August 8, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 01:47 PM ET

Wyclef Jean Exclusive!

The hip-hop artist announces his
plan to run for president of Haiti!
In his first TV interview about his
decision, how he’d turn around the struggling
country and what he thinks he can offer.

Actor and activist Sean Penn, Dr. Sanjay
and Anderson Cooper weigh in!

Do you think Wyclef Jean would make a good president for the people of Haiti?

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Raygnol Pierre   August 5th, 2010 8:03 pm ET

I believe Mr. Wyclef can be a very good President for my people in Haiti, but the question that I could raise is that, who is going to be his entourage, because Haiti requires the political will in order to solve this matter and I also think the traditional Politian’s in Haiti has been failed!

Chicago, IL

Dodie   August 5th, 2010 8:11 pm ET

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

Vincent Petit frere   August 5th, 2010 8:16 pm ET

Why not , the country is so bad...haiti need anyone who can help

Charltown Calixte   August 5th, 2010 8:54 pm ET

Yes Wyclef one hundred percent ,because since 1987 lavalas party under power they don't do nothing for the peoples.Now time to make a change with a new blood,not of the eternal candidat party on Haiti.
Yes Wyclef for President, and period is will be president.

Jean Claude Delamour   August 5th, 2010 9:01 pm ET

Yes, he can!!! He has the drive and the passion to try to make his country a better place. That's more than I can say about some of the past leaders. If he's not experienced in politics / government, he can surround himself with those who are.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Who is this black man running for president what is his past is he a scoundrel or a dog is Haiti replacing a fool for a fortune hunter .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

America and other country's have great revenue invested and we deffinitly need the United Nations involved in this election .

Jen   August 5th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

Wyclef should just stick to what he knows and that's being an entertainer.... He doesn't speak the language, He doesn't know the country, he doesn't live in the country. I'd love to know how he plans to help a country he does not know, nor lead people he does not know... Wyclef president of Haiti means total lost of hope for my poor country....

Nathalie S   August 5th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

If Wyclef really wants to help the people of Haiti, he needs to end this farce and step down. He should know, better than aynone,that he is not qualified for this position. PLESASE WYCLEF STEP DOWN ! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ! We need real help not a publicity stunt .

Sharron   August 5th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

Yes, I feel this will give Wyclef the opportunity to further prove himself for the people of Haiti. We expect everyone who seeks the office of president to be their best.

Taisha   August 5th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

I would certainly have a bigger problem if wyclef ran for president while having significant competitors. Right now no one qualified, serious or experienced enough in developement have yet file papers. At least . Wyclef has a sense of management and developement as he lead yele haiti and one thing we are sure of is that getting the people's money wont be of his interest.

Deb   August 5th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

No one is less qualified to be president. Wyclef is incapable of taking it seriously. Haiti has produced some of the finest minds in history and this is the best that Haiti can do? There are better people out there, we need to find them and support them.

Stephane Cherduville   August 5th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

If Wyclef stays focus on the greater good of the people I think he will do a good job. I have one question for Wyclef. Is he still a Haitian citizen because the haitian constitution doesn't allow dual citizenship?

chuck young   August 5th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

yes, i think wyclef would make an excellent president for haiti. he has the contacts and the ability to bring help. he knows the culture and can bring hope to the people. they need something to grab hold of, something positive, something new. yele haiti

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

What is this candidate going to do to build the work force and economy inquiring fund raisers need to know .

Rob Dnalsi   August 5th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Hi Mr. Blitzer,
I think he has a chance of becoming the next President of Haiti. Unfortunately, he will not be able to do it alone and we as haitian people will need to be united and turn over a new leaf with the negativity of Haiti. The land is precious and needs to be rebuilt correctly from the instability in the past. Also, Haiti must rebuild with the right people in office, move on from 1804 and show the world what it truly means to be the first.

Rob Dnalsi

Dr. Tom Lacy   August 5th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

The US State Department's blanket "traveler's advisory" against travel to Haiti currently prevents volunteers (such as medical students/nursing students etc) from going to work with volunteers such as myself. Schools prohibit their participation due to this "official" warning.

Jameson W   August 5th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

After the devastating earthquake that brought Haiti to it's knees, true love for and the support of Haiti is what is desperately needed to help bring the nation back to it's feet. Wyclef Jean's love for his birth nation seems to be something that I think will be very influential to the people of Haiti. I believe he would be able to do alot of good.

D.P.   August 5th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

I think Wyclef will do well as he has the support of the masses. The real challange will be dealing with the wealthy and the status quo which provides entitlements to the very few while so many others suffer in poverty.
He will need the support and encouragement of the world community. A situation like the one we have in Haiti is not repairable with the good will of one person. Especially considering Haiti and all the overwhelming problems.

Carl   August 5th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

yes i think wyclef can get haiti on the right direction and he will get the job now i'm presently born and live in the bahamas and i do have a haitian passport i will flight to haiti to vote for wyclef gave wyclef the country please i just can't wait


Nassau Bahamas

Sebastien Augustin   August 5th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

I'm sorry but this guy has no idea what it means to be Haitian.... he cannot even express himself in proper manner and he want to represent the country! He is making a joke out of the country and doesn't even realize.... as a Haitian i would be ashamed if he ever made it to the presidency. I fear he we'll be just like any of the old leaders and will only use his power for all the wrong reason... He is not qualified for the job and is the last thing Haiti need right now! in Dr Sanjay Gupta's words he will probably end up being the image of inefficiency incapability and corruption... I just don't trust him!

Elsie Laurence   August 5th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

I certainly second this. I am simply flabbergasted that someone like Wyclef thinks he can be President of Haiti. This shows how low Haiti has gone. Back when Haiti was really Haiti, Wyclef could not ever dreamed to be President. The country needs a strong leader, a great manager and a great visionary, none if which describes Wyclef. Haiti does not need someone with no qualifications, who cannot speak the two official languages of the country and whose experience us limited to singing. We don't need a social revolution or an image propaganda. We need someone with a solid agenda with a clear proposed path on how to get Haiti out of this mess. I am afraid that things will only get worse if Wyclef were to be elected. I hope that Haitians will not make the very serious mistakes of electing Wyclef fir Presudent if Haiti.

molly   August 5th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

I don't believe Wyclef Jean has the proper credentials to be president of Haiti. I am not aware that he has any advanced degree in finance,foreign relations, etc. . . Additionally, CNN's own reporting 6+ months ago, called attention to his charity's questionable practices with regard to allocating funds for security costs, salaries, housing, and more.

Cajuste Alexandre   August 5th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Wyclef Jean has no polical background he wantrs to be the next haiti president. I hould be glad to know his agenda plant for the country. He doesn't speak well creole futher more he speaks a street english.

Rebecca   August 5th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

I do believe Wylcef Jean would be a good president for the people of Haiti, because he has the passion, the drive, the representatives (meaning the 'hook up') he is a great bridge between Haiti and America. Like he stated on Wall Street, "Haiti is open for business!" He has a vision and is looking towards the future.

Rob Dnalsi   August 5th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Stop down playing Wyclef and show unity. Big deal!, at least he is stepping up to the plate to be a candidate and not just talking about it, like some of us do. Hey look at it like this, he is the only candidate that takes his work to the streets. We need to wake up and stop being so negative of each other, because the American people and the world are all waiting to see if this country will be a flop. It is up to us to change the country and be courageous together.

Rob Dnalsi

bdjethi   August 5th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

@ Jen. In Haiti we have 2 official languages. French and Creole. Wyclef does not speak French , but he speaks Creole. It is not a problem since 80percent of the population can speak creole only.

ernie   August 5th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

i undestand that Wyclef may have money and can get a lot of support for haiti but how can he be a president when he don't speak french or a good creole he's a good man but he can't be no president if he can help why can he just do so instead

Jean   August 5th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

I'm a Haitian who was born in spain, educated in the US and lives in Haiti. I have made personal sacrifices to live in my country and have my children born here. My children deserve someone who KNOWS what it is like to live here as their leader. He is of Haitian background, but I consider him a foreigner running for president in a country he knows nothing about. It's like Obama running for president of Nigeria. It's sad that Wyclef has fallen to the disease of every successful Haitian...presidency...

lubin08   August 5th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

wyclef is the voice of the people of haiti he has been more active then the president preval wyclef knows what the people want he is there with them....only a real haitian know how to be able to speak for his country and to interact with the people of haiti. to bad the haitian in america arent able to voice their opinion in this election.........WYCLEF JEAN WILL BE THE BEST PRESIDENT FOR HAITI

Jean Rony   August 5th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Wyclef Jean is a sick man who needs medication. If he wants to help we thank him very much but running for "President " is an insult to the Haitian people

Junette Escarment   August 5th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

I believe that Wyclef Jean would be the Best of the Best as a President . He has tried to help Haiti the best that he can prior to the earthquake and after . We need him to generate a well being the the poorest country in the western hemisphere. I have met Wyclef several times in person and he has the best credentials at this time to meet the standards that we are looking for. He is a wonderful man. After the past President Aristide and do not think that we can find someone else at a better rate

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Haiti should have a contest for a leader and not a single choice where are the leaders of Haiti come out and let your voice be herd be Haiti's hero all man are created equal all men put on pants in the morning .

Hayden   August 5th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

How do we call in to Larry King Live. This is a mockery of the country and an insult to every inteligent educated Haitian throughout the world. If he truly wants to help Haiti he should not become prsident as he can much more effective as Ambassador. Besides, he wants people to believe that he has been living in the U.S. for over 30 years without becoming a U.S. Citizen, A U.S. Citizens cannot become president of Haiti. Or has the U.S. erased his file in order to back him. Same old same old. Rape & pilage our beloved country.

Mary Poisson   August 5th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Wyclef Jean does not care about the people of Haiti as much as he cares about himself. If he did care, he would be doing everything in his power to see that his Uncle, Raymond Joseph, who is Ambassador for Haiti in the US, get elected President of Haiti. Mr. Joseph not only has vast lifelong experience, he truly cares about his people. Mr. Joseph is an unassuming, humble man who would actually put the people of Haiti before all else. I pray that the people of Haiti will vote for Raymond Joseph.

jackcene merlien   August 5th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

my whole family and friends are behind 100% dont give up the fight it is time for a new haiti we beleive and you you can do it

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

America will not support a dictator or a rebel .

dely manent   August 5th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

I'm not sure that Wyclef is the man of this situation in Haiti. My vote will be surely to someone else. I have many respects for the artists he is, I like the way he works and struggles for his native country. I give him the credit that he manages his life and his carreer. But, I'm sorry! I'm not ready to let him managing a country. However, I would like he still continues to help Haiti while he'll be beaten in the next elections. At the end, if he will president, I have no choice to deal with and to collaborate with him.

Mak   August 5th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

@Jen: What are you talking about? Wyclef was born in Haiti, He speaks the language, He's an Ambassador for Haiti and he has invested a lot of his time and effort to the country. Does this mean He'll make a great president? You're guess is as good as mine. Do I think he's done a lot for the country and he should step up to a higher position? Maybe... But I think the man should do what he feels is right and let the people do what they feel is right for them.

L'Haitienne   August 5th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Wyclef has a voice. True he lived between Haiti and the US but he care for the people. No matter how bad it was during the Duvalier regime but we were able to function with some kind of freedom and some peace of mind. What have we had since the depart of Baby Doc, insecurities, kidnapping, murders, empty promises. Those who took powers just filled up their pockets from corruption and stealing or selling whatever the country had. I just want someone who would care for those who are suffering and don't chage Public companies into private and handing them to their friends and families. GET RID OF CORRUPTIONS, CRIMES AND empower the youth with education, job, food and a good roof over their head.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

America dont know you and neither does Haiti are you worthy of office and are your belongings ill gotten .

Bobby   August 5th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Only 10 cents of every dollar in his Charity made it to Haiti and the paper work ended there. There is no proof where that money went once it went to Haiti. He's married and Paid his mistress $105,000 from the charities money. He charged the Charity for his performances at fundraisers.

Imagine helping someone with cancer raise money for treatments and then taking 90% of it.

Mary   August 5th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

I have watched Wyclef Jean's movements for about one year, I was so happy he was going to run for president. He has had his heart in Haiti and think he can make something happen for the country in so much need. Go Wyclef.

Reynold G   August 5th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Its a shame the fact you guys even consider asking question whether he would make a good president or not. There still some true valuable haitian citizen in and out Haiti whether you believe it or not and out of respect for my country and those mem and women you should take the time to research our constitution and see what it says. We may be in a mess now thanks to some unpatriot citizen, but we are still a country that has laws and regulations

Jen   August 5th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

@ bdjethi him knowing how to communicate in Keyol means nothing... notice I say communicate, putting words together to make a sentence is not enough... have Wyclef sit with old Haitians and see how the conversation goes... I'm sorry my friend he does not speak the language.

claudine   August 5th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

i was born in Haiti right now haiti need someone dat is strong and experienced and knows wat is doin for haiti if Wyclef thinks he can do somethind better for Haiti im with him if he thikns he can makes Haiti worst he can leave haiti alone for all i care

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Haiti is to close to our homeland to trust any one .

Romain   August 5th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Yes, he will be the best President to finally be a candidate for Haiti. His passion, honor, love and respect for his country is sincere, he only wants the best for his people unlike others who have claimed to have "special envoy" interests. What have all the others done? Nothing, Give Wyclef Jean a chance!

Soni Saint Fleurant   August 5th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

I have a question for Wyclef, if you get elected are you to become president for all of Haiti or just Port – au- Prince

PIERRE LUBIN   August 5th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

wyclef has what it takes to be the president of HAITI he is doing what no other president or any person in the haiti government has done for the people of haiti... he is willing to go the extra mile to get and give the people of haiti what they want and need.........WYCLEF WILL BE THE NEXT BEST THING FOR HAITI

Mohamed Pussah   August 5th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

As much as there isn't any specific institution where people learn to become presidents, there are characteristics that I attribute to anyone I consider a good leader.

1. Compassion: love of the people and having them in the center of most of your plans. A leader's ability to connect with his people is a strong sign of what he could or would be allowed to do. A leader without compassion for his people is nothing but a tyrant.

2. Controllable Authority: to me, a good leader should have controllable authority over issues, especially when it comes to conflicting issues; issues that involve the trust of his own people and decisions about their security.

3. Will: will to listen; will to plan and will to act: to me a leader should have the patience to listen to the voice of his people with keen objectivity. A leader should be able to personally digest the cries of his people and connect their individual cries to make significant sense that would benefit the majority. A leader should have the social and political will to act on issues with keen objectivity.

So; can Wyclef be a good leader? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Yes?: he has the compassion for his people. He has Haiti at heart and his love for his country can be seen from all angle but can this love be enacted under political situations?

We should take into consideration that politics is a whole new ball game. Decisions made as an ordinary citizen is not scrutiny by international community or even the local population at large. However, in politics, you are not the leader of your just your country; you are part of the leadership of the world.

So, as much as Wyclef loves his people, I do not think he meets the other requirements listed above. So my answer is no. I think he will start off well, but will get lost easily even during selecting his cabinet.

Yfanfan   August 5th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

First of all, he is a proud Haitian-American who carries himself very well at the international level. He also loves Haiti and its people. That can prove beneficial.

One should not look at him simply as an artist. There have been so many celebrities like Al frankein, Bono and many others that served their country effectively.

Wyclef is a successfull businessman with a good heart. He has the potential to reunite Haitians and subsequently elevate the profile of the country that needs the whole world so much for its national needs. Wyclef can do all of that successfully. That's why I believe he will be a good president.

Jose   August 5th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Politically, Wyclef is not qualified to be president of Haiti. However, the so-called intellectuals have not done anything to help the people for over hundred of years. They destroyed, looted all the financial resources, and let the majorityof the people slave of poverty. By surrounding himself with the right personnel, Wyclef can bring a change to this poor country. As a Haitian, he was the first to give the youth here int he states a sense of pride by always carrying the haitian flag on all his performances and shows. He has become a great ambassador for the people as a whole. Although, in many areas he lacks the qualities necessary for this post; but his passion, his love for his country prove that leaders are not made, they are born.
Wyclef's presidency means a sign of hope, entrepreneurship and bringing the american dream to Haiti.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

We can not be fools and put Hitler in charge just miles away from our shores who is this men and what is his past .

AujourdHaiti   August 5th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Wyclef Jean can possibly do the job. The president's job is more like a team Job wt a leader's touch. Wyclef can duplicate the same success he had wt the Fugees in the political arena. Except this team will be bigger and has more responsibilities. There's no room for creativity but strategy in moving the Haitian People forward toward a better place.

Denis Pierre   August 5th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

If Wyclef makes it to the presidency, how am I going to explain to my kids that education is important? This guy is making a fool out of this poor country, and the illiterate masses may just elect him.

Gonzalo   August 5th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

He is always with the poor people and helping them, he will be a good president for a devastated country

lissa   August 5th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

wyclef you proof that you can be a great president to the haitian people

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

With this one we depend on CNN to report the integrity and honor of this person our national security is involved in his dedication to humanity and honesty to his people .

Jen   August 5th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

@ Mark his fame got him to be an "Ambassador for Haiti".... It's obvious to me you do not know him for who he is, you just know the entertainer... You say he speaks the language if "kole met ansam" is what you call him speaking the language?

capadon   August 5th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

cut the crap he just wants power he dont care about haiti if he did he wouldnot run for president of the country i think its sad that he is using his celebrity status to take advantage of a really bad situation.

Luc Petit   August 5th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I have some reservation about wycleff experience and his ability to Haiti in such difficult time. After, I have seen what the so call intelectual and experience have done to Haiti during the past 30 years. I am willing to give him a chance. He needs to brings the international community to Haiti and facilitate business man to invest more in Haiti, not let the five percent keep the country in economic hostage.

Stephane Cherduville   August 5th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

I'm glad to hear that he never gave up his Haitian passport. I want to hear more of what he has to say...I want to hear specifics on what he has in mind for the future of Haiti.
I want to know if he has what it takes to bring change to a country that so far was impermeable to change?

Kim   August 5th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Sadly, it appears that Wyclef Jean is constitutionally ineligible to run, because he is an American citizen and has not lived in Haiti for the past 5 years. American citizens are not eligible to run for President, even if they possess a Haitian birth certificate. Is Mr. Jean an American citizen? If so, he is not eligible.

Joab Thelot   August 5th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

I don't thinl that Wyclef can represent Haiti not only because he doesn't know the reality of Haiti but mostly because he doesn't have the requirements (School degrees) and else.
jumping from singer to president would be crazy.

dely manent   August 5th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I would like every one takes a look on the others candidates. Wyclef may be good, but other can be better!

Harold Guil   August 5th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Wyclef said that he is not a Citizen of America, What about his mother and father, and if so, how long they have been American Citizen. Don't forget, how hold was he when they became American Citizen.


Ciera Saintil   August 5th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Of course! Wyclef stands firm behind his Haitian Citizens. He would do all he can to make sure that Haiti grows, and give the Haitians a better living life style. I can't think of anyone else who would do better than Wyclef himself. He deserves this position he has passion for his people so he should become President Of Haiti and I will stand FIRM behind him when he becomes President.

Yannick Manga   August 5th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

I personally don't doubt or second guess that Wyclef Jean will be a good leader to his nation, an example of functional, successful democratie. However, the government is what represents the citizens and will lead any country to stability with reasonable governance. The Government body that Wyclef Jean will form. It will predict and reveal his leadership to a stable democratic nation.

L'Haitienne   August 5th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Mr. Blitzer, Thank you for having Wyclef on. I know you all at CNN are committed to the cause of Haiti. I am sure you are ready to interview anyone who has the courage to declare their interest to run for President to help our Great Country. May they show themselves and talk about their plan and vision transparently for Haiti. THANK YOU CNN YOU ARE ALL OUR HEROES.

Desiree   August 5th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

It’s always been said there’s three sides to every story. Yours. Mine. And what actually happened. In the case of Wyclef Jean, the same logic applies. As a musician, we all know ‘Clef’s story. His humanitarian side, however, is just as chronicled. For as long as I can remember, Haiti has never been far from his mind, words and actions. Keep in mind he was doing this LONG before that earthquake crippled his native country. He did more than speak on change in Haiti, he actually went to the country to leave his own footprint. So yes I do believe he would be able to properly manage the well being of the people in Haiti while making a better living for them.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Shawn you are our embasador like it or not we depend on you to lead America in the right direction .

AJ   August 5th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Wyclef is a nice guy, but that doesn't mean he can run the country. The investors will stay on the sideline if Wyclef is allowed to run.

Nancy   August 5th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

yes, he would be a good president for my people in haiti.
good luck Wyclef!

L'Haitienne   August 5th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Mr. Penn. we the people of Haiti can't thank you enough for your interest in our country and your organization.

Diane Dagenais Turbide   August 5th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Well said Mr. Penn!

Luc Petit   August 5th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Even if Wycleff is an american Citizen, I would still support him. It's time to give a chance to the Haitians who went aboard to study an opportunity to lead Haiti. The status quo is over now.

molly   August 5th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Well said Sean!

sania o'leary   August 5th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I think Mr Jean should be given the chance to help our country. Of all the presidential candidates, he is probably the only one who has done something for the population in need. I am very happy that he mention the diaspora, because i do want to help. I wish him luck.

Rich McDowell   August 5th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I met Wyclef at the R@R Hall of Fame in Cleveland 10 years ago. I was a 56 year old white guy. Let me tell that I was totally impressed with this guy. I never heard of him. He has the stuff to be a leader.

Sondya Narcisse   August 5th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I think Wycleft Jean will be a great president for Haiti, there isn't a better one to vote for anyway. Haiti is a beautiful country, and needs to rebuilt. I think God have something special for Haiti. But some of the people need to change first, and work together to make the country a better and secure place for the people to live in.

William   August 5th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I think it's a great idea. Everyone is talking about his inexperience in politics. They have had experienced politicians in Haiti and what has that done for the country. Haiti has suffered since it's independent. He has done so much for Haiti and his connections can help countries. He can use those connections to help boost the economy, education and health services in Haiti. He cares so much about Haiti, and that's what Haiti needs. I'd like to compare what Wyclef Jean has done for Haiti what Bob Marley did for Jamaica. They both gave back to their country. I Wyclef Jean could do some really great things in Haiti, if he gets the chance.

Brooklyn NY

Landy   August 5th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

I believe Wyclef will make a good president for Haiti. However, I think he might be in for more than he bargains for. Because not only will he have to deal with the ignorance of Haiti's upper class, he will have to deal with governments around the world who thinks they own stakes in the country. I wish him luck.

vladimir Bourgoin   August 5th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

as soon as he 's haitian he can be a candidate for prsidency chair, this poor and very love country of mine only need someone" A son"s of Haiti" who really care about it's needs. we had and still have a lot of bright mine there and also in the foreign country who can contribute to his rise but first we need to eliminate the cancer named corruption, that have been standing in front of each key player of the past government and killing us for so many years because of the deep misery we are still in.

sania o'leary   August 5th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

To answer the tax question, many American politician have gone through this problem, just 2 weeks ago my senator John Kerry did not pay a 1 million dollar tax on his new boat.

Luc Petit   August 5th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

The first thing that Wycleff should do if he is elected is to allow Haitian who have dual citizenship to vote and can be President as well.

Deb   August 5th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Sean Penn's statement about Wyclef's run for presidency ( although a bit full of conspiracy theories) is important to take to heart. I think Wyclef is enamored with the idea of being president and not actually in touch with the reality.

Wyclef is not qualified, he obviously does not speak French, he (according to Sean Penn) has not met the requirements. It is just a bad idea.

Sebastien Augustin   August 5th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

GoD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sean Penn understands the implications of being president in Haiti better than that fool!

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

America is proud of you Shawn Penn you are a credit to America .

Randy Mont-Reynaud   August 5th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

WyClef? WY NOT! I believe he can unify the country. Presidents are made and not born. He'll grow into the job, just as the rest of us do. Just the brouhaha alone, (kreyol translation for that please?) the very notion of him running has caused is an education for the country and the rest of us as well! If he runs, and wins, I believe he can unify, unite the country... or at least that bulk of the population, age 18-25 - i.e., the future of Haiti. Anyone who doesn't want to unify, can (AND ALREADY DOES) easily leave! Maybe WyClef will have the Bxxxs to assert eminent domain over any REMAINING landowners so folks could be resettled, equitable.... (heh heh)

"L'union fait la force."

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 5th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Shawn Penn is more then a movie star he is an American hero .

Lee   August 5th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

I think it's wonderful that he wants to go back and rescue his homeland. May God Bless him and guide him.

AJ   August 5th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

No, I don't think he would be a good president, as a Haitian I was embarrassed by that entire interview...

Diane Dagenais Turbide   August 5th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Thank you Mr. Penn for reminding us all to focus on pushing individual's accountability and not give ourselves a path on the back for light language lesson and or baseball lesson! Do not read me wrong; these are fun topics but it feels the life lessons we need to be sharing are about how do we as individuals, governments, organizations, and corporations find our true voice of being different in facing so many challenges for us to actually produce on the ground better realities and outcomes for people than what has been done in the past : Haiti is a perfect example of poor housing construction and cheap work while an elite haitan population is living well; are they involve in the reconstruction and aid support? Asking for us to ask more questions to get more answers and to get more results of creating better realities, better living for the Haitian people!

Bobby   August 5th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

I think Haiti would be better off with Sean Penn as president he has been hands on since day 2. Sean Penn would stretch every dollar and kick ass when its needed.

sania o'leary   August 5th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

It's seems like a few people want the statu quo in Haiti, the population is fed up with that, give the country a chance.

wister steve   August 5th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

I'm totally agree with SEAN PEN at this moment Haiti need more a leader than a song writer

Pierre Chery   August 5th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

First of all, Haitian people will never vote for Wiclef as their President,because he has no experience and no formal education. He woulb be another 7.0 earthquake for Haiti.

Guerline Beldor   August 5th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Of course yes its about time haiti had someone who not only loves the country but also been around other nations enough to know how to run and deal of what's going on in haiti. I only wish I can vote bcause I'm a US citizen

Diane Dagenais Turbide   August 5th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Thank you Mr. Penn for reminding us all to focus on pushing individual's accountability and not give ourselves a path on the back for light language lesson and or baseball lesson! Do not read me wrong; these are fun topics but it feels the life lessons we need to be sharing are about how do we as individuals, governments, organizations, and corporations find our true voice of being different in facing so many challenges for us to actually produce on the ground better realities and outcomes for people than what has been done in the past : Haiti is a perfect example of poor housing construction and cheap work while an elite haitian population is living well; are they involve in the reconstruction and aid support? Asking for us to ask more questions to get more answers and to get more results of creating better realities, better living for the Haitian people!

manius   August 5th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Haiti need an election not a selection WICLEF can't manage that it's not a show business.

Michaelle   August 5th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

As a Haitian woman who was raised in the U.S. I am proud of him that he never forgot where he came from. However, I do not believe that he has the credentials to be president. WYCLEF YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESIDENT TO HELP HAITI.

Diane Dagenais Turbide   August 5th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Thank you Mr. Penn for your true character of your own humanity. I can only express what I see!

Stephane Cherduville   August 5th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Wyclef you will receive a lot of negative comments from people saying that you are not qualified, that you don't speak french, that you cannot be taken seriously, ect....stay strong address all your critics don't think that you are above any one and ignore their fears.

I've just heard Sean Penn's critics, I think what he had to say were legetimate and that you need to address it publically.

Diane Dagenais Turbide   August 5th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Thank you Mr. Penn for your true character of your own humanity. I can only express what I see!

Take great care of yourself and of each other!
With all my heart, mind and soul!
We are all life, all love and all light!
Diane Dagenais Turbide

Cayo   August 5th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

I think he will make a excellent president for Haiti.

Amy   August 5th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

Just saw Shaw Penn. He is so right. If Wyclef is sincere, he doesn't need to be president. Just ask him to move back to Haiti for 5 years and rebuild the country. Ask him to actually stay there for 5 years to be the watchdog of the new government and to make sure progress is made. If he is not willing to do that, then we'll know is just in for the fame!

L'Haitienne   August 5th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

I am ready and willing to listen to all who wants to be President of Haiti. Show yourself. Talk to us. Time to end corruption, to rebuild the army (take advantage of the good Colone and General that were there before), be there for the people. Rebuild the country safely so we can take our children home with no worries. HAITI IS TOO RICH TO BE SO POOR.

Debbie Bertrand   August 5th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

In my opinion I think Wyclef would make a very good president. The people of Haiti has so much trust in him, that i know he will do good for the country. He has left his mark, even Crimals have plenty respect for the young man. And i believe that the people of haiti will stick behind him 100%. I know their will be plenty of people out there that will try to bring him down, But Wyclef im Praying for you.....YOU will Make it work hard, keep your head up.

Eyi Megne Giovanni   August 5th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

In this world we have all our time to make our choice for our future. Try to share that choice whit somebody is a gift, so let's go behind wyclef the hope of new generation. I believe it and you, you will receive it. . . . . . . . . .

vladimir Bourgoin   August 5th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

this country only need a good leader,a patriot who can change the mentality of the hatian people in every aspect, because so often we're waiting for the so called "Messiah president "and let emotions fooled us in our decision to pick the good one just because we have short memory.

Samedy Guerly   August 5th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

yes, he s will make a good president because he s love haiti , he have a good heart

Kiki   August 5th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

I think he would be a great president.

Sarah Grand-Pierre   August 5th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Jean-Bertrand Aristide was a priest before becoming president. He had no former experience in politics or governmental affairs. However, he was still voted president of Haiti. Strangely, Wycleff reminds me of him. He is a musician with no former experience in politics or governmental affairs. He lived in the U.S. practically his whole life, and he does not speak Kreyol well, and he does not speak French at all. The question is not whether Wycleff would be a good president or not, the real question is, is there anyone else that the people would be willing to elect because if he is elected, I fear that what happened with Jean-Bertrand Aristide will happen with Wycleff Jean. I can only hope that my worst fears does not materialize. Don't get me wrong, if Wycleff wins the presidential elections, he will have behind him the masses in Haiti, and although the bourgeois and and some of the middle class will be skeptical about his character, he will have the power to change the country for good. Nonetheless, let's not forget that with great power comes great responsibility and that might lead to his downfall.

Beatrice   August 5th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

As stated by Mr. Penn, Haiti needs good, strong leadership; just because you are an international star does not mean you're qualified to be the president of a country. I admire Wyclef audacity and enthousiam; however, I express some skepticims about his motivation. I also want to remind him that the oficial language of Haiti is French, The laws are written in French, schools & goverment offices operate in French, my understanding is that being raised in the US, he speaks English & Creole. He needs to know that Middle Class Haitian won't give up their French easily.

Ermane Theophin   August 5th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Yes Wiclef Jean would make a good president for the people of Haiti.
If we look at the past president of the country they based everything on foods. it is not because they are not good: 1 they don’t know any better, they are believed once they feed the Haitian people, the country would be fine. Those guy was born, wised and educated in Haiti, these is all they see in they entire life, this is why they thinks the country is fine the way it is.
When we look at Wiclef Jean is a man who left Haiti to United States when he was 9 years of age, he went to school here, and see all the goods that the American government do for the greatest country on the world.
He knows about social and political life, industrial. He knows how people should live. vote Wiclef Jean for President. Ermane Theophin

Hayden   August 5th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

News Flash.... Corporations have not stopped investing in Haiti. Foreigners have not stopped visiting Haiti. There are a myriad of corporations and foreign investors that have been profiting off of Haiti for generations. Its only recently that they stopped producing golf carts there & Haiti did not have have a golf course during the time. It is virtually the only country in the western hemisphere that its soil can produce all fruits, vegetables and grain. The issue has been the people (masses) have not benefited anything from the circulation of foreign investments in Haiti. Can anyone picture Wyclef Jean discussing trade policies with even the least inteligent statesmen from America or elsewhere. This is a mockery I say. After hearing tonight I am convinced he is backed by corporations who are looking to take advantage of the economic situation in Haiti. That being said, I cannot see others more qualified that are stepping up.

Also, I happen to know that Wyclef has been influencing Donald Trump to buy up land in the city of Jeremy (which has its own port) for the past 3 years. Not that there is anything wrong with that but it brings questions to Mr. Jean's motive in making this announcement three months before an election.

If Wyclef wants to be president he should pick a Major City ... say Jeremy where he says his wife is from become Mayor implement his latform for 5 years (the exact number of residency years needed to become President). Prove his capability on a smaller scale. Increase his credibility then run for the Predsidency of Haiti.

Stanley Montinat   August 5th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

"Together we stand, divided we fall" I think Wyclef Jean is the only one that's capable of putting the people of Haiti in their skin.. is the only that's trying to solve our problems....Even though running from rapper to president might be a little crazy but why not give it a shot.... WYCLEF JEAN as the new President of Haiti.

romane   August 5th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

I love Wyclef as a musician. When you analyze the situation that Haiti is in, he sort of fits. Until you here what Sean Penn had to say. Also an iReports echoed a few of Sean's comment. I don't know what to think, but Anderson Cooper said it best. Haiti needs leaders. Their are crooked politicians, rich elites, international tension and much more the new president will have to deal with. Wyclef does have the young generation behind him, which is the future of Haiti, he is popular, and I do believe he loves his country. Can he run it? Probably not. He said the youth put him there. Well, to have a title like president – you have to put yourself there.

Bobby   August 5th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

His charity only sent 10 cents of every dollar donated to Haiti. There are no records of what happened to the money once it made it to Haiti it could have been funneled back. He's married and paid his Mistress $105,000 from donations made to the charity. He charged the charity for his performances at fundraisers eating up much of the money before it was even collected. They have records of him using the money to pay for his studio.

lissa merlien   August 5th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Go wyclef for Haiti it time for change,the population suffering we need people like you prove they want to help the needee

Truthteller   August 5th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

What a shame, Sean Penn spoke like a real concerned Haitian; whereas Wyclef Jean sounded like an opportunist American who's trying to pass as a Haitian. Thank you Sean... Enough with the cliché of "sa k' pase, n'ap boule." Wyclef's Haitian sounded like it being spoken by a nine year old foreign born.

vladimir Bourgoin   August 5th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

i've never voted for any candidate in my country not only because i did not have the age to vote but u could feel they were all liars when you rely in the facts,as soon as they were seated in the chair they quickly lost their focus and forgot their objectives from what they have troughout the campaign but they did forget how to fill their pocket.

joseph faustin   August 5th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

He is not qualified to president of haiti he doesnt have the capacity.

Wilbert Adolphe   August 5th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

I think Wyclef want to change this country but does he has the capacity to do it ? he needs very good collaborators, this is the only way to be a good President.

Carol   August 5th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

Michaelle Jean, Canada's Govenor General, completes her term in Sept. 2010 and has been appointed to a position with the United Nations with a special focus on Haiti. She too is from Haiti, maybe she is related to Wyclef Jean?

Californiacat   August 5th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Why not first look closely at the allegations of Sean Penn?!
There is no smoke without fire!!!

bernise   August 5th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

you will be the new president that I was waiting for I am tired with the corruption going on in my country it is time for a new haiti a developping Haiti with instability prosperity etc.. my whole family love you

L'Haitienne   August 5th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

WHOEVER is going to be President of Haiti needs to take in great consideration how to have a great Surroudings and hold every single one with transparency accountable for their actions. He or She must always be in constant contact with the Haitian people to let us know what's going on on a timely basis. Just want a caring, truthful, HONEST President for Haiti.

Haiti for Life   August 5th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

As to Wyclef Jean becoming President of Haiti, I would not mind it at all. If he actually knows what his getting himself into, and knowing what to do for the country. The matter is that we have known Wyclef as a singer and an ambassador for Haiti, but what is his political level? At this time Haiti does not need another person that is going to sit there and let the country drown further then where its already at. I'm not saying that his not capable of doing the job, but this is a crucial time for Haiti. The problem with this country is that there is no one that actually has a vision for it. All of them come and take the money and leave. And the poor gets poorer and the rich gets richer. This is a new era for Haiti, and if Wyclef thinks he can make change then more power to him. I just hope that he doesn't disappoint the people of Haiti.

Lys   August 5th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Wyclef has good intentions; I think he really wants to improve the country. I am worried about his entourage, the people who will be around him. One does not need to become president to help his/her country.

john e   August 5th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

with you wyclef I think haiti have a chance to succeed I back you up 100% with all my friends, the northen part of haiti it s yours why not the whole country

frederick sime   August 5th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

hi from, montreal canada...always proud to be haitian and for the future is a new era for time to ending the bad reputation of poorest country . ist ok wyclef do nt have any experience but he will find the back up he need..on november his gonna be the next president...wyclef is time toshow the world what he take to be a very good president in haiti ...non pap lacher peyia...people over there need somebody that they can haiti wait for november for the change

maggy   August 5th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

To all Americans. If you are behind this wyclef thing, stop it! This is not funny at all. If you decide that an American Citizen like wyclef can become the president of Haiti, in his birth country, why don't you ask former President Clinton to become the President of Haiti? What the hell does this wyclef know about Haiti? Are you mad? nuts? Are you out of your mind? are you crazy? are you loosing it?Are you... are you...

jac   August 5th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

No Wyclef can't for having good will is not enough to govern a county. He is ready he need to go back to school. By the does h have degree?

Arie   August 5th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Let Sean Penn run for president.. He is better qualified than wyclef... If wyclef can run for president without a clue of what is going on so can Sean Penn.

jac   August 5th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

No Wyclef is not ready to be president for having good will is not enough to govern a country. He needs to go back to school. By the way, does he have a degree? What's his level of education

Petion-Villoise   August 5th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Question: Would you vote for Wyclef as president of the United States of America? If you are so certain of him, he should be good enough for us here in the US.

Merthlyn Bergan   August 5th, 2010 10:48 pm ET

Wyclef Jean WILL NOT make a good president for Haiti. He does not have the people of Haiti at Heart nor the know how. Not at the time of the earthquake or ever. This is just another wya to LINE HIS POCKETS at the expense of the Haitian people, his own people. Had he cared, he would have been there Just as Sean Penn a non native who spent months there being one of the voices, sounding off LOUD and CLEAR for the Haitian people making sure they received health care, food and the lodging they so desperately needed. He collected monies along with his sister, where were they? He and his family knows the young people especially will vote for him because they are uneducated and smitten with his HOLLYWOOD status. He left Haiti and never looked back.

Sean, you are correct in saying he is being backed by corporations here in the states and around the world that will exploit the people of by Haiti with cheap labor and possible deplorable conditions as they do in what most people call THIRD WORLD countries. I am from the carribbean and I donated every month for six months to the ClintonBush fund because I did not trust him especially after seeing that he raised the monies in his name and not the Red Cross or the ClintonBush fund.

He said he had an orphanage but I never saw it or heard him speak about the children and what he was doing to secure a future for them. With all the monies he collected over the years he should have had a state of the art school, hospital and orphanage in haiti. I was born in St. Kitts, WI not too far from Haiti and I see the exact same thing happening there. The government allows others to come in and make millions lining their pockets while the people is suffer.

Petion-Villoise   August 5th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

1987 Constitution de la République d'Haïti / 1987 Constitution of the Republic of Haiti

To be elected President of the Republic of Haiti, a candidate must:

a. Be a native-born Haitian and never have renounced Haitian nationality;

b. Have attained thirty-five (35) years of age by the election day;

c. Enjoy civil and political rights and never have been sentenced to death, personal restraint or penal servitude or the loss of civil rights for a crime of ordinary law;

d. Be the owner in Haiti of at least one real property and have his habitual residence in the country;

e. Have resided in the country for five (5) consecutive years before the date of the elections;

f. Have been relieved of this responsibilities if he has been handling public funds.

Samuel Frederique   August 5th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

Haiti is a very complex country to control, 45% of the population is under the age of 35 a great asset for the country, with technology we can rebuild the education system very fast put people to work, first we need to rebuild the power supply, second a strong police corp and two 500 beds prison, 8 hospital 500 beds each, update the internet system, the agriculture system, the airport system, the port system, the medical school system, the judicial system, set up the boy scout system, youth corp to enhance the civic education, vocational training and on the job training program with cash incentive, employer salary reimbursement program. I believe Wyclef can deliver that future, the care and the love he has demonstrate toward Haiti clearly shows that he has the gift to deliver, a challenging job. It can be done 24/7, with strong leadership in all level hopefully we get the billion of dollar from donors. God will help us!

Williamson Rommel (Dj Rode Xtrem)   August 5th, 2010 11:02 pm ET

I think, That for the first time in haitian history, Wyclef Jean Will be a got postulate, and a better choice ever made. We don't Know what he'll offer but at 95% postive act will be the best for this country. My country his Country and this is wonderful. Go go Wyclef We are with you.

MERTHLYN   August 5th, 2010 11:11 pm ET

Sean, you are correct in saying he is being backed by corporations here in the states and around the world that will exploit the people of by Haiti with cheap labor and possible deplorable conditions as they do in what most people call THIRD WORLD countries. I am from the carribbean and I donated every month for six months to the ClintonBush fund because I did not trust him especially after seeing that he raised the monies in his name and not the Red Cross or the ClintonBush fund. HE DOES NOT HAVE HAITI AT HEART.

Martin   August 5th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

No previous presidents of Haiti had a background so that is not a point at this point.

Ben   August 5th, 2010 11:27 pm ET

I can never say NO /YESbecause anything is possible in HAITI. However, Who can be a good president without a definite plan? And then, it is time for each Haitian to really understand how to make a good choice. Also, beig a president is never simple as many people think. REMEMBER, WITHOUT GOD/JESUS, NO ONE CAN BE A GOOD PRESIDENT!

Tony...   August 5th, 2010 11:34 pm ET

I Think WyClef is full of Garbage!....First he tries to be the spoke person for Haiti Saying his charity is the best and really cares!...Glad I sent the money to the Bush and Clinton he wants to be the President For a Country that 50% of the population are kids...And have no clues on what values and experience is needed........Looks like he can't make any money in the USA So Going To Haiti and Wanting To Rule the Country is Easier....I hope he looses for the safety of the country and the money in the Haiti Banks!....What a Rigger....

Anonymous   August 5th, 2010 11:41 pm ET

If Arnold Schwarzenegger can be governor of California , so then Wyclef can be president of Haiti.

Moise Bourdeau   August 5th, 2010 11:53 pm ET

Wyclef Jean doesn't know anything about diplomacy. He doesn't even speak Creole right. He has not made any preparation to occupy such position. Only a country like Haiti would support an unprepared presidential candidate.Whatever ambition you have in life you must prepare for it otherwise you will not succeed, he is setting up for failure. Haiti has produced men and women of great minds, that could lead the country to the path of greatness but whenever they come out they got assassinated or obliged to take exile. Wyclef is an entertainer not a diplomat. He doesn't know and neither can he interpret the Haitian constitution. I appreciate his patriotism but I question his qualifications.

Natasha   August 5th, 2010 11:58 pm ET

I really think that he's an honest Man and Haiti needs a change right now, I do believe that Wyclef will bring that change, and this is God's work, just let it be.

Ronald Lafortune   August 6th, 2010 12:00 am ET

Haiti my country need a new image and a true leader , I tink Wyclef will
Wyclef have my family's vote. Wyclef Go for a best futur.

Moise Bourdeau   August 6th, 2010 12:00 am ET

We cannot compare Arnorld Schwarzenegger to Wyclef Jean. Go ahead and research on Mr Schwarzenegger you will see how educated of a man he is.

Carl   August 6th, 2010 12:03 am ET

If Arnold Schwarzenegger can be governor of California , so then Wyclef can be president of Haiti. The people of Haiti needs somebody they can trust since their past experiences have not been good. Wyclef has proved himself to the people. he is in fact the only candidate that can say he is in it for the country and not the money so why not, his background and experience is questionable but some t of the past presidents have have not had much of a political background themselves but they still managed to be president of the country. o instead of giving my vote to someone who will run to exile before the end of his mandate, i rather give it to his good heart and willingness and expect something me to be done

Harry   August 6th, 2010 12:14 am ET

I do not think Wyclef will be a good president for the people of haiti.

Petion-Villoise   August 6th, 2010 12:19 am ET

When did popularity in the entertainment world become a qualification to run as president of any country. Many of you on this blog are refuting some of the basic skills that are detrimental to any presidential candidate, and thus underminding the haitian people intelligence or sense of trust.

One must have a solid selection of running mates with experience in the various aspects of a state: legislative, executive,economic, cultural, etc. One must have some prestence (Haiti is in the midst of foreign states all wanting to "participate" in Haiti's recovery, protocole implied here). One must be well- rounded with some academic credentials (all political leaders are cultivated in world affairs and have had some experience with the political arena). In addition one must add irrefutablly positive personal characteristics, which Wyclef may or may not possess.

The haitian people have not been introduced to the politician, they primarily know the entertainer. One must know the people, know cultural, regional, and local customs, speak with their words (not some amalgam of informal english and rudimentary Creole). Language is important, communication is even more so. That said, it is not a matter of speaking French or Creole, it is a matter of cultural understanding and display. "Sak pase, nap boule" doesn't by far illustrate one's master of the dialect. We, haitians, watched Wyclef's press conference today in Haiti and we (fluent in both French and Kreyol) had a hard time understanding this man. With a voting population at 80% primarily Creole speaking, and in dire need for tangeable change, he echoes very little with our expectations.

Haitians are used to the corruption that has become synonimous with haitian presidents and have somewhat learned to expect it as a trait common to all politicians. Wyclef claimed today to want to irradicate corruption, yet his Yele Foundation has mishandled funds donated to Haiti's earthquake victims. In addition, Uncle Sam just exposed Wyclef's sense of taxpayer responsibility. What credibility does he suggest?

Please understand that being the poorest country of the northern hemsiphere does not mean that we are void of intelligent and capable people. As it is in any country, when you don't have the finacial means you face socio-econimic and political progressive degradation of a society. Yet, we strive to survive. WE NEED A CHANGE. WE WANT A CHANGE. WE DO NOT WANT TO BECOME A FARCE at the expense of a perhaps misguided politico-affectionado.

Joan   August 6th, 2010 12:26 am ET

Wyclef Jean should run for President of Haiti. He was born there and even though he hasn't lived there, he seems to understand what the people need. He can also bring a new perspective to the country from an outside point of view. People on this blog shouldn't criticize him because he's an entertainer. What about Republicans here? There's Arnold, Fred Grandy, Sonny Bono was a politician, Ronald Reagan (acted for 8 years as a president).

Meemee R   August 6th, 2010 12:29 am ET

I love Wyclef like everybody else does but, Wyclef stick to music please. I mean just because you have family in politics doesn't mean you know politics let alone run a country. Wyclef doesn't have any experience in politics. He is so full of crap. STICK TO SINGING WYCLEF, that's the best you can do for Haitians right now. I mean he just admitted he doesn't have a background in politics so how the hell does he plan to run a country that is in such turmoil. I am a Haitian myself and I have family in Haiti and I would love to see Haiti pick itself up from the ground and make it the Haiti I used to know, but I'm sorry I just don't think Wyclef is the man to do that

Beatriz meraz shannon   August 6th, 2010 12:29 am ET

He would make superb president! He has been actively involved for years trying to improve the country. Truly selfless move on Wyclef's part! He will do incredible job! So much good for that country! If i was Haitian, i would volunteer on his campaign team! Bravo wyclef! Beatriz

James   August 6th, 2010 12:40 am ET

There is nothing wrong with Wyclef running for President of Haiti. Even though Mr. Wyclef is not a political figure, he has served as an Ambassador for Haiti; that's how much he loves his country, Haiti. Indeed, Mr. Wyclef would be a great President for this nation.

Rose   August 6th, 2010 12:43 am ET

I think wyclef would be a good president for haiti.. he's the only one that can actually help Haiti, he loves haiti and I know he's going to make a difference... I love wyclef and wish him luck....

Martin   August 6th, 2010 1:00 am ET

I am from Haiti, live in Canada right now. Wyclef would be amazing and thats all I could say. Last time we had a good leader was when we left slavery!!! that was a long time ago my brother.

Josh   August 6th, 2010 1:03 am ET

Please tell me this is a joke! Despite Wyclef's good intention, Haiti needs more than him. Wyclef reminds me of many of the past greedy Haitian's leaders. The sad thing is, if he makes it to the ballot he has a pretty good chance to win. He holds a Green Card in the United States which requires him to be a resident of the United States and yet, he claims to have been a resident of Haiti for the last 5 years!

Joseph R Malecke Sr.   August 6th, 2010 1:05 am ET

Dear Sean,
I worked for the federal government for 17 yrs. and broke my neck in 2005. I have no teeth and can't afford any. And, I am a Vietnam Vet; who cares!
Love, Joe

LJ   August 6th, 2010 1:08 am ET

I think Wyclef should be giving a fair chance. I think that his efforts are truely hearfelt considering, he is actually Haitan. He actually has been trying and doing things for the Haitan community for years. I do recall he was over on the grounds within 24 hours of the catastrophe
Plus, I think the people of Haiti should be decide not Americans, living in the US, casting down their opinions on someone actually trying to help thier own kind. This is truely is a positive effort in the new era of Haiti.

Go Wyclef!

Sabine   August 6th, 2010 1:25 am ET

Wyclef can definitely run a stage but not a country! this country is struggling right now and it will be like that for a while, what mr Wyclef gonna offer to the people? may be some free tickets for his concert, come on people, the man has the best intentions toward my country but that doesn't mean he needs to be president to make a diference. He should keep doing the good job that he was doing in Haiti and forget about the white house. Sincerely if he became president, for the first time in my life, I'd be ashame to say to anyone that I'm haitian!!!

Stephanie Sagesse   August 6th, 2010 1:29 am ET

I personally think Wyclef is not qualified to become the president of Haiti.....I understand that he has passion and love for his country, but there r so many more attributes and personal qualities, that r needed to become a WORLD leader and represent a country...During his interview he didnt answer ne REAL important questions... he was more concerned about having Wolf Blitzer speak creole then giving people an idea of what he wants to do. If his passion is helping haiti... then mayb he should just stay as an ambassador, take his seat back at yele haiti, and leave the job of presidency to someone with a lot more experience and understanding of what it means to b a president....

CP   August 6th, 2010 1:40 am ET

If Wyclef loves Haiti he should let it go. He is not qualified and is nearly illiterate. He speaks broken English and he starting to talk like the Doc. The "youth have enlisted" him he says. He had this aspiration since he released his solo album "President, I don't want to be president, give me the microphone and I'm the government" remember those Creole lyrics...I got the CD. If the job of the president of Haiti is to rhyme, then we got our man.LOL

Embarrased Haitian.

jerry Louis   August 6th, 2010 1:47 am ET

I don't think Wyclef is qualified to be president of Haiti. How come you want to be president of a country you don't even know its history. He really loves his country but is not a reason to run for president. I don't think Wycleft has one college credit. What you can expect from someone who have any idea about the job is going to do?

Stephanie Sagesse   August 6th, 2010 1:48 am ET

sorry..=^( I was just reading some blogs on his interview and someone wrote "only a country like Haiti would support an unprepared presidential candidate"... I swear that was like a stab in the heart ♥ =*o( ... Haitian people are so educated, and respectable....PLEASE my haitian people dont let ignorance take over... we r already one of the POOREST COUNTRIES IN TH WORLD.... please dont take away our intellegence

CP   August 6th, 2010 2:12 am ET

I would love to see a debate of all these candidates. Anderson Cooper stay out of our business.

William Togbah   August 6th, 2010 2:17 am ET

Nation that is unable to read made tremendous mistakes at the poll, work place, jury box etc by one of U.S educator Jim Trealease. And for sure, that the legitimate reason Jean wants to become president of that starvation nation. So that he can restore Haitians to the main screen map. Restoring Haitians to the the main screen map take enormous time to reach to that lift. In order to reach that peak it will take experts to do that. So when i do heard that Wyclef Jean had announce himself as presidential candidate i become skeptical. i asked myself these question, can he be the one to restore Haitians to the main screen map?, is he qualified to be president?, is he doing it for him to be infamous?, to talk to big government officials across the globe.

franky   August 6th, 2010 3:49 am ET

Why is cnn interrogating Wyclef? No Haitian candidate owes the American public any sort of explanation, so I find the interview a bit ridiculous. Is he qualified? At this point, anyone is qualified to run Haiti. With all due respect, it has been a dump site and never really an interest for development. If one looks at the disinterest of the United Nations, World Bank, and the federation of Caribbean nations in the past, it is evident that no one ever had any hope for this nation. Now a celeb wants to represent his country and attempt an SOS. This is great. As an American, I want to know how to help. Wyclef is bringing Haiti back to the front page, and I hope that something comes to fruition for the people of Haiti. It is time the world gives a hand to a friend in need.

Margaret   August 6th, 2010 4:06 am ET

Wyclef, if you love your country you will do what's best for it. Support a candidate who has the education, experience and expertise to be the leader of one of the poorest countries in the world. Sending a big fat check to your motherland and singing songs about how poor they are does not deserve a nod for presidency. Your country needs someone who isn't going to steal billions of dollars in foreign aid. Someone who will invest every penny where it is needed.. starting with POLITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. Corruption, mismanagement, inefficiency, disorganization, these are all real issues that have affected the infrastructure of your country for years. Before you start saying that you need to bring businesses to Haiti and build schools you should fix the political system. With that said, you also need to focus on the Human Rights Commission in Haiti and follow through with the trials and reparations. I bet you have no idea what a messed up Human Rights Commission Haiti has and how important it is to the history of your country to establish it and continue its support. Do you even know in detail the extent of the damage that was done by Duvalier, Aristide and even Preval? You really have no idea, so before you compare yourself to Barack Obama, go to school and get a college degree. There are plenty of college graduates out there who know a lot more about Haiti, it's history and politics than you do and who would do a better job as a president as well. This isn't a popularity contest, these are the lives of millions of people depending on you and you have no clue how to even begin to deal with it. The sad part is that you actually have a shot at winning.. simply because you are Wyclef Jean, the rapper, the guy who gives away free t-shirts and promises to bring 50cent to Haiti.. not because you are someone who has done everything to rebuild your country's infrastructure or to support the fight for Human Rights and hold previous political leaders accountable for their crimes.. or even bring to attention the need to follow thru with reparations.

Patrick Saintjean   August 6th, 2010 4:09 am ET

It is just to show how emotional some people can be. Wyclef for Presiden of Haiti, how and where in this planet, a guy that do not have no clue to become president of a country. what planet am I live in? come on now people what some of you are talking about, President, being President is not a joke, or taking your kids to school. Being President is running a country with everything in it. your life is depend on that person too

Patrick Saintjean   August 6th, 2010 4:23 am ET

well can he be a good President, who knows? oh my gush I can't even think straight. I was listening live in Haiti while everything was unfallding, these people in Haiti are too emotional for me. they do not know and understand why they want Wyclef to be President of Haiti. they are clueless, they do not have no ideas about the guy; just because he is a hip-hop super star. What, a Hip-Hop singer that not live in Haiti that not even able to speak creole clear, live in the country for the 1 or 2 years will be in charge telling you what to do. Oh Lord, do and say something for these people please do so....... they do not have absolutely no brain at all.

vidal   August 6th, 2010 4:41 am ET

If Sarah Palin can run in this country and we know she dumb as a boxs of rocks then he should do well.....

Sadiq Olaide   August 6th, 2010 5:49 am ET

Wyclef should note that not everybody will like his kind of music even in Haiti so he should just pick somebody that understand the politics of governance and he is good to go. He has the passion no doubt but did he has the "political will to dine with the sharks" I wish him all the best. Olaide from Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

TONY KANU   August 6th, 2010 6:32 am ET


Mpho Molefe   August 6th, 2010 8:46 am ET

As long as he surrounds himself with people experienced in governing he would be good for Haiti. He has the profile to keep the world's attention on Haiti and Haiti needs that. If he surrounds himself with a good administration he'll be fine. Remember for the next 4 years the focus is to rebuild, that's the number 1 issue. He has, more than anyone in Haiti, the pull to get aid and keep the world's focus on his country.

Remond   August 6th, 2010 9:09 am ET

For almost 30 years we have tried everything with everyone and with all kinds of degrees, they all failed bwecause they have never had the will to do something et never led anything. A good leader is not based on the number of degrees that you have collected but the will and the vision that you have. Wyclef can be a very pragmatic leader that we need right now.

Gerald Jolly   August 6th, 2010 9:25 am ET

This is a joke "RIGHT"

Wyclef the elected leader of Haiti??

Someone is surely joking I'm certain of that.

Let us examine his credentials.

Did not complete high school.

Dropped out of school in the middle of grade seven

Time spent in any political role WHAT'S THIS??? "ZERO"

Someone with administrative skills?? SORRY "ZERO"

Ability to negotiate complicated issues?? SORRY "ZERO"

A strong advocate of EDUCATION?? SORRY "ZERO"

If any of you folks think that Haiti is in a grave situation now.



Ikalean Wilkerson   August 6th, 2010 11:00 am ET

What makes those who support Wyclef Jean so much more disconcerting than those who might support some other American or Haitian leader. Why can't America just stay out of the Haitian country. What makes what Sean Penn said so much more credible? So he has done other work for a long time in Haiti, are you suggesting that Sean Penn would make a better President. Was Bush that great for America or his Vice-President? I think not! I did not like Wolf Blitzer's questioning. Turned off the show.

Hurline Saint-Fleur   August 6th, 2010 11:24 am ET

Wow! What a masquarade! The Haiti I used to know wouldn't even give this guy a 2nd look. He is what we call an oportunist. This guy stated that he has been in the US since he was 9 years old, yet he doesn't speak English properly, he doesn't speak French or creole well, how in the world is he going to represent Haiti. He doen't have a strong education background, never study law or politic, how is he going to reinforce the law or even fix the broken one we already have. What kind of change can he possibly bring to my country. Since he said: "I am a young youth" (pleonasm), my advise to him is to go back to school and master an education of his field of interest. We had enough joke in Haiti, we are tired of laughing, its time to be serious.

mtmr   August 6th, 2010 12:35 pm ET

The sad part about Wyclef Jean's candidacy is the fact that he doesn't know that he isn't qualify to run a country. He thinks he is qualified because he doesn't value Haitian youths and the country. They deserve more than a showbiz stage appearance. He claims that he will work on education, yet he hasn't pursued any higher education . He is already saying that he doesn't have to speak French, one of the national language of Haiti, and that way negates the achievement of Danny Laferiere, Lyonel Trouillet, Yanick Lahens, among others. He stated that Haiti is open for business, ane yet he has proven to be a lousy business manager–owes taxes, lien against his house, etc. The list is long why he isn't qualifed. I believe that CNN should give equal airtime to qualified Haiti-American to state why Wyclef candidacy is counterproductive to the advancement of the Haiti.

RL   August 6th, 2010 1:34 pm ET

I totally agree with the last comment. I would like to add that Yele Haiti has not done much to help the suffering of our people. I live and work in Haiti, I only see them on the street distributing water when they know Anderson Cooper and the CNN crew is around.
Also, I hope the media will take a serious look at how Mr Jean took over this private TV station "Telemax" a few years back and was unable to run it successfully.
This guy does not know how manage a business, he does not surround himself with the right people it would definitely be a disaster of the magnitude of the last earthquake if he were to become president.

Julie T.   August 6th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

Honestly i think Wyclef would make a Great Presdent of Haiti because He has his career in order and he understands that if he will become the president of haiti he knows that he will put his career behind him he manges to take care of his family he managed his foundation YELE HAITI.he does have understanding on what he needs to do it already seems like he is the president for the hard work nd graditude for his country because if there was no haiti there wouldnt be wyclef.

Annabel   August 6th, 2010 2:04 pm ET

I really like Wyclef as an artist and I think he's in the right place right now, promoting Haiti's culture and helping Haitians in need with his fundation. HOWEVER, I really think it's a mistake for him to run for president!! He has no experience at all. Even though he has been going back and forth, he has no idea what the situation is really like in Haiti. And he should know that just because you have a good popularity that doesn't mean you will receive lots of votes!!! It's just a big mistake and I'm fairly disapointed right now.

Jim   August 6th, 2010 3:32 pm ET

I think Mr. Wyclef is very qualified to run for president of Haiti. Beining president is a learning process and I think he posess those qualities. One good thing for sure will be that he will get rid of corruption and mismanagement, as this is indicative of Third World countries.

SMITH LAURENT   August 6th, 2010 3:39 pm ET


Robert "BOB" Guthrie   August 6th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

Wyclef has some explaining to do about his past and money management. Haiti does not need him. I too question the motive for Office and what has Wyclef done to endear himself to working in Haiti to understand the problems of supply and distribution the masses face every day trying to eat and survive in camps with the have nots of Haiti.

Richard Smiley.jr   August 6th, 2010 10:14 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!!!!!

Phaurestal Dominique   August 6th, 2010 11:42 pm ET

To all of you, that are saying the man is lacked of experience, he's a musician, he does not fit, he doesn't have the skills that it requires to be a president, to me it sounds like a hold bunch of craps, and i sensed the sense of jealous that is in the air. I don't know if you all are familiar with the Holy Bible, when you take king David for instance, who was a shepherd, he was a musician, and by his ability, and his devotion to the people of Israel, came to be one of the greatest kings that Israel ever had. We done seen too many hypocrites, and done heard too many rhetoric propaganda, claimed themselves to be so righteous, giving empty promises, meanwhile the people are being suffered, going to bed hungry while there are plenty of food stored away in (magazin) warehouses, full of goods to eat, and to drink. ENOUGH it is time, it is time for a change, We done tried all the intellectuals, giving all kind of speeches in french, they'd barely even spoken the language of the majority of the nation speaks, nothing ever got done, instead they used the money to build up big companies else where, where the people could not even afford to go, the poverty is ravaging the whole nation apart, but they are getting richer and richer. Like our brother and militant John S Brunache clearly sung in his songs written long ago and i quote ( tan a rive pou demokrasi, manman chonje konstisyon an, gen sa yo ki adopte li, gen sa yo ki voye'l jete, mesye yo preche linyon men ke yo gen trop vye pasyon, neg yo vle lwa pou jistis, anpil nan yo se anachis, men se kiyes ki kon chimen an, ki va di nou ki kote nou prale, men se ki yes ki gen flanbo a, kap klere chimen an pou n pa tonbe) which means it is time for a true democracy, it is time for our people to get a break, it's been far too long, ENOUGH is ENOUGH, can't you hear the nation's cry in the wilderness, begging to be rescued. Most of us are a bunch of sell outs, we would even sell our own souls if we could, and i've heard there're some of us that sold their souls to the devil. There is one, although he has been abroad, facing all kind of hardships, could've become a US citizen, because it was hard to admit that you were a Haitian without getting stumped on, but he kept his status as a Haitian citizen, while all of us were trying so hard to deny ourselves as Haitians citizens. He fought until we became free from that bondage, and made it possible for young Haitians every where around the world to feel proud of their beloved country (Lakay se lakay) Just like Martin luther King was fighting so that the blacks could be free, and have equal rights as the white, so was he fighting, fighting for us to be free in the world as Haitians, and not being discriminated against. Learning from other cultures, and never had the audacity to renounce his birth place, stayed true, and loyal to his homeland, although he could not help the whole nation entirely, he has made the effort of giving back to the society of which he came from, and made trips back and forth to his homeland. (He who gives when he has little, will give more when he has more). Wyclef Jean is the man for the job. Give him a chance to do something for Haiti's future, and for the kids, save all your bad comments, because when you and your peoples had the power, y'all didn't accomplished anything, instead, y'all got richer, while the poor's gotten poorer. It is time for a change, to all my people We can do this (l'union fait la force) we can kick the bourgeoisie to the curve the people needs help, it is up to all of us to do what we must to help elect Wyclef Jean as the new leader for our people in November 2010. YES WE CAN



REGINALD ESTIME   August 7th, 2010 12:42 am ET


charles   August 7th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

since 1804 we will have the best in honnes person who like haiti so mush WYCLEF JEAN will b president perioda

IKHAN   August 8th, 2010 4:30 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Sean Penn has never been afraid to stand for his convictions be it war or Haiti.

@Michael armstrong sr.
noble words indeed. But where do we find leaders dedicated to humanity & people? I do not think on this planet.
And as for supporting dictators & rebels, we have been doing that if it promotes our agenda. And we would plant one without batting an eye anywhere, if it serves whatever agenda those in charge are pursuing now.

Haiti01122010   August 8th, 2010 6:22 pm ET

Big up to everybody who's supporting Wyclef of running for President in Haiti, to those of you who are talking about his Education..take a look at the last 2 to 3 Presidents that Haiti had they are all what you call very educated and they're the ones who misguided Haiti and the people to all these problems and they are incompetent and corrupted and a bunch of crooks taking the people for granted and they are also very unorganized. So with Wyclef background, Haiti might have a chance to have a little more security and Human right might be able to apply as well in Haiti ...also he might be able to bring the Tourist back to the country.....For those of you who don't know what most of these people here are talking about when they mention Education they are simply refering about Wyclef not being able to speak French when French is not even our original language and 90% of the people living in Haiti don't even speak it and read it, Wyclef speaks Creol properly which is what of most people down there speak and read so he is a perfect candidate for Haiti then again it's about time for Haiti to have a young President like Wyclef who knows and unsderstands about today Technology, those guys with Current President Preval and former Pres Aristide age need to stay away because they still have the old mentality and they have no idea of what's going on in this new Millennium.

Pablo   August 8th, 2010 6:25 pm ET

You see all of these poeple that are talking bad about WJ those are the kind of people that are keeping Haiti from moving forward they're brandwash and they're only focus on education or WJ not able to speak french, I bet you 95% of them are beneficial something from past or current goverment....what they do not know that God will change Haiti and it is not up to them it's up to the man upstairs....right now as we speak they are killing each other in Port-Au-Prince they all think they should always be in charge and they refuse to see changes because they're too corrupted, people of Haiti have been suffering for too long and it's time for changes and only God will make that happens not by those thieves in Haiti or by WJ, but if God wants to... he can use WJ to turn things around.

Smith in Oregon   August 8th, 2010 7:43 pm ET

t appears a rash of forest fires is also breaking out in and across Israel.

The massive forest fires in and across Israel could be seen as a mixed blessing. Fewer Middle East people will be murdered as a result of this drop in Israel's very few natural resources. Fewer tree's would be torched during WW3 and pollute the Middle East's air.

Sadly, those forest fires will likely be blamed on selected black listed Palestinian family's that had nothing to do with the forest fires in order to bulldoze their homes and 'legally' steal their land and holdings.

fredy   August 8th, 2010 9:00 pm ET

Wyclif for President, i don't think it a goo idea this is not the time for an unexperiance pepeole in Haiti, we need pepeole with brain to change the country, I means wyclif have no experiance about politic, we need someone who know what going on in Haiti not wiclyf.

nesly   August 8th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

no, i don't think wyclef would be a good president. first of all he doesn't have the education required to be a president. he is a singer and that's it. how come a guy like that have the courage to announce something like that. i don't think this guy can even read the haitian's constitution. please wycle (poze boudaw iletre). what your level of education? what do you know about running a country. do you study political science? at least do you have a college degree?

Monica   August 8th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Well the New World Order is materialzing by Wyclef running for President of Haiti. I really think that he is definitely changing humanity for the people of Haiti. Wyclef was born in Haiti, but grew up in the U.S. This shows that Wyclef has a passion to help his people, as well as the exposure of the best country in the wordl , which is the U.S. So for Wyclef to be multifaceted I strongly believe that he will do well. The people of Haiti needs an infrastructure for education , health, commerce. I beleive that Wyclef will be succesful if he wins as the President of Haiti.

Marie   August 8th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

I do not recommend wyclef for president, actually I was disappointed to hear that he was considering it. The fact that Haiti has been through so much in the past years, I would of thought that wyclef would lead in finding someone that has the education; understanding of politics if not political experience; and the understanding of the magnitude of Haiti's situation to really lead us. Wyclef's concern is the youth as he stated in his interview, and he is definitely a role model, he is well know in Haiti and America so its natural for him to have the support he has. However, that is not the qualifications for becoming president, but it is a reason to help find the best leader for Haiti. I Don't doubt his love for Haiti, but becoming president is not the way to show it, Haiti truly needs a leader that has the capability, education, understanding of politics, and the understanding of the magnitude of Haiti's situation to really lead us.

ms mehu   August 8th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Wyclef jean is a rapper and has no qualification the fact that you
interview him is an insult to the haitian people. He has no training
no experience.

Teresa   August 8th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

I do believe his heart is in the right place. But I question his experience and expertise to run a country. I am curious as to what the Haitian people think about Wycliff's decision to run for president.

Sharron Dark   August 8th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

I think Wyclef Jean would make a great President in Haiti, he knows what needs to be done and will get full support from other countries especially The United States of America, we go to everyone's aid.

Kudos to Wyclef!!!! I hope he wins and upgrade Port-au-Prince for the better and rebuild the infrastructure and the basic needs that every human being should have and maintain.

Many Presidents don't have all the answers this is why they develop a great team and this is what they pay others to brain storm and come up with solutions to everyday problems and have an excellent administration.

Ms. Hadley Littell   August 8th, 2010 9:42 pm ET


Atwood O. Jones Jr.   August 8th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Wyclef Jean has as much experience as any other President of Hati,and that is NONE.However, His heart is in the right place! He really could keep his money and stay home, but that's not what he wants to do.He really wants to help.

Houston, TX

George Tanis   August 8th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

I am not for whether is qualified or not...Wyclef has never let the Hatian people down and he is very open from the start about his haitian background unlike some other haitians when things turn good for them they deny their heritage because they feel ashame of talking about how it was like before realizing the american dream. Wyclef will set an example that is not about wanting to be known, it is about wanting to make a difference in country that has been plagued with all kind of bad me I think Wyclef is a VISIONARY and I hope he will do a job only if he does not listen to too many mambo jumbo from people who have no credibility in what they say then he should be fine.

Smith in Oregon   August 8th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Without America's Shadow Government picking, aiding and supporting Wyclef for Haiti's Presidential position, I seriously doubt Wyclef would become Haiti's next President.

America's CIA and it's numerous shadow agency's have directly interfered with Haiti's rulers and government for many decades, they must be so very proud of all the suffering the Haitian people are experiencing now.

Duperval   August 8th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Wyclef jean has his right to be elected for his loving Haiti my advice is let the man go to do what can he do and offer for this loving Sweet island. So many others came and hurt haiti so now please, please let the man step forward please again

ti Anne boucard   August 8th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

I think its a Great idea that Mr.wyclef is running for president,Reason:Not only was he born in haiti but he was raise in the USA....that can make a big different,cause haiti need a change in education most of all the invironment (safety) we need someone that can help rebuild Haiti.I just hope that wyclef is not running for all the wrong reasons,true enough he does care for the people and the country,i just hope that he have the right people around him,truth be said he doesn't have the back ground to run a country like haiti atleast he cares.I hope the people doesnt vote for him or want him to be President cause of his name...

Tahti   August 8th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

As a Haitian Diaspora Born and raised in the US by Haitian Partents. Sean Penn says he dosen't know much about Wyclef Jean because he's been NON PRESENT for the past few months in HAITI " Sean Penn doesn't know about Wyclef Jean beacuse SEAN PENN DOES'NT KNOW HAITI !!!

Judith W. Sunnyside, Queens   August 8th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

As far as I'm concerned, Wyclef will make a difference for Haiti socially, politically and in the overall picture, because he cares about the Haitian people. He says he want's to make a difference in Haiti educationally by promoting education, healthcare, etc. Clearly he doesn't need the money. What drives him to want to help Haiti are the people. The so called "politcal experience" other presidents have had, sadly hasn't gotten Haiti any where. When my mother was growing up in Haiti, it was a beautiful country politically and so on. Political corruption was there, but has gotten worse over the decades. Perhaps with Wyclef's passion for his people, this will be the missing link to Haiti's unfortunate state of affairs.
Others who say there are "corporate interest" have their own personal agenda in investmentss in Haiti. Haiti will be the 8th wonder of the world one will take time.
For those who go on TV or other media outlets and are trashing this Haitian man who's trying to do something for his country, should not be so quick to smear him, when he clearly hasn't had the chance to run the country yet..but soon will...

Suzie   August 8th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

Yes I think so. He always shows love and support for his country.

Tahti   August 8th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

What are Sean Penn's true motives in Haiti? Thank you Mr. Penn for your assistance in our time of need. You are absoulty correct Haiti is extremley vulnerable just as a parentless child, however FYI this didn't take place on Jan. 12, 2010. This has happened decades ago.

Roselore   August 8th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

Wyclef wants to be Haiti's President ... LOL somebody maybe joking. I am an Haitian and I strongly disagree with Wyclef wanted to be president. Somebody needs to stop this madness right now!

Tahti   August 8th, 2010 10:11 pm ET


Dominique Semexant   August 8th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

At this time Haiti does not need an entertainer or super ego young unexperience Wyclef, What it does need is a leader that cares about the need of the country as a whole, jobs, education and a work force to rebuild Haiti. We need more people in the haitian society to take action like actor Sean Penn to make a difference one by one and the movement will start so that not anyone can run for such an important post at such a crucial time. We Haitian people should not stand for such a joke!

Tahti   August 8th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

Dear Mr. Sean Penn how are benefiting from your role in Haiti, You are an American why don't aren't you spending your "GREAT HUMANITARIAN" Qualifications in your own hometown !!! Millions of Americans are Unemployed Homeless an Hungry.

catherine   August 8th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

i bet on him he can, cause he loves his contry he is the one whose proud to be haitian no body body else, the one who has been talking bad about Wyclef bcoz they get jealous about him. God will do the rest for you, i love Wyclef from the bottom of my heart. God bless you and your family,

Chris Wiegel   August 9th, 2010 12:07 am ET

Anyone who uses double negatives shouldn't be allowed to run for any kind of political position, especially if they use them twice in a row. He also doesn't know what adverbs are apparently.

John   August 9th, 2010 12:11 am ET

To those thinking Wyclef would be a good President – you are the problem. Voting for unqualified candidates it the biggest problem in the U.S. and it looks like Haiti might suffer the same problem. It's laughable that so many people posting here thinking Wyclef and his scandal-ridden charity would be good for a people that need serious help. How about electing Sean Penn? He seems much more serious and has actually *done* much more for the people of Haiti than Wyclef has. I notice Wyclef's response to Sean was filled with let's focus on something else instead of actually addressing Sean's main point – where has Wyclef been the last few months?

Renee   August 9th, 2010 12:14 am ET

Wyclef would not dare pull this in the US. If he were an American, he would not dare throw his hat in the ring for Alderman, much less, President. I am watching this interview and I am appalled!! He doesn't even speak proper English,"I can't hear nothing," he says. Then, the first thing is says, "Wolf, say 'sak pase'..." Wow, that's diplomatic!

He's an opportunist, just running on popularity that has nothing to do with his ability as a leader or politician. He can't articulate at all his specific intentions or experience that make this JOKE of a candidacy believable.

Hasn't Haiti suffered enough? We don't have to settle for the bottom of the barrel just because of a longstanding history of misfortune.

wilfrid jean   August 9th, 2010 12:21 am ET

if in that occasion we saw how much money lost thru wiclef, what if he become presiden?
what will really happen to haiti?

Gladys Jose   August 9th, 2010 12:24 am ET

Thursday, I watched the interview with Mr. Wyclef Jean, and l let my emotions get over a little. When I watched the interview with Mr. Jean the second time, it came to my mind that we should stop criticizing him and, instead, congratulate him for having the courage to step up and stand up to other candidates that I do not even know about. Mr. Jean has the right to run for president of Haiti. Who is challenging him? Mr. Jean reminds me of a previous candidate who utilized similar strategy to get elected president. My question is: will the same strategy work for Haitians. Can we compare the agenda of the youth of Haiti to that of other countries? Do they have the same needs? If Mr. Jean does not have a challenger, he might win to our great disappointment. We still have time to find a challenger who could demonstrate that he is more qualified than Mr. Jean. Who is he? As much as we may regret it, if we do not have a better candidate than Mr. Jean, he can be the next president of Haiti, and, maybe, causing earthquakes on a much higher scale. While we have the time, we can still elect a better candidate for the position. If Mr. Jean is a millionaire, he can afford to go back to school and wait for the next round. He is still very young for the job. In the meantime he will have the chance to prove to all Haitians, not only the youth, that he is better qualified to be the next president of Haiti. Maybe the constitution of Haiti is part of the problem, and the time has come to make some amendment. Mr. Jean looks very scary; he has not answer the questions he was asked. Who is going to pull their sleeves to make better preparations for the next catastrophe? Not only do we have the youth to worry about, we also have the elders, the peasants, the education system etc...that are major issues in Haiti. Haiti is unique with its problems. One man's will is just a scratch on the surface like. Mr. Jean is a young youth, he needs to grow up.
Dr. Gupta said. Thanks again CNN.

inga   August 9th, 2010 12:28 am ET

This man had stated he is not a politician but he is a "member of the youth" . Haiti needs a team of people that have ability to capitalize on the resources. He is representing the people based on his popularity as a US musician. His heart is in the right place, but as president, that is quite a challenge , not a lot of room/time for error.

israel   August 9th, 2010 12:46 am ET

Why he did not apply for US citizen he been in the United State for years?
What is his calcifications to lead a country? What he did with the 9 million us dollar suppose to be to the needy of Haiti people?

Renee   August 9th, 2010 12:46 am ET

All of you Haitians now living in America have forgotten and are detached from the real living situation in Haiti. So, what do you care if Wyclef is President.? After all, it won't affect you. You can hide behind the, "But my family is still there," argument. But the reality is that none of you care enough to admit that loving your country is not enough to be President. If so, we all should be President. SHAME ON WYCLEF AND SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!




On Sunday June 27, 2010, Paul Gustave Magloire, the president of MORN (Movement for the Reconciliation and the National Renaissance), and his team revealed the architectural model of one of the important components of his plan for the construction of the new Haiti, during a meeting at Aventura-Miami, Florida, in front of an audience made up of the members of the organization, some partisans and allies.

Figure : Paul G. Magloire presenting the model

Indeed, this architectural model represents the Landmark, which will be erected in the Grand-North capital, one of the principal regions of the country, according to the plan established by Mr. Magloire and his team, within the framework of the construction of the new Haiti.

Before beginning his presentation, Mr. Magloire had asked the audience to pay its respects to the earthquake victims of January 12, by observing a few minutes of silence and meditation. We should never forget that the earthquake left behind ruins and desolation, and each one of us must make his/her contribution in order to facilitate the rebirth of a new country out of the rubble. Indeed, the great majority of the city-capital public buildings crumbled under the strong jolts of the earthquake and more than 270,000 people died, in addition to the casualties and victims that number in the hundreds of thousands, due to the collapse of the houses and the buildings. However, until now, the precarious situation of the hundreds of thousands of the homeless people in the city-capital still remains alarming, particularly in a year when the hurricane season could be rigorous.

Figure 2: Pastor F. Lazard

Thus, Mr. Magloire had also asked Pastor Lazard to request that the Divine grace and the blessings of the Great Architect of the Universe be showered upon this project, which must at the very least give a little hope to our people.

Figure 3: The leader of MORN. PGM, thanking Pastor F. Lazard

After the circumstantial prayer, Mr. Magloire invited, one more time, all the lifeblood and responsible people in charge of the nation to join MORN in a national effort, and with the support of the Diaspora, several foreign donors of the international community who are sensitive to the plight of the Haitian people, in order to launch this plan for the construction of the new Haiti, within a democratic framework of social justice. This global plan, which is the product of his reflections and his experiences over these last thirty years, has been largely published in his writings over this same period.

This plan aims at re-launching the Program of the Depopulation of Port-au-Prince and the Decentralization of the country, which he had inaugurated back in 2005, at the time of his tenure as the head of the Ministry for the Interior and the Territorial Collectivities, during the interim government. There he left, as clear and strong evidence, some of the most tangible and important achievements of the past 25 years such as, the road connecting the Cap-Haitian to Ouanaminthe, in addition to the administrative complex of the Cap-Haitian and that of Jérémie, as well as other important projects that the government of Mr. Préval and his cohorts have so far refused to carry forward to completion.

It is evident that the seism, which shook the country at its core, has proven beyond any doubt the necessity for applying such a plan: the great demographic concentration of the capital, Port-au-Prince, primarily contributed to the high number of victims during the earthquake.

Figure 4: A view of the audience, which was paying close attention to the presentation

They had come from everywhere, from within Haiti as well as from the Diaspora, and representing this great diversity of our socio-political landscape, to take part in this presentation.

Thus, as had declared this famous poet from Jérémie, René Philoctète, in The Islands that Walk: “They had come from faraway, people of Prévilé, far from behind the mountains, in a harmonic chime of songs and fresh pompéias…”

Figure 5: M. Magloire ending his presentation, followed by the translation in English of M. Legagneur.

Several members of MORN intervened to express their point of view with regard to the project: Mr. Victor Latour declared that he is 83 years old and it is the first time that he has the net impression that Haiti has a chance. And he is working hard in the area of Cayes, in the South of the country, so that the project of MORN can be realized.

Figure 6: The Engineer-Entrepreneur Victor Latour

Mr. Magloire and his team recommend the restructuring of the country in three major regions, the Great-North, the Great-South and the Great-Center. Each region will be equipped with a modern city serving as the regional capital.

Thus, each regional capital will be equipped with a Landmark, which will be the flagship of a network of great systems. The Landmark of the Great-North, which is a master piece of architecture, likely to cost around 500 million dollars, will espouse the particular characteristics of the region. It will be used as a point of attraction and will instigate the economy of the Great-North. The construction of all the systems all over the country will account for approximately 9.9 billion dollars.

Figure 7: Frantz Souverain, the leader of the youth group LANSE-HAITI visiting the USA

Figure 8: The lawyer of the Oil Funds Inc., Mr. Herb Abramson, speaking to the leader of MORN. Mr. Abramson is a valiant soldier of the cause of the Haitian community in Florida and a large supporter of the MORN project.

Indeed, this Landmark presented to the assistance will be part of a comprehensive system made up of several great complexes, which will encompass several important components necessary for the development of the country. Such as:

A university system in the Great-North region and one on each of the three other regions of the country. Each complex will include several specialized university schools and faculties as well as a research center of international caliber, with the capacity to accommodate several tens of thousands of students.

A Health system in each region also, which will encompass a university hospital of international stature. This system will likely be able to compete with the great international complexes and to place Haiti as a reference in the field of public health. This system will support a network of health care centers and clinics throughout all the municipalities of each region.

There will also be the sports complexes of Olympic caliber, which will eventually position Haiti, in partnership with the Dominican Republic, the country with which it shares the island, to propose the island as a potential candidate to host any regional and world sporting events, such as the Pan-American games, the Olympic Games and the World Cup of Soccer.

The master plan will support also the development of a network of municipal industrial parks, for the manufacturing production directed towards export.

Figure 9: The audience filed to see the model of the project more closely.

Figure 10: Jean Legagneur Sr., President of PROSINT, is answering some questions.

The systems will be serviced by a national highway network linking each region to all the other points of the country. The network of the Great-North, as already started within the framework of the Program of Decentralization, with the construction of the road connecting the Cap-Haitian to Ouanaminthe, will aim at building highways between the two countries. The main point of interest of this project will be the border-crossing motorway, already being assessed, which will eventually connect the town of Ouanaminthe, in the North-East, with that of Anse-à-Pitre, in South-east, while going through all the border cities of the two neighboring republics.

In addition, the country will be equipped with a maritime network for coastal traffic planned to leave the area of Maribaro, near Ouanaminthe, to arrive at Anse-à-Pitre, in the Southeast, by going all around the country, port by port, to connect the 100 coastal villages and cities, in order to create a large tourism tour in the country.

The plan also considers the construction of three international airports, one in each of the regions, to connect the country to the great destinations of the world, with an objective more specifically to instigate the traffic of tourists.

Figure 11: Mr. Magloire in close meeting with some members of the audience.

The emphasis will be placed, also, on the modernization of the main towns of the ten departments, because these cities presently suffer from the lack of maintenance and the weakening of their urban structure. Indeed, the absence of adequate infrastructures and opportunities capable of ensuring a decent life in these cities is one of the main reasons for the rural migration towards the other more important urban centers and for the hyper-concentration of the population and of the economic activities in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

In order for the restructuring of the country to happen in a balanced manner, the plan recommends the launching of several special programs of modernization and economic growth, which stress the creation of small and medium-size businesses and the creation of jobs for the young people throughout the country. These programs will be launched in a hundred municipalities, starting from the three regional capitals.

Figure 12: The young people, very motivated, were asking many questions.

We are in the process of developing a master plan, which also projects that the majority of the municipalities as well as the districts of the rural areas will be equipped with a minimum of infrastructure and basic services, so that all the citizens of the country can live with the minimum of dignity deserved by any and all human beings.

A tremendous effort will be put forth to facilitate the increase of the agricultural production from the level of the garden of subsistence to an agriculture providing a better output and capable of bringing several income options to the rural population, the strongest demographic component of the country.

Within this framework, the master plan considers also the launching of the greatest program of reforestation to date in the country, that is to say the annual planting of 20 million trees of all kinds. This program aims also at initiating the civil service envisaged in the Constitution of the country and at hiring at least 500,000 young people in the construction of the country. Thanks to this program, the young people will receive grants to attend any of the 10 technical training schools that will be built for this purpose in the 10 departments of the republic.

The master plan is also in favor of the development of co-operative associations in the agricultural production sector and of the reinforcement of the workers’ rights in all the industry sectors of the country.

It will put a particular emphasis on the development of the commercial networks and the financing of the small commercial businesses, like shops and small stores, which will have to benefit from tax incentives in order to make them competitive as compared to the large businesses.

The master plan considers that Port-au-Prince, the capital, must remain the nerve center of the country. Nevertheless, this city will be built starting from a code system of construction that can support the shocks of any earthquakes and the most powerful hurricanes. This national capital will have mainly a political and administrative function and will be used to house the headquarters of the central government. It is within the capital also that we will have the main offices of the foreign embassies and consulates. We will favor the construction of a convention center of international standard to accommodate the most important meetings and gatherings that will need to be held in the country.

Figure 13: They are perplexed in front of the possibility of such a great project for Haiti.

It will be opportune to also build Museums, theaters of great capacity, amusement parks and public parks in order to embellish life within the capital city. We will make an effort not to build other shantytowns, as it seems to happen even now.

All the companies that will be working in the development of these projects know that MORN aims at creating a broad and dynamic middle-class in Haiti within the framework of a democratic environment. Thus, these companies also understand that 20% of the activities will be granted to local Haitian companies. Another 20% will be allotted to companies headed by Haitians of the Diaspora. MORN will also explicitly ask, in this case, that the foreign companies put in place all of the adequate measures to guarantee the realization of these objectives.

Last month, one after the other, two American Senators, the most powerful of the Committee in charge of Foreign Affairs, the Republican of Indiana, Richard Lugar and the president of this committee, the Democrat of Massachusetts, John F. Kerry, publicly spoke of an absence of leadership on the part of President Préval in the crisis that Haiti is confronting. The two senators are in agreement that a new legitimate government, qualified and able to launch the rebuilding of the country, must come from equitable, transparent and free elections. One can understand the diplomatic restraint of these senators who avoided saying that Mr. Préval cannot guarantee such elections, taking into account his repeated failure in this area in the past.

Figure 14: The young people took advantage of the opportunity to present their poster with their slogan…

But we, Haitians, have recognized for a long time that the dreadful leadership of Mr. Préval has caused, at the very least, as much wrong to our country as the natural earthquake of last January 12. Moreover, the presidency of this master of trickery will be remembered as one of the most corrupt and the most despicable and vile in the history of our country.

Mr. Préval did not hesitate either, after the greatest disaster that Haiti has ever known, that has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, of mutilated people and orphans, to ask tens of thousands of homeless people to remain in the capital, in order to allow his cronies to make huge profits out of the provisioning of the victims, without having the decency to support these homeless people, after more than five months, by offering a viable solution that could at least protect them from the dangers of the hurricane season. Thus, history will remember President Préval as the person who created the camps of despair where are concentrated the thousands of Haitian homeless people.

Figure 15 Several MORN coordinators got together with guests for memorable photographs

Figure 16: The coordinator, Vico Bellevue, Treasurer Yanick Barlatier and a major supporter of MORN, Max Zamor, appear happy and smiling

Figure 17: Nicole Bernard Legagneur and Hugo Damas, an Executive member of MORN.

Figure 18: William Duchene, an Executive member of MORN, Loukens Louine, Technical Coordinator and Ralph Eugene, Adviser on matters of Security.

Figure 19: The comments of Mr. Abramson with regards to the possibilities of MORN were applauded.

Figure 20: Mr. Edgard Bruno, member of Alliance and a major supporter of MORN is paying attention to the details of the project model.

Furthermore, the government of Mr. Préval is as incompetent as it is mediocre. For example, we met several contractors in construction industry. They have worldwide operations and spoke to us about their recent visit in Haiti, as an immense disappointment. Indeed, Haiti represents an important enough market for construction, taking into account the extent of the damage undergone by the residential structures and the buildings. As it is common knowledge, there is a package of more than 2.5 billion dollars promised by the international community to contribute to the rebuilding of the country in the 18 next months. These contractors say that they noted, after 5 months, the government did not have any valid project nor did they have any sense of what it is they wanted to do. By contrast however, the government has in its midst or in its close surroundings a bunch of brokers who seek to trade, for a hefty sum of course, their inside contact with the government.

Figure 21: Other personalities of the political and business sectors continue to visit MORN to have a firsthand view of the project. Such is the case for Mr. Anthony Barbier of Fusion and Mr. Osner Fevry of the CONASSED.

We must point out that the majority of the great projects will be seeking to obtain direct financing from investors to whom the country will have to offer a climate favorable to these investments. The welcoming offer to these companies will stress the adequate infrastructures and the guarantee of a high level security system. The tax incentives for the targeted companies will be maintained; nevertheless of great importance will be the continuing education that will be offered to the workers, so that the labor force can be maintained at a high level of qualification and performance. As had already been mentioned by one of the commentators, the largest tool that Haiti will have to use to forge the success of its development is education and that at all levels. To that end, the Haitian Constitution already envisaged the universal education of all children.

It must also be said that we foresee that funds of 9.9 billion dollars, allocated to Haiti by the international community, would be better used in the financing of infrastructure work and of basic services to the Haitian population, such as drainage, irrigation, potable water supply, education and health care. This Construction Master Plan for the new Haiti wants to give to the Haitian youth, a reason for keeping hope alive, for believing and liking their country.

May God bless Haiti!

The people who participated in the preparation of this report are: Loukens Louine, Gabrielle Menos, Ralph Eugene, Hugo Damas and Jean Legagneur, Sr.

Paul Gustave Magloire

Former Minister of the Interior

President of MORN HAITI, Inc

israel   August 9th, 2010 12:57 am ET

It is more easy to criticized than to lead

Is a shame the white people are the one protecting Haiti now from this power hungry man
God bless America and Haiti
Please just help your country with your song not with what you can’t

Lemda Tange   August 9th, 2010 1:10 am ET

I think Wyclef is a great individual that sincerely cares about
Haiti and its people, but he is not the leadership the country needs right now. WJ needs to show genuine sacrifice for his country instead of using this national tragedy to promote his celebrityhood.

kenny   August 9th, 2010 1:17 am ET

As a no body. I think success American like cycle,nas,busta ryms,etc need to get into politics with out cooperate American assistance in African countries.
As a self proclaimed human right activist I thought of what wyclef is doing ten years ago.
I think nasir Jones needs to get into Nigeria and do the same as clef.
I put an ad on Craigslist new York a while back tryin to get hold of busta,nas,talib kwali about getting into politic in Africa but not reply.
It's the best thing for Haiti, Sean pen needs to listen to clefs music.

maggie   August 9th, 2010 1:23 am ET

Wow Sean P.!!! You must be God sent... Thanks for helping my people and particularly for spreading seeds of doubts on Wyclef's dream of becoming Haiti's next president. ..
Wyclef needs doses of econimics, finance, political science, public relations among other deficiencies to help him fill in the gap of ignorance... Anything is possible!! Wyclef needs to use the little money he has left not the charity's money, go back to school and get himself ready...Ten years from now he might get a shot.

kenny   August 9th, 2010 1:31 am ET

Why should some not think Sean pen isn't looking out for himself.
I would like to get on Larry king so America can hear the African perspective on what clef is intending to do.
It sucks we only hear what Sean pen thinks.

Curtis Summers   August 9th, 2010 1:48 am ET

I think he would be the right person for the job not because of skin color but because he was born there. He already knows the problems of his country. What works and what doesn't. He went in to help his country as soon as he heard that his country was in big trouble. For those who are worried about back taxes that he owes. Don't forget that they just put Sen. John Kerry on the news for back taxes. He is a United States Senator for crying out loud. Don't be so quick to cass the first stone. Lets run our own country. Not another. Remember American laws doesn't make the world America. It's for Americans only.

JONO   August 9th, 2010 2:09 am ET

We do need a good President !!!
But Wyclef Jean his not this Man!!!

todd atwell   August 9th, 2010 3:34 am ET

mr. king , im a white seperatist, but have respect for all races. mr jean is an intelligent human being an is willing to give up his time and probally his money to try and make a diffrence in the hell hole we call hati. this man deserves the addoration and respect of all his people and the respect of all americans for his attempt to try and help that country to come out of the sewer and become a country with goals respect for one another. its obvious that he is not in it for money, he is rich enough. he is trying to make a diffrence in this fd up world, give the man time, he will suprise us all. thanks, TODD ATWELL

trace   August 9th, 2010 3:59 am ET

what is his level of education? Did he even go to college? He speak of education, health care, etc. does he even have a clue about those issues? His speech sounds like a generic speech that you would find from contestants in Beauty pageants to Politic. Yes, the country has had many failed leaders that speak french, but you speak of education as part of your campaign is that the example you want to set?( How about saying I dont speak the native language but It will be my duty to learn it) Has he taken any business classes? It's sad that these people don't care about his qualifications all they see is his popularity. Don't get me wrong I like Wyclef as an artist and if he really want to help Haiti why not just stay as a humanitarian. Angelina Jolie is a perfect example of someone who really wants to help.

james brown   August 9th, 2010 4:19 am ET

penn,go home you have no credibility drug addict bad actor ,stay out of haiti,s people politics

do ramo carlos   August 9th, 2010 5:24 am ET

Hello Sirs, it's not admissible that the new presentator treats their invitators like he did with WYclef the next President of Haiti telling him to speak English. You 're a international channel which the principes are the tolerance throught differences !!!!!! It's a shame I'm Brazilian and I'm an English and Spanish teacher in France for the French National Education Minister Larry King was a wizard of the communication big heart. You have to change this poor guy fast or He'll go on putting his personal convictions on the air. He could ask Wyclef to repeat his affirmation but not adding that "he must speak English". Isaw this as a discrimination by hisHaiti differences.
Thanks for your attention to my simple words.

BARRY AVOTU JOHNSON   August 9th, 2010 6:47 am ET

its a big shame for the people of HIATI not to know that God has sent them a young man who should change the face of their nation. wyclef jean is a good man for them right now, he will be able to pull support faster from all over the world in the rebulding of their nation. i wish nigeria has a good person like him to contest agaist all thoses old boys around nigeria looting the life out of nigeria.
support wyclef jean 2010 november.
its a vision, he will lead haiti as president

muhammad rahman raza   August 9th, 2010 8:13 am ET

It is eassy to get elected, but it is not eassy to rule, After getting elected rulers think they can do what ever they want and most of them do it. Curruption is # one cause. Term for all ellected officials should be limited to one. And there should be a curruption panel for the world, and politition should get tough punishments for wrong doing. If religion, curruption and favortsim, should not be there, he can do better for his people. It all depends on who is the boss, him or his advisors. With honesty and hard work he can change this country.

Gerald Jolly   August 9th, 2010 9:00 am ET

Why did Wyclef Jean cut his braids into a normal type of haircut.???

Could it be that he is trying to fool people into believing that he is not a HIP-HOP raggea entertainer but in fact a PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE??

If it was'nt so sad it would surely be LAUGHABLE.

Gladys Jose   August 9th, 2010 10:51 am ET

Hello Mr. Paul Gustave Magloire, President of MORN, thanks for your input. I am hoping you will have an interview soon, with CNN along with others. I will tell you what: Why MORN? What is its meaning? Could it be more positive, to all respect. What other challengers do we have? This is a great plan, as to the security system, how is it going to work? What about it? It is a big F.

Andre Fougy   August 9th, 2010 1:13 pm ET

Mr. King.
CNN should stop promoting mediocrity. Haiti is not only
CITE SOLEIL or BEL AIR where his associates live. We stil have an intellectual elite. Wyclek must take a little time to look at himself in the mirror and realize that a little volatile fortune rewarded by the perfection
of street music is not the prima facie requirement to be President of a Country. He is trying to rank himself with President Obama who is a Constitutional Law Professor. Wiclef is still high from that substance. He should have furthered his education beyond street music. Of course, it is not too late, a formal education will help.

enock   August 9th, 2010 4:24 pm ET

I would like to ask him several questions as candidate. Does he have any parents or close relative who were affilaited with the Tonton macoute regime. What role if any , his tonton macoute allies will play in his governement. Will it be a return of the tonoton Macoute.

Mary Lingnau   August 9th, 2010 4:41 pm ET

How about Sean Penn as President?????? The country has alway been run by a crupt government so they need someone caring & not in it for themselves. Sean Penn has done more for Haiti than anyone except the doctors who have helped the people. I know Mr Penn would not want to be President but the point is HE CARES ABOUT THE COUNTRY & ITS PEOPLE. Enough said.


claudie   August 9th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

He is not qualified to be the President of Haiti ,he will do better for haiti behind the seen ,he should create an organization that can look over Haiti.

claudie   August 9th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

He is not qualify tobe the president of Haiti,he willdo better behind the seen.

SOLEDAD   August 9th, 2010 9:36 pm ET


L PIERRE   August 9th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

I would like for CNN to invite the other strong candidates to balance the campaign. Then we will see if he is the right man for the position.
You will find : Mme Myrlande Manigat, Charles Henry Baker, Jeunne Jean Chavane and Leslie Voltaire. With CNN push, the Haitian people
think that the US nation is behinde him. so give the others the same chance and we will see a good campaign. If you want the Haitian nation to choose the right person for the position make it fare and clear. I love the man but......

robert   August 10th, 2010 12:58 am ET

John King had a guess on name chelsea handler , And she made a comment about red heads. I find that to be very out of line and very discriminatory . I think she needs to apologize for the comment that she made on air. I am very affended by the remark!!! I will not be quit about this I think that was totally out of line ....

Smith in Oregon   August 10th, 2010 2:06 am ET

Pakistan got close to $5 billion in aid for 2005 earthquake. One would have expected that they would have cleared all the rubble, did some good urban planning and built proper earthquake-resistant houses for the homeless. But surprise, the Pakistani people were left to fend for themselves, while a few low-quality houses were built to satisfy the nosy inspectors from other countries. The 4.9 Billion went to the Pakistani ISI who spent every cent rearming the Taliban and enlisting new Suicide Bombers to murder American and NATO soldiers, undermine the Karzai Government in nearby Afghanistan Guess how the Taliban gets all those missiles, guns, mortars, motorbikes and cars for suicide bombings etc? From the American taxpayers donating money to Pakistan.

Gerald Jolly   August 10th, 2010 8:47 am ET

@ Soledad


IKHAN   August 10th, 2010 3:21 pm ET

Hi Larry,
as @Dodie says things would never change for Haiti or perhaps rest of the world.

@Smith in Oregon
thanks for keeping bloggers informed,as always.
The problem is that singling out any one country would not be enough. Corruption is rampant in many which get aid from US. The need is to get to the core issues which have become the reason for a mad arms race in the Indian sub-continent & the Middle East & the reason that our aid in these countries is diverted to arms build up.
We pay 6 billion dollars plus to Israel every year for military build up which is then used for bombing & raiding occupied territories of Palestine. And we paid for their nuclear arsenal which has caused a race for these weapons in the Middle East.
Our technical & military assistance to India ,including Nuclear goes towards building up their arsenal against their arch enemy Pakistan which in turn does the same. They use their military to perpetuate occupation & suppression of Kashmiris.
We pay 1 billion dollars plus every year to Egypt which is used by the rulers to perpetuate their dictatorship & such.
Now if the leaders of the Free World who take it as their right to own & guide the destiny of this planet & to own its wealth were willing to get to the core issues like Kashmir & Palestine to name just two & their just settlement, we wouldn't have to dish out tax payers dollars to support this mad arms race in these countries.
But I'm willing to bet whatever dollars I have left that this is not going to happen.Politicians in the Free World or the Third World or any where else are simply not going to to think of humanity , their own people or this planet.

Darren James Anderson   August 10th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

I don't believe that Haiti has anything to loose if Wyclef Jean runs for President of Haiti. If he succeeds and does become President his Roster of Advisers should be as follows; Canada's Previous Governor General Michelle Jean who is also a former Citizen of Haiti, Sean Penn who is presently in touch with the Haitian Community and Dr. Sanjay Gupta who could honestly scrutinize Health Care Expenses if necessary. Please note that I am the source of the Master Plan which consists of being the greatest plan of reforestation of 20 million trees of all kinds(fruit trees etc). Creating an Army of Tree Planters will not only create Jobs but will help the People of Haiti self sustain themselves and also will make the Country of Haiti be self sufficient. Thank-You for reading this. I am the Undisputed Echo Champion.

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