Here is a picture of President Barack Obama and Haitian star Wyclef Jean.
Wyclef Jean is a Haitian rapper, musician and actor. In the elections of 28 November 2010, he had an intention for the presidency of Haiti. After registering as a candidate, he told his enthusiastic supporters: I want to be Barack Obama of Haiti. He told that he will take his countrymen to a state that is righteous, to a golden era of prosperity. He is a Haitian in the truest form, he will speak in a language that 90% Haitians understand (Haiti, Wyclef Jean & The Scavengers). Since he spent only five years of his life in Haiti, his candidacy was rejected. In an August 2014, Democratic National Convention, Wyclef performed with many other celebrities of Tinseltown. He recorded a video on Barack Obama. After the 2010 earthquake, to support Haitian relief, he requested Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency.
Rene Preval in search of a handshake from Obama
This incident took place on April 17, 2009 during a Summit of the Americas taking place in Trinidad. What was clear from the video footing the Haitian President Rene Preval was among many dignitaries coming from around the world to participate at the summit. The summit was highlighted by the presence of American President Barrack Obama. What we could see from a video footing which we were able to transform into still picture was that while President Barrack Obama was moving in an orderly way, shaking hands with different head of stated present in the room, we suddenly say the apparition of our own president Rene Preval where it appears that he did not have any respect for protocol, decided to grab Obama's hands in a gesture to get him in his corner. Obama who obviously appeared to be surprised of the gesture, disregarded the action by Preval and continued to greet the head of states.
Many people have been asking since, did Obama completey diss Haitian president Rene preval? or was it just an oversight?
However the reactions by various Haitians were very very strong against their leader. Some called humiliating,
Here is a picture of US President Barack Obama meeting Haitian President Michel Martell in Jamaica for the CARICOM summit
On April 9, 2015, the U.S President Obama had a one-day stopover in Kingston, Jamaica, to meet the Carribean leaders at a U.S- CARICOM summit and have discussions on issues under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. The essence of the summit was described by him as "we are bound by friendship and shared values, and by family. And we have a great stake in each other's success." He has also reaffirmed United States' commitment to the CARICOM partners for the advancement of economic development, security, and good governance.
Beginning January, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are living in Haiti and have already been approved for a family-based immigrant visa.
Under the Haitian Family Reunification Parole program, qualified Haitians are allowed to enter the United States and apply for work permits while waiting for their legal status to be adjusted.
Starting in early next year, for certain eligible Haitian family members, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will accelerate family reunification for Haitians under a plan named " Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program". The program will expedite family reunification for Haitians living in Haiti having family members who are U.S. citizens or family members living in the U.S. who are lawful permanent resident in the U.S. One of the stated goals of the program is to promote safe, legal and orderly migration from Haiti to the United States. Haitians with two years earlier approved family-based immigrant visa petition for the U.S. to join their families, are eligible to enjoy the benefit without the program. Once in the United States, they will have the opportunity to apply for work authorization.