President Barack Obama and predecessors George W Bush and Bill Clinton have launched a national drive to raise money for the victims of the Haitian earthquake.
The two former occupants of the White House are to lead the fund raising campaign.
“At this moment we are moving forward with one of the largest relief efforts in our history.To save lives and deliver relief that averts an even larger catastrophe. The two leaders with me today will ensure that this is matched by a historic effort that extends beyond our government,” said President Obama.
George W. Bush stressed direct aid was what was needed;
“The most effective way for Americans to help the people of Haiti is to contribute money. That money will go to organisations on the ground who will be able to effectively spend it. I know a lot of people want to send blankets or water, just send your cash. One of the things the president and I will do is make sure your money is spent wisely.”
Bill Clinton, typically, added a personal touch;
“I was in those hotels that collapsed. I had meals with those people who are dead. The Catherdral church that Hillary and I sat in 34 years ago is total rubble, but what these men have said is true, it is still one of the most remarkable and unique places I have ever been to.”