August 5, 2010

Wyclef Jean says he will run for president of Haiti

Posted: 10:41 AM ET

Don't miss Wyclef Jean on Larry King  Live Tonight at 9 p.m ET !

(CNN) - Six years ago, hip hop icon Wyclef Jean released a soulful tune called "President," in which he fantasized about what it would be like to lead a country.

That fantasy may come closer to reality when the Haitian-American recording artist announces exclusively on CNN's "Larry King Live" that he intends to run for president of Haiti.

Jean, who had been an outspoken proponent for Haiti through his Yele Foundation, told CNN Tuesday that plans to make the major announcement on King's show Thursday night.

Born in Haiti, Jean shot to fame in the mid-1990s as a member of The Fugees, a U.S.-based hip-hop and reggae group. He performs now as a solo artist.

He was one of the first celebrities to offer aid after the devastating earthquake there in January.

He told CNN late last month that he has filled out the necessary paperwork to make a run at the country's highest office.

In February, Jean said he has tried to promote Haitian issues in his work.

"I've always promoted Haiti in my music, since my first album with the Fugees where we talked about what Haitians are going through and about human rights for people around the world," Jean said. "This is how we came in the game, we never thought we were going to be music stars because the topics we talked about were not very popular in mainstream music."


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Smith in Oregon   August 4th, 2010 4:07 pm ET

If America's CIA and Shadow Government (DHS) doesn't hand pick and select this man, he has no chance on gaining the position of Haiti's next President.

Luis B. Rosario   August 4th, 2010 4:22 pm ET

Everybody wants to be the president of Haiti. One goes and one
replaces him. They all ransack Haiti. They all reap whatever proffits thereat and then leave the country more broken and in shambles.
Despite the catastrophe in Haiti; it continues to be one of the most
the most corrupted countries in the whole world.

@RJWTImes on Twitter   August 4th, 2010 4:56 pm ET

Was only reading about Family Guy today, Originated from two shorts.

adela   August 4th, 2010 5:23 pm ET

Happy birthday Mr. President!!!!!!!!

Gotttta love president Obama!

Gerald Jolly   August 4th, 2010 5:37 pm ET

What makes people think that Wyclef Jean will be any different from those before him.

The Hatian culture is one that has existed for hundreds of years.

And the Haitian culture is predicated on the phylosophy that says.



Jean Joseph   August 4th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

People, please be considerate and respect yourself. If God please, noone can stop him from being the next President of Haiti. He is the Hope and a part of victory for this country. He is the only one that someone can trust among all of them.

Patrick Mompoint   August 5th, 2010 1:58 am ET

I'm trying to understand how, certain people, who know absolutely nothing about Haiti, or may have heard about the country but never really cared about it untill the earthquake last January, can possibly have anything to say about Wyclef Jean running for president. After decades of what seems to have been "complete obliteration", the Haitian people finally have found a person they can really trust to do right by them. Unless anyone knows a better person to do a better job than Wyclef, please leave your negative comments to yourself. And thank you to those who really care.

jharell   August 5th, 2010 3:58 am ET

I believe this Jean Joseph is working for Wyclef... I thought a while ago when there was some MEN in Haiti, The president suppose to speak our language .. meaning : Creole or French... Now after the earthquake are we want a President who doesn't speak French not even a good creole ?... Because the guy went to Haiti with a bunch of people trying to market themselves while 300.000 smelly dead bodies around the country that make him valuable to be the next Haitian president.. Come on people be serious ..WHAT IS GOING ON?? we know for fact who is Wyclef Jean If someone owes 2.1 million dollars to the IRS how much he will owes to Haiti when he become PRESIDENT... OMG.. now we have a problem that only Haitian have to solve... Sure I don't need Duvalier Jean Claude because he's a past dreams but nobody don't talk about the 20 millions dollars that he gave to the red cross for Haiti. because the politicians want to send their new man to control the country... which country??? A land with nothing... one word: with no real men... Bags of rice or plastic tents cant help people that's why we have the Dominican Republic disease... every young Haitian wanna go to dominican republic.

Gerald Jolly   August 5th, 2010 5:19 am ET

@ Jean Joseph.

I am sorry to say, that GOD will have nothing to do with Wyclef Jean being elected or not.

His only hope to be elected is if he will join the very corrupt group of people that are the ones that are really in charge and run the country, and that group goes all the way back to POPA DOC. days.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   August 5th, 2010 9:04 am ET

Give the man encouragement. Haiti could do with him. I hope he is successful and can turn things around there for the better. He can try.

Good luck to Wyclef Jean and wish him all the best.

Darcy   August 5th, 2010 9:28 am ET

Six years ago Wyclef Jean fantasized re becoming Haiti's president. That's all well & good but it takes more than fantasizing to becoming a leader of a country. I hope he has intelligent advisers...good intentions are not the only things that make a country successsful!

steevens zoe   August 5th, 2010 12:20 pm ET

im soo happy about clef its about time that somebody that dosnt need money c mon people we all know clef got money so he dont need the contry money and dont forget clef is a went and helped haiti when he didnt have to he did it out of love 4 his country so what make people thing thats gonna change i trust him and i know if he elected haiti gonna have a bright future god bless wyclef jean i support him 100% haitan 4 life zoe pound stand up.......

Lorna O'Brien   August 5th, 2010 1:11 pm ET

What made Wyclef think that he can run for President ?
Is it because of his fame? or he has Holllywood behind him?
Everyone think that it is easy to become a leader, does Wyclef knows anything about leadership or politics?
He needs to stay the super celebs of Fugees and keep doing what his doing with YELE and that's all

Leave Haiti alone

Rose   August 5th, 2010 1:23 pm ET

Speaking of corrupt countries – former Liberian President Charles Taylor is now being prosecuted at The Hague for war crimes. Taylor is charged with crimes against humanity, murder, slavery, violence, terrorism, torture, to name a few.

Taylor's admission in court that US evangelical Pat Robertson was "MY MAN IN WASHINGTON" should raise concerns – but this does not bother Robertson's deluded religious supporters. Robertson was awarded a Liberian Gold-mining concession in 1999 and offered to lobby the Bush Administration on behalf of Taylor.

Robertson repeatedly supported the criminal Taylor on his "700 Club" religious TV show in 2003 during its civil war. He failed to mention his Gold Mine interest in Liberia.

Robertson's befriending of African dictators include Zaire's Mobutu Sese Seko. In Zaire, Robertson had a Diamond Mine (he was the sole stockholder). He used his show to plead for money for his "Operation Blessing" to support airlifts of refugees from Rwanda to Zaire. Instead, his planes were transporting diamond-mining equipment for his company.

Robertson had been accused of using his tax-exempt, nonprofit organization – Operation Blessing – as a front for his own financial gain and then used his influence in the Republican Party to avoid prosecution. An investigation determined that Robertson "willfully induced contributions from the public through the use of misleading statements and other implications" and called for a criminal prosecution against Robertson in 1999.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley, a Republican, whose LARGEST campaign CONTRIBUTER two years earlier was ROBERTSON, intervened accepting that Robertson had made deceptive appeals but OVERRULED the recommendation for his prosecution. No charges were ever brought against the corrupt Robertson.

It appears so easy to dupe the religious right in the US. The blind support for anyone who states their belief in Jesus. The money tossed in the direction of corrupt evangelical "leaders". The duping extends to support of lobbies which (mis)shape our domestic and foreign policies in Washington.

Taylor on trial at The Hague. Robertson off the hook.

Judy   August 5th, 2010 3:03 pm ET

What? "Wyclef is the Hope & a part of victory for Haiti" Please stop the madness. I have nothing against Wyclef the Rapper/Entertainer but President of Haiti, No! No! No! No! I find his actions (running for President of Haiti) to be selfish & baseless. Can Wyclef even speak French fluently? Did he graduate from college? How little do we think of Haiti that we see a Rapper/Entertainer as Haiti's hope. He would have done much better if he supported someone who trully and genuinely can help Haiti. This is an insult!

Cajazz76:24:8   August 5th, 2010 3:57 pm ET

"Politicians are the same all over. They all promise to build a bridge even where no river runs"..Some may think this may have come from a Louisiana politician running against the late not-so-great Huey P.Long...who actually DID built bridges where no rivers ran. The same politician's promises are continuing today and there are those type bridges being built, but it was actually Nikita U.S. reporters while visiting American farmlands in the '60's. If Wyclef Jean runs and is elected, I hope he is, at least, half as competent as President Obama, without the partisan walls to hurdle over....or hurl. It has to make most everyone sick the way our Republic functions.

Joe G. (Illinois)   August 5th, 2010 4:28 pm ET

If he is already seeking a cliché to muster politics..
What about “Change in Washington” or is that one already taken!

Francis Savage, Jr.   August 5th, 2010 4:49 pm ET

My motto is simple: Anybody but Preval....Wyclef can't do worse than the ones who came before him in last 25 years.

armyboy   August 5th, 2010 4:56 pm ET

I wish he could run for president of the US

Maria Otanes   August 5th, 2010 5:46 pm ET

In Haiti, they speak French and Creole. Mr. Wycleff does not speak them. How is he going to communicate with the Haitian people? How can he represent the country abroad?

sintel   August 5th, 2010 5:58 pm ET

thats right patrick .im so happy for haiti

paulbert Giraud Toronto, canada   August 5th, 2010 6:07 pm ET

Hey people leave all your negativities to your self, and stop talking trash about Wyclef, he is the only person that bring change to haiti right about now, all the best Clef.

Clef for president period.

Ted Honcharik   August 5th, 2010 7:01 pm ET

While working in Haiti, giving away free fuel, some Haitians thought it would be a good idea for me to meet Wylef. They took me to one of his houses, I missed him, he had just left. What I did find was a house full of donated supplies. There were Power bars, Diapers and work boots,etc... When we returned a week later, ...all the donated goods were still there, and all his well dressed musician buddies were wearing new boots.
I told his manager, if he ever ran for president I would tell this story. He is only out for himself, and the people around him are worse.
The problem with Haiti is because of people like him and his management. This is not the kind of change Haiti needs. He and his Management should be arrested, not be able to run for President.

Ted Honcharik   August 5th, 2010 7:16 pm ET

People like him are the problem with Haiti. I think they should look outside Haiti for a president....someone with experience, and nothing to gain but a thank you.

Yves   August 5th, 2010 7:22 pm ET

The only reason Wyclef is running for President of Haiti is because he knows that there are billions of dollars for Haiti recovery. His real intention is to get a piece of pie like all former Haitian Presidents.
I would like to know how much money he plans to steal if elected?

Dario Delegue   August 5th, 2010 7:44 pm ET

I AM HAITIAN and I am concern about Wyclef candidacy and his motives of power. I am concern of who Wyclef really is We hear about his financial problems, he owes the IRS and uses his foundation as his personal piggy bank.Perhaps He wants to pockets some the billions of aid money promise to rebuild the country and continue the trend of corruption that have existed since the independance of Haiti.The thought of a Jean presidency is scary PERIOD...wyclef never resided and Haiti and the reason he never naturalized is because ou his drug convictions. Wyclef Jean Cheated on his wife with his manager and he will cheat on the Haitian people... Nou pa vle Wyclef pou presidan!!!!!

Socratez1920   August 5th, 2010 7:45 pm ET

Honestly the subject of Wyclef's candidacy and Haiti's plight is best addressed by The Feminist Griote. The Feminist Griote is a Haitian feminist and writer, with a very passionate outlook on the subject.

Dodie   August 5th, 2010 8:08 pm ET

@Luis B. Rosario
@Gerald Jolly August 5th, 2010 5:19 am ET

Well stated and I completely agree

And where have we heard that an entertainer ends up becoming president of a country... (Ronald Reagan) comes to mind.

Owing $2.1 Million in Back Taxes? I guess things will never change for Haiti.

Assatamali   August 5th, 2010 8:09 pm ET

What is important here is what are his politics. What are his plans. We cannot be so acceptant so blindly just because of his popularity. We do not want someone that will be used by the Imperial powers. Haiti is very rich in resources. Haiti is a good base for US strategically. We have to be villligant that Haiti will not be turned into a US Resort so that the wealthy can go fulfill their pleasures. We want to be self Determining people. We want to be a soveirgn nation that in which the working class are not abused and oppresssed as is now.

Truthteller   August 5th, 2010 8:28 pm ET

Thinking that he, Wyclef, is the next Toussaint is telling enough of his mental landscape. Super arrogance and folly grandeur as prime example. There is an issue that is fundamental to the unqualified Haitian male psyche that I call "The Presidential Pathology of Power" whereby an individual who has no qualification for the Job but is driven by his super-ego to be seen as the "man". Given that power is centered around the executive and Haiti is absent of functioning institutions, all self-interested individuals flocked to the executive as their potential locus of power. Wyclef is far from being qualified to hold any position of power, he is a front for Wall Street as declared on july 23rd that "Haiti is open for business" and for the Clinton Foundation, from which board he is a member. Furthermore the guy does not speak neither French nor Haitian, even English he can't speak well. He has no formal education from which to help guide and informed policies and he knows nothing about Haitian History beside the typical clichés. If Wyclef had or has any level of self-respect he would first come clean about the usages of Yele's funds and he would also tell the Haitian people that the money spent is not his but that of the contributors. But the guy is not honest. Sadly though, what remains, is that Haiti continues to be a cosmic joke. Political Haitians, for the most part, are too selfish to see the nation and from the Duvaliers, to Aristide, to Preval and I hope not, to Wyclef, it is the self, the immediately family they always concerned themselves with. Wyclef is a good musician and I hope he stays with music, or at least he will use his millions to be educated. Manno Charlemagne, the former mayor of Port-au-Prince, was a brilliant musician, a revolutionary one; but he was an utter disgrace as a politician.
Sure, Haiti will change. We cannot remain mired in excrement for so long, but Wyclef... He is yet another buffoon.

jean   August 5th, 2010 8:33 pm ET

I believe it's time for change in Haiti. I think we need somebody that care for the country,care for the people of Haiti and do not care about money. Haiti had enought already. I wish that Haiti could be half like the Dominican. Haiti is due to be great and wonderful. As a haitian I would love to have a leader who cares. I will tell all my family and friends in Haiti to vote for Wyclef Jean. In The Name We Trust and May God Bless Haiti.

Ceendy   August 5th, 2010 9:01 pm ET

For those of you supporting Wyclef, clearly shows that y'all knows nothing about politics or how it works. The man has no qualifications or experience. He basically woke up one day, decided to put a suit on, practice calling himself Mr. president and decided to run for president. I applaud him for all the work he has done for Haiti. And yes I use to idolize the man who is one of the few Haitian stars who isnt afraid to flaunt his nationality on national television, GREAT!!!! But all that change when he decided to take on a job which he knows is a reach for him. If we want Haiti to sink deeper then it already has been then fine elect Wyclef as a president. If we want to lose track of the middle class and for smaller rich population of the country then fine elect Wyclef as a president.

For those of you supporting him....have you ever wondered whats his campaign going to be based on? have you ever wonder whats his education plan? his reconstruction plan, ect? Hell, or how his even going to communicate with other country leader because he speaks nothing but English. Which brings me back to my point of unqualified and unexperienced. He will ruined the country even more just like he did to Telemax ( the biggest television network in Haiti).

The country is turning into a joke with all those musicians turned Politiacns wanna bees wanting to detruct the country even more.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sheila   August 5th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

where is the money – has it been given to the people of Haiti?????

junelle   August 5th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

I love Wiclef, he likes people and he is a great patriot, he will be a good president.

jordan   August 5th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

wyclef is eager and will be an active president he will do whats right for the people. i just hope he doesn't allow his inexperience to create more problems for the people of Haiti. he needs to reorganize its police and military efforts, open the doors to the u.n. and start getting things moving. those hungry people can be put to work rebuilding their own home. he uses the supplies form the disaster to rebuild everything. but him being president wont create a major export for them to make money with.

Marc Beauge   August 5th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

He would be but he's too deep into the vicious system. He's good friend with Rene Preval. Any businessman in Haiti is corrupted either by choice or unvoluntary. And Wyclef is no difference.... that's a shame but it's the reality. He's not surrounded by the right people. The private sector cannot be trusted. Ask him, who is thinking to pick as his prime minister.

curtis george   August 5th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

i am watching larry king live from kenya and am quite impressed with wyclef jean s ambition to run tha country.people should be glad that he has been helping haiti even when he wasnt in tha spotlight about the presidency.go for gold jean,u can do it if schwazzneiger and obama did it.

zara   August 5th, 2010 9:18 pm ET


Here comes the Sara Palin of Haiti! Wyclef couldn't even answer this simple question coherently: why do you want to become the president of Haiti??

I like him as a rapper and as a philanthropist but please! Why do they all think that helping the poor means that you can be a good president? Of Haiti of all place? This is not an easy job but I guess they all look out for the money

Ernnie   August 5th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

I'll rather Wyclef be the president of Haiti than the one who actually running . Those candidates are the one that have been running every time there is an election in Haiti in hope of getting a piece. None of them are really patriots, none of them are really running to help Haiti, they only see their pockets. It is time to have someone that is not from these corrupted groups called themselves political party.

Lebeaupoesie   August 5th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

I am not backing Wyclef for knowing that he is the right person to wake Haiti up but, because I don't really know if he is not the rifght one to do so. And, I don't know why people are so surprised about his move for Haiti's presidency when I know that the true shelter of the poet is within his verses, his rimes, in other words his poetry. His song called "If I was president" was not for nothing. Don't take artists for who you want them to be but, for who they effectively are. Art is not dream nor foolish.

jp   August 5th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

we dont a supplier of rice we need a real president ......

samantha   August 5th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Wyclef haitian speak creole! We don't understand your interviews!!!!!pale creole.....

Dave, NJ   August 5th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

My Haitian people STOP complaining and do something for the country. You always have something negative to say, and excuses why something will not work...look at it this way all the past Presidents that Haiti had who quote on quote know the country destroyed eveything...the diference with Wyclef is that he got international exposure all over the world the spot light is on him because of who he is..since when we had a Haitian candidate on not saying he is going to be a great president but if and when he messed up the world will know about. Wyclef is a business man he know the world will be watching i believe that will put some pressure on him to do something for the country...Be smart Haiti one person can change the country we all need to do our part lets use the media for something and keep the spotlight on Haiti.

phephe   August 5th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

I love wyclef Jean to be next president for the haiti

Ms Allen   August 5th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I agree that Wyclef Jean will make a great president for Haiti. He's a great man with powerful knowledge and can speak with experience, life strageties and political stand point. He is a man that can reach people and share with the people. While also keeping firm and getting together the things the people of Haiti needs. If there is a chance his presidential debate goes international, he has my vote! Congrats to the people of Haiti for dividing and conquering through all the bad. My support, prayers and blessing to all! Wyclef, take care and continue to reach out and spread love we need that.

FM in Florida   August 5th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Wolf, I don't doubt that Wyclef has great passion for the people of Haiti. However, it will take more than a self-funded campaign and passion to get the country away from this destructive course that she is on. There is a huge number of Haitians living abroad that have as much passion, if not more than Wyclef for the people of Haiti. A lot more is needed than what Wyclef has to offer. Someone with great leadership, great common sense, great experience with as much passion is what we need..

Unfortunately I can see a lot of similarities between Wyclef Jean and Jean Bertrand Aristide, and if the people don't start cultivating great memory and put their thinking cap on, we may have another FIASCO on our hand.

Message for Wyclef........You can do so much more for the people as a Haitian citizen than the President of Haiti. You will do more good by continue to be the voice of the Haitian's youth than a MEDIOCRE president to them.This is sad.

Everyone wants to lead and no one wants to follow, and not everyone is born to be a leader.

Thank you

Elijah   August 5th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

please give Sean Penn my heartful thanks and gratitude. He has done more for the Haitian people in Haiti than the wealthy hatians living in the Diaspora since Jan.12, 2010

jp   August 5th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

well let me rephrase . is this serious , i have nothing against wyclef i love him as an artist but as a president its unreal .Wyclef never showed he cared for the haitian who lived in haiti we know that very well , even for his own hometown croix des bouquets so please why will he do better now ,he promised to do for gonaives but till today we didnt see nada where did that money of donation go , haitian are not blind .please we need a change. so please wyclef stop this circus and respect the haitian people

Jane Jean Phillipe   August 5th, 2010 11:11 pm ET

It is such a shame! please tell me its a bad dream. Does he even have a high school diploma??? He is making us look worse!

Michaelle Dubuisson   August 5th, 2010 11:15 pm ET

Sean Penn, you have always been one of my favorite actors. Thank you for the good you are doing in my beloved Haiti and your support is greatly appreciated.

john m   August 5th, 2010 11:34 pm ET

Sean Penn clearly dispelled many of Wyclef's lies tonight on LKL.
A la LeBron James Wyclef announced that he will run for president of Haiti, on CNN? As if all the haitian votes he will need will be watching CNN, what about his own haitian televison station: Telemax? Wyclef is a talented artist, and I am sure he could Haiti a lot more for Haiti than by running for president. I used to like Wyclef but he has lost my respect and admiration by lowering himself to a self promoter since January 12th. He has doubtful financial charity, IRS and real estate files.
Thank you for telling the truth Sean Penn!

Steve   August 6th, 2010 12:39 am ET

Some people need to stay in the career they were educated in, he not in politics or government or have experience in that field

Valery   August 6th, 2010 12:48 am ET

I love Wyclef very much and I think he can be a very good President but I am very scare for him because all Haitian Politician are corrupted and they could give him lot of problem.

LaCombe   August 6th, 2010 1:02 am ET

Wyclef, please continue what you are doing as an activist. A great leader needs a bit more preparation and more so at the intricate crossing where Haiti is now. Haiti is a very complex politico-cultural society enough to give Machiavelli himself a dizzying spell! I envision you as a great supporter to the right candidate and as a pragmatist you would be the perfect Minister of Public Works giving you a wider and a stronger base to expand at the macro level (national/international levels) on the humanistic activities you have accomplished so far in Haiti. Be wise!

Vanessa   August 6th, 2010 1:43 am ET

I've read a lot of the comments written on this webpage and I truly wonder if reason is still part of our human thought process. Why are we so quick to judge when someone tries to act on a situation? Why is it so easy to put others down? I believe that it is so easy to judge others but at the end of the day, we have to first ask ourselves if we’ve played our part in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. Have we now become so envious of celebrity figures that we can no longer recognize their good intentions? In order for one to be granted the right to judge others, one has to possess certain elements of proof to do so. I don’t think it’s wise to dismiss him at this present moment, and in the coming months, we’ll have to see how his actions attest his intentions. It’s also sensible to remember that Wyclef Jean does not have much to gain by doing this, except the honour of helping his own country. On the other hand, I believe he has a lot to lose. Being a leader for Haiti is not an easy task, by all means. If ever he decided not to act in a favourable manner, he would simply lose his reputation as a respectable individual and as a successful artist. Although, we should not forget the many achievements he has made since leaving his country, as well as the ambition he continued to possess over the years. The Haitian population should ultimately be the ones to decide if this man could potentially fulfill their many urgent needs. Throughout time, previous leaders have clearly failed at doing so.

Finally, let’s be reasonable and stop expressing our preconceived beliefs against those who offer their help in favour of the disadvantaged. And let’s all remember the main issue at hand, the millions of homeless people in Haiti. Not the actual personality of an individual who wishes to present his presidential candidature in an upcoming election.

This country desperately needs a major mentality change and an innovative future vision. Good luck to Wyclef Jean for his attempt!

Alexandra   August 6th, 2010 2:30 am ET

It's funny how people claimed Wycleft shouldn't be president because he does not speak french. How many Haitians speak french in Haiti? You people are lying to yourselves. 95 % of Haitians do not speak french but Creole. Language barrier is Haiti's problem. When you people start treating your fellow Haitians with love and respect then Haiti's gonna change.

j.monique   August 6th, 2010 3:33 am ET

Wyclef has been helping his native haiti since he got a little money and he has been donating money and aid products and encouragement since even before he rose to fame. Some people need to shut up because they don't know what their talking about. He doesn't need to steal money from his own people. He has money and he brings hope to haiti. The fact that he has no political experiance is EVEN BETTER. He has proven that anybody who comes from nothing can make it. GOOD LUCK WYCLEF JEAN IN YOUR RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF HAITI. And he is a very smart and giving person so I'm quite certain he will clean house and make sure the other members of the haitian government are credible an NOT CORRUPT. And to the people saying there are no REAL MEN In Take your but over there and see if you can survive all those REAL MEN AND WOMEN ARE AND HAVE BEEN AND STILL ARE SURVIVING.

Gary R.   August 6th, 2010 3:44 am ET

He is living the American dream and is knowledgeable about the system .... he needs more money ...Americans love money ....if he wants to help Haiti .... get rid of YOUR PRIDE and walk the walk >>>> give up something of yours and your millions>>>>> one million bucks buys alot of food sorry CNN but i think it is Greed and Pride

DAPPA JOE (Nigeria)   August 6th, 2010 5:28 am ET

I strongly believe that if given a chance, Wyclef Jean could be a good president.

DAPPA JOE (Nigeria)   August 6th, 2010 5:32 am ET

I strongly believe that if given a chance, Wyclef Jean could be a good president. Haitians need a president that will bring change.

emeka gabon.   August 6th, 2010 5:40 am ET

i think he willbe a good president.haiti need change.

temi   August 6th, 2010 5:56 am ET

well well people of haiti be happy and rejoys for lord has choosen him ... People should encourage him at least everybody knws that he can do it and he will surely do i beleive in him up haiti up wyclef........up africa up 9ja

temi   August 6th, 2010 5:59 am ET

well well people of haiti be happy and rejoys for lord has choosen him ... People should encourage him at least everybody knws that he can do it and he will surely do i beleive in him up haiti up wyclef........up africa up 9ja (nigeria)

Ekene Lekwauwa   August 6th, 2010 6:22 am ET

some years ago.. i use to see Wyclef as only a singer and a hip hop star but what happened in Haiti showed that he is truly what he is trying to come out for (leader). i think that dude should go on with that... if am being allowed to vote in Haiti, i will really vote for him.God bless Haiti. From Nigeria

Victor Eugene   August 6th, 2010 8:38 am ET

All I want to say to those that oppose to Wyclef candidacy is that Henry Christophe was from Grenada and Boukman was from Jamaica.
Those that have done the most good for this country came from elsewhere. I hope Wyclef succeeds.

DIDINE   August 6th, 2010 11:20 am ET

I know Wyclef will be the president of Haiti, why: he see the pain , he heard the crying . Wyclef had a heart full of love for the haitien people, He will be next President by the power of the crying people.

Yvey   August 6th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

I read through some comments of some people who have no idea what Haiti is about. I feel like most people forget what Haiti really is, now the country is devasted by the earthquake, been suffering for ever, I can respect people's frame of reference, sometimes that has to do with prior knowledge, the people who do not know the history, but it's a shame if you as haitians do not know your history. It's very easy to ignore the past of Haiti, all i am trying to say, give the man a chance, you probably think that he doesnt speak creole or french, how would he govern the people? Certainly, it's a valid question, but your vision, where you have been, your society, and your national and cultural identity regardless your surroundings. This time is not even about the language, Haiti needs someone who can understand other nation mind set, who can have an understanding conversation. The guy is well known enough or i would say have enough to Haiti to rob from, that'd be silly and unhuman. As right now, I can't picture anyone better to do the job, so give a chance. The strength behind the independence is still with Haiti and should be with every haitian.

Gerald Jolly   August 6th, 2010 3:43 pm ET

The biggest joke of the year.

Wyclef Jean

Political leader of Haiti


Richard Smiley.jr   August 6th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

After seeing Wyclef John on LKL..Then hearing Sean Penn and his response of Wyclef, I started wondering too myself what has Wyclef John really done for Haiti. i think Wyclef should have listed his accomplishments instead of just reiterating how much he cares!! which is something anyone can do!!. Wyclef.. It's your actions that prove what type of Person you are, not Your words. Back up your words with Meaningful information Wyclef. Even Sanjay Gupta was at a loss of words when asked what he thought of Wyclef running. And For Wyclef to say it's the little things means anything to me!..that tells me that this Guy doesn't get the magnitude of the people that are hurting in Haiti. It is not a Small situation,But a Huge one. I know some of The people of Haiti are excited to have an entertainer there,like Wyclef and it's not Just because he's running for President. I hope he doesn't get wrapped up in this attention he is getting from Haitian's and loose sight on why he's running. In all honesty,If I could say anything to Haiti is to choose The man for the job wisely. They have had too many people looking at what the position of President holds and running for it for personal Gain!! and not taking the People of interest at Heart this Needs TO STOP!!!!!

jenny   August 6th, 2010 11:54 pm ET


to all the haters out there i have an answer for all of you stop hating because you cannot be in clef place he is a true haitians never turns away from the haitians people how many famous people you know that helps haiti like him or even wants to say they are haitians and proud of it preval is no better than him can he speak fluents french our languague is creole i bet you none of you can even speaks the proper french please stop the hating and let him try none of the presidents that we have in haiti are better than wyclef God bless you man for doing this god will help you through this i will keep you in prayer and hope for the best

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   August 7th, 2010 4:38 am ET

Wyclef Jean I think you better go and help Sean Penn. He could do with your help.

There seems to be a question mark over this man it appears????........

Joanne   August 11th, 2010 10:51 am ET

I believe Wyclef has good intentions; however, are good intensions enough to run a country like Haiti? Politics in Haiti are very complicated and even with many advisors who may be knowledgable in Haitian politics, as president he will have to be completely dependent on their guidance. Hmmn, I don't see this ending well. Wyclef genuinely loves Haiti (in my opinion) but by running for president, he will lose his way. Also, I remember Wyclef saying "Creole mwen malouk"; does he even speak French; did he graduate from college (I'm not even going to address graduate school)? Wyclef, I love you, but stick to what you know. The people of Haiti love you right now, but remember that in Haiti there is a thin line between love and hate!

Patrick Jean Juste   August 11th, 2010 1:48 pm ET

Our political leaders must demonstrate creativity in the field of politics continues to politiques.Mais, we young scholars who are active in the social and cultural organizations in Haiti think wyclef Jean must demonstrate maturity policy, then he should have the school policy and understand the Haitian reality is that it can act effectively end, we would like Wyclef has become the representative of young people but to make an effort to go meet the sound layer of the youth, because we are more a reflection of a picture bad boys and hip hop, there s one youth who thinks and reflichisse on real values our country. The image he is spirited projects do not unanimous among the youths haitians.Il be to make an effort to project an image of a president responsible manner to the real Obama. We would vote for you but you must try harder to give the image of a head of state who is promoting the real values of his country. Young Leader South Department

Tyrone   August 14th, 2010 2:27 am ET

I like Wyclef, I certainly have a big feeling that he wants to help his homeland nad its people there is no doubt about that. I can certainly feel his sincerity for my poor country Haiti but politically speaking...that is a huge no no no no no. Most of his followers who are standing right behind him to name him as the President of Haiti are the poor youth Haitians who seem to know nothing about politics. In other words, the main reasson they are so interested in him to become our leader is because he is a huge Haitian American International super star and of course his wealth. As I said, I love Wyclef I am a Haitian American I left Haiti when I was actually 15 years old, so that right there should prove to you that I Have lived there enough to know some about Haiti. I listened to His interviews, the way he speaks, anybody with knowledge and good senses can tell that Wyclef does not have enough qualification to actually becomes the next president of Haiti. You can tell he never went to College just by listening to his speeches. I am pretty sure he made it through High School but as far as to having some college no. He better of with his music career, and keep making his millions in America. Putting Wyclef on Power is like having Snoop Dogg and 50 cent and Qunye Wes on as our Haitians' Pressdent. If you think that I am right, please e-mail me at

Thank you

Rangdrol   August 14th, 2010 6:04 pm ET

I think Haiti deserves a better chance than a guy like this. He already owes 1.2 million dollars to the IRS, and a guy who makes this kind of money and refuses to pay his dues is a slimebag, and is just out to get whatever he can.

Whoever runs Haiti will need lots of guts and bravado to counter the serious problems, including crime and corruption, but wanting to help your country isn't enough—you have to show that you can and have been taking care of things at home, and IRS surely doesnt think he has.

Hopefully the Haitian people won't be blindsided by fame, running a country is hard enough, running a third world country with the problems that Haiti has had for the past 100 years of military dictatorships, epidemics and catastrophes calls for an intelligent and politically savvy and connected individual, not a hip-hopping presidential wanna-be who can't pay his debts in the USA.

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