Today, we witnessed Barack Obama at his finest, showing what is best about this great country.
As you may know by now, he enlisted his two immediate predecessors, the more recent regularly maligned by the incumbent’s fellow partisans, to spearhead a relief fund for Haiti:
And I’m pleased that President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton have agreed to lead a major fundraising effort for relief: the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. On behalf of the American people, I want to thank both of you for returning to service and leading this urgent mission.
This is a model that works. After the terrible tsunami in Asia, President Bush turned to President Clinton and the first President Bush to lead a similar fund. That effort raised substantial resources for the victims of that disaster — money that helped save lives, deliver aid, and rebuild communities. And that’s exactly what the people of Haiti desperately need right now. . . .
Interesting the conservative nature of this liberal president’s policy: basing it on a model that works. And the president is thinking long term as well:
But what these gentlemen are going to be able to do is when the news media starts seeing its attention drift to other things but there’s still enormous needs on the ground, these two gentlemen of extraordinary stature I think are going to be able to help ensure that these efforts are sustained.
By enlisting both men, one a Democrat, the other a Republican in relief efforts, President Obama is showing that Americans stand united in helping the victims of this earthquake. Please join them in giving what you can to help a people in dire circumstances as a result of a disaster beyond their control. In this post, I offered a list of some groups which are providing relief.
I have since learned that one of my favorite charities, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is also raising money for Hait.