The man who wondered what would happen “If I Was President” in the lead-up to the 2008 U.S. election will not get to find out, as [lastfm]Wyclef Jean[/lastfm] announced on September 21st that he was withdrawing his disputed bid to be president of his native Haiti.
[pullquote quote=”This was not an easy conclusion to reach; but it is one that was thoughtfully made.” credit=”Wyclef Jean”]
Jean, who turns 41 next month, made the announcement weeks after having his bid rejected by Haiti’s electoral council because he has not lived in Haiti for the past five years consecutively.
“After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti,” Jean said in a statement. “This was not an easy conclusion to reach; but it is one that was thoughtfully made.”
Along with his political problems, Jean has faced fiscal issues as of late; His “Yele Haiti Foundation” used contributions meant for earthquake relief to pay the costs of a Jean “benefit” concert, and sources claim he owes the IRS $2.1 million.
Now that the campaign is in the books, what do you think: Honest attempt to help the land of his heritage or massive publicity stunt?