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Where in the World Is Bill Clinton?

Bill Clinton hugs actress Fran Drescher during the opening ceremony of the 17th annual Life Ball in Vienna May 16. (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)Enlarge Image

So, Bill Clinton got a new title yesterday: United Nations special envoy to Haiti. Something to occupy his time? Don't worry -- he's been plenty busy.

Some observers thought the former president might slow down when Hillary Clinton became secretary of state -- after all, he's not collecting so many of those fat checks from foreign countries anymore. But his 24-7 global fundraising continues at top speed: Last weekend he was in Austria, yesterday in South Korea, tomorrow in France.

"It's like that pretty much nonstop," spokesman Matt McKenna told us yesterday. "He does an incredible amount on very little sleep."

With his wife's new job, Clinton can't earn anywhere close to last year's $6 million in speaking fees, but he's free to hang with all sorts of glamorous folks: Will.I.Am, Jessica Alba, Mike Myers and Sarah Silverman at a Hollywood fundraiser for his foundation last month; Fran Drescher, Eva Longoria Parker, Pamela Anderson and Katy Perry at the Life Ball benefit in Vienna last Saturday; Sharon Stone, Harvey Weinstein and Annie Lennox at an AIDS charity dinner tomorrow at the Cannes Film Festival, where he'll auction off his saxophone.

Bill Clinton stands onstage after being introduced by actors Jessica Alba and Adrian Grenier at the Clinton Foundation's Millennium Network Event on April 30. (Reuters/Danny Moloshok)Enlarge Image

Not to mention the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, his appearance on the Martha Stewart show, all those seminars and museum openings, campaigning in Virginia for Terry McAuliffe or next week's "debate" with George W. Bush in Toronto.

The new job is a natural fit for Clinton, who first visited Haiti in 1978 and has been back frequently. He returned with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in March, and helped raised $324 million for relief in April. "It's an important country for him," McKenna said. Clinton will earn $1 annually and travel to the country several times each year.

Here's how Madame Secretary praised the appointment at a briefing yesterday: "Ban Ki-moon has chosen a high-profile envoy," she deadpanned, "to raise the visibility of the needs of the people of Haiti." Confirm her -- and get him, too.

By The Reliable Source  |  May 20, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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Kind of ironic that President Clinton, who imprisoned Haitian refugees at Guantanamo Bay, is now an envoy to Haiti.

Posted by: tomtildrum | May 19, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Tom, and let's don't forget he came oh so close to approving military invasion of Haiti early in his Presidency. Very ironical.

Posted by: RambleOn | May 20, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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