From The Grio –By  Imani J. Walker I’m not going to say I’m surprised. I just didn’t expect the latest news from Wyclef Jean’s camp to read so cold and detached. The tagline “Wyclef Leaves Haiti Politics to Promote New Album” is not exactly a surprise. After all, Wyclef is a musician. I still couldn’t help but feel that my initial impression, that Wyclef’s presidential candidacy if successful would at least bring attention to this earthquake-ravaged nation, had died as quickly as it had come to fruition.

Let’s backtrack a bit. Wasn’t Wyclef the same person who released song “Pou Kepa”, recorded entirely in Creole, as a protest to his not being allowed to run for president in his native Haiti less than one month ago? (It’s actually a great song by the way). And wasn’t this the same person who blasted his critics, namely Sean Penn, for his accusation that Wyclef had less in common with Haitians he claimed to have helped after the catastrophe and those he intended on helping by hoping to become their president? Yes, it was.

So now that Wyclef has decided to return back to what he is known for best, what should we all make of his desire for political leadership? Something tells me that “Pou Kepa” will not only be making an appearance on his new album but that he may use this opportunity to increase his presence and critique of Haiti’s government to angle himself for another Haitian presidential bid in four years. This would certainly be commendable.

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  • Clnmike

    There is nothing to argue about here. Clef did not QUAlIFY to run for president and some how expected Haiti to make an exception for him and ignore their own laws he should of been moved on.

  • starr

    Clef behaved like entitled child, and it was complete turn off.

  • let’s not dismiss him completely though because Wyclef, in his capacity as musician, did start Yela Haiti and has done quite a lot of good through that.

    yes, he has responded in a little petulant way and that ain’t right. but unless Yela Haiti also loses focus then i’m not completely dismissing him.

    I don’t think that Haiti would have benefited from a president who has zero political experience. Everybody was worried about Obama’s experience when he had years of experience as a Senator – what did Wyclef have? So i think that he can serve Haiti better as a musician – clearly he wasn’t that serious about the presidency.

  • Akai (Akai.Santiago@Yahoo)

    Article: “…now that Wyclef has decided to return back to what he is known for best, what should we all make of his desire for political leadership?”
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    Awww…lil pookie wookie is taking his ball and going home!

    Wyclef hasn’t been hot like that (in Hip Hop) for a minute but, anyway, my opinion remains the same. The thought of Wyclef running a country is as scary as that of McCain having won the last election, dying in office, and Palin becoming POTUS.

    This was no time for lowered qualifications or expectations and the last thing a poor (and now devastated) country like Haiti – with it’s long list of corrupt leaders and a population that is primarily poverty-stricken and illiterate – needs is one more inept jacked-up leader and, especially, an uneducated one like Wyclef Jean.

    Clef is no ‘cleaner’ than the dirty and corrupt politicians he claimed to have wanted to rid Haiti of as the dude couldn’t even run his own charity (Yéle Haiti) above board. Evidence of this is in how, from 2005-2007, Yéle paid close to half a million dollars to commercial ventures controlled by this clown while little to nothing went to the charity. Wyclef is married (and has no integrity as he cheated with Hill etc.) and in 2008 Yéle paid his mistress $105,000 — which was 1/3 what that charity spent on general expenses and management for the whole year.