Wyclef Jean’s Run For President of Haiti: Good Intentions Or Opportunistic?

- By Bossip Staff

Recently, a statement from mysterious family members of Wyclef Jean, Haitian hip-hop artist and ambassador at-large to the country, was released to the press announcing his considerations for running for president of Haiti. Let the “If I was President” jokes commence.

According to published reports, Jean, who was born Croix-des-Bouquets, has already filed all the necessary papers and has until August 7th to officially declare his candidacy. No word yet on if Jean, who immigrated to New York from Haiti when he was a child, would meet all the necessary requirements including: being a resident of Haiti for five consecutive years, owning property in the country and having never been a citizen of any country other than Haiti.

Regardless if he is or is not eligible, we’re a little perplexed as to why Jean is running for such a high office in the first place. Is this just an opportunity to enhance his public profile or does he really thinks that he is best candidate to aide Haiti in what is sure to be a long, arduous rebuilding effort? Or maybe, his intentions are a combination of both?

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  • http://www.KimoraCochran.com kimora Cochran

    I hope to think he is has good intentions with all of the hard work he has been doing in the name of Haiti, but these days, you just never know.

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  • sunflower

    Opportunistic. Sorry I just don’t think wyclef is the one. He seems like he would be easy to corrupt. I could be wrong

  • bluekid

    I feel so sorry for that island, their are more people from Haiti that are more qualified to be president than Wyclef, but O’ No, they would rather live in the U.S and put the covers over their heads.

    That country needs a real leader, some one who knows about economics. Haiti needs a real government set up.

    Wyclef seems the only one stepping up to the plate Oh well!

  • R_U_Trying_To_Prove_Her_Right?

    Being a good musician doesn’t qualify you to run a a country.

    That poor country has suffered from the abuse of it’s limited resources by self-styled elites for 200 years.

  • kalifa

    simply to fill his CV and stroke his ego

  • Eyez W!de Shut

    “If I was President, I’d get elected on Friday, a*s*asinated on Saturday, buried on Sunday”- Wycleff

    Hey, your words, not mine maybe you should stick to them.

    In all seriousness tho, where’s the millions of dollars from Yele that you collected for Haiti?? Seems like a “funraiser” 4rm Boondocks scam to me. You sir are just an opportunistic looking to make your pockets fatter than a country whyte woman with 4 kids and no running water in a trailer. Wycleff, I know you love your people and the best thing you can do 4 them, is NOT be their President.
    They should adhere to the rules anyway because I don’t recall there being a clause for “famous Haitian-American songwriters/singers”

  • Pleezzz

    I have been to Haiti 3 times, very lovely people!

    Haiti is not at war with no other countries and this would be the perfect time for someone with his skills to raise funds and get the rest of the word to feel and understand what real goes on in Haiti. When the people trust you, they will start to trust the government.

    Haiti’s government must gain the trust of it people and the rest of the world if they are to survive.

    Jean has been in America long enough to see the simple thing we take for granted that could make such a powerful difference in Haiti.

    Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger, if he can be the Governor of CA., I think Jean could handle Haiti.

  • hiya

    uh, Arnold is white and had a huge financial backing from a very powerful family. The Kennedys.

  • charla

    He has no background in politics what so ever. Why wouldn’t he start with a smaller position first? This is exactly why Black nations struggle so much. They have incompetent people that want to lead.

    For the sake of Haiti, I hope he doesn’t.

  • bagladey

    God forbid that Wyclef Jean would become president of that already devastated nation; Papa and Baby Doc , 2010. WJean is not a wealthy guy and he’s opportunistic and that’s a good mix for the making of a shady politician. WJ had a relatively inexpensive, incomplete house in Florida foreclosed on recently, and if he can charge his own suffering countrymen to perform at an event where they are begging the rest of the world for money, he’s low, and capable of plunder. WJ has an immense ego, and probably delusions of grandeur, (bet he can already see himself entertaining his friends Brad and Angelina in an official capacity, woowhee!) but he should deliver the poor, suffering people of Haiti from evil and leave the job of president to someone who at least has a clue.

  • JohnDHater

    THIS YEAR I’M GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF MY TOILET BOWL ALSO!!!

  • Sha

    The latter. Lauryn already called this clown out.

    *It’s funny how money changes the situation*

    😛

  • B-nice

    Definetly a combination of both good intention and opportunistic. Wyclef beleives he is a significant symbol of Haiti the country in which he was born. At the same time being a symbol does not make you qualified for running for President of a country. Wyclef is gonna have to prove he has the political education to be president. Or maybe not, this country elected Arnold Swartznegger of Governor of Califorinia so anything is possible. I wish Wyclf all the best.

  • JON P

    I agree with @ bagladey
    I am hatian also and Wyclef is not the right fit for the country. If he gets in he will try and get his pockets fat just like aristide and the other presidents.

  • juliemango

    It is a good opportunity for Wyclef 2 sho his good intentions for his home country!!!

  • im_jus_sayin

    How convenient is it that Haiti has the most devastating earthquake they’ve ever had in 200 years, they’re broke and vulnerable, wyclef and the US comes in as the savior raises all these million bazillions of dollars and months later wants to run for president… To me I think the US is happy to get their hands on whatever land they can and of course this is the best way…regardless of how much he represents haiti he grew up in america he’s american. He can’t run haiti as president. It would be a big mistake for them as an independent country cuz the US will be all up in there bizniz!

  • im_jus_sayin

    Where are all those billions anyway??

  • drenk

    @ im_jus_sayin
    BUT because of things like the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, the OAS, the US IS up in there biz no matter what

  • THE REAL DEAL

    Honestly could it get any more plucked up? Maybe he would do a good job.

  • http://urnotpdiddyloser 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS

    i think he has good intentions…good intentions of getting his hands on all that $$$$ lol

  • lol

    SIMONE I HAVENT SEEN A PUBLIC DEFENDER LIKE YOU IN A LONG TIME, TELL ME DID HE PAY YOU OR WAS THIS FOR FREE??

    LMAO THE WAY YOU ARE DEFENDING HIM ID THINK HE’S BLOWIN YOUR BACK OUT!!! SOMEONE GET WYCLEFS WIFE IN HERE SIMONE NEEDS TO BE CHECKED!! U MET HIM ONE TIME AT A PLACE WHERE HE PROBABLY HAD TO SPEAK POSITIVELY I CAN DO THAT TOO! HE PROBABLY WOULDNT GIVE YOU A DOLLAR IF YOU ASKED TODAY F*CK 15 YEARS AGO HOP OFF HIS HATIAN NUT SACK!!

    BEFORE WE GO FIXING OTHER PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES PROBLEMS WE NEED TO FIX OUR OWN!!! THEY DOIN BETTER THEN US RIGHT NOW!

  • Claudy bretous

    hi my name is Claudy Bretous from haiti I know wiclef Jean is a good man .but he”s not ready yet to be an Executive chef as President of haiti .we need someone with EXperience who know politics .

  • J.BIASSOU

    HE’S NOT QUALIFIED TO OCCUPY ANY PUBLIC FUNCTIONS IN HAITI AS PER THE CONSTITUTION THE HAITIAN CONSTITUTION THAT IS.HE LEFT THE COUNTRY WHEN HE WAS 9 YR OLD,WAS SCHOOLED IN THE US,HAS LITTLE UNDERSTANDING OF THE HISTORY,OUR CULTURE OUR WAY OF LIFE IF NOT SECOND HAND.

  • J.BIASSOU

    THE GUY COULDN’T KEEP A JOB AT BURGER KING AND GOT FIRED!

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