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A message from the President of the United States of America Concerning Haiti

On Tuesday, a catastrophic earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The full extent of the damage is still being assessed, but the death toll — already in the thousands — is climbing fast.

This is the worst earthquake to hit the area in more than 200 years. Entire communities have been ripped apart and as many as 3 million people have been directly affected, including tens of thousands of American citizens who are in Haiti.

Our neighbors in Haiti are racing to confront the enormous devastation

Click here for more information about essential relief efforts and ways you can help today.

Footage is pouring in of homes collapsing, Haitians carrying injured family members, and hospitals being overrun in what was already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

I have directed my administration to respond with a swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives. Personnel from the United States and our partners in the international community are on the ground in damaged areas right now, working side by side with the Haitian people. They’re providing much-needed food, water, and sanitation supplies, saving lives and helping local communities start to rebuild.

Despite the fact that we are experiencing tough times here at home, I encourage those who can to reach out and help. It’s in times like these that we must show the kind of compassion and humanity that has defined the best of our national character for generations.

Click here to find out what you can do:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/haitiearthquake

As this story continues to unfold, I hope you will continue to keep the people of Haiti in your thoughts and prayers, as well as the many Haitian-Americans who have done so much to enrich our country and who are worried about friends and loved ones in this time of need.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Sent from Organizing For America.
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  1. October 28, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Sir please take care of our borders. To make it short I try 18 hours a day to feed our great Nation 7 days a week. I eat my food daily so do you. Please if you see what is going on with our southern border take care of it if you can. All my respects. You seem like a nice guy. P.S. I don’t trust reporters either, maybe its just the way they are. I know they are full of SHIT. Be well. Yet tell the truth. From a 37 year old Farmer scared to loose his will to farm. Feel free to vent if the need comes.

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