Obama Taps W, Clinton to Helm Aid Effort in Haiti

"The partnership is expected to be announced by the White House in the coming days..."

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President Obama has called on former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to help lead the humanitarian aid effort in Haiti. From The New York Times

The partnership is expected to be announced by the White House in the coming days, after officials have a better handle on the full scope of the devastation. Mr. Obama called Mr. Bush on Wednesday, aides to both men said, and Mr. Bush agreed to do whatever he could to help.

The partnership is similar to one that Mr. Clinton and former President George H.W. Bush formed five years ago after the tsunami in Thailand. The work for Haiti would mark the most public effort of the younger Mr. Bush since he left office a year ago. The range of their task would include raising money, officials said, and helping keep attention on Haiti through a long recovery process.

Very shrewd, Mr. President.