Wyclef Jean made it official on “Larry King Live” on Thursday that he is running for president of Haiti, saying that he was being “drafted
Wearing a gray suit and striped tie, Jean, 40, noted that over half of the population is young and was instrumental in his decision.
“it is chance to rebuild from the bottom on up,” he said. “I don’t consider I am trying to be president. I am being drafted by the youth of Haiti.”
But Sean Penn, who has been running a relief organization in Haiti since the devastating earthquake there in January, put cold water on his bid.
“He has been virtually silent for those of us in Haiti, he has been a
non-presence,”Penn told CNN.
“His voice has really been most loudly that which allegedly has taken
over 400,000 dollars designated for Haitian relief for himself and
claims he didn’t do it,” Penn said. “That has to be looked into.”
“I’ve been there. I know what 400,000 dollars could do for these
people’s lives and for a 24-year-old girl right now who is dying.
“So, I want to see someone who is really, really willing to sacrifice
for their country and not just someone who I personally saw with a
vulgar entourage of vehicles that demonstrated a wealth in Haiti that —
in context, I felt a very obscene demonstration.”