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."
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says Obama called his predecessors yesterday to ask them for their assistance because he
thought Bush's decision to mobilize former presidents during the tsunami was a good one.
Gibbs said the Obama administration's criticism of Bush's actions during the response to Hurricane Katrina were irrelevant.