Former Presidents Asked to Help Haiti Relief

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

President Barack Obama has asked former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to help with U.S. relief efforts in Haiti.

Enlisting ex-presidents' help in responding to a natural disaster is just what President Bush did in 2004 after a tsunami ripped across Asia. Back then, it was Clinton and President George H.W. Bush who assisted.

An Obama administration official says details of their efforts will be announced in the coming days, but spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made.

President Clinton has also been named a U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti because of the devastating earthquake. Clinton says what is needed immediately is monetary donations.

The U.S. State Department Web site says donations may be made by texting "HAITI" to "90999" and $10 will be sent the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill.

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