July 12th, 2010
04:46 PM ET

Video: Clinton says Haiti could emerge stronger from quake

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

Program Note: See the full interview tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET. AC360° will be live from Haiti.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Bill Clinton • Haiti Earthquake
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Andy

    I am Haitian and would love to help my country rebuild. I don't trust the government to work with the NGO without corruption, there's no accountability and the money will be wasted on luxurious home for the politicians and for their family members. I am helping one person at a time with my resources. Looking to build an orphanage in Haiti with private donations from individuals who are well intended, but we cannot work with the govt., the financial assistance will never reach main street.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  2. Nicole Lacour

    Let's give Credit to (Former President) Bill Clinton who is making a difference in Haiti ,and of course lets always give thanks to Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta for keeping us informed about HAITI ! We love you Anderson and Sanjay you are our HERO'S !

    July 15, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  3. Kostandin Kureta

    I expect that justice is certainly the intervention in Albania's diplomatic and legal USA decision to give life tragedy of this dynasty and family life

    July 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  4. butter

    I am Haitian and I believe for Haiti to succeed the people need to overthrow their current government set in place. The people want to work, want education but the government refuses to give way to better its people.......like 205 yrs ago we stuck together to meet common grounds we (they) need to do the same, I call it reform revolution..........

    July 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  5. karol

    Totally hear you Johnny DC! – I just want to know when the millions that have been raised will result in any sort of decent housing for these poor people?

    July 13, 2010 at 11:52 am |

    It is sad to see the results of Colonization, destabilization, and the French charging Haiti an unjust fee for declaring their independence! These are the primary causes for Haiti's present condition although many will continue to attempt to attribute this centuries old, multifaceted, systematic problem to government corruption. From the "Native Americans"to Iraq, New Orleans and now Haiti... Europeans pretending to help people while they take control over their natural resources!

    July 13, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  7. Sonyne

    Haitian people are dreaming for a better life. The ones that are leaving outside of the country would like to go home to help, but the government is the problem. If it's possible the government shouldn't have access to the money because it is the one that is screwing up the country. I know it's difficult to go to a country and take over without any international criticism, but If Mr. Clinton and others really want to help Haiti they need to use another strategy. Otherwise Haiti will be the same even after 5 years no matter how much money spent. Haiti needs some international companies to go there to build houses, to fix the roads, and invest.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  8. Rob

    Help our own people who are still out of jobs due to your support of the Free Trade act which major companies moving to China;etc,.Our government paid the way for these companies to leave;left all their employess with nothing-many lost their retirement funds;couldn.t draw unemployment of the companies that left for China.etc.Why don't you help our own people????

    July 13, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  9. Choconet

    We can't even began to grasp the magnitude of just how devastating this quake was for Haiti. Before the quake this country was destitute, then throw in something as devastating as an earthquake. Six months is too short of a time to expect this country to be back on its feet. I think our expectations are too high, it will take years for this country to even resemble a developing nation. So whatever help foreign countries give this nation will be far better than what they had before. The foreign countries just need to keep their word and give Haiti the aid they promised and we need to continue to donate here in the USA.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  10. Johnny DC

    A Republican says that Haiti is better off after the earthquake and he would be lambasted by media and comment boards.

    Bill Clinton says it and it's a ray of beautiful sunshine.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    The situation in Haiti, is exactly what I predicted. I am not surprised at all.

    The situation there, will only improve, when the people there, stop waiting for others to take care of them, and they take control of their own destiny, and make their country whole again, themselves.

    It will not happen, any other way. It is up to them.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  12. BossMan114


    The poorest nation in the western hemisphere is going to be "better off"....we are going to build bigger card board boxes for them to live in. need to clean up the corrupt government before any real good can be done in Haiti. Its typical of many of the caribbean islands.

    It's just Clinton running his mouth again. What's he done? He's handed out bottles of water for a photo op.

    And Sean Penn has slept in a tent and dry shaved just to show us how tough he is and how much he cares.

    I'm afraid HateMe (aka Haiti) is in for a long roe to hoe.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  13. Susan

    After donating money to Haiti I wonder why it takes so long for the situation to improve. Makes me wonder if others will stop giving because of red tape. Louisianna is still a mess. High school graduates could run these programs more effectively.-Susan

    July 13, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  14. DW

    I have sad news for all the optimists. Haiti has not changed and will not change. The corruption here is systemic. The rich families will never allow proper sanitation, education, power and water. As soon as people have food, water and an education they begin to question what is going on. Now they struggle for life each day while the rich "suck" the life from Haiti. Stop with the money, stop with the support because all you are doing is delaying the inevitable.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  15. Alan

    I empathize with the Haitians, love Bill and Anderson but really now....better? Haiti can not support its' population and someone needs to get honest with the world about this, otherwise they will be a basket case for the next 100 years as well. The millions donated would be better spent relocating the majority of the folks and setting them up to be successful elsewhere. What are they really going to do amidst the rubble...they can't even get anyone to move rubble according to AC.
    How about this (and I'm not being a jerk here)...
    1. Relocate most the folks to other countries where a life is possible.
    2. Clean up the mess and lure some investors to build resorts, casinos, golf courses, etc.
    3. Slowly repatriate those who wish to return; healthy, educated and with a few bucks to establish themselves.

    If we continue to have this pie-in-the-sky fantasy about what Haiti could be, we are condemning the next 10 generations to a fate worse than the last ten. I hope someone gets real over there.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  16. Mike

    Why doesn't American media report how Canada has already distributed 150 million of 500 million?

    July 13, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  17. joe

    I agree with Bill. This has happened many times throughout history (usually by fire) and the city usually ends up better and more modernized: Rome, London, Seattle, etc

    July 13, 2010 at 9:48 am |

    I Quit giving to the RED CROSS when I heard that the (CEO) and his friends fly around in their own jet to nice places and play golf.That is not what we give to our money for. In our area we gave to haiti and 2 other diaster funds, You can bet there are a lot of people like me that will never give to any fund rasing anymore. It's a shame when people get money in their hands how they change.MONEY make people crazy.I'm glad our family is not filty rich. Now I know why they say FILTY RICH.

    July 13, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  19. Joshua

    Bill, let him finish a question already. It's rude to interrupt.

    July 13, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  20. Lynne Schumacher

    Please don't forget the people of Haiti. They still need help.

    July 13, 2010 at 1:27 am |
  21. JP

    In response to Bill, yes Haiti's government is very corrupt I mean extremely, but this is all over the carribean, I dont think the Haitians will do well in the dominican replublic specially if the dominican replublic seems floorishing just because in the media the locations that are exposed are santiago, santo domingo and punta cana, besided that it is the same as Haiti, the exact same thing...the only difference is that Haiti had an earthquake which put Haiti in a lil bit worst situation. American should be aware that the whole Caribbean and south america is all the same. Some are talk more than the other.

    July 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Alex

    Is Bill Clinton talking about the same place I live in? or is there another place called Haiti?

    July 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  23. marty

    it might be interesting to do a comparison between what is going on in haiti and how 2 other areas that were devastated by earthquakes are doing. i can't speak for chile, but i was recently in l'aquila italy, which was struck 1 year ago, last april. the entire city is virtually a ghost town. all of the businesses are essentially shut down. people are unable to get back to their houses. despite this, the italian government is doing very little (besides lip service) to make the situation better.

    it might give you an idea of what haiti is in store for.

    marty, pa.

    July 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  24. Bill

    Mr. Clinton seems to know something about Haiti that I don't know. Haiti has been one of the most corrupt countries in the world which resulted in abject poverty. The Haitians have to rebuild with basically no economy. Other countries that are helping Haiti are going to have to make a loooong term commitment to pull Haiti out of the gutter.

    At some point the Haitians might start fleeing to the Dominican Republic and there will be riots in the streets because the Dominicans are not going to want to take care of the Haitians. We will see.

    July 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  25. Odner

    2 of my favorites peeps. Haiti is forever grateful...

    July 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  26. Cindy

    I can't see how Haiti is going to emerge stronger from this when they have the same old government that seems to be screwing them yet again. There really needs to be a change from top to bottom. It's a shame that 6 months later they are still in as bad shape as they were in when the quake occurred.

    Great interview Cooper! Can't wait to see the whole thing tonight.


    July 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  27. Annie Kate

    Bill Clinton brings a lot of experience to the table to help Haiti besides his view of where the country needs to wind up – a good education system, a good infrastructure, energy independence, etc. If all the help organizations worked towards the goals he outline then Haiti as he said will be better off after the rebuilding than it was before. Looking forward to the rest of the interview!

    July 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm |

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