Former member of the The Fugees, Wyclef Jean, might be about to announce his candidacy for the Haitian presidential race, just in time for the election on November 28. We’d like to join everyone in Haiti by saying: “Wha? The ‘Gone ‘Til November’ guy? ” and scratching our heads.
As out of left field as this might seem (to us at least), Haitian-born Jean has dedicated much of his time and energy since 2005 working on his Yéle Haiti Foundation, and has worked diligently to rally support for disaster survivors since the earthquake earlier this year. Plenty of politicians have started out as performers: Representative Sonny Bono, President Ronald Regan, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Under Secretary of Defense Dora the Explorer. While we believe that anyone can do anything they put their minds to (not so fast, Seacrest), we can’t help by think that Haiti might be better served by someone who has more political experience than just trying to convince Lauren Hill that the studio fire extinguisher isn’t possessed by a demon. Maybe start as town trustee and work your way up?
And while the reality is that fame is often the main reason people do get ahead in politics , we believe that Jean has his head in the right place and that whatever he decides he will keep working for the betterment of the Haitian people. In fact, in response to questions last Friday about if he would run, Jean responded, “I would say right now, currently at this minute, no,” which means almost certainly yes. See, he’s acting like a politician already!