Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Obama's Give $15,000 to Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund

President Barack Obama, center, greets employees at the Red Cross Disaster Operation Center in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP / January 18, 2010)

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Monday, President Barack Obama has personally thanked some American Red Cross workers for their efforts following the earthquake in Haiti last week. He also sent his first Twitter message.

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama went to American Red Cross headquarters a few blocks from the White House on Monday, and toured the Disaster Operations Center.

Obama thanked the workers, all seated at computer stations, for their efforts and urged them to keep up what he said was great work.

It was revealed yesterday that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have donated $15,000 from their personal bank account to help the victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

The move comes as hundreds of thousands of Haitians remain homeless, hungry and desperately needing help after a massive quake on Jan. 12.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Obamas were inspired to give upon seeing the response of millions of Americans who have given generously during tough economic times.

The Obamas sent a $15,000 check on Wednesday to the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund, the relief effort led by former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Courtesy: AP/Washington Post