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Hillary Clinton Will Leave for Haiti Tomorrow *updated* Video

January 15, 2010

I have the news on in the background and I just heard them say on MSNBC that Hillary is headed for Haiti- I saw Still4Hill tweet that about a half hour ago- I am still not seeing it on any websites yet but I am sure they will have it as breaking news soon.

Secretary Clinton will be accompanied by USAID Director Rajiv Shah.

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**see update below for Secretary Clinton’s presser regarding her trip**

**UPDATE** From the LA Times:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would visit Haiti on Saturday with new USAID chief Rajiv Shah to get a firsthand look at the earthquake relief effort.

“I also have decided after consulting with President Obama and others in our government that I will be traveling to Haiti tomorrow with USAID administrator Dr. Raj Shah,” Clinton told a news briefing today.

“We will be meeting President [Rene] Preval and other members of the Haitian government along with the members of the U.S. government team on the ground,” Clinton said.

The trip would also allow her to personally convey support to the people of Haiti, she said.

UPDATE II: Secretary Clinton launches a new person-finder tool on the State Dept.’s Haiti page.

UPDATE III: This is terrible news. The death toll appears to be much more than the Red Cross announced yesterday. Already upwards of 40,000 have been buried in mass graves or cremated. Now the estimate is Haiti is looking at possible 150,000 dead. May God bless them.

UPDATE IV:
Secretary Clinton’s briefing about the situation in Haiti and her trip tomorrow:

SECRETARY CLINTON: I want to take a moment first to thank the American people who have been extraordinarily generous in the amount of support that they have shown for the people of Haiti during this devastating period.

Through a State Department partnership with the Red Cross and mGive, we’ve raised more than $10 million from more than 1 million donors through our SMS Haiti relief campaign. It has become the single largest mobile donation campaign ever. One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the Red Cross for their activities on the ground in Haiti. But the devastation is far greater than we could have imagined, so please keep texting Haiti, H-a-i-t-i, to 90999 where $10 will be charged to your cell phone.

I’m also pleased to announce a new tool on state.gov for those searching for loved ones in Haiti, or for those who have information. You can find the Person Finder – that’s the Person Finder – on http://www.state.gov/Haitiquake, H-a-i-t-i-q-u-a-k-e. And more information will be posted soon.

I also have decided after consulting with President Obama and others in our government that I will be traveling to Haiti tomorrow with USAID Administrator Dr. Raj Shah. We will be meeting with President Preval and other members of the Haitian Government along with the members of the U.S. Government team on the ground, including our civilian and military leaders. We will also be conveying very directly and personally to the Haitian people our long-term, unwavering support, solidarity, and sympathies to reinforce President Obama’s message yesterday that they are not facing this crisis alone.

I will also be able to see firsthand the ongoing efforts and deployment of U.S. Government personnel and resources for maximum impact to support the vital lifesaving relief and recovery efforts. We have an incredibly robust and complex set of relationships on the ground in Haiti not only among the various components of the United States Government, but many of our NGOs, representatives of our faith communities, as well as the United Nations, the international partners, and aid organizations. And I want to have an opportunity to consult with a number of those as well.

As you can imagine, details are still coming together. We will get them to you as soon as they can be confirmed. But lastly, and perhaps it can’t be said often enough, our hearts and our prayers are with the people of Haiti, the brave rescue workers that are there on the ground literally working around the clock – we had some wonderfully heartwarming stories today of people being rescued from the rubble alive and well – and to reiterate the support that we feel for all of those who are caught up in this disaster.

And finally, let me just say a word about our Embassy team. They have been extraordinary, working without stop. They bear the responsibility for the 45,000 or so American citizens there. They are obviously coping with their own losses and worries. But through it all, they’ve exhibited the utmost professionalism and I’m very, very grateful and very proud of them.

So I’d be glad to take some questions. Andrea.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, you know Haiti well; you’ve been there often going back over decades. What do you think you can learn by going yourself tomorrow? What do you want to not only convey to them, but bring back?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, three things. First, I’ll be taking supplies with me and I’ll be taking some people who will stay on the ground there. This is a convenient, efficient way to get both into Haiti. I will be bringing out some American citizens who are waiting for evacuation. So there are some very tangible reasons for this.

I will also be meeting with President Preval, who has expressed a great interest in having me come. And I know him. We, as you know, had a very close working relationship established with President Preval and his government, an effort headed up by my chief of staff and counselor Cheryl Mills, but which was, again, a whole-of-government enterprise. And so we perhaps as well, or maybe in some cases better than the rest of our government, kind of know what the plans were, understand what the president and his team are up against. And the Haitian Government is the authority in Haiti, but they clearly are asking for appropriate help, which we are providing.

And finally, it’s been my experience over many years now that those of us here who have a lot of the responsibility for executing our policy, including myself, Dr. Shah, Counselor Mills, and others, really can add to our understanding and cut through any misunderstanding that might be afoot by face-to-face contact. And it also gives us a chance to report back to our international partners as well. I’ve spoken to a number of foreign ministers and heads of state who are asking questions about how things are operating and what they can do to contribute, and it just gives you a level of credibility in this implementation phase that we’re finding ourselves in.

QUESTION: Secretary Clinton –

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yeah.

QUESTION: — how concerned are you about the possibility that, as people now live on the streets for several days, don’t have food, water, shelter, and are surrounded by corpses – in some cases of their loved ones – that their sort of anguish may turn to rage, and given the limited capacities of the Haitian Government, that the sporadic looting that one has seen may get significantly worse? And what can the U.S. Government do to try to forestall that?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Arshad, I think it’s understandable when human beings are as distressed and stressed as the Haitians are, when they’ve suffered such grievous losses and they’re still experiencing aftershocks – there were more today – that it is an extremely anxious environment. And add to that the difficulty of loved ones still trapped in rubble, inadequate food, water, medical supplies; you can certainly relate to the challenges that the people of Haiti face.

I think that everyone agrees that up until that point the matters have been well in hand. But there’s a process of grieving, which includes anger. If you look at the stages of grief, that is a stage that is just part of the human DNA.

We think that the UN peacekeepers are doing an excellent job. They have about 7,000 peacekeepers. They’re on the streets. They’re patrolling. They are primarily responsible for law and order. But they need help.

The Haitian police force has been severely impacted. We get varying estimates of how many are actually left and able to be on the streets themselves. We do have American military assets that we have put at the disposal of MINUSTAH, the peacekeeping force. Our three-star general on the ground, General Keen, is personally acquainted over a number of years with the Brazilian general in charge, and they’re cooperating in every way they can.

But this is a very tough situation, and that’s why we’re trying to move as quickly as possible to remedy the underlying causes that might give rise to people being desperate. But we’re aware that there are all kinds of potential problems on the horizon that we’re trying to be prepared to help the Haitian Government deal with.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yeah.

QUESTION: Based on what you’ve been told about how the situation has developed, just say in the last day or so, do you think that conditions will actually get worse in the days ahead, or do you think that the corner is being turned?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Bob, I think every hour that goes by, we get more resources on the ground and more people deployed to act on what is required in the face of this very large disaster scene, so I think we’re making a lot of progress. But it kind of goes back to Arshad’s question: Is our progress fast enough for the people who have been without food or water or who are sitting there with a severely injured relative? I mean, I think if you and I were in that situation, it wouldn’t be fast enough no matter how fast we were moving. So I think any fair assessment that I could make would show that the United States Government, the international community, the NGOs, everybody is really stepping up and we’re making a lot of progress.

It’s just a race against time. It’s a race against time in the search-and-rescue missions. It’s a race against time to establish some means for clearing the roads so that more supplies can get in. But boy, everybody is pushing as hard as they can. So I think we’re making a lot of progress. I just want to make sure we move as quickly and effectively as we can.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, you – the United States has been giving money and aid to Haiti for development for decades, and every time something happens, there’s a crisis and the money seems to have – you seem to take one step forward and kind of five steps back. And now, as you look to not only the search and rescue but the long-term recovery of Haiti, what can be different this time to make sure that Haiti can stand on its own two feet?

And you have this fragile political situation with the government. Even though, as you say, it’s in authority, it still is very fragile and weak. How can the government kind of stand up and assert authority especially now that President Aristide is saying that he’d like to return, he’d like to help his people and bring supplies? But certainly as divisive a figure as he is, this could sow a lot of discontent, because as you’ve said, the people are angry, the people are scared, the people are nervous. Do you think this is the right time for him to be returning?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, let me just take it one day at a time here. Our immediate need right now is to do what is required in the search-and-rescue phase and then the transitioning to a physical recovery effort – clearing the rubble, getting more – getting some field hospitals and helping to restock the hospitals that are still standing, the kind of nuts-and-bolts humanitarian assistance, disaster relief work that has to go on now.

But I would say from my perspective, having turned a lot of our attention in this Administration to how we could effectively work with Haiti, starting back last year, we were really making progress. We had a good plan that was a Haitian plan. The Haitian Government created the plan. It was realistic. It was focused. We worked with them. We came in with a very successful donors conference. We had a lot of buy-in from many other countries in this hemisphere and beyond. And it was certainly on track to be, in my view, a very positive effort.

Haiti has suffered enormously over the course of its existence from all kinds of factors, some of them poor governance that we know so well, some of it interference by other countries that set back all kinds of opportunities for forward progress, some of it by just the battering of nature. A country that had four hurricanes last year and a devastating earthquake this year has certainly got more than its share of problems.

But I think that we’ve learned a lot, and there’s a resilience among the people of Haiti and a commitment on the part of the current government that I think bodes well for being able to bring about reconstruction and recovery efforts that will be successful. The United Nations is heavily committed. Obviously, my husband is the special envoy for the secretary general.

And it was so ironic that Monday night on PBS, there was a long story about how Haiti was on the way back. It was a story on the Jim Lehrer show – I don’t know if that’s still its name, but that’s what I call it – and it was such a hopeful story and it had interviews with elected officials, business leaders. And people who watched that were just so revved up, and one of the things it showed was this really successful business conference that my husband led a few months ago, 500 businesses from all over the world signing contracts, opening factories.

And the next day, this happens. So look, it’s not easy, we know there’s a long way to go. But I think if we’re smart about how we choose to interact with them and if we have the right set of expectations, I think this can be done.

QUESTION: President Aristide (inaudible)?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I don’t have any comment on that.

Yes.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, Mike Emanuel from Fox. I’m wondering if you have an update on unaccounted-for Americans and whether you are troubled by the fact that the Embassy may not have heard from a lot of Americans or whether you have some logical explanations.

SECRETARY CLINTON: No, I am troubled. I’m very troubled. Communication is still very difficult. And we are encouraged by those with whom we have made contact and the hundreds and hundreds that we’ve evacuated at their request. But we’re working feverishly to track down as many as we possibly can.

And thankfully, a lot of people have called in with information we wouldn’t know. For example, as I was looking at the records of this, a friend called a friend, called a friend, and they contacted us. A frantic family, a young woman down there on a missionary medical trip staying in one of the hotels, nobody had heard from her. So we take every piece of information and we try to follow up on it. And we found that young woman alive and we’re finding lots of other people. But it’s going to take a number of more days before we can piece all that together.

Yeah.

QUESTION: A number of countries have pledged assistance to Haiti, and I guess this will need some coordination. Is – did you plan already an international conference, or –

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes, we will most likely have that. The United Nations has been instrumental in coordinating what we were doing this past year for Haiti. As you know, their mission has been severely impacted. We don’t know the exact number of lives that have been lost yet, but they are staffing up to try to continue their work. So the United Nations will be very much involved, and obviously we have to wait on that. I’ve spoken with the foreign ministers of several of the countries here in the hemisphere and others in Europe, as well as the EU high representative, and everyone’s very willing to help. So there will be an organized effort. We have to get through this first initial period.

Yes.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, the Cubans opened their airspace for humanitarian flights.

SECRETARY CLINTON: And we appreciate that.

QUESTION: I was going to ask you what’s the – how significant is that? And do you anticipate further or deeper coordination with the Cubans in regard to Haiti?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we very much appreciate the Cubans opening their airspace for medical evacuation and emergency flights, and we would welcome any other actions that the Cuban Government could take in furtherance of the international rescue and recovery mission in Haiti.

I saw a hand back there.

QUESTION: I was going to ask about the international conference. The president of France today –

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes.

QUESTION: — called for an international conference, so you said you will be considering this.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes. Well, of course, I’ve talked to my friend Bernard Kouchner and – among the many that I’ve spoken with, and we are all committed to doing that. It’s not appropriate yet. We’re going to need to get through this period. Everyone understands that. And then we need to do some needs assessment, and then we have to have a division of responsibilities. I don’t think it would be productive just to have a conference. We want a conference with kind of assignments that people are willing to accept. And we have to do that in conjunction with both the Government of Haiti and the UN, neither of which are yet in a position that they can be able to do that. But we will definitely have such an effort.

QUESTION: What about contributions from rich Arab countries? Are you aware of any action on – in this regard?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I know that we’ve received notice of some contributions. I just can’t tell you right now who that is.

QUESTION: Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: But there’s always room for more to help.

Yes.

QUESTION: I’d like to know what – your plan as you’re meeting with Preval — during your trip.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Right.

QUESTION: — what your plan is to help to try to stand up this government. He’s lost his home, obviously. The parliament –

SECRETARY CLINTON: Right.

QUESTION: — is destroyed. And I’d also like to know why you think this is the appropriate time to go down there, when there’s a major relief operation underway.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I would not be going if I thought my trip would have any adverse impact on the relief efforts. What I’ve – I’ve been asked to come and, after evaluating it during most of the day, we’ve taken every step we can to minimize any impact. I will not be leaving the airport area, so that I will not be using assets like automobiles that should be better used for transporting rescue workers or medical personnel.

It is the judgment that we’ve reached that this is a useful time for both Dr. Shah and I to go. And I have very carefully analyzed this because I’ve been to more crises and emergencies than I can even remember over the course of a long, long time in public life. And I don’t ever want to do anything that interferes with or imposes burdens on the people who are actually doing the work.

On the other hand, we do need to send a very clear message, several messages, about not only our ongoing commitment but also our relationship with President Preval and the Haitian Government, which is a supportive one. Our working with the UN, our hearing firsthand from our Embassy mission, from our military leadership, our USAID teams, and then, as I say, bringing and taking some both human and other materials back out and in.

QUESTION: And how you stand up the government and going forward on –

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about. I mean, it’s kind of hard to do long distance. It’s something that, because I’ve worked with President Preval, and Cheryl Mills and her team have a very close working relationship with him and others, including the prime minister, we really need to spend some time thinking through how we can help them.

And you can imagine how it must feel to be in this position where you are – you have no tools of government and you have an enormous amount of personal anxiety because so many people – friends, loved ones, colleagues – nobody’s heard from. You have no idea where they are. If they’re alive, you can’t communicate with them.

So I think it will be an important step toward doing exactly what you’re referring to, being sure that we empower them in every way that we can. We take responsibilities off them for a time period that they can’t physically perform, if they want, or other members of the international community as part of that do. Our goal is to really help them. And that is, in part, making sure that they have a government that insofar as possible gains in capacity to function over the weeks ahead.

Thanks everybody. Thanks, P.J.

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  1. Than permalink
    January 15, 2010 7:32 pm

    Thanks for update I hadn’t seen this. I wonder though, why is it necessary for your secretary to go to Haiti when planes carrying medicines and supply can’t even land on the runway because of backlog? Now she land and take priority over all else? All people and security now have to divert to protect her? I don’t want to criticize because I am big Clinton fan, but this seem strange to me.

    • PYW permalink
      January 15, 2010 10:14 pm

      Please the comments below for details about her trip, and why she’s going.

  2. AmericanBill permalink
    January 15, 2010 7:36 pm

    Hey, Than, can you say “photo-op”? I’m sick of hearing the Clintons talk about how special haiti is to them. It’s not always about them and yet when it comes to Hillary and Bill for some reason, it IS always about them. Than actually brings up a good point- Hillary Clinton is going to go spend MORE tax payer dollars on an unecessary trip and everyone on the ground in Haiti is going to have to scramble for Her Highness- I assume she and her huge traveling circus will have all the water, food and silk sheets they need, right?

    This could backfire- rich Americans flying in and taking up hundreds of people’s time getting Hillary there and back- for some reason I don’t think her plane will have to circle in the air for hours like the others have to- you know, the other planes carrying water, medicine, etc.

    You fucking limosine liberals are too much!

    • Carolyn (Rodham) permalink
      January 15, 2010 8:12 pm

      Bill Clinton is the special UN envoy to Haiti. His foundation had been working tirelessly and successfully to encourage greater business investment in Haiti. Bill and Hillary have strong, longstanding personal connections in Haiti. Hillary wanted to make Paul Farmer head of AID. Farmer founded Partners in Health
      — an organization devoted to providing health care for the poor in Haiti. He failed
      the vetting process because he brought more that $10,000 into Haiti to support PIH’s activities.

      So enough demonizing of the Clintons.

      Personally, I’ve had it with news organizations like CNN — they spent most of their coverage last night following around Sanjay Gupta as he played some self-aggrandizing hero bandaging babies. Ug.

      • January 15, 2010 8:38 pm

        I agree Carolyn- some in the media need to realize that this disaster isn’t about *them*. It’s nice that Gupta is lending a hand as a doctor – I’m sure every little bit helps but there is a fine line between providing the viewing public with a realistic picture of the horrors on the ground there and giving us gratuitous disaster porn. The sick, wounded and dead are human beings after all and at times I am uncomfortable watching every aspect of their personal suffering knowing that they have no say in whether they have one iota of privacy or not. I understand that by seeing such horrific images people are able to understand the gravity and more likely to donate and help out but there have been times when I have seen coverage that borders on exploitative.

    • January 16, 2010 12:43 am

      Unless you a have been there, you would never understand. When were y

  3. Steve permalink
    January 15, 2010 7:45 pm

    Ignore the troll, don’t even respond.

    I think she’s going there to show support the Haitian govt. but I’ll admit, the timing is strange- I was watching scenes from the airport and all the aid is bottle-necked as planes can’t land and roads from the airport are inadequate to allow supplies through. It does seem strange that she would go there tomorrow.

    • AmericanBill permalink
      January 16, 2010 10:21 am

      Stilll4Hill- ok, so you lived there or worked there or whatever- so? Nobody else can have an opinion about this but you? I can’t stand when people try to find a way to make a far off tragedy about THEM, which is what you seem to be doing. I went over to your website and the main focus of it over the past few days seems to be to let everyone know that you know more about Haiti than everyone else because you lived there. If you are so concerned why don’t you call up the Red Cross and volunteer to go over there instead of wringing your hands on the blogs and telling everyone else how they couldn’t POSSIBLY understand because WE, unlike YOU, haven’t lived there.

      Fucking annoying.

      • Steve permalink
        January 16, 2010 10:23 am

        AmericanBill- you sound like a Rush Limbaugh follower- all you seem to want to do is come over here and criticize anything Stacy posts and everything people say. You don’t have any ideas of your own but instead just criticize. What are you offering the discussion here? Nothing.

  4. HillCat permalink
    January 15, 2010 7:46 pm

    As far as I’m concerned, she’s our President and she’s the one who is showing real leadership, not Bambi.

  5. rachel permalink
    January 15, 2010 7:55 pm

    She is going to get a first hand account. Not sure of how all the logistics will work out.

  6. Lucy permalink
    January 15, 2010 8:01 pm

    She talked about her reasons on press conference some time ago. She said that Haitian officials asked her to visit. She will meet with President of Haiti. She will bring medicine and supplies with her and take back to US people who want to be evacuated. She will be on airport for the whole time what she will be in Haiti. Because she understands that it is inappropriate at this time to block the roads with unwanted cars.

  7. Terry permalink
    January 15, 2010 8:29 pm

    God bless her! You always get a better read on the needs of a catastrophe by being on site. She can easily helicopter in there and not take up runway space. She is being respectful of the Haitian leadership but she is no doubt, by adding her presence, adding authority to that leadership. I think the Haitian people will welcome her and she will give them courage. By tomorrow there will be several thousand U.S. soldiers on the ground maintaining order and distributing aid.

  8. January 15, 2010 8:53 pm

    I think it will be a morale boost and the more I think about it, given there is no functioning govt there and given the concerns among some [in the international community] that U.S. could use this disaster as a power-grab, so Hillary can go meet with the President there and let him get some headlines to let the people know that the Haitian president is in fact still in power, if not in control. Also, it probably wouldn’t be smart at all for Obama to go- that would be out of the question for security reasons, so she is the logical choice. Also, she seems to essentially be heading up this humanitarian effort.

  9. jillforhill permalink
    January 15, 2010 8:56 pm

    Bill what would you have Hillary do? Maybe you want her to go shopping for shoes like condi did during katrina while people are dying or what bush did flyover and do nothing well people are crying for help.

    That is why she is not going in the streets so she doesn’t take away from the resuce effort. She is not like bush who was on vacation and did nothing until it was to late during katrina.

    At least Obama did not have to pubically shame Bill to help in Haiti unlike bush.

  10. alinosof permalink
    January 15, 2010 9:20 pm

    This is the Hillary we all know: the fearless and caring leader. Prayers and deep sorrow for the victim of this earthquake. If you haven’t donated yet but you are in a position to do so, please donate to help Haiti. I donated yesterday.

  11. filipino-american4HRC permalink
    January 16, 2010 6:59 am

    In the context of the most recent attempt by those afflicted with Clinton-hate in the media and the Democratic Party to once and for all bury alive Bill and Hillary, I stated in another blog that in a tragic way, the earthquake in Haiti showed Americans once more why Bill and Hillary can never be put down. They may lose battles, but they will always win the war, because despite being politicians and all that it means and entails, their hearts and convictions are in the right place. No political personality in the past two decades have risen above all the viciousness leveled against them than Hillary and Bill. Now this: “Can the Clintons save Obama and the planet?”

    Read more: http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2010-01-15/columns/oconnor-can-the-clintons-save-obama-and-the-planet#ixzz0clu8EEoH

  12. January 16, 2010 8:03 am

    The CNN coverage is the best. Waking up and watching the people waking up on the Champs-de-Mars is just like being there – I HAVE been . That is morning in Haiti – earthquake or not. At daybreak you do see people out on the street brushing their teeth – earthquake or not.

    Why the UN Dr.s left, I don’t know, but Sanjay is doing his best. Every pair of hands helps. It’s what we call “coumbite”.

    (Sorry, my message above suddenly submitted before I was finished writing – my touchpad is way too sensitive).

  13. pcfs1 permalink
    January 16, 2010 9:50 am

    Thank God we have the Clintons among us. Be safe Madame Secretary. I am so moved by many here in the US and around the world who are giving their support in this effort. I among so many are so proud of the amount of work and careing that both Hillary and Bill Clinton bring to Haiti. This has been their long and everlasting support to that poor nation. I watched also this morning of the little girl brushing her teeth. I think CNN has done a wonderful job showing the world the effects and efforts being done in Haiti. Their news people are so dedicated to reporting what they are seeing on the ground. God Bless them all.

  14. January 16, 2010 10:28 am

    When I criticized the media I was only criticizing a very small element of what was being shown- much of the coverage has been very good and I understand that people need to see the horror up close in order to feel connected to it (that’s a whole other story we could get into). But maybe it’s because I don’t always trust the media or maybe it’s because I worked in health care where people’s privacy was held as sacrosanct- part of me is uncomfortable sitting on the couch watching people during the worst time in their lives and watching the media try to jockey for the most dramatic story they can find.

    And American Bill- enough already.

  15. Dr.Paul permalink
    January 16, 2010 10:34 am

    Thanks for these updates. I ran across this site linked on HuffPo- I think you had information up about Secretary Clinton before CNN, MSNBC etc. did on their websites.

    I’ll chime in on the media coverage aspect as a doctor- I basically agree with everyone- it’s important to show what is happening in order to make sure people understand the gravity of it and remain engaged. On the other hand, I think Stacey raises a good issue that is worth at least considering- these people are vulnerable and don’t have any choice about whether their personal tragedy is being televised for the world to see. When I say that I am talking not about the pictures of the devastation on the ground but rather the stories where we are watching the injured being cared for or people crying and screaming in grief beside the dead body of a family member. These are very personal moments and I think at times we don’t stop to consider that- how would we feel if someone pushed a camera in our face as our mother was dying, etc? It’s just something the media should think about to ensure that their coverage isn’t exploitative (as I think someone said above).

  16. January 16, 2010 10:40 am

    We now have control of the airport via a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday. I think the signed document is one reason Hillary is going personally in response to Pres. Preval’s request. This is NOT a photo op – not by a long shot. Hillary knows better than anyone how much more she could be doing on the 7th floor – which is where she PLANNED to be this weekend. If she is going, she has good reasons. She is NOT leaving the airport.

    Irritating re: the media:

    1. Why show her walking to a podium and not let us hear what she says?
    2. Could the CNN people on the ground PLEASE IDENTIFY LOCATIONS? Tell me what hospital! Tell me what street! Which school is that? It looks like L’École Philadelphie. Is it? Tell me! That gives us an idea of damage in different neighborhoods. It’s very frustrating because the landmarks are largely gone. Tell where you are standing! Ask the people around you to identify the location. PLEASE! I keep tweeting this to the correspondents – no one is doing this.

  17. AmericanBill permalink
    January 16, 2010 10:56 am

    Still4Hill- I think the reason the correspondents are ignoring you is because it’s not all about you. Perhaps they have enough to deal with without having to be harassed by some woman who lived there years ago and wants to see the old neighborhood? Maybe? Perhaps?

    But thanks again for reminding us you know Haiti more than everyone else. As if we could forget.

  18. January 17, 2010 2:33 am

    AmericanBill: You seem to think I am not in touch with Haiti. I am. Never ceased to be. I have friends there. I know where they live. I want to know what street I am looking at (as do others – not me alone). Think about your childhood neighborhood leveled That is my partner.
    Do our roots go deep? Yes! To 1951. I DO want to see my neighborhoods. They were my neighborhoods. Yes! I want to see them..”

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