Wednesday, July 28, 2010

President Wyclef Jean?

In a story that appears too good to be true, rumours are swirling that hip hop superstar Wyclef Jean is considering a run for the presidency of his home nation of Haiti. With the 2010 presidential election upcoming, many are watching Wyclef closely to see whether he will enter the political arena formally. For the past three years, Wyclef has represented Haiti as an "ambassador-at-large," a post to which he was appointed by current president René Préval.

As reported previously on, Wyclef has been intensely involved in the reconstruction efforts ongoing in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that crippled the island nation.

In a statement to the press, Jean's family indicated that "Wyclef's commitment to his homeland and its youth is boundless, and he will remain its greatest supporter regardless of whether he is part of the government moving forward. . . . If and when a decision is made, the media will be alerted immediately." The deadline for declaring as a presidential candidate in Haiti is August 7, 2010.

Could President Wyclef Jean become a reality?


  1. Whoa. What would a Wyclef presidency be like? I can't imagine. Could be amazing.

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  3. This shows hip-hop's political power. Even a few years ago, no one could imagine a hip-hop personality serving in government. This makes Wyclef's 2004 song "President" where he describes what his presidency in the U.S. would look like, clearly gives some inclinations as to what his Haitian presidency might look like. The song seems almost prophetic...

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