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In Little Haiti, Biden pledges a long-term commitment to aid

By Peter Whoriskey
MIAMI -- Vice President Biden swept into the Little Haiti neighborhood promising government and church leaders in the immigrant community here that help was on the way for their relatives in Port-au-Prince.

He said that the Obama administration views the earthquake relief as a long term -- possibly years-long -- effort.

"We are there to rescue," Biden told the community leaders. "We are there to secure. We are there to rebuild....This president does not view this as a humanitarian mission that is going to have a life cycle of a month. This will be on our radar screen -- dead center -- long after it is off of the CNN crawl at the bottom of the screen. "

"This is going to be a long slog," he said.

Vice President Biden greets Dolina Lordeus Lascaze as Pierre Lascaze, left, and Father Reginald Jean-Mary, right, look on at the Notre Dame d'Haiti Roman Catholic Church in the "Little Haiti " area of Miami.

Biden held meetings with members of the Haitian American community at a Little Haiti community center and the Notre Dame d'Haiti Catholic Church, a parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami.

The Miami Archdiocese is pressing to get clearance to bring Haitian children orphaned by the earthquake to the United States in an operation similar to one that brought thousands of Cuban children to America after the 1959 revolution.

"It was a significant show of compassion," Father Reginald Jean-Mary said after meeting with the vice president. He said the administration was working on the clearances to bring the children in but that there was no final word on whether it might happen.

"This is not merely just another massive operation," Biden said of the rescue efforts. "This is personal." Biden was accompanied to the meetings by his wife, Jill Biden; White House political director Patrick Gaspard, who is Haitian American; and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Napolitano and Biden later held a third event in South Florida at an airbase that is a staging ground for relief flights to Haiti, meeting with servicemembers and first responders.

Despite the massive aid operation now underway, reports of bottlenecks in getting aid to Haiti were beginning to sour the mood of some who attended the meetings with Biden. Hundreds of Haitian-American doctors and nurses, including many in Miami, are prepared to enter Haiti to assist with relief and rescue efforts, said Marie Etienne, chair of the Haitian American Professionals Coalition and a nursing professor at Miami Dade College. But they have been frustrated because, despite their knowledge of the language and culture, they cannot find a flight in.

"They speak the language and they're ready to go," Etienne said. "It's heartbreaking. We see things on TV and we feel powerless."

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 16, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
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"Sure and begorrah, they're always after me lucky charms"
- Joe Biden the drunken mick

Posted by: screwjob2 | January 16, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's see: Hillary "Her Thighness" Clinton, Bubba C. Nancy "Stretch" Pelosi, Harry "A Whiter Shad Of Pale" Reid and even Doobya are all sharing the spolight with The Slappy In Chief, so naturally Joe "Plugs" Biden has gotta chime in too.

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | January 16, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear. Keeping a sense of humor is always valuable in life, no matter who you are.

Let's just agree to pull for the survivors in Haiti then, in our own ways.

I gave $50 to Doctors Without Borders the day this broke, by the way.

I think you're right statistically btw, that Republicans give more than Democrats to private charity. But that's skewed by two things. The first is that a large part of that is the ultra-wealthy who give from of a combination of decency and a tax deduction. The second is that Republicans disproportionately live in states with low/zero income tax. So the donations basically take the place (in a token way at least) of what they'd give in taxes.
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Agreed! We gave to American Red Cross, which is a trustworthy organization.

Our favorite ministry/charity is Samaritan's Purse. They go into areas devastated by natural disaster and help in very practical ways. They also have a medical arm that provides doctors, nurses, and medicine where needed.

The point is that we each give what we can to help, and make sure that we give to a trustworthy organization, with proven accountability, and with a history of working in areas hit by natural disasters.

Posted by: ladyliberty1 | January 16, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear. Keeping a sense of humor is always valuable in life, no matter who you are.

Let's just agree to pull for the survivors in Haiti then, in our own ways.

I gave $50 to Doctors Without Borders the day this broke, by the way.

I think you're right statistically btw, that Republicans give more than Democrats to private charity. But that's skewed by two things. The first is that a large part of that is the ultra-wealthy who give from of a combination of decency and a tax deduction. The second is that Republicans disproportionately live in states with low/zero income tax. So the donations basically take the place (in a token way at least) of what they'd give in taxes.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 16, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

At 3:54 PM, ladyliberty1 wrote:

"Ask not what a democrat can do for you. Ask how much money you can send to a democrat"

Again, if you really are meaning to donate TO Democratic candidates (which it doesn't sound like), then the check should be made out to them (or their PAC, campaign fund, etc.). If you are donating to a private charity, you need to put their name in the "Pay to" line. If you are writing a check to the IRS so that our government can help Haiti, among other things, you need to put "Internal Revenue Service" on that line.

Put the date on the line that looks like "_____ 20__". The memo line is optional, so that you can rememer what the payment was for - if you indeed ever had a clue.

Glad to be of help.
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Oh, republicans have a good sense of humour, so, Hahaha.......

That's something that democrats really should work on.....humour, that is

Posted by: ladyliberty1 | January 16, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

And it's pretty apalling that your definition of integrity is lying for two years straight and then invading of a country that had no plans or means to attack us - killing a million people in the process - so that his sugar daddies in Big Oil could get their greedy little fingers into Iraq.

Of course, that's the "moral values" party for you. Taxpayer-funded wars to serve corporate donor interests, while its useful idyuts delude themselves that the target of the invasion attacked us on 9/11 so that they can sleep at night.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 16, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

At 3:54 PM, ladyliberty1 wrote:

"Ask not what a democrat can do for you. Ask how much money you can send to a democrat"

Again, if you really are meaning to donate TO Democratic candidates (which it doesn't sound like), then the check should be made out to them (or their PAC, campaign fund, etc.). If you are donating to a private charity, you need to put their name in the "Pay to" line. If you are writing a check to the IRS so that our government can help Haiti, among other things, you need to put "Internal Revenue Service" on that line.

Put the date on the line that looks like "_____ 20__". The memo line is optional, so that you can rememer what the payment was for - if you indeed ever had a clue.

Glad to be of help.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 16, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Do Not to worry good people of Haiti,,,,
Sheriff Joe is on the case.

"Nobody messes with jackass Joe"

Sheriff Joe's going to open up "Indian Run" 7-11'S.

Posted by: dashriprock | January 16, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If you really did give to charity, I hope you managed to write the checks properly.
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Yes, we vote Republican, and we have given more than both President Obama and Joe Biden combined have given to charity in a lifetime.

I only say this to show the difference between republicans and democrats.

Republicans reach into their own pockets and give.

Democrats don't want to give out of their own pockets, but, they are vocal about calling for others to donate.

In our local and state government, republicans give significantly more than democrats. Some of the democrats give nothing. Others use special tax laws that allows them to collect a per diem, which they then use in some cases to count as a charitable tax deduction. That's a loophole that needs to be closed.

Posted by: ladyliberty1 | January 16, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

ladyliberty1, you sound pathologically confused. Exactly how is donating money to Haiti "giving money to Democrats"?

If you really did give to charity, I hope you managed to write the checks properly. From the cognitive struggles in your post, that appears rather doubtful.

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Are you dyslexic? Let me see if I can write so that you can understand. Simple sentences.

Joe Biden asked Americans to give to charity.

Joe Biden is a joke for raising money for charity.

Why?

Because Joe Biden has a history of what amounts to tossing dimes to the homeless.

That is why it is contemptible that Joe Biden ASKS the American people to give to charity.

The point is: There is no credibility in a person pleading with Americans to donate, when the person pleading, does not give himself.

There .... now.....was that easier for you to understand?

Posted by: ladyliberty1 | January 16, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

To B202:

You may be glad that the Bush Administration is no longer there, but President Bush has more integrity in his little finger than this whole Administration has with its thugs, pedophiles, tax evaders, prison felons, Mao followers, thieves, in total.

President Bush made it a point to give 10% of his own money for charity. There is no one that I have found in the democratic party in-house who even comes close to that level of giving.

President Obama barely gave anything to charity until he was considered a potential candidate for office, and only after earning millions from his 2 books, did his giving rise above 1% to 6%.

Give me President Bush, anyday.

Oh, and the Clintons wanting to prop up a communist government in Haiti, gave billions of American taxpayer dollars to the Haitian government. That money has long since ended up in the personal bank accounts of those corrupt politicians, who are living in luxuxy elsewhere. Needless to say, that money, that you and I gave, is funding lavish lifestyles of corrupt people.

Poor people are always used by politicians to get money and power for themselves. It is in their (the politician's) interest to keep the populace poor to maintain their power.

That is true of scam charities, also, who know that an emotional appeal for the suffering will generate money. They make themselves out to be altruistic, when many use the money for their own personal lifestyle, and give only enough to the orphanage or whatever entity they are using to keep the organization afloat and within their control, so that they can continue to use their sad stories to rake in the dollars for themselves.

Posted by: ladyliberty1 | January 16, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

((rolling)

Why thank you Mr. Biden.
You can leave now.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 16, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

ladyliberty1, you sound pathologically confused. Exactly how is donating money to Haiti "giving money to Democrats"?

If you really did give to charity, I hope you managed to write the checks properly. From the cognitive struggles in your post, that appears rather doubtful.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 16, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

When I heard that Biden was calling on Americans to send money to aid in Haiti's devastating destruction from the earthquake, I could help but have contempt. All one has to do is to look at Biden's income tax returns for the past decade to see that his contributions to charity amount to barely $1 - yes, that is right, ONE Dollar a day. Let me say it again, JOE BIDEN who gets a six figure paycheck from taxpayers for hanging out at our Capitol, GIVES ONE DOLLAR a DAY for charity, on average over the past decade.

Yep, that's a democrat for you. Ask not what a democrat can do for you. Ask how much money you can send to a democrat, who has already misused taxpayer dollars, and who want American citizens to give because he asks.

Oh, and don't think we don't give. We gave more in one year, than Biden has given for his entire life.

Posted by: ladyliberty1 | January 16, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad this administration is in charge instead of the last one - but $100 million is not going to be enough.

We spent that much every 3 hours and 20 minutes in Iraq. If we could afford that to help secure the world's second largest oil reserves for the former president's campaign donors, surely we can contribute an Iraq-Day of money to help rebuild Haiti.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 16, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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