The Obamas Write a $15,000 Check for Haiti Recovery

From Sunlen Miller:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama donated $15,000 today to the Haiti relief efforts, the White House confirms.

The donation came from their personal bank account, a check written to the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

“The President and First Lady 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,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest says, “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.

In multiple statements last week the president called on Americans to donate to relief efforts, and thanked them for their “extraordinary compassion and donations thus far. The First Lady last week taped a public service announcement released tonight in partnership with the Ad Council and American Red Cross asking for donations.

-Sunlen Miller

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