Wyclef Jean, the rapper/musician/producer, registered to run for the president of Haiti and was recently officially barred from running because he did not meet the 5 year residency requirement. While the outcome is correct since he did not meet the requirements to run, I'm disappointed that he was not able to run.
The reason is simple. Wyclef has money. He doesnt need to be the president of Haiti so he can loot the country and the earthquake aid and line his own pockets. Without that need or greed for money, I believe he would have made a genuine effort to use the international aid to improve the situation for Haiti and its citizens. I also believe Wyclef could have brought moderate amounts of foreign investment to Haiti, as he planned.
While unfortunately Wyclef will not run for president this year, and I hope that whoever is ultimately elected does a fantastic job because Haiti and Haitians deserve it, I believe that this sets a model for elections in third world countries. The reality is that the persons elected to run these countries are not qualified to do so (neither was George Dubya!), so why not elect a folk hero who has a large amount of money of his/her own so that they can at least take away the element of looting, corruption and stealing that seems to be the first item on the agenda of leaders of many third world countries.
By way of example - Manny Pacquiao (the boxer) is a living legend in the Philippines. This year, he was elected to the 'congress' in that country. Manny is filthy rich. He has also shown himself to be generous to a fault and very very dedicated to his country. What if Manny was the president of the Philippines? Would the citizens of the Philippines be better off than they are now? Could they possibly be worse off?
Wyclef for President....in the next election.