The effort of newly created Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will kick into high gear on Sunday as both Clinton and Bush will appear on all of the morning talk shows. The appearances will be George W. Bush’s first since leaving office. In contrast to his former vice president, Bush is showing Cheney how he is supposed to act.
Here is the video of Clinton, Bush and Obama discussing the relief effort in Haiti:
Bush said today, “The most effective way for Americans to help the people of Haiti is to contribute money. That money will go to organizations on the ground and will be — who will be able to effectively spend it. I know a lot of people want to send blankets or water — just send your cash. One of the things that the President and I will do is to make sure your money is spent wisely. As President Obama said, you can look us up on clintonbushhaitifund.org.”
He continued, “The Haitian people have got a tough journey, yet it’s amazing how terrible tragedies can bring out the best of the human spirit. We’ve all seen that firsthand when American citizens responded to the tsunami or to Katrina or to the earthquake in Pakistan. And President Clinton and I are going to work to tap that same spirit of giving to help our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean.”
In contrast to Dick Cheney, this is President Bush’s first step back into the public spotlight since President Obama took office almost a year ago. Unlike Cheney, Bush has stayed out of the public eye and let the new president do his job. Bush has followed the established protocol for all former presidents, while Cheney has behaved like an emperor in exile.
Bush has stepped up to help the people of Haiti, but Cheney has remained silent. The former vice president has had something to say about everything President Obama has done, but he has said nothing about the disaster in Haiti. Even worse, Cheney is doing nothing to help Haiti.
I know that Democrats/liberals/progressives still have a sour taste in their mouths over the Bush years, but Dick Cheney could learn a lot from his former boss. Bush deserves credit for his willingness to help, while Cheney has reaffirmed his blind spot for anything that isn’t partisan politics.