President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama “have been inspired by the way that millions of Americans have responded with tremendous generosity to the Haiti crisis – even in these tough economic times,” said Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. “So, today, they sent their own check for $15,000 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to support the ongoing relief efforts in that country.”
The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund was launched on Friday – in a joint effort by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, prompted by the president asking the two to help get Americans involved in relief efforts. As of today the fund has received more than 126,000 contributions for relief and recovery efforts.
Michelle Obama joined with the Ad Council and American Red Cross for a series of public service announcements to encourage Americans to support relief efforts in Haiti, as she said in this statement:
“I was eager to join the Ad Council and the Red Cross to launch this call to action in the wake of this weeks devastating earthquake. The people of Haiti are struggling just to survive. And every one of us has the power to help.”