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-- good morning everybody -- -- times.
In our country and around the world Americans always come together.
Glad to have to and to serve others and to do what's right.
That's what the American people have been doing in recent days where -- extraordinary generosity and contributions to the Haitian people.
And this moment we're moving forward -- one of the largest relief efforts in our history.
To save lives and to deliver relief that -- an even larger catastrophe.
The two -- -- me today will ensure that this.
Is matched by -- historic effort that extends beyond our government.
Because America has no greater resources -- the strength and the compassion.
Of the American people.
We just met in the Oval Office and office they both know well.
And I'm pleased that president George W.
Bush and President Bill Clinton have agreed to lead a major fund raising effort.
-- found on behalf of the American people I want affect both of you for returning to service and leading this urgent mission.
The -- -- works.
After the terrible tsunami in Asia President Bush turned to President Clinton and the first President Bush to lead a similar font.
That effort raise substantial resources for the victims.
Of that disaster.
Money that helped save lives to liberate.
And rebuild communities and that's exactly what the people paid desperately need right now.
Every day goes by we -- -- more about the horrifying scope of this catastrophe.
Destruction and suffering that defies comprehension.
-- our communities -- under mounds of concrete.
Family is sleeping in the streets -- desperate for -- many thousands feared dead.
That's why thousands.
Civilian and military are on the scene working to distribute clean drinking water and food and medicine.
And thousands of tons of emergency food supplies are arriving every day.
It will be difficult.
It -- -- challenge to distribute the -- quickly and safely in a place that has suffered such destruction.
That's what we're focused on now working closely with our partners the Haitian government the United Nations and many organizations.
And nations friends from.
Argentina and France.
Dominican Republic and Brazil and countries all around the world and -- Hillary Clinton will be in Haiti today to meet with.
President Preval and continue our close coordination.
What this government.
We also know.
That are longer term effort will not be measured in days and weeks.
And will be measured in months and even years.
That's why it's so important to enlist and sustain the support of the American people.
That's why it's so important to have -- point of coordination for all the support that extends beyond our government.
Here at home presidents bush and Clinton will help the American people to do their part.
Because responding to a disaster must do work of all of us.
And this time suffering can and must be the time of compassion.
The scope of the destruction became apparent I spoke to each of these gentlemen and -- teacher asked the same.
How can I help.
In the days ahead -- be asking everyone what they can do.
Ngos and institutions and I urge everyone who wants to help.
To visit www.
Clinton bush -- fund.
Dot -- and we're fortunate to have the service so these two leaders and President Bush Latin America's response to Asian tsunami.
A and relief to prevent an even greater loss of life in the months after that disaster.
And his administration's efforts to fight against HIV aids in Africa treated more than ten million men women and children.
As President Bill Clinton help restore democracy and eight as a private citizen his help to save lives of millions of people around the world.
And as the united nations special envoy to Haiti he understands.
Intimately daily struggles and needs of the Haitian people.
And my coming together -- this way these two leaders send an unmistakable message to the people maybe have -- people world.
These difficult hours America stands united.
We stand united with the people -- we've shown such incredible resilience and we will help them to recover and to rebuild.
You know yesterday we witnessed.
A small but remarkable display of that determination -- you may have seen it patients were.
More than close on the back marched peacefully through -- rural neighborhood and despite all their lost -- their suffering.
They sang songs of faith -- songs of hope.
These were people were called upon to help.
Those of the hopes that we're committed to answering.
That's why the three of us are standing together today.
And -- I wouldn't invite teach.
President to say -- few words from the start with President Bush.
I had joined President Obama and expressing my sympathy.
For the people of Haiti.
I commend the president.
For his swift and timely response.
I and so please.
To answer the call to work alongside President Clinton.
To mobilize the compassion of the American people.
Like most Americans.
-- -- -- I have been following.
The television coverage from -- Our hearts are broken.
When we see see this scenes of little children struggled without mom or dead or.
The bodies in the street for the physical damage of the earthquake.
The challenges down -- -- But there's a lot of devoted people bleeding.
And relief effort.
From government personnel who have deployed into the disaster -- to the faith based groups that have made media calling.
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 -- Who will be able to effectively spend it.
I know a lot of people want -- stand blankets or water.
Just injured cash.
One of the things that president I'll do is make sure your money is spent wisely.
As the President Obama said you can.
You can look us up on Clinton bush -- funded dot -- Patient people have got a tough journey.
It's amazing how terrible tragedies and can bring out the -- the human spirit.
We've all seen that.
Firsthand when American citizens responded to this tsunami or Katrina pretty earthquake in Pakistan.
And President Clinton and I are going to work to -- that same spirit of giving.
Help our Brothers and sisters in the Caribbean.
Toward the end of my presidency -- made a trip down.
To look at mercy plan for aids relief programs down there.
I remember clearly you're coming back and telling me.
About the energy and optimism of the people of -- there's just an unbelievable spirit.
Amongst Haitian people and while -- earthquake destroyed a -- It didn't destroy their spirit.
So the people maybe we'll recover and rebuild.
And as they do they know they'll have a friend in the United States of America Mr.
President thank you -- give me -- chance to -- First yeah.
I want to thank.
-- President Obama.
Before asking -- and President Bush and need to do this.
And for what I believe has been a truly extraordinary response.
On the part of the American government.
-- -- I've been working down there for nearly a year.
As the UN special envoy.
I've been in constant touch with.
Our people go through the U and on the ground and you know it also a lot of our.
Our people are the largest loss of life in the history of the United Nations on -- single day.
The United States has been there from the beginning it and -- the military has been great.
The response -- State Department had -- been great I just can't say enough about it and and people in Haiti now and I'm grateful.
Secondly I'd like to thank.
President Bush for agreeing to do this.
And for the concern he showed for Haiti you know what before this happened.
Work with the -- for people on the -- problem from Haiti and I saw how good that war and what they did.
And analyzes it.
And finally let me say.
I don't have to read the web site could they do.
But I wanna say something about this right now all we need to do is get food and medicine.
And water and secure place for them to -- But when we start the rebuilding effort.
We want to do what I did with the president's father and the tsunami area we want to be a place where people can know their money will be well spent.
Where we will ensure the ongoing integrity of the process and we want.
To stay -- this over the long run.
My job with the UN basically is not at all in conflict with this because I'm sort of -- outside -- my job is to work with the donor nations -- international.
Agencies -- Business people.
Around the world to try to get them to invest there than non government organizations the Haitian diaspora community.
I believe before this earthquake -- had the best chance in my lifetime to escape its history.
The history that Hillary and -- shared a tiny part of it I still believe that.
The nation's largest amend their development plan to take account of what's happened -- Princeton whereas.
Figure out what they gotta do about that and then go back to implement it.
But it's gonna take a lot of help and a long time.
I'm just grateful that President Bush wants to help and I've already figured out how can get -- do some things that he didn't -- -- -- Again.
I have no words to say what I feel that we need.
Lou I was in those hotels -- collapse.
I have meals -- people who are dead.
The conceivable charge to Hillary and I said in 34 years ago.
He's a total -- But what these men have said is true and it is still.
One of the most remarkable unique places I've ever been.
And they can escape their history and build a better future.
If we do our part and the President Obama.
Thank you for giving us the chance to do a little left.
Well these gentlemen render an extraordinary job.
But really what they're going to be doing is just tapping into -- very incredible generosity.
The ingenuity and -- can do spirit of the American people in helping our neighbors in the so.
I want to thank each of them.
Not only for.
Being here today but what I know is going to be an extraordinary effort.
I want to make sure that everybody got that web site -- more time obviously we're just standing up.
But it will immediately give people.
A means for it.
-- our offices.
Clinton bush Haiti fund dot org.
And I just want to -- one thing that was said we were talking in the back.
In any extraordinary catastrophe like this.
The first several weeks are just gonna involve.
Getting immediate relief.
On the ground and are going to be some tough days over the next several days.
People are still trying to figure out how to organize themselves.
There's going to be fear and anxiety.
A sense of desperation in some cases.
I've been in contact would -- -- -- I've been talking to the folks on the ground.
We are going to be making slow and steady progress moved the key now -- For everybody in Haiti to understand that there is going to be just sustain help on the way.
But what these gentlemen are going to be able to do is when the news media starts.
Saying its attention drift to other things.
But there's still enormous needs on the ground.
These two gentlemen.
Extraordinary stature I think -- going to be able to help.
Ensure that these efforts are sustained.
And that's why it's so important and that's why I'm so grateful invigorated -- thank you don't.
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