Today’s Q’s for O’s WH

Jul 12, 2010 2:45pm

From Sunlen Miller

MILLER: On the six-month anniversary of Haiti, all our reporting says that money has been slow getting into the country; $700 million of U.S. donations are waiting to be put into the country. 

GIBBS:  Well, look, obviously, there is some — some money is — is tied up in — in the legislative battle around the — around supplemental appropriations that — that was the one I forgot that, in the next three to five weeks, that is on — on tap, obviously, the supplemental bill. Look, I think the six-month mark reminds us of several things. First and foremost, this was a tragedy of unspeakable proportion, several hundred thousand people killed.  Several hundred thousand people are killed in what before the earthquake — before that earthquake struck was the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. It reminds us all that we have work to do in responding not simply to the humanitarian crisis that we see continuing today, but the long-term efforts to rebuild Haiti and make it a stronger nation. Again, we are working with Capitol Hill to try to get that supplemental bill through, and hopefully that will make some progress certainly on that score.

MILLER: Has the president expressed any frustration over the — the pace of how things are going in the region?

GIBBS:  Well, again, look, I think that — again, it reminds us that we have a lot of work to do.  You know, it reminds us that the situation that we found in Haiti long before that earthquake struck called for the type of action that President Obama and — and several of his predecessors, President Bush and President Clinton, have been attuned to.

MILLER: Does he have plans to visit the region any time soon?

GIBBS:  Not that I'm aware of.

-Sunlen Miller

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