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Obama, former presidents announce relief fund for Haiti

President Barack Obama President Barack Obama
Former President George W. Bush Former President George W. Bush
Former President Bill Clinton Former President Bill Clinton

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Barack Obama says former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have agreed to lead an effort to raise funds for Haiti.

Flanked by his two predecessors at the White House, Obama said Americans were "fortunate to have the service of these two leaders" and praised their efforts to past disasters. He said when he contacted both men, he said they asked how can they help.

The men thanked Obama for giving them a chance to serve.

Bush commended Obama's "swift and timely response" to the tragedy and said he was pleased to work with Clinton.

"I know a lot of people want to send blankets or water," Bush said. "Just send your cash."

Clinton, who is the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, lauded reaction of the U.S. government to the effort and said he wants to accomplish a fund-raising effort like the one he organized with Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush, for the Asian tsunami relief effort in 2005.

"Right now, all we need to do is get food and medicine and water and a secure place for them to be. but when we start the rebuilding effort, we want to do what I did with the president's father in the tsunami. We want to be a place where people can know their money will be well spent," Clinton said.

The fund is called the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and the Web site is http://www.clintonbushhaitifund.org/.

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