Wyclef Jean considering running for president of Haiti
July 26th, 2010
12:32 PM ET

Wyclef Jean considering running for president of Haiti

Wyclef Jean for president?

There are reports that the musician is mulling a run for the top office in Haiti. Reached by phone, Jean told CNN that talk of a campaign is a bit premature as he is still mulling it over.

“I can’t sing forever,” Jean said.

The Canadian publication Le Droit reported over the weekend that Jean would be throwing his hat into the political ring in his native homeland. But Jean told CNN that such reports reflect him being "drafted" but he hasn't decided for sure yet.

He added that he has filled out the necessary paperwork in case he does decide to move forward with a candidacy. Jean has been an outspoken proponent of Haiti through his Yele Haiti Foundation and was one of the first celebrities to offer aid after the devastating earthquake.

"Wyclef's commitment to his homeland and its youth is boundless, and he will remain its greatest supporter regardless of whether he is part of the government moving forward," said a statement released by his foundation.  "At this time, Wyclef Jean has not announced his intent to run for Haitian president. If and when a decision is made, media will be alerted immediately.  Please let us know if we can help with anything else."

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    April 26, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
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    September 20, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Big E

    The question should be , how long will Wyclef waits before he sell the country to the US. This is the whole plan. Wake up Haitians. A man who can barely speaks his native langauage creole, French and the english language where he spent his entire life will be running a country. Who are you kidding. Can you see that he went on CNN to announce it, this should show you that he does not have any respect for the haitian people. On top of that he flew in , in a private jet to drop his paper. Which planet does he live in, maybe Mars, not Haiti. We should call his action so far a lack of respect for him and the haitian people. Maybe he needs to go to school and learn a few things about politic first. And be able to speak, write and understand when you do not belong. I wish that he takes time to learn about the history of Ispanola.

    August 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. laurent louis montas

    yes Wyclèf for life

    August 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Haitian decent

    What message the futur president will have for children who is now in school.Will he be a role model like President Obama when he comes to education?

    August 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kelly K

    ppl talking about qualifications READ ON
    he's been educated in the U.S. and weather he graduated or not – jus getting a U.S. education ranks you smarter than most of the people in Haiti. PS there r many people who run successful buisnesses and understand social problems without a degree in it, but there r even more people who have the degree n still end up workin at Wendy's. What he Wyclef has done for himself in his life alone should prove that he is smart n driven n passionate. If those aren't the best qualifications 4 president then what the hell are? To put someone else in office just because they went to school longer is just like making that Wendy's employee CEO of your record label instead of Wyclef. There is more to being qualified than getting a bachelors. It takes personal responsiblity, determination, n the ability to think critically on issues n ways to solve them. If you listen to any of his music than you could feel for yourself that Wyclef cares for society n has the desire n motivation to try to tackle the problems that society faces. He has been successful influencing the world thru his music n can be just as successful given a position in government.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      Kelly, I'm with you with everything you said there... 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.

      August 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ernst jean-pierre

    I believe it takes a deep knowledge and understanding of the haitian people in order to become their leader. I hope sincerly the next leader is capable of unleashing the genius of the haitian people. Let's tap into this vast human resource by first making Education priority number one. Haitians are capable of great things outside the country .Why not inside?

    August 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joey

    Haiti problem is corruption. The qualification is not the issue. In the past, we had kings at the age of 7 yrs old. Its the people that are in your cabinet and your advisers. We need someone who care for haiti so deeply, but not yet corrupted by the haitian corruption. Wicleff fit that qualification. I truly support that. It finally looks like before I died I will see again haiti as a touristic place. I am 35 yrs old left haiti when I was 9 yrs old

    August 3, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. RJP

    Wyclef love his country like most Haitian people do however, i dont think he is qualify to be the next president of Haiti. Hatian people has to move away from voting for the most populaf person to voting for the most qualify person. At this stage, Haiti need the most educated and quaify person to bring the cntry out of this devastatin.

    August 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ray Hall

    Dear Mr. Jean,
    I believe and have prayed that you would become the next president of Haiti. The number one resource that Haiti has is not gold or diamonds but rather the Haitian mind. Please sir, when you become president counsel with Bill Clinton, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates; for these men also know that this is Haiti's greatest resource and have the best interests of the Haitian people. Please also research the Costa Rican system which saves Costa Ricans lots of money because it is the only nation in the world that does not have a standing army or military; just a police force. This nation also holds the highest literacy rate in the world. Haiti's number one trading partner in the world is the Dominican Republic. For this cause I believe that it is imperative that you begin to make early connections to the Dominican president Leonel Fernandez and work with him as a partner to unify the island under one banner. This is the information age and I pray that through education and academic excellence Haiti will become the information nation of the future along with all of Hispaniola. Why should I care? Because I love the Haitian people more then my own life. I have worked with the Haitian people in the past as a missionary to the island of Hispaniola. Please also look in to the ministry of Pastor Joel Jeune; he is a man of God that was raised from the dead as a small child in Haiti and a prophecy was spoken over him that he would become a great man in Haiti. I believe in you, Pastor Joel Jeune, Haiti and God. May God bless you and may the blessings of CHRIST be upon the nation of Haiti.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frantzy

    If you want to be hated by the Haitians, be their president.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Les Cayes

    How much more do the people of Haiti need to endure.
    First they had a horrible earthquake
    Second, Obama picked Bush "the village idiot" to be in charge of rebuilding the country – Obama wanted to get Bush out of US politics, therefore he sent him to Haiti to make a mess, just as he has made a mess of the US economy.
    Third – Now the other uneducated idiot, WJ wants to run for president.
    When is it enough?
    Atleast Bush's father paid a few people to help Bush graduate from college. WJ parent's simply allowed him drop-out.

    August 1, 2010 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      Dude, who are you? are you one of those people who seats over here(US) and receives checks from the Haitian goverment every month or your are one of those people who works or has a very close relative that's working for the current corrupted Haitian goverment....because I do know how the rich Haitians are, especially the ones in power or live in Haiti they are stangiest people I know...once they are eating with all of their family they do not care about the rest of the people.
      Haiti does not need a well educated president right now, first and formost Haiti needs God and a multi-millionaire businessman who's well known by US not those crooks live in Haiti that claim to be rich only for Haiti.

      August 4, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kkito


    July 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Miami Haitian

    For those who assume that they are politically correct about who's is the best fit for office they are the one's who are ignorant. No one individual is born with Presidential qualities,it's acquired once in house. Also the presidents elect doesn't make the rules the government party does. However, the President relays the message to the nation after it has been enforced or whatever the plan for countries issues will be.

    July 31, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les Cayes


      That idiotic comment you made simply shows how stupid you are. No one is born with presidential abilities. Don't you think that it takes a leader to run a country not a bad singer and a college droupout? He should stick to what he knows, perhaps he can also go back to school and educate himself. why should I expect more from you, after all you live in Florida.

      August 1, 2010 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. gran panpan

    Lots of people talking about qualifications but the thing we should all be talking about is wether or not the leaders we have had before with qualifications what good have they done, haiti needs to get rid of the old dinausor in politic and start electing new blood, because so far qualifications haven't done anything for Haiti...i may not like the idea that wyclef is running for prez, but he would be my first choice just because he represents the future instead of past like the politicians in haiti we have right now......

    July 31, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Edwitch

    to anyone that does not like wj, what have any of you guy"s done for haiti lately and iam not saying his the right guy for the job.all i know action speak"s louder than words also no matter what happpen to him,he still going to go down as a great haitian leader;s in history....

    July 31, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  17. mS


    July 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Haiti01122010

    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.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Papa Legba

    Please spare Haiti and the Haitians this embarrassment . Wycliff is a musician. He is not an intellectual. He should stick with what he knows best which is music. He has no intellectual ability.

    July 29, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  20. Les Cayes

    The college drop-out, dope smoking, bad singer for president of Haiti – Lord help this country!!
    Wyclef Jean does not have the education nor the political experience to run for office in Haiti, being a bad singer and throwing food to children in Haiti does not qualify him to run the country. Although the idiots in California voted for Arnold the terminator, it does not simply mean that the citizens of Haiti are ready for an idiotic president. Jean is a terrible singer and his goal is to support his marijuana habit. I would like to know what he has done in his career that shows he is fit to run my country. What college/ university did he attend? What is his political experience?
    Regan was an actor – however a very good one. He was also educated. I am not sure what language Wyclef speaks, he certainly does not speak English after leaving in the US for many years. Does he even speak Creole? If anyone really think that Wycef is qualified to be anything but a bad singer, really needs to have his head examine. The man can hardly manage his finances, people he has been in business with have complained about his lack of respect when it comes to following rules and regulations.
    Being a president of a country is not an on the job training, I know he received his singing training from the slums of Brooklyn, that does not qualify him to be president. Perhaps he realized he could steal way more as President of a country than as President of a charity. Maybe Angie could run as his vice presidential candidate. That would be quite the ticket! I guess anything to get him to stop singing for a few years is good enough.

    July 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  21. wisly

    Go wyclef.we need a softer.we need a true zoe.be our man mr

    July 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  22. roldji

    i be happy if wyclef president in haiti cuz a lot of things will change .do ur thing clef dont listen wat haters said

    July 28, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  23. say what??

    Its time for Haiti to have some one that Cares For the people & the country, GO WYCLEF !!!! GO WYCLEF!!! WE R BEHIND YOU!!!! 😉

    July 28, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  24. gg

    I am a haitian national and I have lived there all of my life. I don't want to enter a feud of ideologies and opinions but all I want to say is this: Shouldn't the president of a country speak the language of his/her country?? FYI Wyclef speaks neither french nor creol.
    Just saying......

    July 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Thunderous_silence

    I'm a haitian guy that travels to Haiti every 3 months. I went to Haiti to deliver food and water after the earthquake. I saw the aid that Wyclef gave. When other organizations were holding supplies back because of "complications", Yele Haiti was on the ground delivering aid. He had schools in Haiti. He was making a difference as a celebrity; but, he got frustrated because the goverment wasn't communicating effectively and was slowing down his process. He saw the problem and now he's going to actively work towards solving it. He is a great example for the children of Haiti. He teaches hard work. I have a college degree in education and he is alot more successful than I am. Instead of scrutinizing Wyclef Jean go over there and help–then maybe you'll see the problem too.

    July 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Frandy

    Wyclef We need some one like you to be president Good bless you my friend

    July 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  27. eric gerdes

    For the first time in my adult life, I would be proud to vote for a president in Haiti. Wyclef always made me proud to be Haitian.His heart,talent and dedication for Haiti is real. I would vote for him any day, time and place...
    God bless you Jean. Keep the faith. If god is with you, who could be against you??????God has a mission for you....
    Follow your deams....Haiti needs you....

    July 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les Cayes

      Eric Gerdes,
      If Wyclef is the person who made you proud to be Haitian, perhaps you should renounce your nationality. My Gosh you sound like an idiot! You are just like most black Americans who think of Tupac as a God. Get out of town, are you serious dude?

      August 1, 2010 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  28. isaboy

    Go go WJ the haters are bound to go hell with their malice leadership is inborn after all no one was born experienced this critics should shut up what have they done so we can recognize!!!!!

    July 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jackson Joseph

    I think this would a positive move if he puts all his heart into it and it's for the right reasons

    July 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Hooligan

    Countries will elect anyone nowadays. Look at who the Pres of the US is. Doh!!! LOL

    But seriously, what does Wyclef know about running a country? Ooops, the same can be said about Dumbo ears in the White House! LOL

    July 27, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  31. soulshadow55

    I thought Wyclef was an American citizen? If so, wouldn't he have to renounce his US citizenship before he could run for president of Hait? I don't think Haiti allows its citizens to have dual-citizenship, especially for someone running for president.

    If Wyclef does decide to run and wins, I think it can only be good for Haiti. Haiti needs a person in charge who can navigate the rules and regulations of foreign trade, IMF, foreign aid, etc. I'm sure that by the time he decides to run, he will have familarized himself with those issues. I think the rest of the world is waiting for someone to be in charge in Haiti that they can trust. I think Wyclef is probably the only person who fits that description. He certainly can't do any worse that the politicians Haiti has had in the past. At least he will not steal the foreign aid and I'm sure his number one priority would be jobs, education, health care, housing and actually working for the poor of Haiti. I wish him luck and I pray everyday for the people of Haiti. They have suffered so long due to ineffective leadership. If Haiti had leadership that actually worked for the people and the good of the country, Haiti would be a dream country.

    July 27, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  32. Rychard

    Love the logic in these posts... "How much worse could it get anyway?" Great criteria for electing a leader, even the people of Somalia are laughing at you.

    July 27, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Les Cayes

      Most of those imbeciles who think that WJ is fit to be president of anything, are those people who grew up in the slums of Haiti. Most of these idiots probably have not even made it to Jr High. In their inadequate minds and their lack of reasoning they have no idea what it means to be a leader. WJ can hardly speak properly, imagine him going to a meeting with other world leaders? That would be a colossal mistake and a tragedy in the making!
      I think that the people of Haiti have suffered enough, they just went through a terrible earthquake and to make things worse, Obama picked Bush to be in charge of rebuilding the country. Does Haiti need one more village idiot?

      August 1, 2010 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  33. La Fete Sans Arret

    As I have observed, there is a line of Kings in Haiti that have been repressed due to a succession of faulty and inept government officials that rule with public intimidation, violence and kidnappings. Haiti can use a knight of righteousness who will lead by example and teach the 10 million citizens of Haiti about the truth and correct knowledge about the world at large and life. Food and shelter to us is not as important as the change of spirit and a new positive mental projection that the people of Haiti require. Soon enough history will repeat itself where the people will turn against each other looting, burning and killing one another. There is only one solution. The education and reconditioning of the minds of the people with La Fete De La Connaissance: The Feast of Knowledge. Without our lessons of love, acceptance and tolerance then the Haitian people will not hear the Music.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Paulson Jackson

      La fete sans arret,
      Wyclef Jean has low skill as well, so don't claim victory yet. He wants to ship children out of the country for adoption instead of reconnecting them to biological or extended families. He fails to secure them, isn't he inept enough?

      July 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Carlos

    Anything would be an improvement over what's there now or has ever been. Haiti needs someone who is not going to rob the country of its resources, who genuinely cares about the people and its future and one who is not going to instil a dictatorship or totalitarism. This country and its people needs a break, it has been an impoverished nation far too long and deserves a chance to experience life as we know it here in the U.S. Go wyclef!

    July 27, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  35. vivi

    it is obviously a great article. the comments can tell..

    July 27, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  36. Noble9

    It's not like he could make it any worse.

    July 27, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  37. jd


    July 27, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  38. js

    Does every Haitian who does anything for Haiti have to be president?
    for once I like to see someone not want to be president of Haiti – Just help it b/c it is the right thing to do and for the love of country–
    I hope WJ can set a better example than this

    July 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jay

    exactly, when did all you people start caring about Haiti? At least with him running it, people can't ignore that it's there.

    July 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  40. nany

    What kind of example you want to give to the yong generation of Haiti ? you don't need a college background or qualification to be president of haiti . this is crazyyyyyyy Wycleff can be a hero for the country not president no wayyyyyyand Haiti white house is going to be BET CLUB HOUSE HAHAHAHAHAHAH

    July 26, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  41. mike

    well ,as haitian myself i dont any drug dealer or dirty rapper from jersey or bronx like wyclef to be the president of haiti,what did he do for haiti he doesnt own a factory or a hotel back there, does he realy have to president to do something good for his country ? he could be built an hospital or university before tha. but he didnt .f ck m.

    July 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les Cayes

      How could he build a hospital, when he dies not have any leadership experience. In order for someone to take that type of risk he has to be able to manage himself to began with. Wyclef is an idiot!

      August 3, 2010 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Les Cayes

      Why would you expect him to build a college or university when he does not know the value of an education, he dropped out of college in order to become a rapper. Even as a rapper he could not make it. This man has big dreams however a very small mind. He needs to leave the country to the educated people.

      August 3, 2010 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  42. jean gardy descolline

    well i m positively sure that Wyclef can bring peace to Haiti and Haitian people have to pray God and more connecting with God

    July 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Paulson Jackson

    If Wyclef run for Haiti presidency now, he's nothing, but greedy. He wants to sell Haiti and its children.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Junie

      He was there helping after the earthquake, I am sure u just watched it on the big screen. Haiti is so bad right now that even roaches are trying to move out of the country. At least we know he is not a cinistre. If he is ready for the chair, lets give him the chance. Just hope that he does not carry the corruption suitcase over.

      July 27, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  44. jean gardy descolline

    well i know Wyclef loves his country and he had done a lot for Haiti. if he really decided to b an president i would vote for him yeeep

    July 26, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Martha

    Haiti is going through many problems.

    Issues that are important include education, free and fair elections, housing, access to credit, and reconstruction as a whole.

    What I would like to see is a series of debates among the leading candidates for President on the real issues.

    Particularly, I would like to see the Diaspora radio stations and the leading Diaspora organizations organizing 5 or 6 debates among the following candidates: Wyclef Jean, Stanley Lucas, Steven Benoit and Senator Edmonde Beauzile.

    I know that Stanley Lucas is unbeatable when it comes to the issues.

    And, Benoit isn't bad either.

    I can't wait to see a real discussion on the substance - this would be unprecedented and it's more important than ever.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulon Jackson

      Wyclef Jean should not be debating with any Haitian candidates because he is a citizen of the United States that renounced to his Haitian nationality and has little understanding in Haitian politic. His candidacy shoudn't be approved because he is American, he didn't reside in Haiti consecutively in five years, his habitual residence is not in Haiti. If become president of Haiti,He will be a "J'approve" like "Jean claude duvalier if not worst"

      July 26, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Paulson Jackson

    He renounced to Haiti. To come back he has to wait for 5 years consecutively.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Hendrick Salomon

    Please give the star a chance because he is the only Haitian born which i strongly believe that is probably could reversed the country back to prosperity. He left Haiti at the age of nine, for him to have gone back to his native to help the under privileges in a country that he did not known much. I believe that Mr. Wyclef was a pure selection of God for Haiti and shalll be giving a chance to be president in Haiti. One thing for sure, we do not have to worry of him stealing any money from the treasaury because he is already rich and famous and he will bring beverly hill to Haiti.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  48. zomfgmghghg

    i bet his first speech will be like "hey haiti, whats shakin?"

    July 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Anonymous

    Haiti needs someone who is going to set that country forward. They don't need a celebrity that's just trying to add more stuff to his Hollywood resume.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Ben

    Haiti is in trouble. Many of it's leaders have been incredibly corrupt. At worst, I don't see this being a bad decision. I doubt he'd do any worse than some of Haiti's previous leaders, and he might even do better. I say give him a shot if he's serious.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  51. p l

    wyclef, par sa candidaturse a fait naitre un grand panique chez les politiciens. haiti a recu beaucoup de promesse qui se chiffre a des milliards, ils savent que celui qui gagne l'election gagne le gros lot, nous le savons tres bien ils sont pire que la peste regarde ce qu'ils ont fait d'haiti ils l'ont pillé si haiti doit renaitre c'est sur il faut du changement mais le changement doit se faire maitenant et wyclef c'est l'unique choix que nous avons c'est le seul haitien qui porte sa patri dans son coeur et qui a la conviction qu'il peut ameliorer les conditions de vie de nos concitoyens

    July 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  52. jojo

    Enough with "The Cult of Personality'! Papa Doc,Baby Doc, Aristide.... What have they Done? They all have been dream killers! Almost 60 plus years of misery! Where would Haiti be today were it not for these vile men? What Can WJ do? What does he really know? Oh, we'll give them music and Clairin, they 'll be fine. Haiti needs Intelligent, visionary LEADERS with a strategic view of and a dynamic for a Haiti that all Haitians can be proud of.(Schools, Hospitals. Shelter, Electricity, Jobs....) Open your eyes people!!!

    July 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Odner again

    Now we're talking– I mean, It's better if we use our feedbacks here to give Wyclef some advice. (I'm sure he's going to want to read these.)
    And I don't think we can simply stress on things like his education, his political mind too much here. Not when we're talking about Haiti's problems. It's not like he'd for sure become that president or that senator tomorrow, anyway. He hasn't even said the word yet. But if you'd get out of your comfort for a second just to get in touch with HAITI's situation right now and for many years back, you'd realize just how deeply sad this is. HAITI needs a very real and different turn to stop being "the poorest country in the west" And maybe it could all start with this kind of guy. So give the man your advice, not your attack.

    July 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paullson Jackson

      Paulson's advice to wyclef,
      Wyclef should help Haitians with their problems through his non-profit organization during 5 consecutive years. He must renounce to his American citizenship now to be ready for the next five years. If he stayed in Haiti to help properly in five years consecutively, many people could have a better outcome about his candidacy. He must go back to school to have a degree other than music degree. Music doesn't teach about economy and politic. However, lots of Haitians are fed up with those who have ties with a foreign country to manage Haiti as, most of the time, they work in favor of the foreign country instead. This is one of the reason they prepared Haitians to have a high school diploma and when they come to a foreign land they serve in fast food restaurant, clean hotels, work in farms etc. imagined they do all dirty works that the french and Americans won't do for minimum wage. A few Haitians don't follow that process because of a family member that help them to further their education.
      Marc Louis Bazin had tied to U.S; therefore, Haitians didn't vote for him. Haitians didn't know at the time francois Duvalier came on board.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Bill

    I can't say for certain since I really don't know how well he would do, but my hunch is that WJ would be good for Haiti. He seems to be a decent person and he is a bit of an outsider. As long as he surrounded himself with the right people I think he could be their Mandela or something. Also, the fact that he has lived in America would be good as he could help bring Haiti into the 21st century.

    July 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  55. jackson

    What with the millions and millions of dollars in aid just sitting around, I would be suspect of anybody who announces their intentions as 'good for the people' There's too much money, which even now, is not getting to the people, because of the political corruption in Haiti. Someone has to be able to explain why, with over 1billion in aid, people still don't have drinking water and are living in tents.

    July 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  56. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Well, they're used to corruption.

    July 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Mortred

    I just can't see a musician turned politician, let alone the leader of a country. I have no doubt he has the best intentions, but the effective execution of his policies (probably liberal) I seriously doubt. The world will be in for a major LOL when that day comes...

    July 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulson Jackson

      Even sweet Micky, the singerthey said, wants to be President of Haiti. The Haitian People should wake up and smell the coffee. Act before it's too late. Wyclef candidature should be disapproved because he is not Haitian. His inexperience will cause Haiti to be under "tutelle'.

      Besides begging for food, Haitian people need jobs. Food donation intend to feed the poor, but it cannot promote the economy.If Wyclef scares to audit his non-profit organization, they said, he may not be the right choice for Haiti presidency.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Jacques

    I'm Haitian and I think this is a bad Idea, President is not an entry level job. He could have all the best intentions and want to truly help his people, but if he doesn't understand how the government works, how international geopolitical relations work etc, he is going to make many mistakes learning on the job.

    It's very ego centric. He should run for the Haitian senate or some lower position to learn first, he will do more harm than good.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulson Jackson

      WJ is going to beg celebreties to adopt the children of Haiti instead of reconnecting them with their biological parents or extended families. His policy is terrible.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  59. chelsea

    first on the agenda as president of haiti: figure out why the hell only a small fraction of the billions of dollars donated to Haiti actually went to the Haitians?!?!?

    July 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  60. RHODIE401

    Hey anyone is better than Papa Doc.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  61. PatJ.

    Forget about political experience!! All of Haiti's past presidents were idiots and ridiculously inexperienced. They used their powers to embezzled millions from the nations poor and thus leaving people of Haiti to fend for themselves. What Haiti really needs is a leader who is compassionate.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulson Jackson

      Haitian people should not embrace Wyclef's premature experience in politic. He didn't reside 5 years consecutively in Haiti. He is an American citizen.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  62. DP2010

    Awesome. Haiti would benefit from a president who's independently wealthy and just in it to help people.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jessica

    Considering most "real politicians" are corrupt and seeking only the power, not to actually do anything good – I cant see exactly how Wycleaf would be a bad president. We cant ignore the reality that most haitians are uneducated, and therefore incapable of even figuring out the very basics of how to create a functioning society. One would think that Wycleaf with his musical experience (which is BUSINESS) should be able to provide some level of order, and give the nation a jumping off point for getting things going in the right direction. he's not the answer haiti is looking for – but if you are expecting that person to be here today...well, keep holding your breath and stop being shocked when Haiti is the same pile of rubble in 20 years as it is today. Everyone must start somewhere, haiti included.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Big John marin county ca

    I personally think he would be a great asset for the country and our people in a very long time.Wyclef is a tremendous musician with endless potentials of talent and he has proven that he can be a very effective producer of anything he touch turns to gold, for instance, look at what he did with Destiny's child and The amazing Beyonce and the great fugees etc. I'm a native of Haiti and would vote for him and have all of my friends young old vote for him as well.god bless him and his amazing success.
    Kimbe la Frem ac seime yo.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Cry Uncle

    I believe that Mr. Jean should be commended for even considering the job of president of Haiti. How refreshing it would be to for once have someone that is passionate about the people's welfare. Too many oligarchs and strong men have lined their pockets at Haiti's expense.

    @ portalpunk – Armpit of the Caribean, winey, yur, profitabley? Perhaps it's you who needs to experience a 21st education that includes history and spelling before you post.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      I'm sorry about the spelling mistakes, I was to disstracted doing your mama.

      July 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Michal

    Yet another person to exploit the poor people of Haiti. Wycleaf sit your ingorant ass down. Haiti needs real leadership, not some washed up rapper, scavenging for a ripe opportunity to take advantage of people.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  67. justin

    I think Lauryn Hill, Pras and Wyclef should form a triumvirate and rename Haiti "Fugeeland"

    July 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  68. pat

    At this point, Haiti is desperate for a leader who will make a difference in their country an for future. All the leaders in the past were crooks and were out to line their pockets with money that's suppose to go to the needy people of Haiti. Wyclef may not have significant political experience to run for President, but I believe he'll be a better president since he has his own money and isn't greedy.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  69. portalpunk

    Dont blame the people who run for office, blame the stupidity on the people who vote them in. Haiti has it coming to them.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  70. fudgerapper

    send this blacque bloke over to Mickey Dee's to fill out an application on his way to filling out one to be prez. of Haiti...!

    July 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Jeffrey G

    Great - just what Haiti needs: Another guy who takes aid/charity money under false pretenses and uses it for his own purposes. Poor Haiti doesn't stand a chance.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Max

    Hey bigman, there is no reason for name calling. If money could make a person great at anything, Baby doc would have been one of the greatest Haitian president, so would have been George Bush for the USA. It is time we stop experimenting with the lives of countless Haitians. Telling the truth does not in any way make someone racist. Let qualified people run the country. We should be way passed this time where emotions dictate our political behavior. Giving money (other people's money) to the needy does not qualify you to run the biggest company in a country. Incase you did not know the Haitian government is the number one employer in the country. Bill Gates is donated billions of dollars to ellp others, does he want to be the next US president? I did not think so.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mearder

      good one
      i would just love to see these people in tuff situation and see if they would be able to stomach it like the Haitians
      Americans are some of the most hateful people on earth this is why they have so many enemies

      July 27, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  73. MC

    I don't think he's a political genius, but nonetheless he has showed enough guts and will to stand up for and try to help the people in his country, whether he lives there or not and that's good enough for me.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  74. URNUTS

    I think it is a wonderful idea, Haiti needs a real Haitian man with a real understanding for which his people came and for where they are going to. Not just anyone can give these people what they need. They need an honest Haitian man who knows what it is like in Haiti and this man has also done his own thing and made good...Really good. Can you imagine being Haitian and living through what these people have lived through and some smuck telling them they can move ahead and do better? No they need one of their own that they can relate to and count on to be an HONEST leader of them all. Praise God for Wyclef Jean I pray he decides to run for President of Haiti. God bless. I was married in Morency Haiti in August of 2009. I know they had hardship there before january 12, 2010 and my step daughter is still there and it is not easy for a young lady to see what she has had to see in her young little life. I pray God gives them all peace in there hearts and prosperity abundantly. Amen!

    July 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Anonymous

    If he runs for Haiti president then he should revoke his US citizenship.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • fede lalo

      you dont know nothing , where you get this , let the haitian people speak , they love him they trust him , go jean for 2020 we all love you , you can do it . dont listen to those haters

      July 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Odner

    See, this is the kind of TALK that Haiti cannot afford while so many are still under the rubble. All of you who's just running your mouths like that about this man are doing HAITI a great disservice.
    Shame on you all. Why don't you do your homework and get some freaking sense in your head before you speak for Christ's sake– Oh I forgot, you can't handle your precious freedom of speech.
    What is the issue here? He doesn't have a college degree? He's not bright enough to play Haitians? You'd all be too stupid if that's your actual point here. That 'intellectual' Aristide guy, what had he done for Haiti? Wyclef's been lifting Haiti up in the past decade more than anyone else has. I know he's been working on continuing his education. He would be no different from some of the best American presidents who's had humble beginnings, but became known, popular and then finally
    acquired the necessary experience/education to help and serve their country. I'm not saying if should become President tomorrow, not saying he's ready for the job right now. Who the hell is? But we need
    to this seize this OPPORTUNITY– and rout for this man if we even give a damn for Haiti. Have a nice day!

    July 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  77. SayWhut

    Why not? He is personally worth more than the entire country is, unfortunately, and knows how to run a biz. Really, if you are a really good business man and put the people's needs first that is all you need to get started. That and a hard work ethic and a vision the people can get behind. He could do it.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Max

    This is exactly one of the most crucial issues that has been hindering Haiti's move toward development. anybody remotely famous for whatever reason is automatically qualified to run the country. You get investigated or arrested for any reason, all you have to do is claim that you are a target because of your "outspokenness" against the government; you can play soccer very well, be the next president, you can sing and/or mismanage a charity, be the next president or the next senator. I am crying for you Haiti, and j'accuse this system that seems to perpetuate the idea that we Haitians cannot do better and have to settle for the fad of the day..

    July 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Dan

    How ridiculous! What a joke!! WHo does he think he is because of his so called popularity in some american communities he thinks he can become president. The guy should stick to what he knows or barely knows. The fugees had success thanks to the incredible voice of the lead singer.. Anyway the only people who will vote for him will be people from his social class and people he gives money to . Haiti has enough problems as it is now to have a candidate called Wyclef Jean will only add to its nightmares. Anything is possible right, even mediocre people get to the top we see that everyday. In the US they voted for a mixed race guy who is intelligent ,they wouldn't never vote for a Wyclef Jean..To those who call Obama black he is the product of white and black parents get at least some biology classes or some education. Do not compare the intellingence and Charisma of Obama to that of wyclef's jean. Wyclef Jean is not known in haiti among the educated class , He will guarantee an exodus pf the middle and upper middle classes that can afford to travel abroad. People who don't know about Haitian classes' struggle should read about it. Hopefully Cnn will not talk about him anymore.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damian

      get the f*******ck off Dannnnnnnnnnn.U sound like a Real Macoute generation to me.Have not seen and heard what the haitian presidents have done to haiti.I`ll call u sponge Dan,cause u live underwater like spongebob.If u have any relative that running tell him to back off.U are the type of what so call haitian who don`t want the country to move forward.HAITI NEEDS NEW FACE AND A CHANGE OF POLITIC.U HAVE NOT READ WHAT I WROTE EARLIER.TRATOR.IF U WERE A REAL HAITIAN U WOULD ASK FOR HELP AND CHANGE OF LEADER.

      July 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  80. gmatik

    How he gon b president if he's a haitian-american?

    July 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  81. hg

    Ths is a bad idea

    July 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  82. jim jim

    Good singers can sing forever. The problem is he could never sing to start with.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  83. gap

    lil wayne could be also USA President or Fifty cent ..... wyclef al chita have some respect for Haiti you can not even dance and sing haitian music.... you can not even speak creole , french .... you dont even know nothing about politics... where did you go to school ? hey stop your nonsense ok the man want to divide Haiti and you are a desaster wyclef.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Robert

    I'm sorry, but was there a Presidential College or University that you can go to for the qualifications of presidency? And who are we to give an opinion anyway. Last I checked, Haiti holds elections and the people will decide wether Wyclef has the "qualifications". Arrogant people on here man. There is no way to know the amount of work that Wyclef does, along with his sister Melky. You people need to do your own damn research, rather than sound biting from a headline. Don't blame anyone else, when you look the fool.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Sir Loin of Beef

    I don't which story is more ridiculous. This one or the one about the woman that wants to have plastic surgery to look like Kim Kardashian.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Kh

    He probably couldn't do any worse than any other leaders in the past.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  87. mr man

    Anyone who got fired for working at McDonald's, even if they were a kid, probably wouldn't make a good President.

    What experience does Wyclef have as a political leader? Would he be able to make informed decisions regarding economy, healthcare, military, etc? Or does he think being a rich and famous rockstar gives him special abilities? What an ego on this guy...

    July 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  88. frak

    He can't be anymore of a joke for that country than Obama has been for this country.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mr man

      yeah thats funny. Obama is only 2 years into his term and had 8 years of destruction to repair. I have yet to see a comment like yours backed up with any real facts, they are always just emotionally charged redneck Republican drivel.

      July 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl LaFong

      Amazing that comparisons to Obama come up. This country had 8 horrible years under Georgie-junior who ran our economy into the ground and left us at war. Obama had political experience, surrounds himself with smart people and is willing to take action. What in the world does this dope Wycleaf have that qualifies him to run a country that is circling the drain? Maybe have them all dancing in the street and smokin some gonja?

      July 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      Ok, you want facts? And no, I am not a republican and I DID vote for Obama. When he took over after the 8 years of damage, the national debt was a little over 10 trillion dollars. When Bush took over it was 5.7 trillion. So, in his 8 years it rose a little over 4 trillion. As of this morning, the national debt is now over 13 trillion dollars and counting.In only a year and a half the debt has risen over 3 trillion dollars as compared to 4 in 8 years. Our president is now contributing to the problem- not helping it. And that number is a cold, hard, fact you cannot argue with. He has done nothing to try and fix the problems the last idiot helped create. What he is doing is making them worse. And a year and a half in office is enough time to start moving in the right direction. When is everyone going to wake up and see this? And again, I am not some dumb, back woods redneck. I am, however, an intelligent citizen of this country who does my research and backs it up.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  89. SaveHaiti

    what an embarrassment for Haiti – every bug wants to be president of Haiti. am wondering where are the Haitian intellectuals. TOUT Ti KOKORAT wanna be commander in chief...

    July 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |

      I would think a president would need a great cabinet to get the job done. With that said a wiseman can rule any country in the world. Education means nothing if you cannot apply it to the real world. In haitis case the educated has prooven my point. Either they are too educated to care or simply not educated enough, YOU DECIDE

      July 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Voltron3X

    It's odd that he would run for president after using some of the Yele Haiti Foundation funds for personal use and then apologizing for it on video. Can he be trusted?

    July 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  91. WOW

    Why are so many people bashing this guy??? Why do half of these people care??? I'm guessing alot are from the USA? Let the guy go be president of his home land, he'd probably do an ok job, how much worse can it actually get anyways? Jeez. How about instead of everyone hating on Wyclef for wanting to do some good for his people, we start focusing on our joke of a president and trying to get that idiot out of office????

    You people are fools!

    July 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Requetebueno

    I'm thinking, if it's not legal, that pot will become legal...

    July 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Jboy

    You got my vote, and I think you will be the best presdient haiti will ever see, go for it, the people in Haiti loves you and they are waiting for you to step up to the plate.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Robyn

    I think it would be a great idea! I may be just the thing to pull in more resources to finally get the rubble removed and for the building to begin again in that country. Perhaps that is Wycliff's Purpose? Haiti needs a man like him "for such a time as this.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Haiti1804

    Sa Wyclef pa al chache yon kote li mete boudal. Tou kokorat bezwen prezidan.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  96. renee

    some of you mention his lack of experience, what kind of experience did Bush have other than OIL! I'm sure Wyclef would make a great president and the people would have someone who cares and make things better for them.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      @ Renee, yur a dum dum. Just becuase someone loves wine does not mean they can successfully and profitabley run a winey.

      July 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Ayiti1804

    The President is considered the country's chief executive. He develops federal policies, prepares national budgets, enforces federal laws, and appoints federal officials.
    My question to you people:" Can Wyclef do that ?".

    July 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  98. james

    stick to basketball or what ever it is that you do.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Another example of why dumb folks should have their computer time limited.

      July 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Jade

    It is funny how people think they know everything.
    Wyclef have my full support. He is dedicated to haiti, he loves his country
    And he's willing to go the extra miles to help fix it. "U have my vote Jean".

    July 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      Just because he is dedicated to a cause and loves his country and is willing to go the extra mile to fix it does not mean he knows everything and is knowledgeable enought to successfully lead Haiti out of there current situation.

      July 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  100. portalpunk

    This also sounds like a publicity stunt to sell his records, like Prince announcing the internet was dead a few weeks ago. Wyclef must be late on his Mortgage.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  101. martine

    omg...i haven't have such a good laugh in a long long time. Thanks Mr. Jean

    July 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  102. PortalPunk

    Haiti is the Armpit of the Caribean. All the people who sent them $ and help should make sure they write out an equal check to help the US PEOPLE in the gulf. Haiti is like the Arabs, no fixing it, to heck with them.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  103. AncientOne

    I think Wyclef should go for it! He'd most likely do much better for Haiti and actually get things done for the people there!

    July 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  104. jerry wells

    my reponse , GOOD FU@ CKING BYE !!!!!!!!! , AND DON'T COME BACK

    July 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  105. jennifer

    I agree with Gary what qualifies anyone to be a politician or presdient of a country? If this man has the courage to run for president of a country that has been lost socially and economically for centuries than he should. Being an entertainmenter does not disqulify anyone from running for an official office look at Arnold S and Ronald Regan (I will let history be the judge of them). He seems like he cares for his native country so he should be heard and the people of the country should hear him and anyone else that can make a difference to Hati.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  106. bejo

    seriously Wyclef for president? Can't people just help without thinking of politics? With no political background I don't think he should even consider being president. It's a shame and ignorant that haitian think anyone could become president. Wyclef should know better.....

    July 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  107. CATom

    Wicleft Jon said, "I can't sing forever".

    No.....you can't sing period

    July 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  108. aaron

    maybe he can get lauryn hill to be first lady. they could combine their incomes, donate it to the country, and pull haiti out of poverty. This could be a good thing. Do you note the sarcasm? I hope so because I'm laying it on pretty thick.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  109. BDM

    Try not having legal issues with HGH before you get into politics

    July 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Michelle St-Urbain

    When will all those people realize that it is possible for him to represent Haiti, just like Obama represent the US.
    our vote has no Power, the President of Haiti has already been choosen by the White House and he will just be
    a figure head to keep the mass in control in case they having problem moving those people away from the Capital.
    think about it.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Pat

    For the person who made the ignorant comment that "they would never be a threat to anyone but themselves' open a history book. Haiti defeated Napoleon Bonaparte's army, the British and the Spaniards over 200 years ago in battle. The country also sent troops to the USA to help fight the British. So, it may not be a threat now or ever again but educate yourself before you make ignorant statements.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      @ Pat, please step into the 21st Century. Things have changed and intellegent people adjust there thinking based on those changes.

      July 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boof

      What century are you living in? It's time people like you stopped living in the past and woke up to the present.

      July 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      I am living in the 21st century but I don't make statements that are purely ignorant and bias. We talk about Lincoln, the civil war and all of the history that makes America what it is today. Why should Haiti be any different.

      July 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Choconet

      Go Pat! If the US can bring up its rich history to encourage its people to press on and succeed, why can't Haiti have that right? Rather than help lift them up you want to keep them down and consider them a lost cause. We can't give up on these people they need our help! If your not going to help them then get the hell out of the way and let someone else do it!

      July 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boof

      @Pat – your lack of intelligence shows whenever you resort to calling someone ignorant or maybe, it's just ignorance on your part to assume I have no intelligence. I will not resort to such tactics with you except to say this, I don't care about Haiti, never have, never will. What happened 200 years ago has no bearing on the present.

      July 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boof

      @Choconet – your comment deserve a simple.....meh.

      July 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Boof, you just made my point. What happened in Haiti 200 years ago is absolutely the cause of Haiti's situation today. Please open a history book if you comment on something that you obvioulsy don't know or understand. Peace.

      July 26, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  112. lgwelsh1

    His heart may be in the right place and granted it is noble that he wants to help his people, however he does not have the formal education or any previous government experience to get anything done. The leaders of the free world are not going to take him seriously when it comes time for him to negotiate the rebuilding of his nation. The countries and especially the banks around with world are not going to open their check books because he is a famous musician. Stick to what you know Wyclef.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Choconet

      Wasn't our last President, former Governor of Texas, Harvard educated, the laughing stock of the world. He was disrespected everywhere he went. He even had a shoe thrown at him and the guy who threw it got little more than a slap on the hand. Qualifications be damned! California has had two former actors as governor and one went on to be President without these degrees or qualifications your harping about.

      July 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  113. detutu

    Waoh.so many people hate wyclef this much? But come to think of it, does it mean you can't effect change because you don't have a diploma. Look at Bill Gates! And he is doing tremendous things. On the other hand, he doesn't have to be president to make the kind of change Haiti needs. Whatever he decides to do, let the will of God be done in Haiti.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  114. David

    I am not from Haiti, but some of my closest friends are nationals of Haiti. I strongly believe that what haiti needs is someone who really cares about its people. I don't mean handing out bread and water. I mean someone someone who walk the walk and talk the talk. That someone is Wycliff and i admire him for his strength and courage. I saw him a couple years ago tourring Haiti when he did not even have to do that and i felt the love he displayed. Haitians need to have someone they believe in and Wycliff represents just that.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Gary

    I saw some write what are his Qualifications? For what? Be a President, a Politician? There should be no qualification, just an idea, an idea to help what ever your people in your community are.
    I think we have put way too much thinking in qualifications. Look at all the disasters in politics or even business of people that were "qualified". Unless you are willing to throw in your hat in your community STFU...

    July 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Choconet

      Amen! At least there is someone out there willing to try. Seriously! Can he really make a worst situtation worst!

      July 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  116. fede lalo

    as a haitian american, i cant be more happy about this news. jean shows how much he loves his country , we all haitian we are proud of him . for sure he does not have political experience , but his love for the country , his desire , his willingness to work will overcome . its time to chase those corrupts from the power in haiti and give jean th country . come on jean we need you for two terms may be a third one , we know you can do it , dont let any body discouraged you , we love you , we are proud of you , go jean go go go for 2020. you are the last chance of this country.i know you dont need the presidency for power but the love of your country , go jean we all behind you

    July 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Jacob

    oh Lord help us Haitian! you got to be kidding me – Wyclef Jean? for President? Really? what a joke, Wyclef doen't have an school Diploma and cannot even manage himself now he want to be the president of my country. oh please!!! by the way he is a USA citizen so he is not qualify to run for anything in Haiti. gosh i hope not...

    July 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dopier

      Yeah, this is the age of celebrity adoration. I'm sure my young Haitian brethren are not any more immune to this disease than others. I would hope that he truly has something to offer, but I'm afraid it's all the celebrity factor that's pushing this. Can we do better than him? Perhaps not. One thing is for sure....my people are not quite educated enough for true democracy. There should be a benign dictatorship to force us to take more responsibility while providing us with free education and healthcare.

      July 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jd

      you an idiot your country, why he cant run it so he doent have a diploma you have PHD why dont you stay in your country and be happy what have done for your country lately wyclef does a lot cover a lot of your shame i know who you are you should be happy and support him instead of criticize him . negre maron coshon

      July 27, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • frantz

      it is really sad after jan 12 catastrophe Haiti a country i love deeply become world joke Qualifications are absent and mediocrities are present

      July 30, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  118. Shelley

    Wycleff has been a huge supporter of Haiti! Too many people forget their roots & never look back. People that say he should 'go to hell ((Linda!!))' should go there themselves unless they are going to do something to make a change in the world. I have donated a fair bit of money to Haiti, have been there and saw the devastation & would welcome anyone who can make an honest difference to a country that has been shoved aside by western society. As society that continues to wish then bad rather than help with good

    July 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DW

      The only thing he supports is his marijuana habit with his buddies when he visits for the day. Him as president......good lord.

      July 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  119. marie

    I will so happy for wylcef if his going to be the next president in haiti, he is a good man he have a good heart for every body after God I trust him , I came from haiti the same city with him croix des bouquets . if he become the president in haiti they can have a job.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • DW

      Hey...Wyclef left Haiti when he was a baby. How do you know him? Just another parasite trying to latch on instead of doing real work.

      July 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • learntoread

      @DW – you need to step up your reading comprehension. Marie didn't say she knew Wyclef. She said she was from the same city. Those are two different things. Instead of trying to belittle someone, try and uplift yourself.

      July 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sak Pase

      Gen nèg ki pens? brooklyn'm fèt ayiti'm fèt kwa d? bouk? kwa d? bouk? Tande???

      July 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damian

      I`m very much happy,we may consider having a president that will represent our folks.I have read many of u are saying Wyclef has no experience,now tell me how many political haitians who became president and care for us.They trick us always on election times.All they have done stealing,many of them run for the money,Except Wyclef Jean.They all transfered our money to international banks.For what reason?They show us love on election season,lol.after election we don`t hear from them.We haitians sometimes we don`t know what we want.Please let the man run run and run for our future,May God be blessed our country and our future president wyclef Jean

      July 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haitian Woman

      @Damian – Yele Haiti was just part of the plan for him to build a following, then run for prez. It's the same mistake that was made w Aristide: An emotional decision in electing an unqualified person, which led to the country being worse off then it was. Wyclef is Aristide 2.0

      July 29, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Haitian-Pride

      @ Haitian Woman. You are wrong on your comparison. Before being elected Aristide had neither money nor fame. Wyclef doesn't need Haiti to stay famous and still make money.

      August 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  120. makak

    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 people who are.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • kerns

      @makak. you have to be really ignorant to believe that wyclef is the answer to haiti at this time. Haiti is a catastrophe. so please spare me the idea that he has the drive and passion to try to make his country a better place. It is more than that.

      July 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Dillwheat

    he is a crook–perfect for Haiti

    July 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  122. kerns

    what a joke. that's the problem with haiti. They all believe you have the be the president to make a contribution. that's pure sickness.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haitian Woman

      Tell me about it! But tiny correction: that's propaganda they use to be elected and steal once they become prez

      July 29, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  123. Me two


    July 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  124. le

    @LINDA JAMISON You Bam-ma!

    July 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Boof

    I'm American, therefore it doesn't matter who I think should be president of Haiti. It's not like they'll ever be a threat to anyone but themselves.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      So ignorant.

      July 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boof

      yes, you certainly are.

      July 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ozymandias

      What you don't understand, Mr. American, is that Haitians sometimes try to flee to America illegal in pursuit of a better life. If things don't get better over there, you'll continue to have immigration and humanitarian issues coming upon your shores.

      July 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haitian Woman

      @Ozymandias – Well said! @boof is obviously lacking in the brain department

      July 29, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Haitian-Pride

      Ignorance and arrogance always walk together. It will be wiser to do a little research on Haiti and not solely rely on the image of poverty you always see on the news before making a fool of yourself. We are not a threat for the world because we choose to. It requires more courage and strength to be nonviolent and not blame the world for your problem. We are a resilient and strong nation. You should thank God for that.

      August 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  126. O

    It's time for the Haitian people to realize that they need educated leader to lead the country, being a famous musician does not qualify someone to be president. Yes, a country needs entertainers like Wyclif to entertain the people but not the commander in chief, he needs to cool off the heat from his head.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashinod

      I agree but I wonder with his American influence and culture plus his Haitian roots if he would be able to at least turn a corner for the country. They trust him to a certain extent. Plus all of the educated more qualified Haitians don't live in Haiti nor to they want to return. Honestly I don't blame them.

      July 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • clo55

      Was'nt former president Regan an actor? What about Shwarzneggar? (dont mind the spelling of his name)

      July 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • free way

      kaka chen

      July 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haitian Woman

      Prez Reagan had an education, WJ doesn't. Terminator brought CA to ruins, so lets not go there. WJ can't even sit straight and talk properly for interviews. In any case, his candidacy will b rejected cause on paper he's a naturalized AMERICAN and hasn't lived in Haiti for 5 consecutive years – HAitian LAw

      July 29, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  127. Scott W.

    This guy said he won't be able to sing forever?! He can't sing NOW! Check out the wailing this fool does @ the 6:30 mark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glny4jSciVI .....He ought to be ashamed of himself calling him a singer.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Why don't YOU sing something, release a CD, and see who sells more.... LOL !

      July 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott W.

      I have sucka!
      Ever hear of the Stone Temple Pilots?
      Velvet Revolver?

      Thanks for buy my CDs
      I'll think about you the next time I buy a new car.

      July 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea

      STP and VR suck "sucka"!! lol Go see who sold more albums between you and WJ.

      July 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      "Check out the wailing this fool does"......LMAO!

      July 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      umm I don't think anyone really believes you are Scott Weiland so you might wanna give that crap a rest

      July 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  128. anon

    He may mean well but what experience does he have? He could end up making a bad situation even worse.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • taw

      so what if he doesnt have any experience, since I was born they havent got any better so he know what the people of haiti want in my opinion I think he will be a good president.

      July 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      How exactly, can it get any worse?

      July 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      If "The Terminator" can be the governor and Reagan president....why can't Wyclef consider becoming an elected official in his homeland? I'm just sayin'

      July 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulson Jackson

      Taw, do not put your ideology on the people of Haiti because you didn't take the imput of all of them. The people of Haiti doesn't want Wyclef to sell the country nor stay in power for 14 years like francois duvalier. Francois duvalier wasn't Haitian, yet the mass has paid the consequences for years. Please Enough of those premature people.

      July 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haitian Woman

      And look what great a job the "Terminator" did! WJ is sure to make this situation worse if he is elected. U may love him as a musician, but that doesn't mean he'll b a good prez! he has no education, no decorum, no knowledge of Haitian laws and he is arrogant: The man decided to go to the Dominican Republic and command media presence to thank DR for their help. This was not asked of him by the Haitian gov, where does he come off to make his own official state visits???

      If u know anything of HAitian politics, u would c that this has all the signs of certain Haitians relying on their emotions in choosing a prez

      July 29, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  129. Sly

    First thoughts: "Does he even live in Haiti?" "Maybe he'd be a good President, certainly more active than whoever is in charge now." "I like that suit he's wearing."

    July 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally in Chicago

      Jean has probably dual citizenship, here and in Haiti. Yeh, he would qualify to run if so.

      July 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haitian Woman

      No, he's NOT qualified to run in Haiti. Haiti doesn't allow "dual citizenship" and WJ is AMERICAN on paper. If he got himself a Haitian passport, that's illegal in itself. And law stipulates that u have to at least live for 5 consecutive years in the country to be able to run, which he hasn't done.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  130. J

    Great, another corrupt Haitian president who knows nothing about politics.....

    July 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashinod

      At this time I think anyone would be better then who they've had.

      July 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      Terrible singer and, possibly, an even more terrible politician. Again, what exactly are his qualifications?

      July 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tmom4

      Be quiet. another someone who don't know what he's talking about. You are a Hater!

      July 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayGee

      Tmom4, What is this obsession with the words "hater," "hatin'," "don't hate?" Another cool memento from the urban lexicon? Anybody that critiques is called a hater. Anybody who tries to keep public figures accountable is called a hater. Basically, anybody with half-a-brain, and chooses to exercise it, is called a hater. No wonder the rest of the world thinks Americans are the stupidest folks on the planet. Ooops, was I "hatin?" (BTW, Wyclef's Yele Foundation has been called out for its more than suspect financial accounting. That's not hating. That's the TRUTH).

      July 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |

      innocent until prooven guilty is a great universal LAW. I admire anyone who will stand up and nominate himself for a job that he or she knows will be extremely diffiicult. We need more possitive support then the usual rush to judgement.

      July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      You ask about his qualifications. What qualificatoins do you need to be a politician? Politicians are suppose to represent the people so they should be qualification enough.

      July 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • stillin

      This is actually to L and others who wrote in that Wyclef can't sing..he CAN and rap and did in 4 languages which was awesome had the entire crowd going for 3 hours in the pouring rain, Bluesfest Ottawa Canada ( summer of 2008) sang with Akon who also, CAN SING, beautiful voice. There's a reason Wyclef's cd Carnival won a grammy it was soooo good, (either won or was up for one..don't quote me I don't have it front of me but either one is an honor) I have seen just about everybody in music live and his was one of the best live concerts I ever attended...fantatic. So yea, he CAN AND DOES sing. and write. and produce.

      July 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • rubi

      what do u even know about haiti and its politics or its people? probably not much...

      July 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haitian Woman

      I'm w u on this one. Haitian need to stop making emotional decisions when electing a prez. @Kenny, u ask what one's qualification should be: well what about a good and appropriate education and working in politics for a time before running for the ultimate post? He doesn't have knowledge of Haitian laws and cant even carry himself with the appropriate decorum! For a musician it's fine, for a prez it's a disgrace!

      July 29, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      its funny you say that, but for 200 years Haitians have been trailing backward. aren't the former presidents were highly education? weren't they politically qualify? didn't they go to universities? if not all, i think most did. We are living in our own world where we think we have to be all these thing in order to do something great. haven't we been doing that for over 200 years? can you honestly tell me what change? o I can answer that nothing! nevertheless, we are living in a world where even the we breath has a price tag on it. especially in Haiti. A country where 98 percent of the population is below poverty. how can you expect road, lights, foods, water, and education? aren't all these cost money? Yes, education is key, bet with no money who can get an education? you would say money isn't everything. thats true but the one thing that is more important than money is the thing that 98 percent of Haitians don't have. it is call to love your as you love yourself. with no money, how can a naked man clothed a naked man, educate the uneducated, quench a thirst, shine a light in the dark street of Haiti, and feed the millions dying out of hunger i'm typing this? I belied it will take man with a Godly heart and money to make these come to pass. not a high school diploma or political experiences or speaking 8 different languages.

      August 4, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  131. MAROY

    @papo That song was about him being president of the us. Before obama which I'm sure has influenced him to think diffrently. But on another note I'm sure he would run win and possibly do a good job. It's going to be a hard job tho!

    July 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steerio

      "Before obama which I'm sure has influenced him to think diffrently."

      Yea, like if a black president was previously unheard of in Haiti. :}
      All my respect to Wyclef, whatever he chooses to pursue in the future.

      July 26, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      This song actually came out During the GWB/Kerry election year.

      July 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fam Creole

      I hate to be so pessimist, no human being can change Haiti. Only God can change Haiti. Everyone else is after their own interest.

      July 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Papo

    Didn't he have a song, "If I were President, I'd be elected on Friday, assassinated on Saturday, and buried on Sunday"? Oof, Wyclef. Oooof.

    July 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don P

      Wyclef also said:

      "Yo I'm frustrated you know what I'mean? Use to work at McDonalds j...ust got fired. If I get in I'm sprayin' everybody the boss the manager yo these are definetly the last days." (Year of the Dragon)

      July 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Haitian

      Go Wyclef GO! We'll back you up, baby–
      Haiti actually needs something real and true right now.
      Be our man.

      July 26, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      he wil .bcz we dont this dirty rapper from bronx for pres

      July 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada

      My friend, your talking about things you dont know. Wyclef already have a house in HAITI and most of the time he's there... by the way when your rich in HAITI its way better then the american dream!!

      July 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • rubenz0106

      Dr wj would be a great president for haiti...he basically is everything he can now... as a young haitian i would vote for him...but ask ur self would u be willing to give the comfort of the u.s for a chance to rebuild a better more self sustainable hait?

      July 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haitian Woman

      First, I am Haitian born n raised and still live there - Seems every Haitian, whether qualified or not dreams of power. I doubt his intentions just because Haiti has fallen for that too many times already. And now, i believe those who say that his Yele Haiti" was just part of the plan to create a following n run for office. Haitians need to stop making emotional decisions when electing a prez.

      He may have been given a Haitian passport (which is illegal btw cause Haiti doesnt allow for double citizenship), but he's still an American on paper. To be prez in Haiti, u have to be solely Haitian and live in the country for at least 5 consecutive years. So i dount the CEP (the body responsible for regulating elections) will accept his candidacy.

      Its ridiculous on certain Haitians' part to think that one has to be prez to help the country. This is a propaganda that those seeking power use to brainwash the vastly uneducated/under-educated majority of the population.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Cassie

      Wycleff for president of Haiti.

      I am insulted. Does this man even have a High School diploma. What is wrong with Haitian people?

      August 1, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • JayNoel

      If this da change we was waiting for im all for it, we need something different and it doesn't get better then that

      August 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |

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